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Detroit Rock City (New Line Platinum Series) (1999)

Edward Furlong , Giuseppe Andrews , Adam Rifkin  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James De Bello, Sam Huntington, Gene Simmons
  • Directors: Adam Rifkin
  • Writers: Carl V. Dupre
  • Producers: Gene Simmons, Barry Levine, Kathleen Haase, Michael De Luca, Brian Witten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000031EFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Detroit Rock City (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Multi-Angle Views of the Kiss Concert
  • An instructional segment featuring a step-by-step guitar lesson by SongXpress on how to play the KISS song "Rock -N' Roll All Night"
  • Over 15 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
  • 2 Music Videos & Original Screen Test Footage
  • DVD-ROM Features: Script-to-Scene Access, website access, email-able trading cards featuring characters from the film, M.A.T.M.O.K. (Mothers Against The Music Of Kiss) spoof newsletters, updated cast and crew biographies and filmographies, and productions notes

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHATEVER YOU DO, DON't MISS IT THIS TIME AROUND!!!!! November 3, 1999
Darth Maul, Austin Powers,John Travolta, and killer sharks... What else would summer 1999 require? KISS. That's what we needed. Recalling "Dazed And Confused" and channeling "Rock N' Roll High School", "Detroit Rock City" is a heaping portion of good fun. Filled to the brim with energy and acted by a cast of clever actors who probably can't even shave yet, this music-packed comedy is just be what the doctor (Dr. Love, that is) ordered. KISS fans might not be too happy to hear that the band isn't in the film for more than 5 minutes, but the DVD extra scenes will more than make up for it. Director Adam Rifkin has made a film not about KISS, but about four teenagers from 1978 Cleveland who drive to Detroit to see the band in concert. Everything from religiously fanatic mothers (The great Lin Shaye), to money-stealing bullies, and even some Disco lowlifes try to stop our heroes as they trek to see the world's greatest band. Once in Detroit, the friends split up to find opportunities to scam their way into the show. It is also in Detroit where each teen learns a very important lesson about life, and just how much KISS rocks. Leading the group is Edward Furlong, who gives his best performance to date. I've never seen him so loose on-screen before. Working with James DeBello, Giuseppe Andrews, and probably the most expressive teenage actor working today, Sam Huntington, they each deliver just the right amount of teenage apathy. You don't come around such a young cast that works so well together too often. It's quite obvious from the brilliant opening credits that Director Rifkin is out to have some fun. He brings back the 1970's with wonderful widescreen lensing, a dab of split-screen, and a soundtrack crammed with classic rock hits. (Go buy the CD! Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Rock City - movie review November 23, 1999
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Detroit Rock City is a classic teenage rebellion movie. It has a mixture of comedy, teenage pranks, sexual situations, drug use and just plain rock and roll. Even though I didn't grow up in the '70s, this movie will definintely take you back to that time period. Great acting by Edward Furlong and the supporting cast. This movie is a must for KISS fans. The story is of a group of friends, who are in a band and want to goto a KISS concert, but something terrible happens to their tickets, and after that the adventure begins. A very good movie. I am surprised it didn't do that well at the box office. I recommend it highly. If you like teenage rebellion movies or movies set in a different era you will love this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City! June 24, 2005
Ah, the '70s. What a cool time that must've been... it was before Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff, et cetera, were even BORN. Even though I'm only 19, I'd take bell bottoms and mood rings over South Pole and Tamagotchis any day of the week. (Of course, it's always entertaining to starve a Tamagotchi, but that's neither here nor there.)

They want the best, but do they get the best? This movie deals with four teenaged KISS fans in 1978, whose sole purpose on one fateful day is to see their beloved KISS - LIVE in Detroit. However, when Jeremiah "Jam" Bruce's (one of the four) bible-thumping mother burns the tickets (all I can say while watching the movie is geez, I'm sure glad I don't have a mother like that), the foursome decide that it's up to them to see the concert anyway, despite the numerous obstacles - hilarity ensues. Great, enjoyable, funny romp that is worth watching again and again.

Today, watching it, something hit me: this is me and my friends in high school! Jam, Hawk, Lex and Trip are me and three of my best friends (except none of us had a mother like that, thank god)! We wore the black rock shirts to school, and hated/made fun of rap (our generation's disco). We hated the [white suburban "thug"] jocks (our generation's guidos). (Please note I don't hate all jocks, just the jerks.) Because of that, to me, this movie's actually truer to (my) adolescent life than Dazed And Confused (another great movie, some of which I can relate to, but not as much as DRC). Oh yeah, and the kickin' soundtrack doesn't hurt either!

Anyway, if you love the '70s and rock 'n' roll, you can't go wrong with the one-two punch of "Detroit Rock City" and "Dazed And Confused"! It's the perfect movie to slap "You Got Served" in the face with!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Great DVD May 21, 2002
On it's own, DETROIT ROCK CITY is an excellent film, and this DVD edition is equally incredible .... The film features three of the today's most interesting and unique young actors: Edward Furlong, Natasha Lyonne and Giuseppe Andrews ... Each bring an individuality and passion to every role I've see them in, and DRC is no exception .... And that's NOT to say the other actors don't shine: THEY DO... Each character plays their part to perfection, from the sleazy ticket scalper to the loonie Father McNulty to the "Stellas and Guidos", this film has not one frame where there isn't someone cast to perfection bringing some odd character to life ... And the 1970's feel is done to perfection: from the vocabulary to the clothes to the music, everything is dead-on ... The extras to this DVD are PLENTY: Multiple commentary tracks, behind the scenes with screen tests, multiple interviews with the cast and crew, an additional "making of" documentary, clips of Edward Furlong recording his vocals to the KISS classic "Rock and Roll All Nite", and my favorites, videos from The Donnas ( Strutter ) and Everclear ( Boys Are Back In Town ) ... And there's even more ... I am a very jaded film viewer, especially when it comes to new films ... But DETROIT ROCK CITY has earned a place in my collection, and has become a favorite of mine .... For this genre, it's a total classic ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One if the few that can be watched over and ...
One if the few that can be watched over and over and never get old! Classic movie takes me back to my childhood.
Published 11 days ago by Melanie Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All time favorite movie.
Published 17 days ago by Sandra
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Published 22 days ago by Deanna Bow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 24 days ago by aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Rock City Rocks
This is the best movie! A must see!! Never get tired of watching this movie!! You will laugh and bite tour nails!
Published 28 days ago by michie
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Dazed and Confused.
Don't get me wrong because I love that movie, too. Jason London gave a great performance. As for this movie, I don't think it could have gotten any better. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jessica David
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Love the movie! Came in pretty quick too!
Published 1 month ago by Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing, hilarious, great to watch with friends
Published 1 month ago by Kennedy Sheldon
4.0 out of 5 stars ... it has the right kind of humor that I like. It doesn't try to be...
I gave this movie 4 stars because it has the right kind of humor that I like. It doesn't try to be stupid, it's practically hilarious. Good looking guys and good looking girls too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lauryn
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Totally agree with you man! I was just telling my brother how I put this up there pretty high on my list of all time great movies and was like, I need this on blu ray...where the heck is the blu ray? Come on New Line!!!
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