Thank God It's Friday DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

A fun, ensemble romp that aspires to nothing more than entertaining the audience.
  • OVERALL
    3.5
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A fun, ensemble romp that aspires to nothing more than entertaining the audience.
THE BAD
A movie like this is screaming for extra features!
THE FEATURE
I had expected to not like Thank God It's Friday at all. I had been prepared to hear bad music, see awful clothes and just somehow suffer my way through this film. At first, when the music started I felt the need to cringe in embarrassment. However, as I continued to watch the film and got caught up in the stories of all the characters, I realized what an enjoyable film this was. Recalling such "one night" movies as Midnight Madness and Scavenger Hunt, I was very impressed that while this film was steeped in disco, it relied more on all the characters and their situations than it did on the soundtrack.

If you like lots of laughs, interesting characters and people who dare to dream than Thank God It's Friday will have you screaming "Hallelujah!"
THE EXTRAS
No extras came with this DVD.
THE VIDEO
1.85:1 - Anamorphic Widescreen. This is one of those movies that I don't think it matters what the aspect ratio is. I know that some people might disagree with me, but I honestly would have enjoyed this film just as much in full screen as I did in widescreen. This is the kind of movie that is really about the dialogue and the situations inside the story. Everything else is just capturing the period in which it was made.
THE AUDIO
English 5.1 Dolby Digital. Subtitled in English and Japanese. Close Captioned. Mastered in High Definition. Nothing too special about the sound here but I am sure that it will appeal to disco enthusiasts. Truthfully, I really enjoyed this movie's easy feel and the way it seemed like it was just peeking into these character's lives. The audio on this disc serves the story as opposed to taking us into the mindsets of the characters.
THE PACKAGE
Donna Summer is featured on this front cover looking sultry in front of a disco ball. Lets be honest, do you need any more description than that? The back features a collage of shots from the movie which further give this packaging it's 1970s feel. There is a description of what Thank God It's Friday is about, a cast list and some technical specs.
THE FINAL WORD
It's funny, in the 1970s disco was the biggest thing in the world. Then the 1980s happen and suddenly disco isn't cool anymore. However, as trends and everything else recycle themselves, it makes sense that the 1970s would experience a powerful resurgence in the 1990s, and I guess Thank God It's Friday couldn't be more timely in it's arrival on DVD. As I stated, I went into this movie not thinking that I was going to like it but I ended up enjoying it a great deal.

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