Hysteria - The Def Leppard Story
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It starts with Joe Elliot auditioning for Atomic Mass, the band including Sav and Pete Willis, and goes all the way to their first performance with Rick Allen after his accident.
The casting directors and vocal coaches did a fantastic job. Also, the director was able to pull off the personal background that affected highs (their first EP funded by Joe Elliott's dad) and lows (Steve Clark drinking his father's demons (literally) to death) of the band without overdramatizing them.
Also, the movie shows us the influence that Mutt Lange had on their carreer without forgetting the fact that the Lepps had the skills, the talent and the commitment to make it happen with his producing genius.
If you are a fan of Def Leppard, stop reading and buy this movie immediately. If you were a casual fan of the Pyromania and Hysteria albums, you might as well enjoy a nicely made movie that gives you a glimpse into the history of a hugely popular "pop" metal band.
What do you want??? I WANT ROCK N ROLL!
Yes there were some things that could have been added such as Steve Clark's death and how it affected the band members, his family and other friends, but that happened after they finished their tour for 'Hysteria' and began the writing and recordings for 'Retro Active'. Honestly that tragedy should be another movie in it's self since it is definitely an important fact. Had it been added to this movie it would have made this already quick moving movie feel even more choppy then the 2 hour movie that it was and it might not have seen the light of day or it would have felt like a fictional movie instead and some people would still have had another reason to cry fowl.
As for me I love Def Leppard, I have ever since the end of their second album 'High and Dry' and beginning of 'Pyromania'. I could honestly feel a spark about them that stood out amongst other bands at the time, for a very young kid back then. Personally, I'm glad the band even allowed this movie to be made so we could see a little glimpse into some of the things they went through early on and glad to hear that there are bands out there today from different genre's that proudly admit that they have been inspired by this talented band over the years.
Goes to prove that this amazingly talented band has had the fighting power to stay from the beginning...even the movie pointed that out.
First the bad stuff, all technical: DVD only (no Blu Ray), old-fashioned 'full screen' format only, and NO EXTRAs whatsoever- not even subtitles as an option!
That said, the movie itself really is good and more or less accurate based on what I know (which at least used to be quite a bit, I was a rabid fan in my teen years). The actors are all quite good and look and play their roles well. Biggest thing I took away from this recent viewing was how bad I felt for Steve and his demons, his story is such a sad one in the end. The movie itself KINDOF tries to focus more on Rick and his accident, and half of the run-time was the time between Hysteria and Pyromania (with the rest being basically the entire band history before that), but pretty much everyone (except maybe Sav) gets their due.
Also, Anthony Michael Hall plays Mutt Lange quite well, and his importance to the band is emphasized as it should be. Even their manager Peter Mensch (who gets more screen time than Mutt) is pretty well done.
Anyway, if you are a fan at all this is well worth having, but I would sure like to see a more complete and updated release sometime in the near future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got for fiance, we are both very happy with it! So glad I found it for him.Published 1 month ago by Teri Bracher
Def Leppard has been one of my favorite metal bands since their first album was released. When I found out they had movie dramatizing their beginning I had to have it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Floyd L. Jones
been looking for this for a while found it at a great pricePublished 3 months ago by Michael David Carroll
WOW!!! One of my all time favorite Rock bands "Def Leppard", this is the story of Def Leppard. I remember seeing it on "VH1". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boise
Great movie about how Def Leppard became who they are and the struggles of their drummer losing an arm.Published 7 months ago by Craig