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Buddy Holly Story [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ais
  • Release Date: March 1 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JESNPM

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Rock historians and hard-core Buddy Holly fans can and do take issue with director Steve Rash's 1978 biopic of the Lubbock, Texas, rocker's life: the script liberally juggles details from Holly's brief but blazing career, replacing producer Norman Petty and Holly's original bassist and drummer with fictionalized composite characters. Yet the core of the film, and the reason it's definitely worth a look and listen, is Gary Busey's lusty performance in the title role, triumphing against what might have seemed miscasting.

The burly, lantern-jawed Busey steps into the lankier, narrow-faced Holly's blue suede shoes and dances off with the movie. At a time when live rock albums thought little of overdubbing mistakes in the studio, director Rash honored Busey's nervy gamble in performing these songs live, singing in his own raw voice and rumbling through his own approximations of Holly's guitar work. What's lost in precise verisimilitude is more than compensated by Busey's conviction and a palpable, almost ecstatic terror as he charges through Holly's wonderful songs before indifferent roller-rink audiences.

Other films have nailed the period more accurately through art direction or script, but Busey's authentic energy gives this movie an emotional veracity that's just right for this chapter in rock history. Still, for musical purposes, go straight to the source, Holly's wonderful recordings.--Sam Sutherland


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3.9 out of 5 stars

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I'm a huge fan of Gary Busey, who may not be a "star" but is nevertheless a great actor. This is by far his best performance, & I feel he deserved the best actor oscar more than Jon Voight (who won for Coming Home). Few people know that Busey was a musician before he was an actor, so in this awesome musical biography of Buddy Holly we get to see just how talented he is. The film is mostly factual, although some screen characters are actually composites of two or more people. The energy in Busey's performance is what makes this a winner. Not only did he sing, he did it while being filmed live! That's what gives this such a realistic look to it & it's why this stands out among the other musical biographies as one of the best. There was also a lot of unscripted dialogue that makes this even more entertaining. The best thing about the dvd is the hilarious & very informative commentary from the director Steve Rash & Gary Busey, which is almost as good as the film itself! This is an excellent tribute to a lengendary rock & roll icon & it won an oscar for best score adaptation. Do yourself a favor, add this great film to your collection!
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The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey should not be taken as a historical document. Nor do I believe it ever set out to be. What has been created is a film which gives the feel and atmosphere of Buddy Holly, his music and the USA of the day. To have been completely factual would have most probably killed the film with legal challenges and suppression. The Crickets leaving Buddy to side with Norman Petty in the split leading to the final tour and the bitter disappointment this must have caused Buddy, the actual split itself with Petty and the resultant financial complications, these happenings are really not the sort of thing to air in a movie to celebrate the life and music of one of the founders of Rock.
Instead Gary Busey has strapped on a Fender and in effect becomes Buddy Holly. The rhythm and beat, the frantic excitement, the sheer enjoyment of the music, it is all there. We actually get to experience a timeslice of a period some of us recall fondly and others would like to share. A wonderful reminder of good music for us oldies or a enjoyable introduction to a legend for others, a Rock'n'Roll legend quoted by The Beatles and a number of other major musical identities as a major influence in their music.
One of the lesser known items about this film and the making thereof is that Gary Busey actually formed a band and toured up and down the west coast of the USA before the making of it to provide himself with the feel and practice of performing Buddy Holly songs before an audience. He actually played and sang the songs in the film rather than lip-sync Buddy's records to provide some authentic feel to the whole thing - good on yer Gary !
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Buddy Hollly. Probably no one artist in Rock & Roll history has garnished as much deserving respect and admiration than this musical pioneer from Lubbock, Texas. However, while there's so much to like about this film, there's also a lot to be disgrunteled at. Gone are the real names of Crickets members Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, and Holly is never shown recording his first hits in New Mexico with Norman Petty. Holly never sang "Maybe Baby" during his 2 spots on the Ed Sullivan Show, he never toured with Sam Cooke, nor was there an orchestra with King Curtis on that fateful winter tour in 1959. Busey's Buddy doesn't even use his legendary trademark Fender Stratocaster model guitar until the last scene! My mother saw Buddy perform when she was younger at the old Paramount Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn and on TV - he was always sharply dressed, like a classical pianist, and never the gawky "white socked" nerd Busey portrays him as. The films best moments are when Busey interacts as Holly with his wife and others and the music! Historically it's hardly the real Buddy Holly Story, but it's fun never the less.
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By A Customer on Jan. 31 2002
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My parents took my brother, sister, and I to a drive-in theatre back in 1979 to see THE VILLIAN -Kirk Douglas, Ann Margaret, and "Aunuld" Schwarzenegger-(Does anyone remember that movie??!!). Fortunately for us, the evening wasn't a total loss because on the second billing was THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This film proved to be the better movie of course. Being a Beatles fan, and knowing Buddy Holly was one of their influences, this movie about one of the innovators of rock 'n' roll, is excellent. Gary Busey in the title roll pulls it off with such depth and passion that he actually did his own singing and guitar playing. Great supporting performances by Charles Martin Smith (who I only knew as "Toad" in American Graffitti, or as the guy who almost buys Greg Brady's "lemmon" of a car in the BRADY BUNCH) and Don Stroud (always plays bad guys on tv guest appearances etc..) who play their own bass and drums respectively. I found out later, that the movie takes some liberties with the actual events of Buddy Holly's short but great career, but it is an effective and entertaining biopic nonetheless. Also, Holly's songs are great. Other noteworthy performances from Conrad Janis (Mindy's Dad in MORK AND MINDY) as the record company owner Ross Turner, and Maria Richwine as Maria Elena Holly. Note: Look for Matthew 'Stymie' Beard (of OUR GANG/LITTLE RASCALS fame) as Luthor, the stage hand at the Apollo Theatre!!
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