Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream (4-Disc Set)
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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.Read more ›
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!
It covers the whole period from the first days in Gainesville, FL through the latest album, "Highway Companion". There's plenty of excellent music but Mr. Petty is fully engaged from beginning to end and he is completely up front in relating the many highs and inevitable lows of the group he started 30 years ago with a dream of making a life as a full on rocker. He did it. And the Heartbreakers did it. Full on.
His songs are the soundtrack to a generation. If you want to know where those songs came from and how they came into being, watch "Runnin' Down a Dream". It's all here and my compliments to Mr. Bogdanovich as he made a great, complete documentary that flows smoothly. But I was still wishing for a third 2 hour disc when I finished watching all there was. It's a great story.
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 eFilmCritic.com 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a documentary for the rock 'n roll purist -- for someone who knows Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers well. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ann M.
Very interesting history of Tom Petty and what an amazing songwriter. Great mix of story and live performance from the Heartbreakers to the Traveling Wilburys its a great... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read the new book first and then watched the documentary. Perfect companions. Both were extraordinary. Inspiring and instructional.. What a great journey. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tim mcfATE
only thing I wish is that Petty's 30th anniversary concert in Gainsville with Knicks was included. Guess I didn't read the whole thing properly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom G.
Great history of the band, plus the bonus 30 year anniversary concert!Published 2 months ago by Scott Yule
I learned about this from an interview with Peter Bogdanovich. As a huge fan of Mr. Petty and a moderate fan of Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny Lemonhead
Hey, its Tom Petty, the best of the best, so you know it's GREAT...'nuff said!Published 3 months ago by Ron Stewart
If you like Tom Petty music-even a little-you'll likely love it after you watch this documentary(and the concert video of his 30th reunion in Gainesville FL). Wonderful.Published 5 months ago by DMH
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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
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