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June 23, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Grease Sing-A-Long

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@

The reference to HSM is clever. I love the ramped-up push-in to Travolta at the beginning and the added lens flares. In fact, I would way rather see an all-out “remixed” version of the movie, the way techno DJs update moldy pop songs, than a Karaoke version. Once the trailer settles into long chunks of just two songs, it loses its excitement. And they sanitized the lyrics of “Greased Lightning” in the subtitles. Really lame. The June 25 premiere at the Bowl hosted by Didi Conn might be a great party, but I can’t really see myself going to a cinema to sing along with a movie I own on DVD, which happens to already come with the sing-along feature. Still, there are worse things I could do.

Michael the Moviegoer – @

I’ve often said that I would prefer theatrical re-releases to expensive remakes, especially with regard to the awful new “Karate Kid.” But why deface the original cinematic image by adding the song lyrics? Surely audiences in the 70s had no trouble learning the words without them being on the screen. This process just turns the movie into a Karaoke experience, like you said. For decades, “Rocky Horror” audiences created a sing-a-long experience without needing the lyrics on the screen. For younger people who may never have seen the film before, this is an unfortunate distraction. For older fans who are there for a boost of nostalgia, I can see an element of fun in it. But what this trailer shows, and what you so accurately pointed out, is that the on-screen sing-a-long lyrics have been altered. In “Greased Lightning” the word “cream” has been changed to “scream” with no change in the soundtrack. This is an abomination. I wonder what they’ve done to the rest of that song’s lyrics. But I’m not curious enough to find out by going to see it. I would demand a refund at the first sight of a changed lyric.

Opens July 8, 2010 in limited release.

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