The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Jersey Boys, hit the big screen earlier this year with Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons has arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.
For the millions of fans who adore their music who could not get to Broadway, now that the film has come out on home video, it’s your chance to have -- to paraphrase one of their biggest hits -- Oh, What a Night!
As you can see in the Jersey Boys trailer, the film stars John Lloyd Young, who reprises his Tony Award-winning turn as Frankie Valli, the lead singer of The Four Seasons.
Erich Bergen also stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote every single one of the band’s biggest hits. And Michael Lomenda stars as Nick Massi and Vincent Piazza stars as Tommy DeVito (yes, he’s related to Danny DeVito, who is a producer on the show and the movie).
And since their Jersey story does have its mob connections, how good is the casting of Christopher Walken as Gyp DeCarlo?!
The Broadway show is absolutely electric and has had audiences dancing in the aisles since its debut. As we stated in our theatrical Jersey Boys review, Eastwood’s film is a little more on the flat side. Sometimes it’s hard to capture a stage show on the screen, but the elements that made the story so legendary are front and center in Eastwood’s flick.
The Jersey Boys DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download feature many of the group’s biggest hits, including Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Sherry, Dawn, Rag Doll and Bye Bye Baby.
Given the effort to bring the hit show to the screen could not have been an easy one, the best of the bonus features chronicles that endeavor. From Broadway To The Big Screen follows Eastwood and the cast as they take the story of The Four Seasons and bring it to the widest audience possible that comes with the film medium.
There are significant choices that had to be made and to see Eastwood, a brilliant helmer, at work trying his best to capture the spirit of one of the most popular musicals of all time, is a fascinating one.
The featurette Too Good To Be True is also a gem in how it delves deeper into the (alleged) relationship between the mob and Valli. The documentary short features Donnie Kehr and Walken exploring the nature of the connection between DeCarlo and Valli and they theorize what role Valli’s mob connections might have had in the band getting a big break.
The best part of the entire film has to be the closing number, Oh, What a Night. The bonus feature Oh, What a Night To Remember painstakingly showcases how Eastwood and his talented cast brought that hit song to life in a show-stopping moment that could not have been a better end to a film that pays tribute to one of pop music’s greatest legends.