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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The 30th Anniversary DVD

The release date was February 7, 2017.

The two-disk set costs only $9.25 (nine dollars and twenty-five cents) at Amazon. The cost is zero if you are approved for an Amazon Rewards Visa Card.

The Amazon webpage is here.


NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words

NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Patrick Swayze Uncut

NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Eleanor Bergstein Thoughts On A Lifetime Of DIRTY DANCING

Outtakes/ deleted/ alternate/ extended scenes

Music Videos

The DIRTY DANCING Phenomenon

The Rhythm Of The Dancing

Original Screen Tests

Cast & Crew Interviews (Jennifer Grey, Eleanor Bergstein, Miranda Garrison, Kenny Ortega)

Commentary with Writer/ Co-Producer Eleanor Bergstein

Commentary with Kenny Ortega, Miranda Garrison, Jeff Jur, Hilary Rosenfeld and David Chapman --Lionsgate


Here is one of the Amazon reviews:
The "feelies" in the Collector's Edition are nice; I like the map / brochure of the resort, and the mock shooting script was a fascinating read. I loved seeing the "emotive" / motivational tips in the story, and now I finally know how old Johnny was supposed to be in relation to Baby!

The script includes most of the deleted scenes, and some other information that didn't make it verbatem into the final cut.

The "I carried a watermelon" wristlet seems fairly sturdy, but with some fraying on the cut / unfinished edges inside. As cute as it is, I probably won't use it, instead keeping it with the rest of the box. The same for the Kellerman's keychain and the compact. The "vintage" postcards are nice, and all the printed feelies are very high quality.

As for the movie itself, I've only watched the Blue Ray disc, not the DVD or the digital copy. The print is MUCH cleaner than the 10-year anniversary DVD I have, which looked like it was transferred from an old VHS. There's still a slight grainy quality to the picture, but the colors have been sharpened (some of the clothing and graphics which looked pink on my DVD are now a much more vibrant red) and the audio is crisp and clear.

I have some issues with the closed captions; there are some passages that I know are wrong, some lines that are shortened or condensed (which leave out some of the context of the original lines), and I don't like that they don't at least acknowledge the music cues, as the soundtrack is almost a character in itself. Even a simple "(Big Girls Don't Cry playing in background)" would enhance the captions. I did just use the English subtitle track; maybe the other one is better.

I love all the extended / deleted / alternate scenes included, and the "Happy Birthday, Dirty Dancing" featurette is wonderful, covering the original movie, the stage show, and the upcoming television movie. We saw a truncated version of this feature when we went to the Fathom Events screening, and there's a bit in there that just made me sob happy tears.

Overall, this is an amazing anniversary collection. The restoration of the film is beautiful, the shooting script adds so much more nuance to the story, and the feelies add just a beautiful look into the past.


Facebook has a video about the DVD.

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