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Almost Famous (2000)

Billy Crudup , Patrick Fugit , Cameron Crowe  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee
  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Ian Bryce, Jerry Ziesmer, Lisa Stewart, Marty P. Ewing
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (795 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Almost Famous" on IMDb

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  • Stillwater's Fever Dog Music Video
  • HBO Behind-the-Scenes "Making-of" Featurette (24 min.)
  • The Rolling Stone Articles

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Audiences and critics alike are raving about this larger-than-life rock'n 'roll favorite that Roger Ebert calls "one of the best movies of the year!" The guys of Stillwater have the sound, they have the look and Rolling Stone Magazine wants their story. For young reporter William Miller, it's the opportunity of a lifetime as he hits the road with his favorite band and discovers the price of fame, the value of family and the limits of friendship.

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562 of 581 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Director's Cut - Powerful Story and Acting December 27, 2001
By turtlex
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Almost Famous Untitled: The Bootleg Cut - Director's Edition.
I've decided to review the Bootleg Cut of "Almost Famous" as most of the other reviews are of the original theatrical release.
This is a wonderful two-disc ( actually 3, more on this later ) DVD collection.
First, the packaging. We are presented with a brown tri-fold package, much like the bootleg recordings of the seventies. Not a whole lot of artwork on the cover. Simply a small photo of Kate Hudson (Penny Lane).
The first tri-fold presents us with a wonderful addition to this DVD set. Included is a STILLWATER Music CD. This music CD is only available in this collection and features songs from the film as performed by Stillwater. Four of the tracks are co written by Nancy Wilson ( of Heart ) and Cameron Crowe ( the director ). This little bonus CD is great and very appropriate to the theme of the set.
I'll jump now to DISC 2 of this set which is the Original Theatrical Version of "Almost Famous". This is the academy award winning version that was released and it's great. The story is well told and very engaging.
DISC 1 is "Untitled: Almost Famous : The Bootleg Cut" which is not rated.
This version is a gift.
Cameron Crowe has taken the time to ( lovingly ) recut his film and include an additional 36 minutes of film. The addition of these precious minutes change the film but do not deminish it's impact or watchability.
The additional 36 minutes add mostly to the character of Penny Lane ( Academy Award Nominee Kate Hudson ) and expand on her history.
Unlike many extended versions which add little to character development, this version of "Almost Famous" brings more insight and depth to nearly all characters.
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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
There's a moment early on in "Untitled", Cameron Crowe's 'Bootleg' Director's Cut of "Almost Famous", where rock critic Lester Bangs (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), in mid-rant, claims that the Box Tops' "The Letter" says more in less than two minutes, without even trying, than Jethro Tull can say in hours, while trying their damndest. It got me thinking: why didn't Crowe take his own advice? Why did he take a perfectly serviceable 122-minute movie that appeared to say everything, and turn it into a 162-minute movie? Well, I've seen "Untitled". It blows up "Almost Famous", makes it spectacle and spectacular, while never losing its intimate edge.
This is a case where more of a good thing doesn't turn into too much of a good thing.
What do you get with "Untitled"? Well, more character. Backstories are fleshed out, relationships are better defined, and the humanity becomes more human. We see William's (Patrick Fugit) kleptomania, along with more examples of how his youth made him an outcast. We get Penny Lane's (Kate Hudson) nurturing side, explicitly portrayed. And we get a full-on glimpse of Jeff Bebe's (Jason Lee) envy, why it started and how it manifests itself. A couple of full scenes are added, most notably a radio station appearance that's terribly funny, albeit irrelevant to the plot. But most of the additional footage comes from existing scenes being lengthened. More often than not, the point is clarified without boring the audience with tediousness.
The audio commentary begins with Cameron Crowe outlining the two paths they might go down. The first is the hemming-and-hawing path, where all the truths are covered up, in favour of banal stories and technical information.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of 2000 March 23, 2001
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No, the DVD doesn't have all the extras that Amazon promised. They goofed on that one. But, rest assured that the version we all want will be along in a few months when CC is done shooting "Vanilla Sky".
Let me start by marveling at the plethora of negative reviews here. Even the critics that didn't name it to their Top 10 list didn't dislike the movie. You will be hard pressed to find a single negative professional review anywhere on this movie. Please disregard the short, ignorant reviews here that do no more than call the movie names. This movie is all you could ask for and then some.
The story is old news by now. Everybody knows it is based on CC's real life experiences as a teenage scribe covering the rock scene for Rolling Stone magazine. Unlike many movies based on a true story, many of the pivotal scenes in this movie actually took place. Very few artistic liberties were taken with regards to key events.
The acting was virtually flawless. Phillip Seymour Hoffman would have won an Oscar if there was an awards given for cameos. His role was too small to be considered for best supporting actor, but it was the best performance I have seen in a long time. McDormand and Hudson both earned their nominations. Kate Hudson's range was astonishing, especially in the "$50/Case of Beer" scene. Jason Lee was born to play the part of Jeff Bebe, and Jimmy Fallon was surprisingly strong as a sleazy agent. The movies focal points were Billy Crudup as Russel Hammond, a self-centered guitarist with several intricate layers to his makeup. Crudup played the part perfectly and deserved official recognition for his work. Patrick Fugit, playing William Miller/CC was excellent in his debut. Like Hudson, his expressions were worth a million words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice thanks!!!
Published 8 hours ago by ricardo febres
5.0 out of 5 stars great film.
as promised, great film.
Published 23 hours ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
"I am a golden god!!" ~ 'nuff said
Published 2 days ago by Jason Denny
1.0 out of 5 stars ... up for the fact that the added footage was better of edited out of...
Suggestive cover art can't make up for the fact that the added footage was better of edited out of the original film. A total waste of time and money.
Published 9 days ago by flyingburitto
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Famous
I like this extended film. It makes the characters and story a little clearer. It's fun to watch. Hard to believe it's as old as it is !
Published 16 days ago by Pat Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Published 16 days ago by Drew Licausi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is my new all time favorite movie!
Published 16 days ago by Zac Holman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool-By-Association isn't cool, kids
Oh, it's definitely cute and engaging - even at more than 2 and a half hours, it never gets tedious and it's meticulously true to it's time period, though strangely, I never felt... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ed Urd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
I love this movie! So glad I decided to watch it again after all these years. Such a great depiction of one era of rock and roll but also a favorite flick from my teenage years. Read more
Published 20 days ago by gillian kalson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great! Great watch for teens/pre teens. My kids loved it.
Published 21 days ago by seamusthecat
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Almost Famous director's cut? is it also on the regular 1-disc version?
No but you can see it on the Blu Ray disc :)
It may be an import but it is Region A compatible :)
Feb 7, 2010 by J |  See all 2 posts
blu ray extended edition
The run time is the same so I would say yes.
Jan 8, 2009 by Joseph J. Culotta Jr. |  See all 3 posts
Almost Famous Theme
If you're talking about the instrumental thing played over the main menu then that is Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin.
May 22, 2009 by Bornintime |  See all 2 posts
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