New Release: Fast Times at Ridgemont High Blu-ray

Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie scene

Sean Penn is wasted as Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

That classic high school movie, 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, arrived on Blu-ray on Aug. 9, 2011, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Fast Times remains the definitive film about American high school life in the 1980s and stars such soon-to-be-popular performers as Sean Penn (Fair Game), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Greenberg), Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Forest Whitaker (Repo Men), Eric Stoltz (TV’s Caprica) and the very hot Phoebe Cates (Gremlins).

But the film also had comedy pedigree behind the camera. The movie was directed by Amy Heckerling (European Vacation) and written by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) based on his own book.

The Blu-ray doesn’t have any new special features, but it does have the extras from the Collector’s Edition DVD released in 2003:

  • Reliving our Fast Times at Times at Ridgemont High documentary featuring interviews with the cast and crew including Penn and Heckerling
  • Feature commentary with Heckerling and Crowe
  • Theatrical trailer

Plus, the Blu-ray includes Universal’s usual apps:

  • U-Control feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie
  • Pocket Blu which allows smartphones and computers to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player
  • UHear feature that allows viewers to skip back a few seconds if they missed dialog

Universal priced the Blu-ray at $26.98.

This Blu-ray is not the movie’s high-definition debut. Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released on HD DVD when that format was still around.

Wanna giggle? Check out the original theatrical trailer:


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