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.
Meanwhile, on the last day of high school in a small Texas town in 1976 the annual hazing of incoming freshmen is underway. Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins) is among the boys subjected to physical abuse meted out by a group of upperclassmen led by perennial senior Fred O'Bannion (Ben Affleck). The girls suffer torture of a more psychological variety at the hands of soon-to-be senior Darla Marks (Parker Posey). Meanwhile, Randall "Pink" Floyd, the school's amiable and sensitive star quarterback, grapples with his coach's demand that he sign a contract agreeing to remain drug free. Nerdy Mike Newhouse (Adam Goldberg) tries desperately to shake off his geeky persona while local loser David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) ogles the freshman "talent." Over the course of a single night of drinking, smoking dope and driving, each of these wildly different characters in his own way takes a small step towards his destiny. Which all loosely translates as . . . Universal will also be releasing The Dazed And Confused Flashback Edition this November 2nd. The film will be presented in both 1.85:1 Widescreen and 1.33:1 Full Frame with English Dolby Digital 5.1; French Dolby Digital 2.0; DTS 5.1; English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras will include a spate of all-new bonus features including over fourteen minutes of deleted scenes; "The Blunt Truth: An Institutional Film" that provides a nostalgically hilarious over-the-top look at how the dangers of drugs were communicated to high school students back in the early 70s; and two vintage PSA's from the same period: "Venereal Disease/VD is for Everybody" a satiric musical look at the burgeoning social problem and "Crying Indian" about the excesses of pollution. Once it sobers up enough to make onto your local DVD shelves it’ll also be toting a suggested retail price of ‘round about $19.99.