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Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras
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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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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.
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.
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 was ridiculous. Elton should be very embarrassed that he allowed this to be distributed. It does nothing but makes him look like a spoiled brat, out of touch with reality... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CocoaJoe
Brilliant documentary. Very human and very heartwarming.Published 9 months ago by Mr. Rhodri J. Thomas
Elton was Absolutely AWESOME as usual...been loving him since I was about 10 years old...I am now 52....Published 12 months ago by Lynnette Thompson Shepp
Well made personal back room dynamic film. Elton seems to have not filtered the content so sometimes not as flattering as he might like, that is why I rented it.Published 14 months ago by agoshopper
It's fun to watch and a few touching moments. Must have for the Elton fan.Published 17 months ago by Michelle
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