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Quadrophenia (Special Edition) (1979)

Phil Daniels , Leslie Ash , Franc Roddam  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting
  • Directors: Franc Roddam
  • Writers: Franc Roddam, Dave Humphries, Martin Stellman, Pete Townshend
  • Producers: Bill Curbishley, David Gideon Thomson, John Entwistle
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055XMF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quadrophenia (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with Sting
  • Photo gallery including publicity photos, memorabilia, and continuity Polaroids from Franc Roddam's scripts
  • Who discography
  • Film trivia subtitle track
  • Animated location map with footage from the scenes today
  • Quiz: Are you a "Mod" or a "Rocker?"
  • Film restoration feature
  • Vespa trailer featuring classic commercials
  • British mod film compendium
  • Easter eggs include "Portrait of a Mod," reviews of the film, Riot button, and more
  • Remastered from the original 35mm negative and Dolby A soundtrack

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Additional Features

"It's a celebration of energy, the energy of youth," describes director Franc Roddam, talking about his generation in the DVD's rich commentary track that revisits the Mod phenomenon and describes working with Pete Townsend and the Who. The energy was generated by rewriting on the fly and improvising with his hungry young cast. Sting (instantly iconic as supercool Mod leader Ace) also reminisces in a short new interview. You can click the thoroughly modern "pop- up" subtitle track for film trivia on the fly, or tour back to the swinging '60s through a funky Vespa featurette, a well-documented compendium of British mod films, an animated location map contrasting now-and-then, and the tongue-in- cheek quiz "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" And for one last jolt of youthful energy, take the time-lapse London to Brighton tour, all amped-up 60 seconds of it. --Sean Axmaker

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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable teen angst classic December 24, 2003
Format:DVD
When "Quadrophenia" first came out in 1979, I think most people were expecting a "Tommy"-like rock opera, with music by The Who blasting from the speakers and Roger Daltry playing pinball adorned in a mask. Much to most people's surprise, "Quadrophenia" is a story about teen angst in England, with background music by The Who. The story is the key, and "Quadrophenia" details the historic Mod/Rocker riots of the 1960s. The riots were fueled by teen rebellion, rock music and a youthful generation seeking its identity.
The beauty of "Quadrophenia" is the film's themes of youths trying to find their place in the world is timeless and internationally identifiable. You don't have to be a British lad to love this story. Several scenes are so emotionally harrowing as to be disturbing. The protagonist Jimmy Michael Cooper (brilliantly played by Phil Daniels) begins to self destruct as the movie progresses. He loses his home, his job, his girlfriend and eventually his identity in a haze of drugs and misguided motivation. The scene where he begs his ex-girlfriend to explain herself, to which she answers "It was just a giggle" will bring a tear to most eyes. It is the saddest form of rejection and as emotionally truthful a scene one is most likely to see.
I think many teenagers eventually go through a process similar to what is seen in "Quadrophenia." One's identity when growing up is always related to the music, the parties, the mode of dress and the friends one chooses. The world is seemingly yours. As the Mods begin their march in Brighton, chanting, screaming, arms wrapped around one another, they are a force. They can change the world.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This film deserves to be in the pantheon of classic teen angst films (though it will really speak to adults reflecting on their years more so than it will for teens). I think it's the best film I've ever seen in that genre (and is based on probably the best album that ever covered such ground). There is real grit to the film, real emotion and pathos (but also a teriffic sense of humor). The cast is also outstanding (why Phil Daniels didn't become a big star is anybody's guess). But add to this the knockout soundtrack (from the "Quadrophenia" LP and other radio hits of the 60s), and you practically have a perfect film (I'm always hesitant to say anything is truly perfect). But I wouldn't change anything here. It is an unqualified success.
It helps to understand the milieu of the film, so read up here on the mods and rockers so that you understand the time and place. But then hang on for a long, LOUD ride! This movie just knocks me out! I wish I had seen it when I was a teenager. Better late than never!...
Don't miss it! And I will say this movie was much better the second time around (especially at a theatre). The film is so loaded with atmosphere and cultural references that you can't possibly take it all in in one sitting.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock films to date March 20, 2006
Format:DVD
Very few movies based on rock albums are ever any good. "Quadrophenia" is the exception to this theory. Considering the relative inexperience of cast and crew alike, the producers have pulled off the unexpected: a rock film that doesn't bow down to the egos of the rock stars; a low budget, anti-special effect film; a teen film that doesn't condescend to the teens in the film and the audience; and, ultimately, a script that is not dictated to by the songs on the album. In fact several key songs from the album aren't even in the film--not the least of which is "The Punk Versus The Godfather".

What I enjoyed about the film, also, was that it doesn't just portray the working-class teen as a malcontent who can't identify with anything. Instead, Jimmy (played brilliantly by Phil Daniels) rebels against Rockers, the "establishment", older people, etc.; however, his desire for independence only goes so far because he MUST be a Mod. And here is the real ambivalence of adolescence--the desire to be free and the need to fit in.

This edition has some fun extras. The director's commentary, although occasionally bogged down in technical stuff, is eye-opening to the era represented in the film. The high-speed London to Brighton trip is enjoyable. The Mod/Rocker Quiz was also fun--but beware of one of the endings! In sum, this is a worthwhile film to own.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL one of the definitive movies of a lost era... July 13, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This release of Quadrophenia is very good, but doesn't quite reach the superb mark. Dramatically improved from the VHS release of many moons ago, the DVD release recaptures some of the sound and fury that I recall when I first saw the movie upon its release in 1979. Visuals are improved and colors enhanced, though discretely, but there are still a number of visual flaws in the transfer (e.g., scratches in the film are preserved, as well as occasional film artifacts). The sound reinforcement REALLY improved the experience, adding depth and presence to what was once a very tinny sounding film.
All of that being said, I believe Rhino did a wonderful job in the transfer, with the logical next step of preservation being a digital polishing (digitally removing scratches and artifacts, reregistering each frame, digital smoothing, etc.) I'm not sure what else can be done to improve the audio track, as apparently it was pulled from the optical track on the film master (no separate mag tapes?) Rhino is not Lucasfilm, and they don't have access to the $100MM post-processing digital labs of the latter, so I have no expecations of any digital magic on an indie cult classic like Quadrophenia. Hey, this is a movie about '60's Brits, and it definitely retains that '60's feel!! Isn't that what indie flicks are all about?
This is a wonderful remastered movie, with great extras, and it retains the same visceral punch as it did when first released. A superb companion to the masterpiece album by The Who that is its namesake, I highly recommend it. Four stars of five.
P.S. If you've never seen Quadrophenia before, I strongly suggest listening to and studying the entire musical album two or three times prior to viewing the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Fantastic, brought back memories.
Published 7 days ago by Paul Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie, surprising you could not get to the songs from the chapters menu
Published 19 days ago by Jim7777
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 28 days ago by Run4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This move is an all time great!
Published 1 month ago by Egypt Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who?
great story...great Who music all combine to make a very British story of young men growing up and becoming themselves through losing everything.
Published 1 month ago by jaypee
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up Mod
The movie is much less ambitious that the Quadrophenia album concept as described by Pete Townshend. The are no references to schizophrenia. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DW
4.0 out of 5 stars It was fantastic. I remember Keith Moon bouncing his drumsticks off...
I saw The Who perform Quadrophenia in the early 1970's. It was at Reunion Arena (it had 20,000 seats) which is long gone. It was fantastic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Easy Goer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice peek into that time and place.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Peteraf
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transfer fro CD-Masterpiece to Movie presentation
I found this movie to be a very enjoyable experience that captured much of the essence of Pete's musical masterpiece.
Highly recommended !!!
Published 2 months ago by Craig B. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Amazing Film!!
Its like the British version of Rebel Without a Cause, with the added depiction of the Mod vs. Rocker struggle and some full frontal nudity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Desert Angel
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