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Almost Famous (Widescreen)
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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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What I didn't expect was how very the new material (typically extended scenes though there are a few new scenes as well) changed the tone and feel of this film. Penny Lane comes across as a tragic, lost soul. Stillwater comes across as a bunch of debauched, spoiled, poorly educated, brain challenged musicians. The "suits" - including the Rolling Stone "hippy suits" - come across as sharks. William Miller comes across as a well intentioned but naive quick learner. He seems vulnerable. Alot of the ackward mysteries of the theatrical release (How did Lester Bangs and William end up at a pizza joint after they had just said good-bye? Why did Russell deny everything after encouraging William to write what he wanted to? What held Stillwater together after those shocking confessions on the plane? There are many other examples.)
It almost like a different film! In fact, a BETTER film I would have to say.
Further, based on my experience in the music industry I found this director's cut to be more reality than fantasy -- the inverse was true of the theatrical release from my perspective. It's STILL not at a "documentary" level but, hey, this isn't suppose to be a horror flick is it?
Also, I know it's kind of whacky (maybe I'm a brain challenged musician too) but I really dig Stillwater's music. I have been listening to the Stillwater CD that comes in the package since I got it. I agree with Cameron Crowe, if these guys toured I would go see them! The movie is great but this CD (filled with songs by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Peter Frampton) really cooks.
Overall I just couldn't be happier with my Almost Famous Director's Edition set.
This is one of my shorter reviews, but really, there isn't much you can say except:
-Kate Hudson was mysteriously intoxicating. You believed every guy wanted her.
-Frances McDromand made you feel sorry for her despite some unnecessary strictness. And she was hilarious.
-If you find rock awesome (like I do), you'll appreciate this portrait of the genre, the bands and the fans, and what drives it all.
-The writing was often clever and involving, if a little on the lighter side (sometimes, not for the best).
So I recommend this film to fans of entertaining, breath-takingly sweet (but not over-the-top), unbelievably "cool" movies, and to fans of classic rock. There's nothing left to say except: have fun.
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Fabulous, especially the soundtrack. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, so I can relate to all that great music. It takes me to another time and place.Published 4 months ago by NL customer
If you loved the original Almost Famous, you might find this director's cut interesting. The story is not changed substantially, but here and there includes longer versions of some... Read morePublished 17 months ago by P. Zolantra
Almost Famous is an excellent movie.So happy I was a able to find this copy. A must have for any home movie collection.Published 20 months ago by Sunny
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!Published 20 months ago by Billy
Even though critics rated this film high when it came out, it tends to get mixed reviews on sites such as Amazon. Read morePublished 23 months ago by From the Musician's Pen