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From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, American Graffiti Special Edition

AN ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED CLASSIC AND ONE OF THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S TOP 100 FILMS OF ALL TIME ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY(TM) FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER MAY 31, 2011

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

OVERVIEW: From legendary director George Lucas (Star Wars) and celebrated producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti Special Edition is an Academy Award®-nominated classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n' roll. Debuting for the first time on Blu-ray(TM) on May 31, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and featuring a new digitally remastered picture supervised by George Lucas, American Graffiti Special Edition stars Ron Howard ("Happy Days"), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws), Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens, Star Wars), Cindy Williams ("Laverne & Shirley," "Happy Days"), Mackenzie Phillips ( "One Day at a Time") and Suzanne Somers ("Three's Company," "Step by Step") in their breakout roles.

Nominated for five Oscars®, including Best Picture and Best Director, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Featuring the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets, American Graffiti Special Edition recaptures the heart of America's last age of innocence. The American Graffiti Special Edition Blu-ray(TM) includes never-before-seen director video commentary and the Special Edition DVD features all-new director audio commentary.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY(TM) BONUS FEATURES: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available.

  • U-CONTROL(TM): Universal's exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie!
    • Director Video Commentary: All new picture-picture video commentary with the director of American Graffiti.
    • The Music of American Graffiti: Instantly identify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even purchase them from iTunes.
  • SCREEN TESTS: Never-before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith.
  • THE MAKING OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI: An original documentary featuring interviews with director George Lucas, executive producer Francis Ford Coppola, members of the cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford and Suzanne Somers.
  • BD-LIVE(TM): Access the BD-Live(TM) Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
  • pocket BLU(TM): The groundbreaking pocket BLU(TM) app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android(TM), PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray(TM) player. Also available on the iPad(TM), owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU(TM) made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray(TM) content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU(TM) offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray(TM) player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live(TM) functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray(TM) discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU(TM)-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device's intuitive keyboard.
  • uHEAR(TM): Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray(TM) disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER

AMERICAN GRAFFITI SPECIAL EDITION DVD BONUS FEATURES:

  • ALL-NEW AUDIO COMMENTARY: Audio commentary with the director of American Graffiti.
  • THE MAKING OF AMERICAN GRAFFITI: An original documentary featuring interviews with director George Lucas, executive producer Francis Ford Coppola, members of the cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford and Suzanne Somers.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION - BLU-RAY(TM):
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    Street Date:  May 31, 2011
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    Copyright:  2011 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
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    Selection Number:  61115348
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    Running time:  1 hour, 53 minutes
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    Layers:   BD-50
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    Picture Format:  Widescreen
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    Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1
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    Rating: PG
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    Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
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    Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French (European) DTS Surround
     2.0 Mono
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    TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:
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    Street Date:  May 31, 2011
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    Copyright:  2011 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
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    Selection Number:  61106007
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    Running time:  1 hour, 53 minutes
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    Layers:  Dual Layer
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    Picture Format:  Anamorphic Widescreen
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    Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1
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    Rating: PG
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    Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
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    Sound:  English Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
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    CAST AND FILMMAKERS:
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    Director: George Lucas
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    Written By:  George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
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    Produced By:  Francis Ford Coppola
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    Co-producer: Gary Kurtz
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    Cinematography By:  Jan D'Alquen, Ron Eveslage
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    Art Direction By:  Dennis Clark
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    Set Decoration By:  Douglas Freeman
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    Costume Designer:  Aggie Guerard Rodgers
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    Casting By:  Mike Fenton
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    Cast:  Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles
     Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Suzanne
     Somers, Wolfman Jack
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