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Not Fade Away (Blu-ray +Digital Copy +UltraViolet) (2012)

John Magaro , Jack Huston , David Chase  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Dominique McElligott, Brahm Vaccarella
  • Directors: David Chase
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It’s 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band.

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135 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the music January 5, 2013
"Not Fade Away" (2012 release; 112 min.) is the debut feature film from writer-director David "The Sopranos" Chase. The story is very loosely based on Chase's days of growing up in New Jersey in the early 1960s, with Douglas (played by John Magaro) standing in for Chase. The movie starts with a retelling of the infamous meeting between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train in the early 60s, and not long thereafter we see the Stones appear on TV and Douglas and his friends want to start a band "like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles". The voice over is from Douglas' sister, informing us she is going to tell "the story of this band nobody has ever heard off". There are many side stories and characters in the movie, none more so than Douglas' dad, played by James "Tony Soprano" Gandolfini, which in my opinion was very risky: how can you see this man play yet another Italian patriach with an anger problem and not think Tony Soprano?

But in the end the story line is secondary to the music and the time capsule of the 60s that you find in every frame of this movie. The movie soundtrack was supervised by Steven Van Zandt, yes, that Steven Van Zandt, and he does an incredible job not only compiling a ton of great 60s music (and thankfully not always the same ol' same ol' standards), but the band Douglas and his friends are putting together do some nice tunes as well. This movie is eye-candy from start to finish, I couldn't stop marveling at the incredible amount of details that went into framing this movie visually. Chase's writing is pretty crisp throughout the movie. At one point the band is close to signing and their would-be manager tells them that for the next 6 months they should play 7 days a week, 2 sets a night, at every and any possible bar in New York.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No happy endings here but truth is told May 20, 2013
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I had high, very high, expectations for this movie, depicting the rise and fall of a Rolling Stones-influenced garage band from New Jersey. David Chase are I are both Jersey kids; are more-or-less the same age (he is 67; I am 63) and had some of the same experiences. I sat down to watch this flick, expecting to be pulled through an earlier part of my life.

The beginning of the film set the stage in a fabulous manner, with the imagined meeting of Mick and Keith on a train heading to school. (As a side note: when in the world will someone film a similar event of Lennon and McCartney?) A voice-over by the sister of the stories protagonist informs us that while almost everyone knows how that story goes; a similar one involving her brother Doug is known to virtually no one. The very obvious implication here is that her brother's band was not a success.

With that thought in mind we are allowed to observe the life of the band for the rest of its existence. Through this part of the film, we have the archetypical age band story. We watch the members fumble with their instruments, aping what they see and hear of their heroes. Gradually, competency occurs, amidst personal changes. Finally, the band stabilizes with five members who are capable of performing live and being appreciated by others. Conflict remains in the form of a battle for the lead singer role, and while a truce holds for a while, the loser is eventually forced from the band. Unfortunately, this isn't the end of the band's problems. Two members separately sow the seeds that eventually lead to the demise of the band. One member won't do shows outside the local area, citing loyalty to friends.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I saw this film on the big screen last year at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was looking forward to seeing it on home video and to see what bonus features would be added. There's so much music - both played by the actors as characters in the film, and as snippets of licensed music from the 1962-68 time period, that I sometimes lost track of the story while concentrating on the great music - selected, by the way, by Executive Producer Steven Van Zandt (of the E Street Band). (When I saw in the theater I kept asking myself what the licensing fees must have been to release this film.)

As you will learn from the Bonus features on the Blu-ray (no bonuses on the standard DVD) this film was germinating in the mind of writer/director David Chase from the moment his HBO series "The Sopranos" ended. It took a while for him to say what he wanted. Not to give any "spoilers" (but I think you will find it helpful), Chase chose ACTORS , not musicians, to play the roles of members of the band (rather than choosing musicians and teaching them to act), and gave them four weeks of full-day music lessons before even starting the shoot.

The cast is basically unknowns except for James Gandolfini . I found I could relate to the actors who I had no previous image of, then I could Gandolfini, who still looks and sounds like Tony Soprano.
Chase chose to set the film in the years between 1962 and 1968, a time frame that had more changes in pop music styles (and fashion too!) than at any other time in music history. Anyone who was at least eight years old in 1962 will easily relate to this film.

As I noted above there are bonuses on the BD version. First comes a three-part "Making of" doc titled "The Basement Tapes".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good piece of nostalgia
The acting is good, and the story is timeless.
I enjoyed this movie and watch it over again.
It brings me back to the beginning again
Published 1 day ago by ella
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell flat at end
Liked the story line. Just didn't feel they ended it well. It just fell flat at the end. Left you hanging.
Published 1 day ago by laura mcgill
4.0 out of 5 stars David Chase works with fine new actors
Of course, watching one of Gandolfini's last film is the main attraction. As he did with Sopranos, David chase finds new or overlooked talent to cast in the film. Read more
Published 5 days ago by bf07825
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film for Classic Rock
If you love the music and fashion and surrounding era of the 1960's you'll love this film, a labor of love master-minded by Little Steven Van Zant and James Gandolfini. Read more
Published 8 days ago by J. A. Neff
2.0 out of 5 stars Film Lacking Identity
Ostensibly about the formative years of a 60's garage rock band, NOT FADE AWAY is mediocre attempt to capture the spirit and tenor of the times though the prismatic lens of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by El Polo Grande
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Kept waiting for something to happen, and waiting, and waiting. Movie was a few more edits and one or two better scenes from being really good. Instead it's vanilla ice cream.
Published 10 days ago by S. J. Gesualdi
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for the 60's
Great acting, great music. Story line was realistic and brought back lots of memories from the times. James Gandolfini performed wonderfully in his character role. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars sixties?
Mr. Soprano was good, but quite a misunderstanding of parent child relationships and what was occurring in the time period.
Published 12 days ago by Gordon Wray Shank
1.0 out of 5 stars Was there a story?
Seemed like they got together and improv acted each day and put it on film. Not well written, acting you would expect in some workshop and direction by committee? Read more
Published 17 days ago by robb
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting.
Disappointment. Father/son conflict in the 60s. Way too little great music. Not a sympathetic main character. Over all, can't recommend.
Published 19 days ago by Chris Miller
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