Flashdance Gets 40th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD

Michael Nouri and Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Courtesy of Paramount.

A few years after joining the Paramount Presents line, Flashdance is making its arrival on 4K UHD for its 40th anniversary.

The previous Blu-ray had been newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by director Adrian Lyne. Lyne approved the new 4K UHD edition as well. In addition to the 4K UHD disc, the release includes the remastered Blu-ray, digital copy, and all legacy bonus content. Meanwhile, Fathom Events is bringing the film back into theaters for two nights only on April 26 and 30.

Jennifer Beals stars as Alex. She has one dream and that’s to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. She works during the day as a welder and performs at night as an exotic dancer. She’s not one to give up on her dreams, while also falling in love with Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) in the process. Yes, there is also an eighteen year age difference between the two.

If you aren’t all that familiar with the film, you’re probably familiar with the songs. “Flashdance…What a Feeling” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Maniac” was also an Oscar nominee. The film also earned nominations for film editing and cinematography. There’s also the iconic poster featuring Jennifer Beals in a sweatshirt with a large neck hole. On the filmmaking front, the film would mark the first collaboration between Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson as producers.

When one looks at the film’s overall look, it’s easy to see how it would influence sequences in the style of music videos for years to come. There are certainly a few films that would be influenced including Bruckheimer and Simpson’s own Top Gun.


  • Filmmaker Focus: Director Adrian Lyne on Flashdance
  • The Look of Flashdance
  • Releasing the Flashdance Phenomenon
  • Theatrical Trailer

DIRECTOR: Adrian Lyne
SCREENWRITERS: Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas
CAST: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Belinda Bauer, Lilia Skala

Paramount released Flashdance in theaters on April 15, 1983. The film is now available on 4K UHD.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.