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Almost Famous [Blu-ray] (2000)

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  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LK5CEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist - he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school - inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). Anita rebels by dropping out of school and becoming a stewardess, but William makes something of his love of rock & roll by writing album reviews for a local underground newspaper. William's work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), editor of renegade rock magazine Creem, who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment - covering a Black Sabbath concert. While William is unable to score an interview with the headliners, the opening act, Stillwater, are more than happy to chat with a reporter, even if he's still too young to drive, and William's piece on the group in Creem gains him a new admirer in Ben Fong-Torres (Terry Chen), an editor at Rolling Stone. Torres offers William an assignment for a 3,000-word cover story on Stillwater, and over the objections of his mother (whose parting words are "Don't use drugs!"), and after some stern advice from Bangs (who says under no circumstances should he become friends with a band he's covering), Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee). William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a groupie traveling with the band who is no older than William, but is deeply involved with Russell. Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres, incidentally, were real-life rock writers Crowe worked with closely during his days as a journalist. Almost Famous' original score was composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart (who is also Crowe's wife).

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554 of 572 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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103 of 114 people found the following review helpful
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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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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of 2000 March 23, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie!
Published 9 hours ago by kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!
The story is about how fifteen-year-old William Miller became a rock critic for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 1970s. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A great movie the really brings the 70's era music to life on screen. One kid tries to get the story and remain clean, with plenty of shows in between. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies in my collection!
Not much needs to said here. If you were checking out live bands in the 70's, it's a no-brainer.
Published 5 days ago by R. Sibincic
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Famous
I saw this movie on cable again, and decided I needed it. It's based on a true story.
Published 6 days ago by beatcall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nostaligic Almost/Rockumentary Drama
Whenever I want to "Feel" what the "essence" of the 70's were about coupled by it's music and sense of innocence.... This is the movie I reach for... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mr. P. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Plus some really great music. Francis McDorman is great as the over...
Pure nostalgia of the highest order! This film took me right back to the awkwardness and utter abandon of my youth. Plus some really great music. Read more
Published 14 days ago by f/stop
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super movie, a must for any film library
Published 16 days ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs!!
I was 15 during the time period of this movie and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the music in it! They really were able to replicate the sound of concerts back then....the BEST!!
Published 21 days ago by Amie
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved the movie and just discovered that I was a ...
I have always loved the movie and just discovered that I was a year ahead of Les Bangs at El Cajon Valley High School. I didn't know he was THE Lester Bangs!
Published 21 days ago by Judy Zimmerman
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