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

Edward Furlong , Giuseppe Andrews , Adam Rifkin  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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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: 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000031EFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,084 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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Edward Furlong. Four teens try to sneak their way into a 1978 KISS concert. 1999/color/85 min/R.

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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
Format:DVD
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Rock City - movie review November 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City! June 24, 2005
Format:DVD
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!

"LORD HAVE MERCY!!!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some people seem to be missing the point October 31, 2002
Format:DVD
I'm a little surprised at how many people seem to be missing some fundamental points about this movie.
First: It's a movie set in the early 1970s. It's NOT set in the world of today. If you weren't around back then, you're just going to have to trust what you see. I grew up then as did a number of people who have seen the movie with me. That's exactly how we remember it being. The world was a very different place back then
Second: There was not the "all good" feeling towards music back then that there is today. You listened to a particular style of music, and that was that. You didn't listen to anything else (not publicly, at least), and you got in fights defending your favorite band. That was life. Interestingly KISS was one of the first bands of the 70s to crossover to another genre (hence the comments in the car about KISS never making a disco album, that was a joke). Religious groups were lobbying hard to get KISS banned. The stuff with Marilyn Manson today is a joke by comparison. Bands like MM are directly descended from KISS, and the acceptance that they get (along with the self-promotional negative publicity) was won by hard-fought battles from the likes of KISS. Again, it was a different world back then.
Third: This movie is NOT, repeat NOT, a realistic portrayal of events as they happened on that night. It is a glorified *remembrence* of events as told to other people... It's sitting around behind the gym smoking cigarettes embellishing stories to the kids who couldn't make it to the show...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
I thought Dazed and Confused was the best funny movie for that time in life but DRC totally enihalates it in the laugh factor!!
Published 2 months ago by Brandon Latimer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Rock N Roll Movie for KISS Fans
Never get bored of watching this movie. Brings me back to my teen years. A must buy for KISS fans.
Published 2 months ago by Sabrina Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
it arrived in less then a week. the movie case was in pretty good shape. the disc was like brand new. i was very pleased with the over all view of the item and the order. Read more
Published 3 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Good just what I wanted. Fast shipping it was a gift so that's wonderful. Fun movie brings back memories. Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
was so excited to find this movie on this site. Was a true hit when opened on christmas morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
great movie! Its got lots of good extra features.
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1.0 out of 5 stars defective disk
Product defective. In fairness I haven't had the chance to report to amazon. Just replying to email honestly. Disk stops playing about 5/6's the way through. Read more
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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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