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Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story (2001)

Nick Bagnall , Karl Geary , Robert Mandel  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Bagnall, Karl Geary, Adam MacDonald, Esteban Powell, Orlando Seale
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames
  • Producers: Claudio Castravelli, Jean Guy Despres, Patricia Clifford, Suzanne Lauer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q93CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The true story of one of the most successful pop-metal bands of the 80s. All born in England, the group first found success at home and then, with the help of producer Mutt Lange, they began to top the US charts. Although problems with drug and alcohol addiction took their toll, it was not until a car accident took the arm of the group's drummer that the party came to a halt. Faced with the potential death of the group and pressure to find a new drummer, the group banded together and encouraged their mate to learn how to play with one arm and re-join Def Leppard. They went on to sell over 14 million albums during their next tour.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
This is a movie focusing on well known facts from the Def Leppard 197901986 period.

It starts with Joe Elliot auditioning for Atomic Mass, the band including Sav and Pete Willis, and goes all the way to their first performance with Rick Allen after his accident.

The casting directors and vocal coaches did a fantastic job. Also, the director was able to pull off the personal background that affected highs (their first EP funded by Joe Elliott's dad) and lows (Steve Clark drinking his father's demons (literally) to death) of the band without overdramatizing them.

Also, the movie shows us the influence that Mutt Lange had on their carreer without forgetting the fact that the Lepps had the skills, the talent and the commitment to make it happen with his producing genius.

If you are a fan of Def Leppard, stop reading and buy this movie immediately. If you were a casual fan of the Pyromania and Hysteria albums, you might as well enjoy a nicely made movie that gives you a glimpse into the history of a hugely popular "pop" metal band.

What do you want??? I WANT ROCK N ROLL!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AWESOME August 14, 2005
I absolutely LOVED this movie and highly, highly recommend it to ANYONE who has never seen it. I'm not a huge fan of Def Leppard and knew absolutely nothing about fact I didn't even knew they were a British Band...yeah, yeah I know. But I found the movie to be very entertaining as well as informative. Even if you don't care for there music, still give it a'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Except for a concert scene at the end, very little of there music is played throughout the movie, with the focus being more on the band members, their private lives, and personal struggles and tragedies.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria September 29, 2005
Since we recieved the DVD my kids watch it about every day. I never thought it would make a lasting impression but it has. It taught them that no matter what obstacle lies before them all they have to do is believe in themselves and they will overcome it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a Def Leppard collection May 9, 2007
I've been a huge fan of Def Leppard since the early 80's, and their longevity and mutli-faceted talents continue to amaze me 20+ years later. This movie chronicles a relatively short but crucial period in the band's existence, from their founding to the accident that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm, and his truly incredible determination to re-train himself to use his feet instead. It ends with what I believe was their first public performance with Rick post-accident, at a Monsters of Rock concert - an amazing performance that made music headlines all over the world.

Def Leppard is one of the only bands whose story and music consistently trigger a multitude of different emotions for me. I personally find the whole band and their story to be incredibly inspirational. Obviously there's Rick Allen's story, which would be pretty hard to top. I also think of Joe Elliott as a quintessential frontman, and he seems much more than that. His passion for music and drive to succeed is palpable, and his and the other guys' determination to keep it together through some tough times is something anyone can take a lesson from. I have all of their albums from On Through the Night to Yeah, and there's not a single one with a bad or even forgettable song. My emotions run the gamut when I listen, from the happy-let's-party feeling I get from songs like Photograph and I Wanna Be Your Hero, to mellow-smooth with songs like Too Late for Love, Breathe a Sigh and Truth, to sad with White Lightning, Scar and Blood Runs Cold, to sexy with All Night (REALLY like that one), Slang, and I Wanna Touch You. Their music captures an entire life, with all its twists and turns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this movie and.... June 27, 2005
....thought it was fantastic. I almost forgot I was watching a movie. Afterwards, I saw a program with the Leps and it seems this movie was dead on (according to the things they talked about that had happened in their career). I recommend it to ANY Leppard fan, the long-time deadicated fan and the casual "like some of their stuff" may ALL come away being Lep fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, if short, portrayal... May 7, 2006
By Fit Mom
As a longtime Def Leppard fan, I enjoyed this movie. It was hard to watch Steve Clark's struggle with his demons - I was always a fan of Steve, and to know what a difficult life he had leaves me feeling wistful for what might have been for him.

By the way, to previous reviewers: Rick Allen is not played by Kevin Dillon. The actor's name is Tat Whalley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST LIFE STORY June 6, 2006
This movie rocks, by showing the real-life dramas that the band went through, to overcoming them all to achive success, the HYSTERIA album is one of the best produced albums ever, and MUTT is the best producer, I am a music producer and if I could be an 1/8th as good as Mutt well that would Rock!! so therefore the portrail of how MUTT LANGE played a part in the bands success is my favorite part of the stroy, that and also the sweet drum kit that was developed for the best one ahm'd drummer!! OVERALL GREAT MOVIE!! HIGHLY RECCOMEND!! GOOD LUCK!! OHHH A BIT OF ADVICE, GO OUT AND BUY HYSTERIA ALBUM<< DONT DOWNLOAD, MUTT IS THE MAN!! DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING ELSE

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love me some Def Leppard!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As advertised.
Published 5 days ago by George Stockman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show, If you get a chance to see it, you'll want it in your collection.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have for any fan of the band!
Published 3 months ago by K. Printz
5.0 out of 5 stars Early years def leppard
If you like leppard you will really like this DVD story
Published 3 months ago by William J. Watson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars love Def Leppard
luvvvvvvv itttttttt!!!!!!!!!!! The best movie ever! There my all time favorite band! I have already watched it over 15 times.
Published 4 months ago by Kristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I love this movie, the actors played the characters well and I really enjoyed listening to all the old hits from the band.
Published 5 months ago by Leanne K. Dresner
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria- The Def Leppard Story
Def Leppard fans- buy this!! I saw it on tv years ago and loved it. I finally bought it and couldn't be happier with the product. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars def lepard story
I love this dvd great story of def kepard from how they got started. i would recomend to anyone. great
Published 6 months ago by Terry Tilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Copy
Bought this for my wife and it was fantastic. The dvd played fine and the case was brand new in perfect condition.
Published 9 months ago by Brad Coalburn
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