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In attempt to both replace the sound elements that could not be saved, and provide 5-channel surround sound, new sound effects were added. Some sounds were added just for the heck of it, like the bushes audibly rustling when Sonny pushes Putzie into them, and the chains on the drive-in swings rattling when Danny bumps against them during the song Sandy. One of the missing-for-exact-reasons-unknown original sound effects from the drive-in scene, was the car horns that tell Danny he's casting a shadow on the drive-in screen. Also among the nowmissing sounds, was the cymbal that enhances the wave crashing into Sandy & Danny at the beach. The most disheartening change for me about the new 1997 audio mix, was how the oncebackground music now often drowned out dialogue. Some cast members had been quite vocal about their disappointment over the fact that some of their dialogue could no longer be heard. The worst example of drowned-out dialogue for me personally, was during Olivia's iconic delivery of “Tell me about it, stud.” The new mix also left a lot of the original music sounding weaker, while the newer sound effects stood out in front. This is partly due to the fact that digital sound is “cleaner” than analog, because it breaks up and then reassembles what it processes. While analog sound is one continuous stream, and therefore has much more “punch” to it. From 1998 on, TV stations licensed and played the digitally remixed 1998 version of Grease, and it looked like the original 1978 version was lost in oblivion forever. Even 2010's sing along release was an enhanced version of the 1998 remaster. Then in late 2017, it was announced that Grease was again being re-released theatrically and on home video, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Thankfully, a 70mm master mix of the original 1978 audio had been discovered, and this master mix was used to completely restore Grease's sound to its original luster. In fact, it's actually improved. Background elements are once again properly in the background, but some of them – like back up vocals during You're the One That I Want – have been turned up slightly, to show that they are once again in proper sync. Some dialog that was more buried in the original 1978 release has actually been turned up, particularly during the high school dance scene. And while they are now more properly in the background, some sound effects that weren't present until 1998 still hang around, particularly during Greased Lightning. They include the sound of the engine as Danny descends on it, and Kenickie's cigarette lighter audibly lighting. Lastly, while VHS, Betamax, and Laserdisc releases from the 1980s featured a Phil Spectoresque simulated stereo sound, Grease's 40th anniversary audio is actually in true stereo. The picture quality in the new 40th anniversary release has also been tremendously improved. The original negative has been scanned and given meticulous color restoration. You'll now clearly and correctly see that the guys' T-Birds insignias actually contain white, blue, yellow, and red elements. The only visual edits between this spectacular restoration, and the original 1978 release, are the erasing of the microphone that once glared in the jukebox as Danny apologizes to Sandy, and the onceblurred Coke poster in the Frosty Palace, now replaced by a should-have-been-there-all-along Pepsi

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