Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GREASE: Celebrate the Fully Restored 40th Anniversary Edition with This Giveaway for a Digital Code to Watch the Movie!



When I was in my early teens, the iconic movie, GREASE, hit the theaters. My sister and I were GREASE-crazy. We had the music album and memorized all the lyrics. (I can still sing most of the songs!) It was a secret look into high school, which we hadn’t arrived at yet. It looked like fun and yet a little scary, too, with more grown-up problems than we were ready to tackle. But the wonderful songs and dancing were captivating and exciting.

It’s been many years since I saw GREASE, so I was really excited when I heard that a 40th Anniversary edition is coming out. It’s packaged as a Rydell High School yearbook that captures some of the best lines and photos from the movie. I laughed out loud as I remembered the hilarious morning announcement from Principal McGee, during which she encouraged the students, “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.”


In preparing for this review, I donned my Pink Ladies jacket and scarf, and painted my nails with OPI Grease Collection Mini Nail Lacquers!


I decided to watch one of the special features, which showed the movie with running commentary from Director Randal Kleiser and Choreographer Patricia Birch. I learned so much about the movie I’d never known before. For instance:
  • GREASE was a hit play in Chicago before it was a movie. Kleiser and Birch often pointed out scenes that were the same as the play and those that were developed just for the movie.
  • In the play, Jeff Conaway, who plays Kenickie in the movie, played the lead character, Danny Zuko. I wonder how he felt being told that he wouldn’t get the lead in the movie!
  • They just happened to shoot the scene when Rizzo sings next to a picture of Elvis on the same day that Elvis actually died (but they were unaware of it at the time).
  • I loved when Kleiser and Birch mentioned lines that the actors had adlibbed themselves, which they kept in the movie.
  • Pepsi-Cola was a sponsor of the movie. Keep your eyes open during the movie for Pepsi signs! Someone accidentally put up Coca-Cola signs during part of the shooting, and they had to fuzz them out when they edited the film.
  • John Travolta’s sister, Ellen, plays a small role as a waitress in the diner watching the prom on TV.
  • Sandy wasn’t from Australia in the play, so they had to change some of her lines to reflect her origins.
  • I saw scenes that I had completely forgotten about, like the hilarious scenes when Danny is trying to be a jock just to impress Sandy. His basketball and track auditions are priceless!

Even though I’ve always loved GREASE, it always bothered me a little bit that Sandy ended up having to change to make Danny happy. She had to “go bad” after Danny’s attempts to be more squeaky-clean failed. Why did she have to change instead of him? Perhaps today’s version would have ended a little differently, and this is a good point to discuss if you’re watching this with your children. (Note to parents: GREASE is rated PG, but there is a scene involving a broken condom and a possible pregnancy.) Overall, GREASE is wildly entertaining, and I love that a whole new generation is discovering it. The 40th Anniversary edition is packed with special features that will entertain GREASE fans for hours.



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a digital code redeemable at Paramount Movies for this newly restored version of GREASE! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film, along with a jacket and nail polish, as a thank-you for sharing this information. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

17 comments:

  1. My favorite part is when Danny and Sandy "meet" at school. Then the conflict starts and I love the romance and struggle of these characters to be their true selves.

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  2. It is hard to pick a favorite song in GREASE. They are all so great! I like You're the One That I Want!

    Nancy
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  3. My favorite song is ♫ You're the One That I Want ♫

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  4. I've only seen this movie once. I would love to see it again. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. you actually have a photo of my fave scene, the Born to Hand Jive dance competition! I first watched this back in junior high when it came out, so this movie brings back lots of memories!

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  6. I am excited to see this as I have heard it is really good, but never watched it. Looking forward to watching with my husband!

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  7. I love this movie! The music and everything. I love Rizzo especially

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  8. I always loved the slumber party scene - where every character really gets to show themselves.

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  9. Oh my goodness I love Grease so much. I have seen it no less than 100 times! My favorite scene is the carnival at the end of the movie.

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  10. You're the one that I want is my favorite song

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  11. My favorite song is "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee" !!

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  12. You're the one that I want is fun.

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  13. this is one of my all time favorite movies - I like the car racing scene

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  14. I'm excited because it is a classic.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  15. My favorite songs from Grease were the ones that Sha Na Na did. I loved that band. I used to watch their TV show regularly.

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  16. Im excited because i havent seen it in quite a while

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  17. Who doesn't love Grease? Grew up on it and love the whole soundtrack... if you want me to pick one.. I'd probably go with Summer Lovin' 'cause it's funny too. :)

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