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Martin is an uncomplicated guy who responds to an ad in the paper for a company called Great World of Sound. Joining the crew, Martin partners up with larger than life Clarence, and the two hit the road to discover and sign new musical talent. As the veneer falls away from GWS, the two have to reconcile the excitement with the reality of the job. Have they become scam artists, or are they victims of the scam?

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  • Actors: Robert Longstreet, Pat Healy, Rebecca Mader, John Baker, Kene Holliday
  • Directors: Craig Zobel, R. Craig Zobel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDOOQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Great World of Sound" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Devin DiMattia on February 12, 2008
Format: DVD
Up until now, Craig Zobel was known for just one thing: being one of the writers of the children's book that would eventually spawn Homestar Runner, the wildly successful Internet cartoon series. But you won't find any of the site's obtuse humor and pop-culture references in his directorial debut, "Great World of Sound." Instead, you'll find a subtly nuanced drama/mockumentary hybrid about the trials and tribulations of a pair of talent scouts working for a record label that may be less than trustworthy. Kene Holliday delivers a wonderful performance that would've been Oscar worthy had the film received more exposure. Pat Healy does a terrific job as well, and the banter between the two characters is very well-written.

If you're expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy a la "Office Space," look elsewhere. If you want a satirical look at the repercussions of living in a vast wasteland of "American Idol" wannabes, then "Great World of Sound" is highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Video Nerd on March 1, 2008
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Great world of sound was in theaters for exactly one week in New York City. This is a horrible shame. Purchase this film so that more like it can be made. Incredibly low budget documentary mixed seamlessly with a touching narrative about flawed people. Kene Holliday gives the performance of his life, and Craig Zobel proves himself a great dirctor on his first feature.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marty Pekar on February 14, 2008
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Maybe it's just that I spent years in the music business but I found this to be one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in years. Where did they get all these musical acts? Absolutely authentic and amazing. Nobody seemed like they were acting. Was much of the movie improvised? I don't know. It's funny, sad, and has the ring of truth throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Pagoda on October 30, 2009
Format: DVD
I really don`t get how some people considered this movie "hilarious". Maybe the first 10 minutes have funny spots, but after that don`t wait for laughs - unless you`re laughing at other people`s sadness.

A grim movie, quiet and that develops slowly and smoothly, making little things seem so important and sometimes devastating - as they are in life, I guess.

I don`t see this as a movie about "the music industry" either. it`s so much more than that. They could have written it to take place anywhere that it wouldn`t make that much of a difference (but probably would weaken it a little). To me it's about life, how people have hopes, and how others take advantage of that in so many ways.

As I said, a sad movie, but moving, subtle and beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin on March 23, 2008
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I laughed throughout this entire movie. Some of its subtle humor, and I think rewatching it will make it even funnier. There's stuff I'm sure I didn't catch the first time around. And Pat Healy and Kene Holliday definitely need to be paired up again in another movie. If not a sequel, then something. Although I'm game for a sequel, I'll watch Martin work any job. Make him a record exec (ah-ha, promotion) in charge of cleaning up music piracy (doh, demotion) .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad A. B. Wilson on April 22, 2008
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People seem to either love or hate "Great World of Sound." Some people respond to the part traditional film, part mockumentary format of the movie.

I admit that the premise is wonderful--two guys who need jobs get wrapped up working as "producers" for a record label called Great World of Sound. They audition people looking to be discovered and then require money as the artist's financial commitment. They don't deliver anything other than a crappy recording session; in essence, they swindle unsuspecting artists into giving away their money.

It's a sad yet interesting premise, and its interest is compounded by the fact that the artists auditioning are real people coming in to make it big. They don't appear to know that it's a movie. They actually think they're auditioning for a record label. And then the guys hit them up for money.

As a movie, however, Great World of Sound falls flat. Frankly, it's boring. The actors are good, and the premise is good, but the film would have been a lot better had it been a completely scripted film and did not involve the non-actors. Those parts are simply boring. Even the rest of the movie was slow, but it still had humorous parts.

I hesitate to call this a comedy, though, for I don't remember laughing at all. As a version of American Idol, it works, but it really doesn't critique the American Idol culture. Sure, everyone wants to be a star, even when they're not that good. Maybe they're even willing to pay for it. But don't we already know that from watching American Idol?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Customer on September 24, 2012
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I wouldn't call this movie funny, at all. However, it does make you wonder how far you would go to "help" people achieve their dreams. It's a bit unbelievable that the main character did not realize he was ripping people off from the beginning. I'm sure the writers felt his good intentions blinded him to the obvious. Kene Holliday was amazing and, as others have noted, gave what should have been an Oscar worthy performance. I learned through other reviews that the auditions were real and I almost believed Kene was a real salesman too. Also, very noteworthy was the too short scenes with Tricia Paoluccio: I think they got it wrong in casting and should have had her play the main character's girlfriend. Perhaps her incredible voice convinced them otherwise. This movie is not for everyone, but provides an interesting and real look at how vulnerable people can be when pursuing their dreams.
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