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Empire Records

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This story about a day in the life of an independent record store, truly a threatened species, screeches with the sound of teenagers falling apart emotionally every five minutes. The script, which feels like an old guy's idea of how kids talk and think, c

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  • Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth
  • Directors: Allan Moyle
  • Writers: Carol Heikkinen
  • Producers: Alan Riche, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson, Paul Kurta, Tony Ludwig
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WRH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Empire Records" on IMDb

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229 of 249 people found the following review helpful By E. Powers on May 13, 2006
Format: DVD
If you are a fan of the ORIGINAL Empire Records, DON'T buy the Re-Mixed Fan version... it's a big dissappointment. There are added scenes in the movie, and some of the BEST lines are changed. Example: When Rex is leaving the store and says "Why don't you all just fade away." Yeah, he doesn't say that in this version. I was very dissappointed when I saw this, b/c die-hard Empire fans DON'T want the best lines changed, so this really isn't a "fan re-mix" b/c it changes stuff the fans LOVE!!! Definitely just buy the regular DVD or VHS version... it's much better as an original, not a re-mix!!!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By XmanMoby on April 7, 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Bluray is the ORIGINAL VERSION, not the *REMIX* edition. This was my main concern with the blu-ray since it had the remix packaging.
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A music fan on June 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film got terrible reviews...plain and simple. Why? Because it wasn't aimed at film critics all. The film is an experiment in teen flicks along the lines of "The Breakfast Club" it chronicles the lives of a bunch of angsty, depressed, manic teens over the course of a single day, finding odd little ways to tell each of their stories. It definitely accomplishes this goal, using "Rex Manning Day" as the vehicle for delivering half a dozen life stories without telling a boring narrative. Granted, it's doesn't have the most original plot, or Oscar caliber acting, but it the film does what it sets out to do, and for this reason, earned its cult following. Watch this film and you will find yourself quoting lines and recalling scenes. If you're looking for a fun romp with a story that will neither bore you, nor tax your mental reserves, this is a great flick--lots of fun, quotable dialogue, and of course, great music. Both Cochrane and Embry give memorable performances as the night manager, turned well meaning felon turned philosopher and the happy go lucky stoner respectively. The story line is a tad incongruous and disjointed and some of the characters are stereotypical in their attempts to shatter the stereotypes, but if you go in to this movie with the expectations that it's just going to be a fun flick, you'll be satisfied.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2003
Format: DVD
This is the sort of movie I do housecleaning to, because I can zip and dance around with a broom as I watch. Teeming over with great music (mostly rock, but other genres as well), "Empire Records" is a delightfully funny and endearing teen comedy, definitely a cut above average.
"The time to hesitate is through," quotes Lucas (Rory Cochrane), employee at Empire Records, when he finds that Empire is about to be sold to the massive chain "MusicTown." So he gambles away nine thousand bucks (the store's, not his) in an effort to increase the money and save Empire. Needless to say, his boss Joe (Anthony Lapaglia) is very, very angry -- since the money Lucas lost would have enabled him to buy a partnership in owning Empire.
The next day has an aging pop star, the arrogant Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield) coming to Empire for a signing. Virginal superstudent Corey (Liv Tyler) is planning to have Rex as her "first time," while her best pal A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) is planning to tell her how he feels about her. Lucas catches a very hostile young shoplifter (Brendan Sexton). There's also depressed Debra, and crazy Mark and Eddie. And as dark personal secrets spin out of control, the employees become determined to save their beloved music store. "Damn the man! Save the Empire!"
Any movie that stars primarily teens is going to automatically be spat on by critics. But "Empire" knows it's not a serious movie, and it's happy that way. After all, people dance on the rooftops, shoplifting is a contact sport, and customers are pirouetting in the aisles with the clerks. Realism? Who cares? It's funny and cute. There's some romance (most of it is kept low-key, like Debra and Berko), a seduction or two, and about five seconds of violence.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Josh on June 8, 2003
Format: DVD
Could Empire Records have been any better than it was before? Nope, it was perfect. But with this new Fan Remix edition given to us by Warner Bros., there is a lot more to enjoy. Sixteen minutes of additional footage, 4 deleted scenes, and 3 music videos to enjoy, in fact.
If you're here, you obviously know the story that is Empire Records. It's a great actual coming-of-age film that has the ability to touch on subject that is relatable to any person between the ages ... well, of any age. There are great performances (Liv Tyler, Renee Zellwegger, Robin Tunney, Ethan Embry, the whole cast!), the film's many subplots never run into each other, and the soundtrack has got to be near one of the best and biggest of any movie.
The additional 16 minutes added into the movie gives more character development to certain characters, new little scenes obviously edited out for they supplied only minimum yet effective humor, and some stuff that would have rallied the actual storyline. There are 2 of the 4 deleted scenes that makes the infamous Sexy Rexy an actual good guy, and also include an unseen performance of Mon Amour by Coyote Shivers, Renee Zellwegger, and Maxwell Caulfield (Rex) that was cut from the movie.
Warner Bros. truly released this for the fans of Empire Records, a la Fan remix. But if given the chance, any person will easily take a liking to the movie. If you're into stuff like this. That's what I think, but "Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear. Mm-hm."
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