George Lucas’ first box office hit, American Graffiti, is both 50 years old, and coming to the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format as well.
Before George Lucas embarked on the first Star Wars movie that’d change the direction of his life, career, and modern cinema, he already had one huge hit to his name. He’d made an initial mark with the dystopian sci-fi film THX-1138, but it was American Graffiti, all the way back in 1973, that marked him as a major filmmaking talent in American mainstream cinema. (It also allowed Lucas to express his nostalgia for racing fast cars – something that also fed into Star Wars, as highlighted by the terrific documentary, Light & Magic.)
Earning rave reviews and plenty of money at the box office, the film – which stars Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams and some fella called Harrison Ford – has hit a milestone. It’s 50 years old this year, and I checked that with my calculator. I get the same number.
The point of this story though – lord, I’m turning into one of those clickbait farms padding this out – is that the movie makes its debut on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this November.
Universal is putting the film out initially as a Steelbook release (we don’t have any details on the non-Steel version), and the disc features a making of feature and a George Lucas commentary track too.
November 6th is the release date for the disc. You can find more information and order a copy right here.
Read more: Light & Magic, and the love of cars that led to Star Wars
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