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Almost Famous (Widescreen)

Billy Crudup , Patrick Fugit , Cameron Crowe    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
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Audiences and critics alike are raving about this larger-than-life rock'n 'roll favorite that Roger Ebert calls "one of the best movies of the year!" The guys of Stillwater have the sound, they have the look and Rolling Stone Magazine wants their story. For young reporter William Miller, it's the opportunity of a lifetime as he hits the road with his favorite band and discovers the price of fame, the value of family and the limits of friendship.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First of all, let me say simply this: Great movie, great soundtrack!! Strangely I discovered the soundtrack before the movie. The soundtrack is what inspired me to rent this DVD. This is a heartfelt coming-of-age movie, partially non-fictional, about a young music fan/journalist named William who is given the opportunity to get away from his difficult mother and tour around with a band named Stillwater. (Stillwater is a fictional band based on the bands Led Zepplin and the Allman Brothers.) Rolling Stone magazine - not aware that William is only 15 - put him on assignment to do a cover story for their magazine. It was quite a magical tale about the love of music and the love for the people who make that music, as well as just how difficult it might be for a journalist, who befriends the band, to be objective in his writing about them. A++ for this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I stumbled across 'The Bootleg Cut' on DVD years back and quickly bought it. It was/is an excellent package, containing both theatrical and directors cuts, along with a Stillwater CD of all the songs from the movie. Those DVD special editions were always excellently packaged in gate-fold sleeves and nicely finished. Unfortunately Blu-rays are rarely of the same caliber except a few standouts such as Avatar's 3 disc version. I would love to review that part of this item in particular, but please see my 'gripe' further down. Onto the movie itself.

This movie is full of excellent characters, extremely well written and believable. This movie always had a huge impact on me, likely from viewing it as a young teenager. It does make you feel like you ARE that 15-year-old, seeing rock history playing out before your eyes. It always made me wish I had a way inside the industry in my younger days, and I still wish I could experience it! But for most mortals this is as close as you will get. Since it is based on actual happenings but with many 'tweaks' and combined characters (so as to not expose a particular band's hijinx and for the sake of condensing the story), it gives quite a feeling of realism. Plus, you can always read Cameron Crowe's actual Rolling Stone articles, as well as the real life Penny Lane's book to find out some of the actual happenings for a greater look into this time.

Now, I have viewed both cuts at different times, and to me, watching the theatrical cut gives me the same feeling as watching the LOTR theatrical versions - perhaps sharper and more to the point, but missing something. You can tell when you're missing certain scenes even if you can't quite put your finger on which exact one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "bootleg" edition is the one to own. July 7 2002
This director's edition of "Almost Famous" is one of the best DVDs on the market. "Almost Famous" is Cameron Crowe's autobiographical story about a teen-aged reporter on the road with a rock and roll band. The character that Crowe based on himself is William Miller (well played by Patrick Fugit). A reporter for his high school newspaper, the unpopular William dreams of writing for a rock and roll publication. He gets his big chance when he meets his idol, rock reporter Lester Bangs (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in a great supporting role). Bangs tells William to write an interview for Cream Magazine. That interview (with Black Sabbath) does not happen, but he meets the opening act, Stillwater. Soon, Wlliam finds himself on the road with Stillwater, with an assignment to write an article about them for Rolling Stone. William is befriended by groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson, who deservedly won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination), whose boyfriend is the band's lead guitarist (Billy Crudup). What follows is William's sometimes funny and sometimes painful experiences with life on the road. He becomes friends with the band and falls in love with Penny, all while trying to write an objective article for the magazine. It is hard for him to stay objective about his new friends. As Lester observes:"They made you feel cool. And I've met you. You are not cool." These situations are all observed with a lot of heart and soul in Cameron Crowe's Oscar winning script. Frances McDormand adds just the right touch as William's mother, who doesn't understand her son's dreams, but wants to be supportive anyway. The "bootleg" edition DVD is loaded with lots of REALLY COOL extras. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie! June 3 2014
By Sunny
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Almost Famous is an excellent movie.So happy I was a able to find this copy. A must have for any home movie collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the original release May 28 2014
By Billy
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I loved the original release, but this one goes more in depth with the relationships between the main characters. I recommend to every fan of the seventies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like the Film, Get the Blu-ray March 15 2014
By From the Musician's Pen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Even though critics rated this film high when it came out, it tends to get mixed reviews on sites such as Amazon. You'll have to make up your own mind whether you like the film or not. I bought it, so obviously I do. However, I bought the Blu-ray for $5 and it's a great bargain at that price. My 5-star rating is for the Blu-ray, which looks and sounds great and offers many special features. The name "Bootleg Cut" is just a gimmicky name referring back to the days of bootleg vinyl records - the special features are the "bootlegs", the behind the scenes stuff, demos, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything about this movie rings true
I know people who would not even be glimmers in their parents' eyes until decades after Almost Famous's period (1973, I believe) -- and who love this movie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lyn Ens
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Movie!
Good music, lots of laughs and entertainment! Good olde rock and roll movie! Really felt like you were travelling around with the band.
Published 18 months ago by Reily Wedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Superb film that takes me back to my youth. Strong cast with great direction. The soundtrack is simply the best.
Published 18 months ago by Rand Wakeford
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to see the Director's Cut to appreciate the movie
This movie is, in my own opinion, one of the best movies ever made. After reading some of the reviews here, a few of which are very harsh, I assume you have to be a big music fan... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2011 by Brittany Pretty
1.0 out of 5 stars booooooooorrrrrrrrrrring
really love cameron crowe...but this movie was a piece of royal crap. the only reason i gave it a star was because of the Tiny Dancer song in the bus. I love elton john..haha. Read more
Published on April 20 2005 by "nadaaa"
4.0 out of 5 stars "I AM A GOLDEN GOD!" -Russel (Billy Crudup)
I loved this movie. Really, that's all that needs to be said. It is one of those films where you know there are flaws here and there, but it is so utterly engrossing and the tone... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by wannabemoviecritic
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal
I got this director's cut edition because I so was so intrigued by the original theatrical release. I wanted more. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Fred W. Anson (aka "Mr. IT")
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Famous Is A Perfect Movie
Director-writer Cameron Crowe's ode to rock n roll is more than
just the coming of age tale he wanted to tell for a long time, it is the crowning achievement that not only... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by John Charet
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing film
...beautiful film with an awesome soundtrack. It draws you in and makes you forget who and where you are. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Catherine Peyton Clowes
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