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  • Actors: Elton John
  • Directors: David Furnish
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GM6C3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This incredibly personal documentary offers an extraordinary insight into one of the world's greatest musical talents and his larger than life lifestyle. For the first time Elton John gives a camera crew unprecedented access into his personal and professional lives. This remarkably brave and honest film gives the viewer a fascinating and touching look at the complex character of a modern day composer and performing artist.
Directed by his partner, David Furnish, the film chronicles the year 1995, one of the most successful years in Elton's multi-faceted career. The Brit Awards, the Academy Awards®, a new album release and a massive world tour provide the backdrop for some frank, funny and touching filmmaking.

Special Feature(s): First Time Ever: Commentary featuring Elton John and (Partner/Director) David Furnish; Never-Before-Seen Footage featuring Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, and Fashion Industry Icons Mario Testino & Gianni Versace; Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; Collectable Embossed O-Card Packaging with Elton John's Signature

Customer Reviews

A very good CD and video.
Jerry Hubbard
Good Job David :D), clips of Elton shopping for clothes, taking pictures, cursing and trying clothes.
A Customer
I thought the quality of the sound and picture was great.
Book Lady

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Pfleeger VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Tantrums and Tiaras gives us a look inside the personal life of Elton John during 1995's Made In England Tour. Shot on video by his partner of then two years David Furnish the viewer gets a warts and all look at John's daily life on the road.

Beginning with the video shoot for the single,Believe, and covering the European album promotion tour the film moves into the stars interaction with family and friends. There is a touching scene with his grandmother that is not to be missed and a hilarious rant about flower arranging. The film then covers the Academy Awards and ends with concert footage of the American and South American legs of the tour.

This is one of the most honest portrayals of a star that I have seen. The commentary recorded 13 years later is just as informative as the film and offers a good retrospective on the couples busy schedeule and their relationship. Extras include some deleted scenes.

See it if you are a fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Occupation Gal on December 26, 2008
Format: DVD
I had the original VCR recording in my collection and decided to upgrade to the DVD. As the previous reviewer said, one would expect an improved quality. The extras are nice.

A prominent person in this recording is no longer with Elton - Bob Halley, who frequently steals the scenes with his wit and unending patience for Elton's tantrums. His mysterious "firing" and the subsequent lawsuit against him is just odd based on the relationship Bob and Elton seem to have shared for 30 years, a warmth clearly in evidence in this DVD. I was hoping they would comment on it in the extras, but it's just another Elton oddity, probably never to be solved. (I bet they were trying to figure out how to edit Bob out prior to the new release!)

Elton fans who never got the original, go for it. But if you're looking for improved quality or new insight, it's not here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Litton on December 30, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For anyone who enjoyed this documentary on VHS, it's nice to finally enjoy it on DVD. Some of the deleted scenes are interesting (nice to see Elton being funny). The original VHS showed a portion of his concert in Rio in 1995, but this DVD doesn't feature any of it; too bad. Other than that, this is a unique "warts-and-all" documentary that takes a good look into Elton John's life on the road and at home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Nelson on August 24, 2009
Format: DVD
"Tantrums and Tiaras' is a behind the scenes 'personal' documentary about a year in the life of Elton John, filmed by his partner David Furnish.
While intriguing in concept, and following in the footsteps of the other behind the scenes documentaries, this one suffers from too MUCH personal connection. Yes David is a talented videographer. But his partner status with Elton diminishes his ability to be objective. There are no insightful behind the scenes moments. There are a few 'outbursts' (the opening moment is the biggest one in the film) and a few moments of Sir Elton actually opening up. They do however, seem far beyond actually candid. With David behind the lens and Elton in front of it, the film seems more like a therapy session (and there actually is a therapist scene included). This is a watered down view of a once hedonistic rock star, now enjoying the simple life. Is it enjoyable to see Elton 'behind the curtain'? Yes. Is it real/objective? Highly doubtful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2011
Format: DVD
There are some clips of Elton in concert, making of his Believe video (parts of it), Elton receiving an award for Can You Feel The Love Tonight, candid interviews of Elton (my favourite interview is when David asked him what he'll do if people should just stop listening to his music...it's so random. Good Job David :D), clips of Elton shopping for clothes, taking pictures, cursing and trying clothes. There are also interviews of his mother and family pictures. It's a good DVD to get, and there are special features.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gaffney on January 9, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
this is a very interesting video, elton as a very private person and can he bitch!
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By Amaranth on April 12, 2010
Format: DVD
"Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras" is a fascinating documentary about the UK's own diva, from the perspective of his husband, David Furnish. It's affectionately done, and it shows a personal side to the immensely talented piano man. The documentary deftly interweaves Elton's commentary on his life with concert footage. It chronicles 1995, starting with his single "Believe" (filming the music video prompts a tantrum) and ends with him winning an Oscar for his "Do you feel the love tonight?" from The Lion King (Disney Special Platinum Edition)

Elton John is a complicated man. His relationship with his father was troubled--while he enjoys good relationships with his mother and his late grandmother. He's perpetually boyish, yet also quite the queen. He doesn't have the stereotypical lisp. He doesn't come across as effeminate (unless he's in the mood to be so) He cusses a lot, but he's also an amazing artist. He throws a fit when a woman dares to call out "yoo hoo",but he's compassionate towards AIDS sufferers. He's temperamental and talented. Elton wanted this documentary to show him with "warts and all." He accepts his imperfections. He's humble, saying he's no Madonna or George Michael. No longer drowning his insecurities in drugs, Elton has found refuge in David and in his art.

"Tantrums and Tiaras" is one of the best rock documentaries around. Long live the diva!
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