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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jon Auer , Chris Bell , Drew DeNicola , Olivia Mori  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Auer, Chris Bell, Alex Chilton
  • Directors: Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The definitive documentary about the beloved and influential 70s rock band Big Star. Together less than four years, the band flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, The Replacements, Elliot Smith, Beck, The Flaming Lips and countless others.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Star, Brilliant Documentary :) November 7, 2013
Up until about three years ago, I knew very little about Big Star. A friend of mine gave me a CD of their music - #1 Record and Radio City - to have a listen to (after I mentioned about how much I loved Badfinger) and I really enjoyed it. Back this past summer though, everything changed when my friend came back into town and we went to watch the documentary 'Big Star : Nothing Can Hurt Me' in the theatre. After witnessing the story of everything they went through and hearing their music alongside all the images and brilliantly compiled footage and interviews, I had a deeper sense of appreciation for Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell and Andy Hummel and all that they had set out to do with this amazing group. Within days I was re-listening to that initial CD that I was given plus I also went out and bought the soundtrack plus their last release 'Third / Sister Lovers'. Writer / Director Drew DeNicola and Co-Director Olivia Mori wonderfully put together what I would deem by far one of the best band documentaries that I have ever seen and one that will definitely stand the test of time as the DEFINITIVE story of the one of the world's greatest undiscovered treasures - Big Star. Although sadly three of the four members are no longer with us, it's never too late to discover the artistic brilliance of what they are - or what they were wanting to accomplish - and watching this documentary will make you more then just a fan of their music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts together the many pieces of a very complicated story December 22, 2013
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Having been a fan of Big Star for well over 20 years and having read anything and everything I can get my hands on about this band, I went into viewing this movie with some skepticism, thinking that any film would fall short telling the details of a complicated story...a story that really involves the journey of the two principal songwriters, plus numerous others who all played a role in crafting the sound and image of the band. Thankfully, I can say that the filmmakers have succeeded admirably in getting the job done. They follow both the careers of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, showing up the paths each took before Big Star...and after Big Star. And just as importantly, they included many others who were involved in the story...John Fry, Carol Manning, John Dando, Steve Rhea, Jim Dickinson, etc. Perhaps even more importantly, the filmmakers had perfect timing, being able to capture the words of several key players before they passed away...including interviews with bassist Andy Hummel. (Nobody really expected Alex Chilton to participate, but his voice is still present throughout the movie.)

Some may complain that certain aspects of the story weren't covered in greater detail (including some of Chris Bell's personal struggles), but I think they managed to strike the right balance between telling a good story and celebrating the legacy of the band (and, most importantly, the music).

The Blu-Ray included a few nice extras, including some deleted scenes about Big Stars 1972 and 1974 tours, an extended series of scenes about Chris Bell (18 minutes) and Alex Chilton (24 minutes) that didn't make the final cut, and footage detailing Big Star's studio recording techniques with John Fry (15 minutes). For a long time fan like myself, this extra material is just as essential as the film and provides further depth to the overall story.

Whether you're a long time fan of the band or are just discovering their music, this film is highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballad of El Goodo Bando December 3, 2013
BIG STAR is a band that the critics instantly liked but sometimes all the things music critics like (subtlety, nuance, odd blend of old and new, independence, tendency to go against taste and music biz trends) can also makes them seem obscure to the typical record buyer. And to this day BIG STAR is known and appreciated mainly by music critics, independent singer-songwriters, and avid record collectors. I doubt this documentary will change that. What this documentary will do is make the BIG STAR story a little clearer to those who already own a BIG STAR album or two (or all three) and who already know bits and pieces of their story.

The BIG STAR story is an odd one because unlike most rock stories there was no rise and fall, there was just a first record that received a lot of great reviews (in Creem, in Rolling Stone, in Melody Maker....) but never sold, and then another record (featuring a cover photo by none other than William Eggleston) that received even more great reviews and never sold, and then a (willfully obscure) third that never sold. Thats the story of BIG STAR in a nutshell. But what makes this story interesting is that its really not ultimately a rock story (immense wealth, world tours, groupies, drug abuse) but a story of how these four individuals individually dealt with their complete lack of success (Chilton's stint as lead singer of The Box Tops excepted). If that sounds like a sad story, well, you're right, this is a sad story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you're not a Big Star fan, you should be.

If you already are, this documentary film hits all the right notes.

Equally marvelous and tragic, the career span of Big Star was wrought with brilliance and promise yet undermined by record label amateurism and inadequate marketing efforts. The band were darlings of the music critics and fans of their infrequent live shows, but "getting the word out" proved too difficult and complicated for the local record label that didn't have the necessary reach or resources.

One band member quit partially out of frustration, and yet the band continued on and still churned out some of the best Seventies pop songs you've never heard.

But you'll learn all this from watching the film.

"Nothing Can Hurt Me" is a loving tribute to the bittersweet success of a remarkable band. Even for the uninitiated, this film is a must-see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Shines light on a band that is, still, underrated
the documentary touches every single point in the band history. Great stuff that will make you go back to the band's catalog like was the first time.
Published 1 month ago by Fabio
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
Very interesting documentary about 'a group that should have made it'. Great insightss from individuals most involved with th4e music making.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Redihan
5.0 out of 5 stars (BLU RAY REVIEW) 4 1/2 stars. Rising Big Star burns out quickly
I've been a fan and collector of music for many decades, but it's amazing how many artists slip through the cracks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Oleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful!
God, I miss Alex and Chris!!

This documentary is a "must-have" for anyone out there who loves jangly guitars and pop music as strong and influential as that of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by PMFPS
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loved it!
This was actually a Christmas gift for my husband! He loved it! It was his top "wish" on his list! I said, "Who?" I watched it with him and actually enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Janet Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Star
Great story,well directed about the greatest unknown rock band
Their story caused me to buy all or their music and now listen to it nonstop.
Published 5 months ago by Gordon Strole
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Under The Radar
Being a big fan of 1970's rock, I have to admit Big Star escaped my attention like millions of others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mr. contrarian
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better in my opinion
I watched Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me recently and was left feeling disappointed. I was very excited a film about Big Star was being made, but this wasn't the film I pictured at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nick
1.0 out of 5 stars so very boring, mon. de mos' overrated band EVER, mon
mon, der was de endless testimony uf de many never-heard-of-dems. der was very lil'--only small-small--of de amazingedly shrill singers in dis band, mon, dat be worships by all de... Read more
Published 5 months ago by hillary
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent peek into 70's Memphis
For an ardent (excuse the pun) Big Star/Chilton/Bell fan like myself, these last few years have unearthed many interesting finds. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jonas Sjödin
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