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Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras

4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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This incredibly personal documentary offers an extraordinary insight into one of the world's greatest musical talents and his larger than life lifestyle. For the first time Elton John gives a camera crew unprecedented access into his personal and professional lives. This remarkably brave and honest film gives the viewer a fascinating and touching look at the complex character of a modern day composer and performing artist.
Directed by his partner, David Furnish, the film chronicles the year 1995, one of the most successful years in Elton's multi-faceted career. The Brit Awards, the Academy Awards®, a new album release and a massive world tour provide the backdrop for some frank, funny and touching filmmaking.

Special Feature(s): First Time Ever: Commentary featuring Elton John and (Partner/Director) David Furnish; Never-Before-Seen Footage featuring Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, and Fashion Industry Icons Mario Testino & Gianni Versace; Deleted Scenes; Bloopers; Collectable Embossed O-Card Packaging with Elton John's Signature

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elton John
  • Directors: David Furnish
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GM6C3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras" on IMDb

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By Bryan A. Pfleeger VINE VOICE on October 31, 2008
Format: DVD
Tantrums and Tiaras gives us a look inside the personal life of Elton John during 1995's Made In England Tour. Shot on video by his partner of then two years David Furnish the viewer gets a warts and all look at John's daily life on the road.

Beginning with the video shoot for the single,Believe, and covering the European album promotion tour the film moves into the stars interaction with family and friends. There is a touching scene with his grandmother that is not to be missed and a hilarious rant about flower arranging. The film then covers the Academy Awards and ends with concert footage of the American and South American legs of the tour.

This is one of the most honest portrayals of a star that I have seen. The commentary recorded 13 years later is just as informative as the film and offers a good retrospective on the couples busy schedeule and their relationship. Extras include some deleted scenes.

See it if you are a fan.
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"Tantrums and Tiaras' is a behind the scenes 'personal' documentary about a year in the life of Elton John, filmed by his partner David Furnish.
While intriguing in concept, and following in the footsteps of the other behind the scenes documentaries, this one suffers from too MUCH personal connection. Yes David is a talented videographer. But his partner status with Elton diminishes his ability to be objective. There are no insightful behind the scenes moments. There are a few 'outbursts' (the opening moment is the biggest one in the film) and a few moments of Sir Elton actually opening up. They do however, seem far beyond actually candid. With David behind the lens and Elton in front of it, the film seems more like a therapy session (and there actually is a therapist scene included). This is a watered down view of a once hedonistic rock star, now enjoying the simple life. Is it enjoyable to see Elton 'behind the curtain'? Yes. Is it real/objective? Highly doubtful.
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I had the original VCR recording in my collection and decided to upgrade to the DVD. As the previous reviewer said, one would expect an improved quality. The extras are nice.

A prominent person in this recording is no longer with Elton - Bob Halley, who frequently steals the scenes with his wit and unending patience for Elton's tantrums. His mysterious "firing" and the subsequent lawsuit against him is just odd based on the relationship Bob and Elton seem to have shared for 30 years, a warmth clearly in evidence in this DVD. I was hoping they would comment on it in the extras, but it's just another Elton oddity, probably never to be solved. (I bet they were trying to figure out how to edit Bob out prior to the new release!)

Elton fans who never got the original, go for it. But if you're looking for improved quality or new insight, it's not here.
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This all-access documentary has shown me the high level of respect due both to Elton and his partner, David Furnish (who directed this), for the very openness with which this was filmed and subsequently edited to provide an unflinching portrayal of the amazing and entertaining Elton John. His talents are not in discussion here. The slice of his life and times swirling around him in the mid 90's when this was filmed was not easy as we can easily see but whose life is that works that hard to give as much as he has? Enjoy!
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I purchased because the price had come down by 70% and I wanted the DVD version of the VHS copy I already had. Glad I purchased this, because the DVD had some bonus features that were not on the VHS version, There are some bonus material that is marked for Adults only, so DO NOT let you small children see that section, or you are going to have some explaining to do!
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Truly enjoy EJ's work, but did not know what to expect behind the scenes. I certainly appreciate the honesty in what was presented, and while there are "Diva" moments they are acknowledged and not hidden like 99.9% of the other movies of this type. Great movie about the life of a true rock legend. Great to see he actually cares if he wins awards, and not indifferent about them.
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Of all the autodocs I've seen I feel like this one shows the real person. I find Elton to be endearing. I'm more of a fan of his than I was before. I wish it was a longer documentary or rather I'd like to see an update as this one was shot... 10? years ago.
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For anyone who enjoyed this documentary on VHS, it's nice to finally enjoy it on DVD. Some of the deleted scenes are interesting (nice to see Elton being funny). The original VHS showed a portion of his concert in Rio in 1995, but this DVD doesn't feature any of it; too bad. Other than that, this is a unique "warts-and-all" documentary that takes a good look into Elton John's life on the road and at home.
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