Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
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In bringing the celebrated book to the screen, director Bowser employed some adventurous filmmaking of his own. Narrated by William H. Macy, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls features vintage clips of the directors who defined the movement; original interviews with such directors as Arthur Penn and John Milius, actors such as Peter Fonda and Richard Dreyfus and more.
Over 1.5 additional hours of deleted and extended footage. Narrated by critically acclaimed actor William H. Macy.
Features vintage clips of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, and others. Bonus disc offers "mini-docs" featuring Dennis Hopper, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, Cybil Shepherd, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader, John Milius, Peter Bart and others. Official Selection of Festival de Cannes 2003 and Deauville 2003 Festival du Cinema American.
- Bonus disc of mini-documentaries:
- The Times
- Sex and Drugs
- United Artists and Midnight Cowboy
- The Film Critics
- Robert Altman: A Director's Style
- Hal Ashby: The Homeless Spirit
- Peter Bogdanovich: The Man Who Loved the Movies
- Francis Ford Coppola: Director's Journey
- Dennis Hopper: Actor as Director
- George Lucas: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
- Sam Peckinpah: Sensitive Access
- Martin Scorsese: Talent Finding the Edge
- Steven Spielberg: Innocent Savant
- The Participants Strike Back
- The Author: Peter Biskind
Top Customer Reviews
But, don't get me wrong here -- this is a documentary worth seeing (and perhaps owning if you are a film buff rather than music buff). There is some excellent archival footage and home movies from the participants, and the animated transitions of movie posters and stills are very well done. The content is most likely not a surprise as everyone knows the majority of the films discussed (and the mammoth financial or artistic results). It's the backstory and the who did what with whom to allow these films to be made or released that provides interest.
Back to the DVD... one happy addition is that there is a full second disc of interviews. Very dry, but there is some interesting extra information / story tidbits and an interview with the author of the book which probably would have been welcome in the film (but wouldn't have fit it's structure perhaps).
I would recommend this DVD for film buffs and baby-boomers in general... any chance the "Original Soundtrack" might be released separately? Or perhaps the 97 minute "as seen on tv" edition as a DVD instead of this 118 minute version?
There are some major figures from the era involved here (Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, Dennis Hopper, Karen Black), but simply not enough to sustain a 2-hour film. Among the missing are Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, Robert Evans, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda...oh, God, the list goes on. We're presented with a vague background, the collapse of the studio system and the rise of the counter-culture and European cinema, but we see precious little of it onscreen. The participants are filmed against a black background, they talk, we see a short film clip, and back to the black talking. Considering the astonishing originality of the period being discussed you'd think some of it would leak into the documentary. No go.
To be sure, what's here is decent and interesting, but this decade deserves a real, hands-on exploration. How about somebody who was THERE getting on the job? Surely Dennis Hopper could put together a spectacular piece of cinematic art on the Seventies...and who'd turn down the man who directed "Easy Rider", freeing Hollywood from the dust of old men and launching the second Golden Age of American movies? C'mon, Dennis, let's go! While we're young!
Hollywood of the 1970s is certainly an interesting subject, populated with interesting characters. But "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" is so plodding that it seems twice as long as it actually is. I'm fascinated by film history, but there was a point when I didn't think I'd make it through this film. And that was only half an hour into it. "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" covers a lot of ground, but it's really an overview of the changing Hollywood power structure 1966-1980 and the films that resulted. Nothing is discussed in much detail.Read more ›
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If you loved the book, you'll like the movie. The extra disk of interviews is worth buying this for. Excellent purchase.Published on November 9, 2012 by Kristopher Wright
of the shift from producers to directors. Obviously 1960's audiences wanted movies that were gritty and bold. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by mr. contrarian
This doc leads to a really enjoyable, entertaining and informative evening. You get a really clear look between the lines as to what was going on during this renaissance of the... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Robert Zeichick
If you are a fan of Scorcese, Hopper etc etc you will not be able to stop watching this documentary . . . Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by C. Weinshenker
I agree with many of the reviews that EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS is a fascinating overview of American filmmaking of the 1970s. I would add to the other reviews that:
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As a glorification, and explanation, of the wonderful 70's Hollywood industry, it's a great little documentary. Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Stress
This is a kind of Independent Film of the Seventies 101. It's a good solid introductory course that explains just what forces conspired to make the early seventies the moment for... Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by Doug Anderson