As much as both "Shelf Life" and to a lesser extent "Making The (Up) Grade" are expressly designed to allow yours truly to revisit some of his previous favorites to see how well they hold up, there are some titles that I don't need to see again to know they're terrific. Boogie Nights is one of these: released in 1997 when I was still living in Charlotte, North Carolina, it should tell you how excited I was to see this that I drove to Atlanta with two buddies so we could see it two weeks early, and then proceeded to see it another 11 times in theaters when it finally arrived in my home town. It remains one of my favorite films, and like a record you heard when you were at an impressionable age, I can remember every shot, movement and line of dialogue.

Recently I went home for the holidays, and my buddy Brent, one of those two explorers who joined me for that trip to Atlanta, gave me a copy of the movie on Blu-ray. (For those who don't know, the movie is officially being released this month, but it was made available exclusively at Best Buy in mid-December.) Because I knew I wouldn't like the film any less, and, quite frankly, there haven't been a lot of other noteworthy reissues lately, Boogie Nights seemed a perfect candidate for "Making The (Up) Grade," since it's a movie whose fans will watch any amount of bonus materials, extras, or anything else – and I'm not just saying that because I'm one of them.

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