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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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Eddie and the Cruisers came out in 1983 and did not do well in the box office but once released into video, it became a lion! It was just a "cool" premise and people fell in love with the lost Eddie. The music on this is fantastic, at least to lots of us. Michael Pare` embodies the songs he sings. Even knowing that it was John Cafferty singing, the voice was strangely similar to Pare`s natural speaking voice. At any other time, Cafferty doesn't sound like this. So the movie was special in several ways and people loved it. Enough so that in 1989, Eddie and the Cruisers 2 was released with more of Cafferty's music. I feel this was even better than number one. You also see a lot more of Pare` who I think absolutely "made" the role. The movie has a lot of fire in it and great music along with subtle humor. They have been and always will be high on my list of favorite movies to re-watch. You do need, however, to believe in the old times and love rock and roll to enjoy them.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2008
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Well we already know eddie 1 & 2 are underated by the critics and we love these two movies. That being said , we waited for this american release for a long time and it is disappointing, the audio (others dont agree) but sounds great on my system . The video is sharp & bright on both. however the 2 movies are on a single flipper disc and no insert inside of any kind. (hence the low price) but the most dissappointing thing is played side by side with the canadian release of eddie lives 2, its apparant you dont get to see more of the picture , the widescreen screen version actually shows less on top & bottom and the sides are same, so in my opion this was a cheap release and not what the eddie fans have been waiting for :(
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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The Film Eddie and the Cruisers was a throw back to bands of the fifties. It was the story of a band, however there was also a mystery regarding Eddie disappearance. It was a small film that ran in theaters and vanished without a trace. It was an art house film that was done well, but when it was released in the movie theaters got NO audience

The reason this film got a sequel was due to pay cable. This movie built up a cult following when in was on cable movie TV (HBO,SHOWTIME,etc). Most wanted the answers the first film left unresolved questions. You must understand, this is before cable had shows like Dexter, Six feet Under, The Tutors and others (including a MOB show which is NOT my favorite)

The sequel which was not as good as the first (there are never many where the sequel is better than the original). However it did rap up the storylines left unfinished by the first film

These two films are a cult classic. The talented Micheal Pare stars in both films as Eddie Wilson. He showcases the mind of a man who loves the music...its sounds, its feeling. He is brash in the film film. By the sequel, he is wiser, smarter and older. The second he is haunted by the demons of the past

If you are seeking great filmmaking, dont get this. BUT if you seek a story which will interest you, this double feature is a sure bet for an evening entertainment. and that in my book is worth five stars

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2009
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I've watched these movies at least 20 times over the years and never get tired of watching them. Eddie and the Cruisers takes you to a period in time when music was everything. These were the days when you rushed to the music store to get the newest 45 rpm record that came out that week.
You'd get together with your buddies and grab your guitars and figure out what the chords were that the band was playing and you practiced til you got it down.

This was the age of innocense, rock and roll at it's peak. If you lived through this era, (even if you didn't) these movies will take you on a magnificent journey in time and let you experience what it was like to be in a rock band. If you wern't in a band, you knew someone who was and you lived and breathed the music.

John Cafferty has created a musical gem here and Michael Pare' does an excellent job portraying Eddie Wilson.

The music is what makes this movie go as it should be with one of the best rock and roll movies of all time. A must have for any baby boomer and something for today's youth to watch and get a history lesson as to what music really means. Not some mp3 crap that you download and listen to for a week and discard.

Like Eddie says in the movie "I want to wrap ourselves up in our music and that it will live on forever".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2011
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I couldn't wait to get this dvd, as I loved the movie. Unfortunately, the sound comes and goes during the first movie and is impossible to watch. I've tried it on several machines (dvd player, computer and laptop) and it continues to happen with each machine. I was extremely disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2008
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Great collection. however the audio transfer lacks bottom end (Bass) especially in the music. Picture transfer is great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2008
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This has become a cult classic. The music gets a 10, the acting doesn't win awards but the movie is unforgettable. A night of entertainment and, in the end, Eddie lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
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Be Warned, this is not 2 discs, it is 1 dual sided disc. The description clearly states 2 discs, not 1. I was really dissatisfied with that.

Actors: Michael Pare, Tom Berenger
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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We have enjoyed watching the Eddie and the Cruiser movies for years. They are both very enjoyable for the story line, the music, and the acting. Nice to be able to watch movies with substance that have decent language and minimal sexual content. Definitely a five star rating.
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on June 7, 2013
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Michael Pare has the Eddie Wilson part, right-on, acted superbly!

If anything was amiss with this set of flicks, it was the script writing not being quite believable in several places, during both flicks.

In the first part, "Eddie & The Cruisers;" I think it a bit of a stretch that Eddie, as close as he and his girl, Joanne Carlino were, that: on the gig at "the Word-man's" Alma Mater college, at Homecoming: we see Joanne and the Word-man,(actor Tom Berenger's character), hugging and kissing, with real emotion and passion for each other, all in direct line-of-sight, a hundred feet or so, from the porch where Eddie and the rest of the band sat or stood watching? Then, when Joanne wants to go back, instead of walking around the fire and appearing from another direction, they walk straight from where they kissed each other, over to the porch where the rest of the band was? This, both knowing how jealous, possessive and quick tempered, Eddie was?

But then, later-on in this same movie, we hear the all important lines that: Joanne Carlino was never really Eddies first love; Eddie's music was his only true love!

What was Joanne Carlino's lines supposed to be all-about, at the very end of the first flick, when she gets the phone call signals, only Eddie used to call her with and thinks its Eddie coming back from the dead, or what? I'm still not quite sure what the writers meant to portray at this ending section of this first movie. The script plot and lines here, were really thin. The actress portraying Joanne, acted the part as well as could be expected and manages to keep this weak plot section, believable. It only lasts a minute or so, total, and still shows how Eddies vanishing off-the-face of the earth, 18 years before, has truly affected those of his closest friends, the Cruisers band members he left behind, so very deeply, in so many ways.

Now, in the second flick, "Eddie Lives!" here we see Eddie Wilson, near the flicks start, going to a Eddie Wilson look-alike contest in NYC, and his only disguise is a mustache? No one there recognized the real Eddie Wilson in the audience? This, at a crowded & televised Eddie Wilson Look-alike contest??? However, this writing snafu, was not Micheal Pares' fault! Michael Pare became Eddie Wilson, made Eddie live larger-than-life, in these two flicks!

I had problems in "Eddie Lives" Part 2, with the screen play writing again, when 20 years later, Eddie reveals to his new love, at her loft apartment, that he is really Eddie Wilson. The lines were just too contrived, building-up to Eddie giving his girl friend that info and why. Also hard to believe, was her lame reaction and response: she bumbles around stammering like a dummy, instead of total dumb-founded shock that she had just crawled out of bed, after sleeping with the great rock n roll star legend, Eddie Wilson!

However, to its credit: both movies, parts 1 and 2, I thought were pretty well written over-all.

We get to see how Eddie shaped the sound and made simple poems the Word-man wrote, set to simple music lead lines and chord structures; be turned into monster smash rock n roll hit songs, through Eddies ear and great rock music savvy! We get to go into the major label recording studios of that early day and time, in rock n rolls infancy and we get to watch, listen and learn...how the original rock music pioneer stars recorded, back then!

Each time I watch these two movies, back-to-back once again,(which is 3-4 times every year), I learn something new, from Eddies love for music and what is truly important as a musician in the music business, and what is not. Eddie lived for the best music, he could possibly make/play. He was truly a peak performer! Anytime he was on stage fronting his band, he gave his music, his all, everything he had and was! We get to watch his music evolve with the years, watch Eddie grow, with his music!

What I love about these two flicks, is the whole story line, the great late 50's, early 60's classic Rock Music the way it really sounded, the raw energy it exuded live, back then, and the fact that, by the end of the second flick, we finally get to watch our dreams come true!

Those of us who were alive and heard the radio announcement, remember the loss we all felt, all too vividly, on Feb. 3, 1959, (the Day The Music Died). That was the day Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson-"the Big Bopper", and Ritchie Valens' plane wreckage and their bodies were found, in that Iowa field.

Then, just 18 years and a few months later, all of us once again, were stopped still in our tracks, not able to quite comprehend that newscast, having to turn it up and listen one more time. We were stunned speechless, the second we truly "understood" the TV news confirming that: Elvis "the King of Rock N Roll," was dead. For those of us whom clearly remember those fateful newscasts when they happened; this set of movies, gives us all, the perfect ending of our dreams, ever since we lost those first original Rock N Roll Music pioneer legend artists, so suddenly, all those years ago!

Because, when Eddie Wilson, in Part 2, the last scene, on that Toronto Concert stage with his new band, introduces all the rest of his band mates, and then tells the world he is really Eddie Wilson; we get to see our fondest dreams fulfilled, when finally, once again, Eddie LIVES! And so, through Eddie being still alive and rocking the music once again, after having disappeared and considered dead the prior 20 years; do we get Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Elvis, back once again! It's kinda as if, through these two movies, we all get to see our fav original rock n roll music pioneers, live once again, through Eddie Wilson!

This is so very important to me, because...I know only too well...there is no other way, we'll ever get Buddy, Ritchie, Elvis, or the Big Bopper, back again...! This very fact, is what makes these two movies, so very powerful, to me!

So, let me watch two of my most fav music flicks one more time, while dreaming in my mind that: Eddie Wilson alive on that stage and rocking-out with his bands, is really Elvis, or Buddy, or Ritchie, or the Big Bopper, up there on that stage rocking-out again, still with us all! Just for the 3-4 hours it takes to watch both these movies again...it seems like, maybe...they never really left us...? Could it be?

The great original rock n roll on these CD's, is worth every cent you spend! The movies are really good, together, as well! There is NO WAY, you can waste a dime, buying this movie combo DVD set!

These two movies, are the stuff true music dreams and stardust, are surely made of! :)
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