Quadrophenia (Special Edition)
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The beauty of "Quadrophenia" is the film's themes of youths trying to find their place in the world is timeless and internationally identifiable. You don't have to be a British lad to love this story. Several scenes are so emotionally harrowing as to be disturbing. The protagonist Jimmy Michael Cooper (brilliantly played by Phil Daniels) begins to self destruct as the movie progresses. He loses his home, his job, his girlfriend and eventually his identity in a haze of drugs and misguided motivation. The scene where he begs his ex-girlfriend to explain herself, to which she answers "It was just a giggle" will bring a tear to most eyes. It is the saddest form of rejection and as emotionally truthful a scene one is most likely to see.
I think many teenagers eventually go through a process similar to what is seen in "Quadrophenia." One's identity when growing up is always related to the music, the parties, the mode of dress and the friends one chooses. The world is seemingly yours. As the Mods begin their march in Brighton, chanting, screaming, arms wrapped around one another, they are a force. They can change the world.Read more ›
It helps to understand the milieu of the film, so read up here on the mods and rockers so that you understand the time and place. But then hang on for a long, LOUD ride! This movie just knocks me out! I wish I had seen it when I was a teenager. Better late than never!...
Don't miss it! And I will say this movie was much better the second time around (especially at a theatre). The film is so loaded with atmosphere and cultural references that you can't possibly take it all in in one sitting.
What I enjoyed about the film, also, was that it doesn't just portray the working-class teen as a malcontent who can't identify with anything. Instead, Jimmy (played brilliantly by Phil Daniels) rebels against Rockers, the "establishment", older people, etc.; however, his desire for independence only goes so far because he MUST be a Mod. And here is the real ambivalence of adolescence--the desire to be free and the need to fit in.
This edition has some fun extras. The director's commentary, although occasionally bogged down in technical stuff, is eye-opening to the era represented in the film. The high-speed London to Brighton trip is enjoyable. The Mod/Rocker Quiz was also fun--but beware of one of the endings! In sum, this is a worthwhile film to own.
I've compared the two Blu-ray editions in an A-B test, and I believe that the Universal Blu-ray has significantly better detail. For some strange reason The Criterion edition is slightly and annoyingly zoomed, cutting away details which the Universal edition proves were clearly meant to have been seen in the widescreen frame. The Criterion video is much brighter (which is not necessarily an improvement) - and although it is slightly fuzzy, it is definitely more pristine (the Universal has a small number of barely noticeable glitches, which are not visible on the Criterion).
I haven't heard the Criterion commentary track yet (director Franc Roddam and cinematographer Brian Tufano), but I certainly enjoyed the Universal one with Franc Roddam and actor Phil Daniels.
The audio for both Blu-ray editions is excellent - both for the restored original stereo and for each edition's sometimes starkly different 5.1 surround options (with the Criterion having the superior edge). The answer is to ideally own both editions to enjoy the best of each.Read more ›
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My review is useless, if you don't know about this movie, you are late to the last century...Great movie and music... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Jonathan Driver
Great film. Hard to find a copy that works on USA equipment. But I found a copy here.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the setting and insight on the early 60's. Of course fantastic music. You have to love the Who to rate it a 4!Published 1 month ago by Tim Murphy
Wonderful look at this turbulent time in England's history. Music of that time sets up the teenage angst we see on both sides of this story. A must see film!!!!!Published 3 months ago by Trisha schum
Great to see this movie again. It gets better every time I see itPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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