Before John Badham was directing the best genre television in shows like Supernatural, Psych, Arrow, 12 Monkeys, Constantine, Nikita, In Plain Sight, and Heroes, he created two big, era-defining, memorable movies–Saturday Night Fever and WarGames. This year Saturday Night Fever turns 40, so Badham went back to the film to create his own director’s cut edition, available for the first time today.
The new edition includes John Travolta’s memorable, Oscar-nominated performance and now classic 1970s dance moves, plus chart-topping classic BeeGees songs that would define disco: Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, Jive Talkin, and You Should Be Dancing. It also includes extra scenes cut at the last minute to make sure the film came in at under two hours. So in the new cut expect to see scenes featuring more personal character and plot development to better understand Travolta’s Tony Manero.
The film has been restored from the original negative in 4K with updated surround sound. The Blu-ray edition includes both the director’s cut and theatrical version of the film, commentary by director John Badham, a five-part feature on the film entitled “Catching the Fever,” plus behind-the-scenes featurettes.
There’s more: May 7 and 10 look for the new Saturday Night Fever director’s cut to premiere on the big screen at more than 700 theaters nationwide as part of the latest Fathom Events screening. Check out the Fathom Events website here for more information on the theater screening. Pick up your copy of Saturday Night Fever: The Director’s Cut here at Amazon, available now.