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Adventures of Power

4.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews


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Combining the hilarious satire of Spinal Tap and School of Rock, ADVENTURES OF POWER is a Sundance Film Festival & audience favorite starring the real Ari Gold, Jane Lynch (Glee), Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), Shoshannah Stern (Jericho), and Chi Chiu Ling (Kung Fu Hustle), about a air-drummer who saves his hometown by listening to his heartbeat. With a totally awesome (LA Times) soundtrack of 80's hits & hilarious originals. Adventures of Power is an epic comedy about a mine-worker named Power whose love of drums and lack of musical skill has turned him into the ridiculed air drummer; of his small town. But when Power's union-leader father calls a strike at the mine, Power discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers who just might hold the key to changing the world. Power's journey across America brings him face-to-face with his town's greatest enemy, and allows him to discover the beat within his own heart. Over 60 Minutes of Bonus Material including: Exclusive interview & drum-off with Rush Drummer Neil Peart Music video starring Adrian Grenier -Entourage- as Dallas! Deleted scenes featuring Jane Lynch Glee - Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim - Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Nick Kroll - The League - and more! Postcards from the set. Award winning short films by Ari Gold. Audio Commentary with Ari Gold. 3 trailers. All bonus materials and feature have been close captioned for the deaf & hard of hearing. Audio Commentary featured optional subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing. DVD includes limited edition foil packaging.

Review

Rowdy response to 'Power's' midnight unspooling at Sundance establishes the pic's cult-movie cred. Gold's a gifted comedian. --Variety

An enthusiastic Drums Up... Totally awesome! --L.A. Times

One of the funniest films in recent years! --New York

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Chi Ling Chiu, Adrian Grenier, Ari Gold
  • Directors: Ari Gold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046BHC2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adventures of Power" on IMDb

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By fra7299 VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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Although The Adventures of Power received plenty of hate on Netflix and Rottentomatoes, I happen to think the film was pretty clever and funny (in a silly kind of way). The humor here is a little more understated and probably won't appeal to some, but I thought it was an awesome comedy. The Adventures of Power is finally something original with a fantastic soundtrack (if you love classic 80s rock such as Rush, Loverboy, or Mr. Mister), hilarious scenes reminiscent of Spinal Tap, and a good message about the underdog overcoming odds. There is also a love story, as Power meets Annie, a girl he falls for, who gives Power the inspiration to drum. The film is able to balance a bit of satire and wit with plain goofiness to create laughs.

The Adventures of Power tells the story of one young man and his dream of air drumming. Power has always felt he had something special (even if it wasn't a set of drums), and while his uncle chastises him, telling him that people are making fun of him, Power still believes that good will come of his "talent." His air drumming skills take him to talent shows, to an illegal underground air drumming contest in Mexico, which features a motley mix of air drummers trying to keep up with speed metal, and finally to an all-stakes air drum showdown in Newark. Carlos, a man without hands to drum, sees Power as the next great hope in air drumming, and enlists him. With his fascination with Rush's "Tom Sawyer", Power makes the trip to the big time with hopes of achieving great things. To do this, he and his fellow air drummers will have to battle the best of the best air drummers.

Many have noted the similarities between The Adventures of Power with Napoleon Dynamite and Dodgeball.
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This movie is best appreciated by those who watch movies multiple times. The first time I watched this movie, I liked it, but it was not one of my favorites. Later, I wanted to see the movie again, and the deeper things started to come out.
In my mind, this movie is not about air drumming, it is more about the underdog overcoming. I found the characters to be all all bright and charming, and I liked the locations the film was made at.
The extras include an interview with Neil Peart.
At the end of the commentary Ari Gold asks to get in touch with him via his website. He does return your comments.
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This movie is pure awesome. It has so much heart. Ari Gold's Power is every teenage wannabearockstar dreamer who never grew up. The casting is great, but what can you expect with Michael McKean of Spinal Tap fame acting as Power's father? It lends an air of legitimacy (though not necessary) to this movie that could have easily been a rock/mockumentary but thankfully went for a straight up story.
It's like the rock-n-roll version of Napoleon Dynamite, with a perfect soundtrack heavily relying on Rush's Tom Sawyer as its theme. After messing up at his job, Power leaves his home to pursue his dream as a professional air drummer. There is a great love story in there, too, featuring a beautiful deaf actress who plays the daughter of a fundamentalist Christian. The mom is heavily opposed to rock and roll and her daughter's new infatuation. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get chills, but you won't pussyfoot--you'll double-bass drum!
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If you want to sit down and watch 89 minutes of just pure joy, this is it. If you want to be entertained by a film that has so much heart, this is it. All of the actors, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Chiu Chi Ling, Shoshannah Stern and especially the fellow air-drummers (plus the real life drummer, Neil Peart) bring so much life to this story. If you finally want to see a film with a new kind of hero that does his own stunts...without the help of special effects and CGI, this is it. Ari Gold has written, directed and stars in a film that for me that brings back the innocence of what a film should be...full of heart with great characters. It is quirky comedic tale of a quest to pursue your dreams (in this case to be the best air-drummer in the world) no matter what people think of them. It is also a tale that underscores that you should never lose sight of the power of love and how it can be to guide you to those dreams...no matter who you are. Buy this film for your collection and you will be glad you did!
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I met Ari Gold (writer, director, and lead star) of this hilarious look at the life of an air drummer. This is a terrific look at a subject that doesn't get nearly enough coverage in the entertainment industry, the "air" musicians of our day. It follows the life of an out of sync young man named Power who has trouble in his daily life working on an oil platform. The juxtapostion of political commentary of worker safety and the ability to unionize with the ridiculousness of Power's only talent of wanting to become the world's greatest air drummer is as hilarious as a movie can get. Great acting from Michael McKean as Power's father and Jane Lynch from the Christopher Guest movies. I was impressed by Ari's ability to get permission from all of the musicians and ASCAP to feature all of the songs in the film. Hilarious concept and execution by Ari and his crew. I highly recommend this film!
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