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Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras (2008)

Elton John , David Furnish  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GM6C3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,246 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

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Life of A Superstar 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Sad DVD 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD December 30, 2008
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Watered down behind the scenes 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Honesty doesn't carry film June 23, 2013
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We are huge fans of Elton John and were soooo looking forward to this "honest, personal, behind the scenes" footage. What we got was basically an amateur collection of "home video" type clips.
Sure, as other reviewers note... There are personal moments eg. With his Gran, for like 2 minutes, some short footage with his mum which was somewhat insightful.
Much of the video is shot in one of his homes while he wears his robe, which gives the viewer the impression of a personal look into his life.
The video only covers a certain time frame - particularly because his husband David is the one taking the video.
Very little about his great music history and his other trials and tribulations suffered while climbing his ladder of mega fame.
Would have loved footage on how he writes, composes, produces his songs, how they came to be, that sort of thing that bios are made of.
All in all it was an okay passing of approx. 1 hr, but for us it lacked all of the things we really longed for and truthfully left us feeling that Elton John is a spoiled, hormonal, temperamental, nasty individual that has incredibly low self-image and esteem that he personally voices endlessly throughout the DVD.......poor baby .....should have chosen another career if its such a problem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Elton John DVD 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 great DVD to get, and there are special features.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton John November 20, 2010
By sis
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Brilliant!! A look behind the glitz and glamour that we imagine rock stars lives to be, warts and all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All big Elton John fans should have a copy of this.
I purchased because the price had come down by 70% and I wanted the DVD version of the VHS copy I already had. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tmejfan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for true Elton fans
even though this is an older video, those of us who grew up with Elton music as the background of our lives, will appreciate what a gift this is.
Published 2 months ago by ezgraphic
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! A "must see" for all Elton John fans!
Nice to see a personal side of Elton John. I really enjoyed it alot!! A nice keepsake for all Elton John fans!
Published 4 months ago by Linda C Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!
Elton John is fantastic and this DVD is great for anybody who loves him! Could watch it over and over again!
Published 5 months ago by Vanessa S.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Elton John you will love this movie!
This documentary takes you on tour and into the private homes of Elton - its fascinating and fun! Highly recommend!
Published 6 months ago by ntrippy67
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Elton John as Elton John
Of all the autodocs I've seen I feel like this one shows the real person. I find Elton to be endearing. I'm more of a fan of his than I was before. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yahowza
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally candid and at times entertaining make this essential viewing...
This all-access documentary has shown me the high level of respect due both to Elton and his partner, David Furnish (who directed this), for the very openness with which this was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate the honesty
Truly enjoy EJ's work, but did not know what to expect behind the scenes. I certainly appreciate the honesty in what was presented, and while there are "Diva" moments they... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul2007
5.0 out of 5 stars really cool documentary
if you are an Elton john fan this is a great purchase for you. it is a very well done documentary showing some of the private side of a very public man
Published 16 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show.
Good dvd that shows in the life of a 40 year old Elton. Not about music really just life on the Made in England tour. Decent if you're a fan.
Published 17 months ago by Amy Feliciano
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