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Adventures of Power (2010)

Michael McKean , Jane Lynch , Ari Gold  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Chi Ling Chiu, Adrian Grenier, Ari Gold
  • Directors: Ari Gold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046BHC2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Combining the hilarious satire of Spinal Tap and School of Rock, ADVENTURES OF POWER is a Sundance Film Festival & audience favorite starring the real Ari Gold, Jane Lynch (Glee), Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), Shoshannah Stern (Jericho), and Chi Chiu Ling (Kung Fu Hustle), about a air-drummer who saves his hometown by listening to his heartbeat. With a totally awesome (LA Times) soundtrack of 80's hits & hilarious originals. Adventures of Power is an epic comedy about a mine-worker named Power whose love of drums and lack of musical skill has turned him into the ridiculed air drummer; of his small town. But when Power's union-leader father calls a strike at the mine, Power discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers who just might hold the key to changing the world. Power's journey across America brings him face-to-face with his town's greatest enemy, and allows him to discover the beat within his own heart. Over 60 Minutes of Bonus Material including: Exclusive interview & drum-off with Rush Drummer Neil Peart Music video starring Adrian Grenier -Entourage- as Dallas! Deleted scenes featuring Jane Lynch Glee - Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim - Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Nick Kroll - The League - and more! Postcards from the set. Award winning short films by Ari Gold. Audio Commentary with Ari Gold. 3 trailers. All bonus materials and feature have been close captioned for the deaf & hard of hearing. Audio Commentary featured optional subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing. DVD includes limited edition foil packaging.


Rowdy response to 'Power's' midnight unspooling at Sundance establishes the pic's cult-movie cred. Gold's a gifted comedian. --Variety

An enthusiastic Drums Up... Totally awesome! --L.A. Times

One of the funniest films in recent years! --New York

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Clean October 10, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was hooked when Rush's Tom Sawyer was the running thread throught this tale of air drummer supremacy with a factory town drama background. The actors acted with freedom, and this added to the odd attraction of the film. I have seen this film 3 times since buying it for 8 bucks after shipping, and will watch it many more times. I nice clean film. It barely deserves the pg-13 rating, and is less racey than any drama crime show reruns kids see at any hour of the day. A fun flick!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best comedy about air drumming out there September 14, 2011
Although The Adventures of Power received plenty of hate on Netflix and Rottentomatoes, I happen to think the film was pretty clever and funny (in a silly kind of way). The humor here is a little more understated and probably won't appeal to some, but I thought it was an awesome comedy. The Adventures of Power is finally something original with a fantastic soundtrack (if you love classic 80s rock such as Rush, Loverboy, or Mr. Mister), hilarious scenes reminiscent of Spinal Tap, and a good message about the underdog overcoming odds. There is also a love story, as Power meets Annie, a girl he falls for, who gives Power the inspiration to drum. The film is able to balance a bit of satire and wit with plain goofiness to create laughs.

The Adventures of Power tells the story of one young man and his dream of air drumming. Power has always felt he had something special (even if it wasn't a set of drums), and while his uncle chastises him, telling him that people are making fun of him, Power still believes that good will come of his "talent." His air drumming skills take him to talent shows, to an illegal underground air drumming contest in Mexico, which features a motley mix of air drummers trying to keep up with speed metal, and finally to an all-stakes air drum showdown in Newark. Carlos, a man without hands to drum, sees Power as the next great hope in air drumming, and enlists him. With his fascination with Rush's "Tom Sawyer", Power makes the trip to the big time with hopes of achieving great things. To do this, he and his fellow air drummers will have to battle the best of the best air drummers.

Many have noted the similarities between The Adventures of Power with Napoleon Dynamite and Dodgeball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy! December 10, 2010
I got the chance to watch the movie in Berlin, Germany with Q&A with Ari Gold. He was a great host and was around for more questions after the screening. The movie is really funny and has got a great soundtrack. It's a mix of nostalgia, random quotes and a hell of an air drum session. The great thing is that you get great production value with the heart of an indie movie. You will be surprised by this movie for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun! December 4, 2010
Loved this movie! I had the chance to see it at a special screening for a charity fundraiser, and it was a blast. Power, the main character, lives in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, and although he spends his days working at a refinery, his life revolves around the "art" of "air drumming." Circumstances evolve so that he eventually winds up in the Big Apple competing in a high stakes air drumming competition. To be totally honest, I found the very beginning of the movie a little slow, but it quickly picked up speed, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It's very funny, with a great cast including Michael McKean from "Spinal Tap," Jane Lynch, of "Glee" fame, and Adrian Grenier, from "Entourage." The soundtrack's terrific, especially for those who came of age in the '80s. (If you didn't, then you might not be as thrilled about that as I was. My thirteen-year-old didn't care for the music at all, but, what does she know?!!) Artists featured include Neil Peart and Rush, the Daz Band's "Whip It," and more. What's not to love? The film carries a wonderful message, too, about following your dream no matter what other people might think and no matter how daunting the obstacles are to overcome. It reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite in that regard. I have no idea why it didn't make it to the theaters, but I definitely intend to grab it on DVD. I hope you will too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny your stomach will hurt November 9, 2010
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This movie is one of the funniest I have ever seen!! I saw it at a film festival in 2009 and since then have wished that my friends could see it, too. It made me laugh so hard I cried and then my stomach hurt, too! I'm so glad it's out on DVD now. Offbeat humor with an underlying positive message. Great soundtrack of original and previously recorded music. This is a must see for anyone who loves movies about music (The Commitments, High Fidelity, Spinal Tap). Fans of the music of Rush or Phil Collins should also see this movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - an original movie!! February 1, 2011
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I've been following "Adventures of Power" on FaceBook for quite a while, and was so excited that it was finally released on DVD! Yes, it's campy, but I think that's the point. It's "Napoleon Dynamite"-esque, so if you didn't like ND, chances are AoP is not for you. But it's been a long time since I have seen a totally original movie that had complex story lines for multiple characters. The movie is designed to relate to "everyman" - there are issues that we all can relate to regardless of socioeconomic status. If you are a musician - especially a percussionist - you will definitely relate to this movie. And make sure you take a look at the Bonus Features, as they include an interview with Rush drummer Neil Peart and a "drum-off" between Ari Gold (Power) and Peart!

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates good, old fashioned comedy draped in a bit of drama and a lot of camp.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So great
This movie was so stupid that it was awesome! A movie about air bands? Yes please! It was pretty entertaining.
Published 5 months ago by ambax
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I met Ari Gold (writer, director, and lead star) of this hilarious look at the life of an air drummer. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark Vandergaard
5.0 out of 5 stars To Air is Ari
How is it even humanly possible to go from silly to absurd to sublime all in one movie or even in the same scene? Read more
Published 11 months ago by 4321dud
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures Of Power
ok so glad I have this DVD in my Collection, As I could not imagine my collection without it! Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This movie is best appreciated by those who watch movies multiple times. The first time I watched this movie, I liked it, but it was not one of my favorites. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chuck R.
3.0 out of 5 stars weird but good
I'm not into air anything whatsoever but I liked this movie. Just a silly movie with good music and some funny moments. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kris
2.0 out of 5 stars I Gave Up Nearly 2 Hours of my Life for This?!
Not a good film. I agree with many of the reviews outside of Amazon. It felt like the filmmaker wanted to jump on the coattails of Napoleon Dynamite's success and do something... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Artista
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie is borderline retarded
And I enjoyed it. Air drumming is a way of life for Power (Ari Gold). He is obsessed with Neil Peart and cereal. Read more
Published 21 months ago by walletboyniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I saw this at the Austin Film Festival and couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD! It's worth every penny.
Published 22 months ago by Amanda L. Joyce
1.0 out of 5 stars It tries to hard
This is not a sweet movie, it wants to be or appear to be. It tries to hard to be that. Not recommended, it could carry a more mature rating.
Published on August 20, 2012 by Paul A. Spangler
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