Fast Times at Ridgemont High/Dazed and Confused: The Ultimate Party Pack—Universal
Films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused come along about once every 10 years. Both manage to cut through the sexual hijinks and drug jokes inherent in all so-called "teen flicks" to really capture what it was like to grow up in a particular time and place. I can watch both of these movies over and over, and that's why I love them: I get older, and they stay the same age.
Both Fast Times and Dazed have been available on DVD for years, but now they have been remastered and packaged together. You don't have to buy The Ultimate Party Pack to get both films—but it would be a lot cooler if you did. Fast Times is frustrating, as the new Special Edition still does not contain the multiple deleted scenes that air each and every time Fast Times is shown on commercial television. The menus and extra features (including the commentary from director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe) are also identical to the initial release, but at least the soundtrack has finally been remastered from mono into Dolby Digital 5.1.
Dazed and Confused fares better, although it had to, as the original release contained no bonus features whatsoever. The soundtrack has also been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1, and both films sport new anamorphic 1.85:1 transfers that are big improvements over the originals. Dazed does offer nine deleted scenes but unfortunately still doesn't feature commentary from director Richard Linklater. While the absence of some much-needed bonus material does not automatically qualify these releases as bogus, with a little more attention to detail, they both could have been totally awesome instead of just all right, all right.