Grease Rockin’ Rydell Edition DVD Review


Seat42f Says: Grease is a movie that I’ve now seen over 100 times.  Great music, great setting, it’s the kind of campy classic that transcends generations.  I know the words by heart, both the dialogue and the musical numbers, and I could probably set up a performance of Grease in my backyard with my friends who have seen it as many times as me.

For those of you who missed it over the past 30 years, Grease, set in the late 1950s, is the story of Australian beauty Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and leader-of-the-pack Danny Zuko (John Travolta) who shared a summer of love, expecting to never see each other again.  Thanks to a conniving, but ultimately lovable and harmless, Rizzo, (played by Stockard Channing), at the first pep rally of the year, Danny, the head of the “T-Birds” (read: the coolest and most dangerous kids in school) runs into Sandy, the newest friend of the “T-Birds” all-female counterpart, “The Pink Ladies”.  Danny plays it too cool, and their summer love is all but ruined on the spot.  They go through various stages of trying to make it work, but it looks like their love will not survive.

Along the way, Rizzo finds herself possibly “up the spout,” aka with child, thanks to an old condom and her boyfriend Kenickie (Jeff Conaway).  Frenchy (Didi Cohn) finds herself a “Beauty School Dropout” and the rest of the supporting cast gets themselves involved in all kinds of craziness.  As with all great romantic comedies, after a few power ballads about how much they love each other, Danny and Sandy eventually realize that they need to compromise in order to make it work.  By the end of the movie, during the climactic “You’re the One that I Want”, Sandy, in leather, and Danny, in a letterman’s jacket that he earned from his short stint on the track team, realize that they need each other, and take off for the future in a flying car.  

A movie that everyone loves (my 5 year old cousin can sing all the words to “We Go Together” and my mom counts it as one of her all time favorites), Grease will be on top of my list for a long time to come. 

Movie Review: A+
DVD Extras: A



Grease Rockin' Rydell Edition (Special Packaging) DVD Widescreen     
w/Lettermen's Sweater
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Frankie Avalon
Director: Randal Kleiser
Synopsis: John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade–it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll!
Runtime: 1 Hr. 50 Min. 29 Sec.
Languages: English Subtitled, French Dubbed
Audio: 2.0 Surround, 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital
US Rating: PG –
DVD Features:
• Commentary: Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch
• Other: Introduction by Randal Kleiser
• Featurette: The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease
• Other: Rydell Sing-Along – Rock along with your favorite Grease songs!
• Featurette: The Making of Grease (temp name)
• Additional Scenes: Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with introduction by Randal Kleiser
• Additional Scenes: 1. T-Birds Harass Eugene – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 2. Classroom Announcements – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 3. Pink Ladies and Sandy at Lunch – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 4. She's too Pure to be Pink – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 5. Intro to Summer Nights – DEL
• Additional Scenes: 6. Rydell Pep Rally – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 7. Kenickie and Danny Outside Frosty's – DEL
• Additional Scenes: 8. The Stroll – EXT
• Additional Scenes: 9. National Bandstand – ALT
• Additional Scenes: 10. At the Dance – ALT/EXT
• Additional Scenes: 11. Thunder Road – DEL
• Other: Grease on DVD Launch Party
• Other: Grease Memories from John & Olivia
• Other: The Moves Behind the Music
• Other: Thunder Roadsters
• Other: John Travolta and Allan Carr "Grease Day" Interview
• Other: Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood "Grease Day" Interview
• Trailers: TRAILERS:
• Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
• Other: Photo Galleries:
• Other: Rydell High Year Book
• Other: Production
• Other: Premiere
• Other: Grease Day