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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2-Disc Unrated Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2007)

John C. Reilly , Jenna Fischer , Jake Kasdan  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon, Tim Meadows
  • Directors: Jake Kasdan
  • Writers: Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow
  • Producers: Jake Kasdan, Andrew Epstein, Carey Dietrich, Clayton Townsend, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012IWRDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2-Disc Unrated Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Director Jake Kasdan
  • Full Song Performances
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Line-O-Rama
  • A Christmas Song From Dewey Cox
  • Song Demos
  • Tyler Nilson: The Man Behind the Penis or Tyler Nilson: A Cockumentary
  • Bull On The Loose
  • The Music of Walk Hard
  • The Making of Walk Hard
  • The Real Dewey Cox (Talkin' Bout Cox)
  • The Last Word with John Hodgman

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The Pixar-like roll of Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad) continues with another sure-fire hit. In charting the meteoric rise, catastrophic fall and Lazarus-like rise of rocker Dewey Cox, Walk Hard parodies the classic Hollywood bio-pic, cashing in mostly on Walk the Line. John C. Reilly, one of Hollywood's most solid character actors, makes the most of his Golden Globe-nominated star turn as Dewey, whose road to stardom is paved with a childhood tragedy that claims the life of his prodigiously talented brother ("The wrong kid died," is his father's mantra), instant stardom (his first record is a hit just 35 minutes after it was recorded), sex and drugs, and the inevitable "dark (effen) period" that leads him to rehab. Reilly gets solid backup from current and former Saturday Night Live alumni, including Kirsten Wiig as his incredibly fertile first wife who has no faith in his musical aspirations ("You're never going to make it," she cheerily ends one phone call); Tim Meadows, never better, as Dewey's drummer, who, in one of the film's best scenes, does a poor job of dissuading him from trying marijuana); and Chris Parnell as his bass player. Jenna Fischer leaves Pam back at The Office as Darlene, Dewey's virtuous duet partner. Hilarious cameos give Walk Hard a great "Hey!" factor: Hey, that's Frankie Muniz as Buddy Holly. Hey, that's "Kenneth" from 30 Rock. Hey, there's Jack Black and Paul Rudd as--no kidding--Paul McCartney and John Lennon revealing "a rift in the Beatles." Some of the jokes are obvious (come on; the guy's last name is Cox), others inspired. But the decades-spanning music, echoing the styles of gritty Johnny Cash, romantic Roy Orbison, obtuse Bob Dylan, trippy Brian Wilson, and even a bit of anachronistic punk rock, is as pitch perfect and affectionately observed as in The Rutles, This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind. Walk Hard earns its R-rating, particularly for a sure-to-be-talked-about scene of hotel-room debauchery. But: Hilarious? Outrageous? Twisted? To quote the title of one of Dewey's hit songs, "Guilty as Charged." --Donald Liebenson

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One of the most iconic figures in rock history, Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) had it all: the women (over 411 served), the friends (Elvis, The Beatles) and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle (a close and personal relationship with every pill and powder known to man). But most of all, he had the music that transformed a dimwitted country boy into the greatest American rock star who never lived. A wild and wicked send-up of every musical biopic ever made, WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY is gut-busting proof that when it comes to hard rocking, living and laughing, a hard man is good to find.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Ya'd figure that classic zany comedy was dead. Sure, there have been ambitious stuff, but more often than not, a lot of today's "comedy" movies are either blatent "gross-out" fests written for 12-year-olds, or the tired "let's-make-a-satire-of-the-current-favorite-genre" formula. Truthfully, the last great American comedy for me was "There's Something About Mary." Sure, it was a stupid-humor film, but it had genuine laugh-out-loud surprises and, more importantly, heart. Basically, it was a sweet romantic comedy with slapstick thrown in for good measure.

Judd Apatow, whether he's directing or producing, seems to be the guy who'll revive well-done dumb-guy humor. All by himself, judging by the list of hits he's thrown out. "Walk Hard," unfortunately, was the least commercially success ful of them, and for what reason I don't know. He did satire right, focussing on one character through a much-travelled formula, created a believable (and funny) body of work for the fictionally tributed, got a great director in Jake Kasden, and casted extremely well by putting veteran John C. Reilly in the lead.

This would be the most important thing, as few realize how talented and multifacited Mr. Reilly really is. Sincerity in character? He makes poor Dewey a sweetly believable guy who'd be really entertaining in any story he was plunked in. Creative? John C. can keep up with the rest of the brilliantly funny folks in the film. Most importantly, can he sing? Hell yeah! Reilly toured through Boston a few years back in a musical stage adaptation of the Ernest Borgnine everyman love story, "Marty," and carried a hell of a tune (even before "Chicago"), showing he has the singing chops.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk the Funny Line April 19, 2008
Format:DVD
(3.5 *'s) Judd Apatow's `Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story' is a familiar project. As the producer of `The Forty Old Virgin, 'Knocked Up,' and 'Superbad,' he takes another irreverent comedy, this time a parody of music biopics of popular music icons. Sometimes savvy, sometimes obvious, the movie is mostly an effective and witty trip through pop music history.

One of the best decisions was to cast John C. Reilly in the title role. Watching the film, I kept thinking Will Ferrell could have been cast as Dewey Cox. As much as I like Ferrell, his overexposure to such familiar loopiness may have made the movie overwrought. With Reilly's fine performance as "Lefty" in 'A Prairie Home Companion,' they made the right choice. There's a certain restraint he brings to the role that's welcome and refreshing.

For those who have seen `Ray,' and, especially `Walk the Line' the referenced parody will be clear, but those who haven't undoubtedly will be in for a fun time, too. It's basically a rags to riches story about a man from the South who gets a recording contract much the way Elvis and Johnny Cash did.

On the down side, tragedy is given a lighter treatment. Anyone who's read Cash's autobiography or seen 'Walk the Line' will recognize when Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half that it's a reference to Cash's brother who lost his life to an electric saw. Throughout the movie he's haunted that he was the "wrong one" to die. They don't exactly glamorize drug use, though, which shows Dewey always making the wrong informed choice. (Backstage he's tempted by a band mate who says, "You don't want to use this stuff." Dewey always asks, "What does it do?" "It takes away every negative thought..." as if he chides.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the dreamers out there who also like to laugh April 23, 2008
Format:DVD
I have never before been inspired by a satirical, fictional comedy. (Is that half redundant?) But by the end of Walk Hard, I felt fantastic! That was the unexpected curve. The comedy though, is what I was after and I got it by the fistfuls! Sight gags, the absurd, live action caricatures of famous people, plenty of drug humor, etc. There were aspects of Steve Martin being channeled by John C. Reilly. And, I feel you can't really go wrong with John. He's not Academy Award material, he's just a perfect character actor. I enjoyed immensely his will to succeed coupled with his faulty decision-making processes. He was an idiot, but an intensely focused idiot. They basically made fun of every "unknown boy from nowhere makes it big" movie that came before it. And they did it well. The beginning had me wondering if the level of comedy was going to be elemntary school or not. And maybe it was. Who cares? It got funnier to me the longer I watched. And it even had a moral to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Become a Cult Classic September 12, 2009
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Why this film didn't do better at the box office, I'll never know. If you enjoyed Spinal Tap, then you should certainly enjoy this film. You'll enjoy it more if you have a general knowledge of the history of rock 'n roll, since some of the gags run pretty deep. I hardly ever buy videos, preferring to move on to something I haven't seen, but I expect to enjoy this one over and over for years to come. I was shocked that the title song didn't receive an Academy Award nomination for best song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny! May 25, 2009
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This movie's a classic! It's funny, but not in the current definition of "funny" these days. It's funny like the old Leslie Neilsen / Airplane / Naked Gun movies were. With jokes that are truly humorous without relying on stupid gross-out humour like most movies these days. I rented it because I was in the mood for something ridiculous, and what I got was much more than I expected! Not only is it good for a laugh, but John C. Reilly can really sing! And kudos to the costume designer! The movie spans 60 years, and they nailed the period clothing to a "t".
Very funny, ridiculously smart, well acted, and worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WE NEEDS MORE BLANKETS!!!!
this movie is stupid funny, but you'll find yourself quoting it or singing one of the songs in your head. John C Riley has such a good voice and is very funny.
Published 14 hours ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Dewey Rocks
One of the best parody movies ever done.
Published 6 days ago by Larry Opperman
5.0 out of 5 stars one of our favorites
great movie this one always by the tv
Published 12 days ago by Stella Joel Meza
5.0 out of 5 stars Reilly is an awesome singer, comedian
John C. Reilly is an awesome singer, comedian, musician and actor. All of his talents shine in this film, which is not easy when you're smell blind. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Chip Ahoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you DO want some for this dewey!!!
Published 15 days ago by Dale Keimel
4.0 out of 5 stars walk hard there is no side effects Dewey
Stupid type of funny
Published 15 days ago by Jesse Buckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Come for the fantastic comedy, but you'll actually stay for the...
if satire and spoofs are your thing, enjoy! Reilly at his best and singing his little heart out. surprisingly that's the best part. Read more
Published 20 days ago by BWolfeJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 21 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful ride indeed.
This is an absolutely hilarious satire of the musician biographical drama genre. I'd recommend it.
Published 22 days ago by anonymous rogue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious!!!!!!
Published 23 days ago by Heather Mc
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