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Air Guitar Nation

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A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and world stage, AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars compete to become the greatest air guitarist in the world. Two would-be rock legends emerge and strum their way towards glory and the coveted national title. Samurai warrior C. Diddy emerges as an early favorite, but his arch nemesis Björn Türoque is not far behind. Will Björn s technical prowess, attitude, and airness be enough to take him to the top, or will C. Diddy conquer all to become America s first supreme being of air guitar?

OVER 60 Minutes of Bonuses Including: Behind-the-Scenes Footage; Additional Air Guitar Performances; Where Are They Now Updates; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer; 5.1 Surround Sound; And More!

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Is it a sport? A game? An artform? It may be hard to define, but it's easy to see that air guitar is a lot of fun and immensely entertaining, and so is director Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation, an utterly charming documentary about the young men (and a few women) who in 2003 competed both at home and abroad to determine whose "airness" would rule. Having visited Finland, the longtime home of the World Championship finale (who knew?), the previous year to check out the scene, Kriston Rucker and Cedric Devitt realized that no Americans were included, so they organized the first U.S., er, air-off in New York. It's there that we meet guys who are restaurant managers, software developers, budget analysts, and such in daily life, but who assume names like Air Raid, Krye Tuff, and The Shred when they hit the stage and perform to the music of Motorhead, Judas Priest, Steve Vai, and others while the crowd goes nuts (judges include Tom Morello, who plays real guitar for Rage Against the Machine). Two stars emerge from the pack--David "C-Diddy" Jung (an Exeter-educated actor whose immigrant parents wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer) and Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane ("to err is human, but to air guitar is divine")--and we follow them as they head to Oulu, Finland, to take on competitors from all over the globe (more than one of them compares the event to the Olympics). They must first endure Air Guitar Boot Camp, with lessons in "Air Guitar and Groupies" and "Maintaining Your Instrument," but the film takes off when it gets to the competition itself; the performances, all of them about a minute long, are an absolute riot, with all the laughs (intended and otherwise), macho grimacing, and showy moves used by real heavy metal axe-grinders. But while these are basically young folks having a good time, most see air guitar as something, well, transcendent. "It's instant meditation," says one. "It's about freedom to be yourself," adds another. "I'm going to out-weird the world," says C-Diddy. About 40 minutes of bonus material includes deleted scenes and additional performances. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Additional air guitar performances
  • "Where are they now?" updates
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Angela Shelton, Zac Munro, Gordon Hintz, Peter Cilella, Dan Crane (II)
  • Directors: Alexandra Lipsitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RPOCMA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Air Guitar Nation" on IMDb

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Anyone who is a fan of rock music will appreciate this documentary about the World Air Guitar Championships. It is very funny and it benefits from having a lot of great new and classic rock songs in the soundtrack. When the lights came up at the end, someone next to me said, "It's right up there with 'Spinal Tap'!" I would agree .
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Because it's different, uninhibited, energetic, and most importantly incredibly funny, a film that completely draws you into itself for a few hours...but then the films over and you wish it would have gone on forever.
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I didn't know anything about air guitar befor i watched "Air guitar Nation". Not only did I discover something extraordinary, i fell so lucky to have discovered it through this very skillfully directed film. it's like a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat from begining to end. Everyone should watch this! It is not only entertaining, it is philosophical , fun and exiting!
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This is probably one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I caught the movie at a film festival last year. A buddy dragged me to it, and I was thinking that it was going to be another competition movie with a bunch of dorks. Well, yeah, it was a competition, and yeah, these guys are dorks, but the tension, comedy, and great music made it special treat, unlike anything I've ever seen. The crowd was literally going wild. If you want to have a good time, give this movie a try. You'll totally enjoy it...
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3.5 stars

The hyperbole of the other reviews here is extreme; comparing this to Spinal Tap is way off base. It's nowhere near as funny, fresh, or ingenious. Yeah, it's good, but it ain't one of the great documentaries of all time.

This is indeed a fun film, full of good vibes and nice guys. But damn, it's just slooow at points! The filmmakers keep it basic, and I think they lost a lot of potential humor doing that.

I may be biased in that I saw The King of Kong a couple of months ago, and that to me was the truly classic movie others found this to be. Side by side, Air Guitar comes off as a student film, not technically, but in that while Kong often surprises and plays with your expectations, this film merely shows what happened, and somewhat blandly at times. AGN is just straight narrative, and while all the characters are pleasant, the only real pay-off is when C. Diddy gets the approval of his parents at the end, and his Mom does the metal sign. That was touching, but the rest of this movie was merely a fair doc on a funny subject, and nothing that really involved me. I just think it could have been cut and paced in a more rock and roll way, in light of its subject.

Hey, I love air guitar and real guitar, but I've seen way better air guitarists than this many times in many places. As far as humor goes, I laughed out loud during King of Kong nine times (I started counting after four; it's rare to get that many big laughs out of my jaded humor center); I didn't really have one gut laugh during this film. Just a lot of smiles. I'm all for smiles, but they ain't belly laughs.

I liked AGN, but it's far from a masterpiece. No offense to those who love it---each of us must march to his own (air) drummer.
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Since there has been rock n' roll, there has been air guitar. For decades, air guitar was something that you did behind a locked, closed door. But no more - some enterprising people have established an Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu, Finland. The documentary Air Guitar Nation focuses on several American contestants for the coveted championship.

Viewers meet many great characters. David "C Diddy" Jung is one of the favorites for the title - much to the consternation of his Korean-American parents who wanted him to become a doctor or a lawyer. C Diddy uses a "Hello Kitty" backpack as a breastplate during his performances. One of C Diddy's main rivals is Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane, who often comments on the deeper meaning behind air guitar.

Viewers have to see some of the other contestants to believe them. One man performs in the nude while another plays air guitar to Christian rock from his wheelchair. All hope to impress the judges by demonstrating an ill-defined quality called "airness."

It's hard to say what makes Air Guitar Nation a winner. There are great tunes, interesting characters, and lots of humor. My wife and I watched with our ten-month-old daughter and she happily bounced along to the songs. In the end, the film is goofy, good fun that gives the viewer a different slice of life.
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If you're under 60, you've played air guitar at some point in your life - and not just as a child. Even Mr. Bigtime Lawyer or Dr. Smartypants still knocks out a few major riffs when no one is looking - don't try to deny it (unless you've sold your soul to Guitar Hero). What you probably don't realize is that air guitar is no longer just the stuff of private bedroom concerts and junior high talent shows - there's a freakin' world championship of Air Guitar held every year in that bastion of rock `n' roll nirvana. I'm talking, of course, about Oulu, Finland. Yes, the city that gave the world composer Leevi Madetoja and black metal band Impaled Nazarene - and rebuilt itself out of the ashes of a devastating fire in 1822 - has played host to the annual Air Guitar World Championships every August (when the temperature can rise as high as 64 degrees Fahrenheit) ever since its creation in 1996. When a couple of plucky Americans (Kriston Rucker and Cedric Devitt) read about the event in the august Wall Street Journal, they decided to experience the magic for themselves - only to discover, to their horror, that America was not and had never been represented in the sport. They resolved to do something about it, establishing an American championship and sending the winner to compete on the world stage. The rest, as they say, is history.

The 2003 East Coast regional takes place above a strip club in New York City's Pussycat Lounge. Thanks to some last-minute promotion by Howard Stern, hundreds have to be turned away after the place fills up. Those lucky enough to make it in should all have T-shirts saying "I was there when C-Diddy first took the stage.
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