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The true story of 80's pop star Falco is revealed in this lush and audacious film, chronicling his meteoric rise from child prodigy to overnight music sensation. After worldwide success from hits like Rock Me Amadeus and Vienna Calling, Falco tried to escape industry pressure by fleeing into a world of sex and drugs, bringing about his downfall. Featuring extraordinary recreations of the iconic music videos and an appearance by rock goddess Grace Jones, FALCO captures the period of musical and stylistic excess of the 80's with verve and humanity.
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Fortunately there was only one skip on the DVD and I was able to view the video to the end with no other issues. The disk is not eligible for return and will most likely end up as a coaster because of the playback quality. View this product immediately to ensure quality is the point being made here. That way you can return it within the standard Amazon window.
It is a very well done movie and excellently acted as well. The most major issue being that the fellow who plays Falco is an actor and not a singer. He just can't execute on the songs and for me at least it would take me out of it for those moments. They should have dubbed him for the singing. He actually does do a wonderful job on Rock Me Amadeus though. The only other issue I felt was that they missed the humor of the man that could so clearly and easily be seen through interviews and his videos. They focused too much on the drama and tragedy which is why I only give it 4 stars. Otherwise though I think it was a beautifully put together construction of events and what a complicated man he was. He couldn't deal with the demands, he was often arrogant to a pure fault, I'd say had difficulty dealing with his immense talent, he couldn't truly relate to people. I love him all the more after this for ways I can relate but just being able to see the human that was in his faults and beauty. I highly recommend this film to all who love his music and music buffs. A truly epic adventure and well worth it. Loved it.
Update 4-7-17 I'm on my third watching of this film and each time I just have more issues with it as I'll do my best to cover them. First the good, it is a well made movie. The acting is good and all technical aspects are excellent. I still like the movie and not all of my previous points above are wrong by any means. First Manuel Rubey is a good actor, he absolutely cannot sing and every time he does I am ripped right out of the story because it's Falcos beautiful and great music ruined by a mediocre voice at best. Without a doubt he should have been dubbed. I love Falco beyond just his music. Man talk about taking the good humanity out of a man in this biopic. Yes he could be as arrogant as they come and be an ass. This movie though makes him look like he has negative people skills or charm. Watch interviews, interactions etc. on YouTube and various places and you see a man just overflowing with charm and great people skills. A problem I have that's in most places right now is that after his '88 album Wiener Blut no other works in whole get mentioned. This fiml especially should talk about Data De Groove and Nachtflug which were released before work on Out Of The Dark in the early to mid 90's. Just too much negativity in this film. Like I said many of my points above are valid and true but this is what's missed. I love the man and his music and want a movie that gives us a better and real picture. Down from 4 stars to 3.