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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream (4-Disc Set) (2007)

Tom Petty , Peter Bogdanovich  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Petty
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Format: Box set
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Synopsis Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers A Film by Peter Bogdanovich A 4 disc set, 3 DVDs with over 5 hours of video, 1 CD of rare and unreleased tracks 2 DVD, four hour Director's cut of famed Peter Bogdanovich's Runnin' Down a Dream This movie contains hours of never before seen footage and interviews with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus music from the storied rock band's entire career. The movie features interviews with George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne, Rick Rubin, Johnny Depp, Jackson Browne and more. Also 1 DVD of the celebrated 30th Anniversary Concert in Heartbreaker hometown, Gainesville Florida Disc 1: Gainesville 2006 Elvis What's In A Name Mike Benmont B.Y.O.F (Build Your Own Festival) Fast Forward Deals A Broken Bond Ron & Stan Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Third Fuel Howie Poet Disc 2: Bob Dylan Strange Coincidences Scott The Bottom Line Steve John Round Trip Rock & Roll Heaven Runnin' Down a Dream (End credits) One 30th Anniversary Concert Disc 3: Listen To Her Heart Mary Jane's Last Dance I Won't Back Down Free Fallin' Saving Grace I'm A Man Oh Well Handle With Care Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks) I Need To Know (with Stevie Nicks) It's Good To Be King Down South Southern Accents Insider (with Stevie Nicks) Learning To Fly Don't Come Around Here No More Runnin' Down A Dream You Wreck Me Mystic Eyes American Girl Bonus Soundtrack CD Disc 4: Breakdown Anything That's Rock and Roll Fooled Again (I Don't Like It) American Girl Shadow of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) Stories We Could Tell Keeping Me Alive Honey Bee Lost Highway

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Falling Through Thirty Years November 17, 2007
"I feel pretty blessed really right now, when I see it, that most of us made it through that maze that is growing up in rock 'n' roll," he says. "And I think we've matured in a way that we're maybe better now, you know, maybe better musicians, and enjoying our craft more than we ever have. So I'm very lucky." Tom Petty

I found this four hour anthology of Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers on Sundance Channel. I immediately notified my best friend, and we watched unbelievably spellbound. This story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was directed by Peter Bogdanovich. He begins with the start of Tom Petty's life in Gainesville, Florida and ends with a 2006 commemoration concert of his thirtieth anniversary in music.

The entire story is told through home movies, television shows and rememberances in narrative form. Tom Petty does much of the narrative and this is his profession and musical life, after all. The list of friends, colleagues and those in the know who knew or played with Tom Petty is remarkable. It is a time line of the history of rock and music. Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynn along with Tom Petty join to form 'The Traveling Wilburys'. This remarkable group, to a one, votes this time in their lives as one of the most rewarding musical experiences. Stevie Nicks wants to join Tom Petty and his heartbreakers, but she is a woman and "this is a men's club" says Tom Petty. The sheer sense of Tom's persuasive personality in pursing his career in music is pure genius. Once he set down this path he never looked back. This was his life and what a life it has been.

This movie is about the music. There is some mention of marriage and Tom Petty's daughter is interviewed. Little personal information is shared.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good. November 14, 2007
This FOUR HOUR documentary is a must for all Tom Petty fans and honestly anyone weaned on late '70s early '80s Rock 'n' Roll. Spanning Petty's humble beginnings in Gainesville, Florida to the launch of his career in California to his battles with record labels and sleazy lawyers and his ultimate triumph, the documentary finally shows us Petty at the top of the rock heap alongside Jeff Lynn, Bob Dylan and George Harrison, the quintessential independent rocker/ musician/ songwriter. Shows Petty to be the ultimate self-sufficient iconoclast. Bogdanovich shares old reels of Petty's first band Mudcrutch and we see the evolution of a young idealistic kid with a chip on his shoulder transform (over a 30 year period) into a bona fide rock legend. Saw this on Sundance channel and bought the four disc box set which includes a soundtrack CD and the 30th anniversary concert in Gainesville. This documentary is overflowing with interviews, clips, personalities, history and a catalog of live performances. Worth every penny. Worth every second.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how documentaries should be done! December 17, 2007
By ApeTit
I extremely enjoyed this and I am not what you would call a die-hard Tom Petty fan. It just seems like growing up that Tom's music has always been there. I discovered Tom around the "Hard Promises" album via MTV videos and now that I think about, he has consistently released great music for 30 years. I have listened to the new album "Highway Companion" and I find it to be as good as anything I've heard from him.

What I did get from the movie is that Tom may be the most geniune rock & rollers ever. He knows what he wants and never lets up. Also the movie reinforced what I already believed: Mike Campbell is the most underrated guitarists ever. He may not be flashy but he can play just about anything. The same is true of Benmont Tench, both are incredible musicians. In fact, as you can see from lineup changes, without Mike & Ben the Heartbreakers sound is not complete.

Bottom line: Tom is one of the greatest American songwriters ever and watching this will confirm this!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Documentary I've Ever Seen February 2, 2011
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The documentary got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 5 reviews.

Nick Schager of Slant Magazine reviewed the documentary saying, "Employs a warm and leisurely, though never sluggish, pace that's upfront about Bogdanovich's intention to take his sweet time tackling every topic of relevant interest."

Ronnie Schreib of Variety, reviewed the documentary saying "A feast for Petty fans and a joyous confirmation of the vitality of the collective creative process."

Dan Lybarger, of reviewed the documentary saying, "Peter Bogdanovich's new documentary about the life and career of Florida-born rocker Tom Petty runs nearly four hours and never fails to engage or entertain."

I would add my personal notes that this movie is very engaging and the 4 hour run length felt like an hour. The movie really holds your interest and time flew by.

The Blu-ray edition looks fantastic but is not a major upgrade over the regular DVD...EXCEPT for the sound quality which I thought was much better on the Blu-ray. Not that the DVD sound is bad.

It's Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. It rocks and tells a great story about a legendary band.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary for Petty fans November 12, 2007
I'm a Petty fan, so I loved the documentary. Bogdanovich does a great job of telling the story of Petty's career, and does a pretty good job of getting all sides of the story. It has all of the in's and out's of a "Behind the Music," with band drama, etc., but focuses mainly on the music. The band members are all thoughtful and insightful in their comments, and what becomes clear is that Petty and the Heartbreakers are consumate craftsmen. Although Petty is the undeniable leader, they work together as a band to create the songs. The Heartbreakers aren't a backup band. To me, this carefully balanced dynamic, which has now led to 30+ years of success, was the most interesting part of the documentary. But the BEST part, by far, was seeing and hearing the various live and demo versions of the songs. Again, Bogdanovich does a great job of giving us enough pure music to enjoy without boring us.

The documentary is long, at about 4 hours. It took me two sittings to get through it, but it never felt long. Again, I'm a Petty fan. If I weren't I'm not sure I'd have had the patience for all of it, but it really helped make the case in my mind that Petty is one of the great modern rockers still working today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really well done
Peter Bogdanovich probably put together the best music documentary ever made. The music is fantastic, assuming you like Tom Petty, But the story of the heartbreakers is really well... Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Truesdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Tom Petty
I've been a Petty fan since I was a wee lass and this rockumentary is great! I love Tom Petty!
Published 16 days ago by sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
This is by far the best video documentary of a rock group I have ever seen. Great interviews and concert footage. Very highly recommended!
Published 18 days ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wont Back Down, Too Good and More.
Now I am spoiled, after watching this. It's one of the very best documentaries on a living legend. I was entertained while I learned so much, not only about Tom Petty, but the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by chameleonwatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Music Doc I've Seen
Yes it's more a Hagiography-Film to the almighty T.P. and the HBs, but it's thoroughly watchable and very entertaining. Read more
Published 25 days ago by JST
3.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary that runs out of steam
Runnin' Down A Dream is not a concert video - my mistake. While it contains plenty of Tom Petty music, the movie is mainly a documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Pate
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything Petty so it was no surprise that I loved it!
Get it!!
I could watch and listen to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers all the do long day!
Published 1 month ago by Adrienne Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
Loved it! Got it for my Mom she loved it too! Very happy with this purchase and it even arrived earlier than expected.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product...a must own rock dock for TP fans!
A must own for all Petty fans. Maybe one of the best, and surely one of the most comprehensive, rock docs ever compiled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Firth II
2.0 out of 5 stars Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream (4-Disc Set)
I purchased this as a gift for someone who really likes Tom Petty and he said
it was just "alright".
Published 3 months ago by mysteryreader
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Tom Petty Running Down a Dream 2-DVD version of the film
The third disc is the Gainesville,Fla 2006 concert (his best live DVD) and the fourth a cd of unreleased versions of some known and unknown songs that are featured in the background music of the documentary that were deemed interesting enough to release. The concert DVD (features Stevie Nicks)... Read more
Nov 19, 2008 by H. M Rivera |  See all 5 posts
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