Saturday Night Fever Director's Cut 40th Anniversary

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

WSR Score5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Strong language, sexuality/nudity, and some drug content.
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John Badham
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Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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Saturday Night Fever is a classic that captured the angst and brio of the time and had an indelible impact on popular culture. The story is about a Brooklyn teenager (Travolta) with no prospects who lives for Saturday night as he dances through the night and hangs with his friends. This is Director John Badham's definitive representation of his original vision. (Gary Reber)

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is dated. A film production, grain is evident throughout. The color palette is pleasingly natural with warm saturated hues throughout. Reds and blues are rich and vibrant. Fleshtones also appear natural. Contrast is generally decent with at times solid blacks and shadow delineation. Resolution, however, is poor with a soft compressing appearance, which unfortunately really dates the visual experience. Still, the film is 40 years old and there is a 4K Ultra HD restoration in the works, which hopefully will greatly improve matters. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is compressed generally and mostly dialogue focused except for the terrific music and is the life of the movie. Atmospherics are frontal focused throughout. Occasional sound effects, such as passing trains and the car Tony's friends drive around in, are aggressively directionalized in the surrounds, but the effect is not terribly refined. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with decent spatial integration. The Bee Gees disco music is uptempo and driving with an upbeat feel that energizes the story. Fidelity is decent and the bass is tight and punctuating. The music occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. This is a really entertaining revisit to the 1970s. (Gary Reber)