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Empire Records

4.4 out of 5 stars 525 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This story about a day in the life of an independent record store, truly a threatened species, screeches with the sound of teenagers falling apart emotionally every five minutes. The script, which feels like an old guy's idea of how kids talk and think, c

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth
  • Directors: Allan Moyle
  • Writers: Carol Heikkinen
  • Producers: Alan Riche, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson, Paul Kurta, Tony Ludwig
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WRH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Empire Records" on IMDb

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By E. Powers on May 13, 2006
Format: DVD
If you are a fan of the ORIGINAL Empire Records, DON'T buy the Re-Mixed Fan version... it's a big dissappointment. There are added scenes in the movie, and some of the BEST lines are changed. Example: When Rex is leaving the store and says "Why don't you all just fade away." Yeah, he doesn't say that in this version. I was very dissappointed when I saw this, b/c die-hard Empire fans DON'T want the best lines changed, so this really isn't a "fan re-mix" b/c it changes stuff the fans LOVE!!! Definitely just buy the regular DVD or VHS version... it's much better as an original, not a re-mix!!!!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Bluray is the ORIGINAL VERSION, not the *REMIX* edition. This was my main concern with the blu-ray since it had the remix packaging.
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This film got terrible reviews...plain and simple. Why? Because it wasn't aimed at film critics ...at all. The film is an experiment in teen flicks along the lines of "The Breakfast Club" it chronicles the lives of a bunch of angsty, depressed, manic teens over the course of a single day, finding odd little ways to tell each of their stories. It definitely accomplishes this goal, using "Rex Manning Day" as the vehicle for delivering half a dozen life stories without telling a boring narrative. Granted, it's doesn't have the most original plot, or Oscar caliber acting, but it the film does what it sets out to do, and for this reason, earned its cult following. Watch this film and you will find yourself quoting lines and recalling scenes. If you're looking for a fun romp with a story that will neither bore you, nor tax your mental reserves, this is a great flick--lots of fun, quotable dialogue, and of course, great music. Both Cochrane and Embry give memorable performances as the night manager, turned well meaning felon turned philosopher and the happy go lucky stoner respectively. The story line is a tad incongruous and disjointed and some of the characters are stereotypical in their attempts to shatter the stereotypes, but if you go in to this movie with the expectations that it's just going to be a fun flick, you'll be satisfied.
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Being a teen in the 90's, my friends and I wore our VHS copies of this movie out, but the only version available on DVD was the awful remix edition. Dull extra scenes were added in, slowing the movie's pace, and the memorable climax musical number ("Sugar High") was chopped up beyond recognition. For the 20th anniversary of Rex Manning Day, fans have been given back the version of the movie we loved so much, with sharper picture. Last Rex Manning Day, I showed off my Remix DVD to a tepid response. Tonight, I showed this to four friends for their first time, and they loved it. Say no more.
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Format: DVD
This is the sort of movie I do housecleaning to, because I can zip and dance around with a broom as I watch. Teeming over with great music (mostly rock, but other genres as well), "Empire Records" is a delightfully funny and endearing teen comedy, definitely a cut above average.
"The time to hesitate is through," quotes Lucas (Rory Cochrane), employee at Empire Records, when he finds that Empire is about to be sold to the massive chain "MusicTown." So he gambles away nine thousand bucks (the store's, not his) in an effort to increase the money and save Empire. Needless to say, his boss Joe (Anthony Lapaglia) is very, very angry -- since the money Lucas lost would have enabled him to buy a partnership in owning Empire.
The next day has an aging pop star, the arrogant Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield) coming to Empire for a signing. Virginal superstudent Corey (Liv Tyler) is planning to have Rex as her "first time," while her best pal A.J. (Johnny Whitworth) is planning to tell her how he feels about her. Lucas catches a very hostile young shoplifter (Brendan Sexton). There's also depressed Debra, and crazy Mark and Eddie. And as dark personal secrets spin out of control, the employees become determined to save their beloved music store. "Damn the man! Save the Empire!"
Any movie that stars primarily teens is going to automatically be spat on by critics. But "Empire" knows it's not a serious movie, and it's happy that way. After all, people dance on the rooftops, shoplifting is a contact sport, and customers are pirouetting in the aisles with the clerks. Realism? Who cares? It's funny and cute. There's some romance (most of it is kept low-key, like Debra and Berko), a seduction or two, and about five seconds of violence.
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I love empire records. I'm well aware that it is not a particularly good movie and that there are many things wrong with it, but it reminds me of my childhood (I was 11 when it came out) and I loved it back then so I love it now because it brings me back to a simpler, more innocent time. That being said, this version of the movie is bloody awful. They changed soooo many things. Different music, omitted lines, omitted scenes, added scenes (which are all awful and take away from the charm of the movie btw...they were best left on the cutting room floor...). It gives the movie a totally different vibe, which for fans of the movie is like blasphemy. Not to mention taking out lines and scenes and music that are a huge part of what fans love about the movie......???? Travesty. Total travesty. The bigger travesty though is that there is little warning of this. The description does mention that there's 16 minutes of added footage but it does not mention all the other changes/omissions NOR does it clearly explain that this extra footage is plopped right into the movie (as opposed to being available in the special features) or that there's no option to watch the original theatrical version of the film...the version that FANS know and love...and since this DVD claims to be a special "fan edition" its upsetting that they seem to have completely forgotten about the fans. Don't buy this DVD If you love empire records. You're better off just saving your money for the non-special edition DVD and just watching whichever deleted scenes are available on that. This version of the movie is TERRIBLE...definitely not worth the money. I feel like ive been serriously ripped off....I want to watch the movie that i love...not the version that wasn't good enough to release in the first place.....
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