Way, way, back in 1979, a 22-year-old journalist named Cameron Crowe passed himself off as a 12th grader and went undercover at a San Diego high school. The resulting expose, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, serves as the basis for this 1982 comedy about the lives and loves of a group of suburban teenagers. Sweet Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and nice guy Mark "Rat" Ratner (Brian Backer) are each looking for love with guidance from their older friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). But when Stacy falls for Damone, a callous hipster wannabe, the results are disastrous. Meanwhile, Stacy's brother Brad (Judge Reinhold), a fast-food delivery boy, has the incurable hots for his younger sister's friend Linda and Stoner Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) just wants to survive Mr. Hand's (Ray Walston) history class. These characters all find at least part of what they're looking for by the time summer vacation rolls around. Anyone left either chuckling or laughing outright by any or all of the above will be overjoyed to “hear” that Universal Home Entertainment will be releasing a Fast Times At Ridgemont High: Special Edition this November 2nd. The film will be presented in both 1.85:1 Widescreen 1.33:1 and Full Frame axspect with English Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; DTS 5.1; English, Spanish and French subtitles. Disc extras will include a previously released commentary featuring director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe; the featurette "Reliving our Fast Times At Ridgemont High," production Notes, Cast & Filmmakers, Theatrical Trailer, "Hangouts of Ridgemont High" video map and Music Highlights. It’ll carry a suggested retail price of right around $19.99.

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