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Flashdance
(I Love The 80s)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 94 minutes

Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Belinda Bauer, Lilia Skala

Screenplay by: Tom Hedley andJoe Eszterhas
Story by: Tom Hedley

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $12.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (18 Scenes)

Released: February 3rd, 2009

 

 

The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it's certainly the best shape I've seen it in yet. It's a little grainy at times, but certainly not to the point where it comes distracting. It seems a bit soft at times, but not too soft... almost like you're watching the movie from the film's dreamlike state. Fleshtones are decent, while detail is nice. Color saturation is also nothing impressive, but works for what it is. 

 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is pretty kicking and feels pretty natural. Surround use is nicely supplemented throughout, but obviously really shines in all of the famous dancing sequences. Subwoofer use is excellent with strong bass, but this mix becomes really, really boisterous and excessive during those dancing sequences. The volume gets louder and it packs a lot more as far as punches... perhaps too many punches, and then it becomes rather quiet again, with more subtle surround use in other scenes. Dialogue is also rather clear too. Still, I found this track to work nice with the material, and I think some of you may enjoy that as well.

Also included are English subtitles, Spanish subtitles, English closed captions and Dolby Surround tracks for French and English.

 




Nothing. Spring for the Special Collector's Edition instead if you want some supplements.


 
 

This re-release of "Flashdance" is the DVD that came out back in October 2002 - except it now has a "I Love The 80s" banner, and a 4-track CD with some classic 80s tunes. Most of you can probably live without the soundtrack, but if this was a title you wanted before, it's a small addition that comes with the price reduction. However, if you're into extras, check out the Special Collector's Edition that has a number of extras.