Downloaded 2013 NR CC

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(21) IMDb 6.7/10
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In 1999, teenagers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker launched the file-sharing service Napster. What had begun as a largely unknown underground distribution medium erupted into a global revolution.

Starring:
Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

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Downloaded

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Genres Documentary
Director Alex Winter
Starring Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan
Supporting actors Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning, Lawrence Lessig, Chris Blackwell, Seymour Stein, John Perry Barlow, Hilary Rosen, Don Ienner
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Great story line and informative.
R. Smithers
Very informative of the creation and decline of the company.
Justin
Either way, I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Juan C. Valdez

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Z. Pierce on July 9, 2013
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This is great subject matter for the digital age. Themes such as industrial power and decline, innovation and fear of the new and unknown are explored and plundered, or maybe "pirated".....Maybe it is the romantic notion of a pirate, risking and venturing to obtain the otherwise unattainable.

We are all certainly mystified and interested in the characters of Shawns Parker, Fanning and company. Their exploits in the early days of the Internet are certainly groundbreaking and worthy of capturing for debate and just for posterity's sake. We get many spirited takes from Napster's founders, Grateful Dead associate/songwriter John Perry Barlow, musician Henry Rollins and a whole host of legal and business conceptual groundbreakers.

I thoroughly enjoyed and agreed with the concepts put forth in the narrative of this documentary. For a film of this nature, it had a certain element of theater and drama, which was pleasant. There is the initial purely nirvaniac- "Watson..." type of joy we see from the young entrepreneurs as the have their "lightbulb" moment. Then we have the evil empire aka the RIAA, led by Darth Lars Ulrich and Emperor Dr Dre begin to lead the resistance, the disillusionment of the Napster kids as they wake up in our litigious adult society. It is all entertaining and thought provoking.

This documentary not only encompasses the narrative of the coming-of-age of the era we all enjoy take for granted, though with a bit of unease and skepticism: the digitalization and corporatization of every aspect of human life. It is scary. In the movie, as it unfolds, the main players are mostly unaware of the summits they've climbed, nor the perils of the trek down from the mountain of a successful exploration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Perry on December 22, 2013
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Usually with hot-button issues like piracy it's impossible to find a fair and balanced take. Somehow, Downloaded manages to walk that middle path and provide a clear and concise summation of both sides of the argument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Thompson on March 10, 2014
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The thing that made me give it two stars is that the documentary leaned on these kiddie styled faces of Fanning and Parker and really didn't get into the policies that were being altered. I preferred the Julian Assange Doc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Callahan on March 1, 2014
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This documentary was well put together by director Alex Winter. The rise and fall of Napster was a very dynamic story, highlighting the struggle of millions of people, both the Napster team and its supporters vs. those in the music industry who failed to predict the filing share tsunami that would forever change their business. Downloaded came off as an impartial observer to this monumental event in the blossoming of the digital music landscape, and was incredibly engaging to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason C. on August 30, 2013
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Its a pretty good movie, has some parts were it gets slow, probably trying to make the movie a certain length. But all in all an interesting look at how the Record Companies screwed up. What a bunch of tools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Andresen on August 29, 2013
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This was a good review of an exciting period in history. Having the founders of Napster tell the story was quite a bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hexydes on July 5, 2013
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This was a really fantastic movie. I'd been looking forward to watching it since Alex Winter (director/writer/producer) did an AMA on Reddit, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. It has a great mix of nostalgic content and current interviews with relevant players (on both sides) and the narrative is woven into a very interesting and accurate portrayal of the events as they transpired.

Definitely worth a watch if you either were a high school/college student at the time, or just have an interest in the subject. This will definitely be one that I'll watch and enjoy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kirk on July 5, 2013
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Fanning et al realized one of the keys to entrepreneurship: always capitalize on your failures. It was great to see that after they lost their business, they weren't demoralized. A wonderful documentary.
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