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  • Actors: Imogen Poots, Penn Badgley, William Sadler, Norbert Leo Butz
  • Directors: Daniel Algrant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CXVRE58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1991 Jeff Buckley, an unknown twenty-four-year-old L.A. musician, is invited to participate in a tribute concert in New York City for his late father Tim Buckley, the iconic folk rock star. In the days leading up to the concert, Jeff grapples with his own self doubts and the legacy of his famous father. But with the loving help of an enigmatic young woman working at the concert, he finds the courage to perform at the now legendary St. Ann s concert, where Jeff discovers his own voice singing his father s songs, captivating the audience and launching Jeff s own meteoric career.

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The film spotlights a powerhouse lead performance by Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley. --Movieweb

Sensitive, well-cast film about father-son musicians Tim and Jeff Buckley gets the emotions and music just right. --The Hollywood Reporter

Customer Reviews

The actor playing Tim Buckley also does a fine job.
Ferdy
The film never truly takes the opportunity to pull the two men together, though, on any thematic level which left me rather distanced throughout.
K. Harris
Just misses the mark....there's an obvious story here and this just doesn't make it happen, and it left me very frustrated.
Brixton

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I wanted very much to be able to give Daniel Algrant's "Greetings From Tim Buckley" my highest recommendation. The genius of Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley are evident on the film's incredible soundtrack which features songs which are a combination of original recordings and tracks expertly recreated. This is a respectful film that quietly examines the complexities of the estranged relationship between father and son. Unfortunately, though, the film's screenplay doesn't offer much enlightenment or insight. If you are not knowledgeable about the Buckleys, you will leave the film with little more information than you started. If you are a fan, the experience feels like a missed opportunity. Wearing its indie roots proudly, the movie is a meandering (and relatively plot-less) sojourn that tracks the paths of both Buckleys on alternate timelines without ever really getting very close to either. The film is well meaning, to be sure, but I'm not sure it ever accomplishes its primary goal. As both father and son are undeniable musical geniuses with problematic personal lives, there are a myriad of parallels that could bind them. The film never truly takes the opportunity to pull the two men together, though, on any thematic level which left me rather distanced throughout.

As "Greetings From Tim Buckley" opens, Jeff (Penn Badgley) receives a call inviting him to a tribute concert to be staged in his dad's honor. Next thing you know, he pops up in New York to participate, meets a ton of people, and wanders about rather cluelessly. The film never attempts to give you a proper introduction to any of these other players (so if you aren't conversant in the Buckley history, you certainly won't care) and the dialogue is so sparse and strained in the beginning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Captain Blue Beast on May 3, 2013
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I enjoyed this movie. As a writer, I admired the attempt to blend fact and fiction. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't care how much of it was true, or the fact that Penn Badgley did not look exactly like Jeff. The movie tells a story that stands on its own, and I think Badgely "became" Jeff, which is more important. The role was all about spirit. The power of the movie is that the characters interact well together, and the story that the writers and director choose to tell is told well. Like other Jeff Buckley fans, I look forward to seeing "Mystery White Boy." But if you are a fan and keep an open mind, this one is very much worth seeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brixton on May 25, 2013
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The most amazing part of this story is the similarities between Jeff & his dad, Tim. Tim being an amazing performer, but they have such unique talent that it should be studied genetically. To me that would be the great story, not some silly love story and ridiculous singing in a record store...that scene should have been scrapped and burned. Just misses the mark....there's an obvious story here and this just doesn't make it happen, and it left me very frustrated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wiley on May 13, 2013
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As a huge Jeff Buckley fan I was very excited to hear of a biopic coming out. I expected it to be a little more of a life story of Jeff, but as the title suggests this is half about his father, Tim Buckley. The story is about Jeff being asked to take part in a tribute concert for his dad and all the feelings of abandonment and bitterness that it brings out in Jeff. It switches back and forth to show a young Tim starting out in his career and choosing life on the road and random women over his pregnant wife back home. Penn Badgley does a great job as Jeff. He really looks like him and he did his own singing in the movie and he really sounds like him too! The movie ending left me in tears! Loved it! So sad that Jeff died so young.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Buckley's Afro on April 25, 2013
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Well, that movie was pretty awkward to say the least. I commend them all on their attempts. Frank Wood (Gary Lucas), Ben Rosenfield (Tim Buckley), and Imogen Poots (Allie) were great. I think the love story was kinda weird and maybe even a bit of a stretch. There was no storyline and I feel like too much was assumed by the writers. I was able to follow it because I'm familiar with Jeff and Tim's story but people who have never heard of them will have no idea who Gary, Hal, Lee, and Mary are. The whole movie moved pretty quickly and I think it focused too much on the weird relationship Jeff was in. That being said, it also slowed to a halt in most of Jeff's scenes. I would've cut out most of the scenes of Jeff just wandering around or crying at a wall. Those were absolutely pointless and most of the time you didn't even know what he was upset about. I think the movie really could've benefitted from a lot more music from Tim and Jeff - especially Tim. I would not have minded more backstory because I didn't get the emotional payoff from the movie that I got from reading what actually happened and I think they definitely could have gotten you there with more backstory. I don't think the performances by the other people at St. Ann's were necessary, nor were the other two performances by Jeff. Once I Was would've been more than enough and it could've cut out ten minutes of nothing. I would've replaced all of that time and the edits to Jeff's story with more of Tim's story to set up the emotional conflict that drives this entire event for Jeff. There were really only two highlights for me and they were the scene in the record store where Penn manages to pull of some Jeff-style impersonations spanning several genre's and eras of music, and then when Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas sat down to go through Grace, which seemed really out of place but cool nonetheless.

Alas, a good stab at a chapter of the life of a musical legend. Here's hoping Mystery White Boy is much better.
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