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Air Guitar Nation (2007)

Angela Shelton , Zac Munro , Alexandra Lipsitz  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Shelton, Zac Munro, Gordon Hintz, Peter Cilella, Dan Crane (II)
  • Directors: Alexandra Lipsitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPOCMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Air Guitar Nation" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Additional air guitar performances
  • "Where are they now?" updates
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer

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A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and world stage, AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars compete to become the greatest air guitarist in the world. Two would-be rock legends emerge and strum their way towards glory and the coveted national title. Samurai warrior C. Diddy emerges as an early favorite, but his arch nemesis Björn Türoque is not far behind. Will Björn s technical prowess, attitude, and airness be enough to take him to the top, or will C. Diddy conquer all to become America s first supreme being of air guitar?

OVER 60 Minutes of Bonuses Including: Behind-the-Scenes Footage; Additional Air Guitar Performances; Where Are They Now Updates; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer; 5.1 Surround Sound; And More!

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Is it a sport? A game? An artform? It may be hard to define, but it's easy to see that air guitar is a lot of fun and immensely entertaining, and so is director Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation, an utterly charming documentary about the young men (and a few women) who in 2003 competed both at home and abroad to determine whose "airness" would rule. Having visited Finland, the longtime home of the World Championship finale (who knew?), the previous year to check out the scene, Kriston Rucker and Cedric Devitt realized that no Americans were included, so they organized the first U.S., er, air-off in New York. It's there that we meet guys who are restaurant managers, software developers, budget analysts, and such in daily life, but who assume names like Air Raid, Krye Tuff, and The Shred when they hit the stage and perform to the music of Motorhead, Judas Priest, Steve Vai, and others while the crowd goes nuts (judges include Tom Morello, who plays real guitar for Rage Against the Machine). Two stars emerge from the pack--David "C-Diddy" Jung (an Exeter-educated actor whose immigrant parents wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer) and Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane ("to err is human, but to air guitar is divine")--and we follow them as they head to Oulu, Finland, to take on competitors from all over the globe (more than one of them compares the event to the Olympics). They must first endure Air Guitar Boot Camp, with lessons in "Air Guitar and Groupies" and "Maintaining Your Instrument," but the film takes off when it gets to the competition itself; the performances, all of them about a minute long, are an absolute riot, with all the laughs (intended and otherwise), macho grimacing, and showy moves used by real heavy metal axe-grinders. But while these are basically young folks having a good time, most see air guitar as something, well, transcendent. "It's instant meditation," says one. "It's about freedom to be yourself," adds another. "I'm going to out-weird the world," says C-Diddy. About 40 minutes of bonus material includes deleted scenes and additional performances. --Sam Graham

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rockumentary! August 15, 2007
Format:DVD
Anyone who is a fan of rock music will appreciate this documentary about the World Air Guitar Championships. It is very funny and it benefits from having a lot of great new and classic rock songs in the soundtrack. When the lights came up at the end, someone next to me said, "It's right up there with 'Spinal Tap'!" I would agree .
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I love Air Guitar Nation August 16, 2007
Format:DVD
Because it's different, uninhibited, energetic, and most importantly incredibly funny, a film that completely draws you into itself for a few hours...but then the films over and you wish it would have gone on forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! August 15, 2007
Format:DVD
I didn't know anything about air guitar befor i watched "Air guitar Nation". Not only did I discover something extraordinary, i fell so lucky to have discovered it through this very skillfully directed film. it's like a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat from begining to end. Everyone should watch this! It is not only entertaining, it is philosophical , fun and exiting!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie rocks! August 16, 2007
Format:DVD
This is probably one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I caught the movie at a film festival last year. A buddy dragged me to it, and I was thinking that it was going to be another competition movie with a bunch of dorks. Well, yeah, it was a competition, and yeah, these guys are dorks, but the tension, comedy, and great music made it special treat, unlike anything I've ever seen. The crowd was literally going wild. If you want to have a good time, give this movie a try. You'll totally enjoy it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun flick, way overrated here September 30, 2007
Format:DVD
3.5 stars

The hyperbole of the other reviews here is extreme; comparing this to Spinal Tap is way off base. It's nowhere near as funny, fresh, or ingenious. Yeah, it's good, but it ain't one of the great documentaries of all time.

This is indeed a fun film, full of good vibes and nice guys. But damn, it's just slooow at points! The filmmakers keep it basic, and I think they lost a lot of potential humor doing that.

I may be biased in that I saw The King of Kong a couple of months ago, and that to me was the truly classic movie others found this to be. Side by side, Air Guitar comes off as a student film, not technically, but in that while Kong often surprises and plays with your expectations, this film merely shows what happened, and somewhat blandly at times. AGN is just straight narrative, and while all the characters are pleasant, the only real pay-off is when C. Diddy gets the approval of his parents at the end, and his Mom does the metal sign. That was touching, but the rest of this movie was merely a fair doc on a funny subject, and nothing that really involved me. I just think it could have been cut and paced in a more rock and roll way, in light of its subject.

Hey, I love air guitar and real guitar, but I've seen way better air guitarists than this many times in many places. As far as humor goes, I laughed out loud during King of Kong nine times (I started counting after four; it's rare to get that many big laughs out of my jaded humor center); I didn't really have one gut laugh during this film. Just a lot of smiles. I'm all for smiles, but they ain't belly laughs.

I liked AGN, but it's far from a masterpiece. No offense to those who love it---each of us must march to his own (air) drummer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Since there has been rock n' roll, there has been air guitar. For decades, air guitar was something that you did behind a locked, closed door. But no more - some enterprising people have established an Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu, Finland. The documentary Air Guitar Nation focuses on several American contestants for the coveted championship.

Viewers meet many great characters. David "C Diddy" Jung is one of the favorites for the title - much to the consternation of his Korean-American parents who wanted him to become a doctor or a lawyer. C Diddy uses a "Hello Kitty" backpack as a breastplate during his performances. One of C Diddy's main rivals is Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane, who often comments on the deeper meaning behind air guitar.

Viewers have to see some of the other contestants to believe them. One man performs in the nude while another plays air guitar to Christian rock from his wheelchair. All hope to impress the judges by demonstrating an ill-defined quality called "airness."

It's hard to say what makes Air Guitar Nation a winner. There are great tunes, interesting characters, and lots of humor. My wife and I watched with our ten-month-old daughter and she happily bounced along to the songs. In the end, the film is goofy, good fun that gives the viewer a different slice of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Awesome! August 31, 2007
By Jan
Format:DVD
I saw this at the SXSW film festival in 2006 mainly because it was the only thing showing at the time where were at. Oh man! Am I glad I saw it! No expectations at all...and it was one of the coolest things I've seen in a theater!! So freaking funny! The whole audience was going nuts pretty much the whole time. These real live "characters" are so hilarioius and so charismatic...they really make the fillm go. Such a crazy and goofy topic, but it was an awesome experience. If you appreciate good comedy and rock music, it's a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Air Guitar You Are! August 17, 2007
Format:DVD
I saw this documentary when it first appeared at a film festival. I love guitars and just about anything else that is taken to extremes. Not only is this film flat out funny, it shows you that not matter where you are in the world, the universal language is air guitar. If everyone in the world played air guitar, there would be world peace. After all, how can you hold a gun when you are holding a super cool Flying V air guitar?! This film is definitely worth adding to your collection, right next to Spinal Tap and Black Roses!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good god
Jesus humans need to die off... This shows everything that is wrong with the species... Get darkon on here now!
Published 12 months ago by Lastcall
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Rock-mock
Competitive air guitar will be your new hobby after watching this film! It's absurd and silly yet the competitors actually end up feeling like real rock heroes, even if for only a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes you 'round corners.....
The movie begins, and you're chuckling. Half-way through, you're in disbelief. By the end, you're standing in your living room cheering for C Diddy. Loved it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Katherine Wellert
4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs a guitar?
Solid movie all the way though. A bit awkward at times but what else would you expect from a movie about air guitars? Very cool and well done.
Published 20 months ago by jbalge
5.0 out of 5 stars So Rockin' Good
This movie is fantastic. In some ways the directors are really lucky in that you wouldn't believe the story unless you saw it yourself. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by R. Hirson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I just watched this movie the other day, and let me just say that it was amazing and funny. everyone should check it out
Published on December 4, 2011 by Sophie J. Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness personified
If you're under 60, you've played air guitar at some point in your life - and not just as a child. Even Mr. Bigtime Lawyer or Dr. Read more
Published on August 7, 2011 by Daniel Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Air Guitar Nation - Amazon Online Instant Video
I thought this "rockumentary" was great. It was a great look at a unique culture, and had a feel good ending.
Published on July 1, 2011 by Steven R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy Rocks
This DVD is a fascinating insight into a truely amazing musical competition. I particularly enjoyed the performance of Roxy McStagger from Australia and believe he was the true... Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by M. Hadfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Air Guitar Nation is an excellent step for anyone understand why air guitar is a form of art.
Beautiful. I strongly recommend.

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Published on October 16, 2009 by Fausto Carraro
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Why is this rated R (Air Guitar Nation)
I think there's an F bomb or two in it, and there's some nudity (about three seconds). One of the Air Guitar contestants plays nude (he's an idiot, and the only true drawback to this otherwise funny movie). I just watched it last night with a friend and her 16-year-old son who is about to be 17.... Read More
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