Top positive review
Wonderful for diehard Dirty Dancing fans
February 27, 2017
I have loved this movie since I was 10 years old. I've owned it on VHS, on DVD, and now this beautiful Blue Ray edition.
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.