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Slade in Flame

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The early 1970s were very good to glam rockers Slade. In their native Britain, they invaded the charts with 17 Top 20 hits, including six at #1. Devoted fans couldn’t play Slade’s anthem-rock loud enough, and the band played to packed clubs and concert halls all across the country. Like The Beatles and The Who, Slade too was seduced by the call of celluloid. In 1975, the band answered that call, starring in the critically lauded Slade in Flame. A darker kind of Spinal Tap, the film features the band starring as a fictitious version of themselves, while taking a gritty, realistic look at the underbelly of the music industry, where hustlers, sharks and managers prey upon hot new bands.

• First U.S. release of this cult DVD! • This film was made in 1974, following the success of the Beatles’ A Hard Days Night and The Monkees Head scripted rock films. • Features Slade hits "How Does It Feel?" and "Far, Far Away." • Includes an enlightening 50-minute interview with Slade’s lead singer/guitarist and British rock icon Noddy Holder.


"This cult classic arrives on DVD with its reputation intact as one of the best and bleakest rock films made." -- The Times (UK)

"Top 10 DVD of 2003" -- MOJO Magazine

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  • Actors: Don Powell, Jim Lea, Noddy Holder, Dave Hill, Tom Conti
  • Directors: Richard Loncraine
  • Writers: Andrew Birkin, Dave Humphries
  • Producers: Chas Chandler, Gavrik Losey, John Steele
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MDPCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,691 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Slade in Flame" on IMDb

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2004
Format: DVD
We produced the U.S. DVD release of Slade In Flame. Sometimes with vintage film and television releases we are faced with the option of providing content to the viewer in less-than-ideal form, or not providing it at all. Although we knew the master for "Slade In Flame" was less than perfect, it was the same master used on the UK edition of the DVD and the only master we could find. We chose to make the film available to rock fans for their libraries because of its rarity in the U.S., its historical importance, and the overall quality of the film. In our effort to provide an upgraded DVD package, we improved the menus, cover art, and provided the best possible audio for the soundtrack. We also found an original poster for the film's British theatrical release and reproduced it inside the package. We hope that fans of Slade and rock films in general will overlook any shortcomings in the picture and enjoy the film for what it is. -Shout! Factory DVD Producers
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hellion Zephreid on November 11, 2004
Format: DVD
Slade. A group that was HUGE in England in the 70's and all we really heard of them here in the states were the covers by Quiet Riot and "Keep Your Hands Off of My Power Supply" LP years later. Imports were way too costly then and I was just a teenager. So they remained a mystery to me like all the other U.K. glam rockers who failed to raise any interest or hits over here (T. Rex, Quatro, Mud, Wizzard, etc..). When I heard this movie was seeing the light of day in the U.S. thanks to some words by Classic Rock magazine (another Import), I had to check it out. As others have pointed out, this is not "A Hard Day's Night" or anything happy or silly that The Beatles have put out at the time. This story is of the other side of the Rock 'n' Roll business, the "dark" side. It does make one want to give up on the "R 'n' R dream" though. It is not a movie that you will watch again and again but is worthy of a once through. The music is good. Trademark Slade sound. One of the extras on the dvd is an interview with the lead singer/guitarist of Slade, Nodddy Holder in which he discusses all to do with the bands popularity and the reason for the choice of story for this film. Interesting to listen to him, definitely a bonus to the disc. The movie is average, watching musicians try to be actors and it does show. The 4 stars are for the courage to go against the grain and make this type of movie instead of acting like a bunch of clowns. The movie represents more a solid 3 though....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Pettie on May 13, 2005
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This DVD is strictly a Slade fan collectible. The DVD itself has some problems ie. sound, picture grainy at points. BUT - for the true Slade fan look past this! The story of two bands competing with each other and then becoming what is Slade is truly entertaining (the premise is that the story while fiction is loosely based on fact). The Noddy interview is worth the price of the DVD alone. SLADE ROCKS - FOREVER!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on September 7, 2004
Format: DVD
"Slade in Flame" is one of those legendary "lost" movies that you read about for years until it attains "Holy Grail" status in your mind, and then when you finally see it, you shrug and say "Oh. Er, well, OK, then..." Produced by ex-Animals guitarist Chas Chandler and released in 1974 (the height of the glitter rock era) to cash in on the (mostly UK-based) success of the band, the film actually holds up surprisingly well some 30 years on. I am a Slade fan, but frankly I had girded my loins for the possibility of another "KISS Meets The Phantom" fiasco. The film works as a realistic portrait of a working-class meat-and-potatoes band of "blokes" (the fictional "Flames") getting chewed up in the pop star-making machinery of of the late-60's British rock scene. In fact it is the cynicism and grittiness of the story that surprises the viewer. Some of the bleaker themes echo the (superior) David Essex drama "Stardust" (someone PLEASE release that one on DVD!!), which also hit the theatres in 1974. The band members, first time actors all, give passable performances (not like it was a stretch!). You may recognize a few faces amongst the mostly non-professional cast, in particular, "legit" thespian Tom Conti (in his first film role, according to Noddy Holder in the bonus interview). Let's not forget the music-there are a half dozen or so performances sprinkled throughout, with the movie's main theme song a standout. Picture and sound quality are not ideal, but I will give credit to the releasing company's reps for owning up with thier apologia on this site. One caveat: the thick accents and sometimes oversaturated audio was tough going for this "yank"...I only understood about half the dialog! Maybe subtitles on the next reissue?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John J. Baker on December 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Having only heard Slade's standards "Cum On Feel the Noize," and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," someone had taken a real gamble giving "Flame" to me as a Solstice gift. But she knew about my taste for, in her words: "A load of ugly f*ckers from the seventies who play good, loud music." I gave it a viewing once, then twice, then three times...

My verdict: "Flame" is good, raunchy fun. I got a good laugh watching the prologue featuring the group as a middling wedding band. I became entranced with the opening track, the wistful "How Does it Feel?" By the time the wedding band got in a row with rival band The Undertakers, I was sold.

I'm not at all surprised that "Flame" and Eminem's "8 Mile" follow the same "fortune, glory and ill-gotten gains" formula. What surprises me is that two films dealing with two disparate genres, two different neighborhoods, and two different subcultures took said formula and became gritty, offbeat masterpieces. Noddy's "Stoker" and Em's "B. Rabbit" are both rough, gritty and driven characters with endearing character quirks. Jim Lea, the Mehki Pfieffer of this earlier film is the perfect foil for Noddy as the partner in crime who occasionally butts heads with his mate. And the shootout at the Thames Estuary pirate radio station is every bit as surprising and hilarious as when "Cheddar Bob" shot himself in the bollocks in the Eminem vehicle.

Enough comparisons, on with the story.
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