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Def Leppard: Hysteria: Story


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  • Actors: Nick Bagnall, Karl Geary, Adam MacDonald, Esteban Powell, Orlando Seale
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames
  • Producers: Claudio Castravelli, Jean Guy Despres, Patricia Clifford, Suzanne Lauer
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q93CE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,310 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Sukerow on Jan. 6 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Saw the movie on television and decided it was a movie I would like to watch again in the future. Since purchasing it I have indeed watched it several times with other adult family members and friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 12 2011
Format: DVD
From my understanding this was a made for television movie therefore it probably didn't have a big budget and shouldn't be taken as anything bigger than it is. It covers successful British band Def Leppard's career through the ups and down. The film begins on December 31st 1984 with drummer Rick Allen's car accident and then moves back in time to the late 70's to the band's origins and from then on continues in linear fashion. Hysteria-The Story of Def Leppard really begins with a young Joe Elliot working in a factory. Elliot auditions for acquaintance Pete Willis' band to be a guitar player after Pete informs him that his band lost their singer/guitarist. However, after hearing Joe's take on Jimmy Hendrix's "Purple Haze" the members all want him in as a singer instead. Elliot then proposes the name "Deaf Leopard" which was then styled as Def Leppard. From then on the ban records their first demo in 1979 and eventually their first album "On Through The Night". It follows the band's early tours, further recordings, relationships and so on. It shows Def Lepp recovering from Allen's accident and amputation of his left arm which came as a shock. Of course fans know that they came back bigger than they were with the Hysteria album and did just what producer Mutt Lang wanted, a Heavy-Metal "Thriller", an album with 7 hit singles. Hysteria is a story of rock `n' roll, success, excess, courage facing adversity and most importantly a story of determination.

I must that I enjoyed Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story for what it is. It offers a great look at the band's early and formative years, from their inception, recruiting band members, playing clubs, touring and recording with "Mutt" Lang. It covers Def Leppard's rise to the top in a non-perfect but a respectable way.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Excellent dramatic reinterpretation of an even more dramatic May 14 2005
By WilM. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a movie focusing on well known facts from the Def Leppard 197901986 period.

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!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME Aug. 14 2005
By E. A Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I absolutely LOVED this movie and highly, highly recommend it to ANYONE who has never seen it. I'm not a huge fan of Def Leppard and knew absolutely nothing about them...in fact I didn't even knew they were a British Band...yeah, yeah I know. But I found the movie to be very entertaining as well as informative. Even if you don't care for there music, still give it a try...you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Except for a concert scene at the end, very little of there music is played throughout the movie, with the focus being more on the band members, their private lives, and personal struggles and tragedies.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Hysteria Sept. 29 2005
By Teresa A. Irwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Since we recieved the DVD my kids watch it about every day. I never thought it would make a lasting impression but it has. It taught them that no matter what obstacle lies before them all they have to do is believe in themselves and they will overcome it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great addition to a Def Leppard collection May 9 2007
By Tigger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I've been a huge fan of Def Leppard since the early 80's, and their longevity and mutli-faceted talents continue to amaze me 20+ years later. This movie chronicles a relatively short but crucial period in the band's existence, from their founding to the accident that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm, and his truly incredible determination to re-train himself to use his feet instead. It ends with what I believe was their first public performance with Rick post-accident, at a Monsters of Rock concert - an amazing performance that made music headlines all over the world.

Def Leppard is one of the only bands whose story and music consistently trigger a multitude of different emotions for me. I personally find the whole band and their story to be incredibly inspirational. Obviously there's Rick Allen's story, which would be pretty hard to top. I also think of Joe Elliott as a quintessential frontman, and he seems much more than that. His passion for music and drive to succeed is palpable, and his and the other guys' determination to keep it together through some tough times is something anyone can take a lesson from. I have all of their albums from On Through the Night to Yeah, and there's not a single one with a bad or even forgettable song. My emotions run the gamut when I listen, from the happy-let's-party feeling I get from songs like Photograph and I Wanna Be Your Hero, to mellow-smooth with songs like Too Late for Love, Breathe a Sigh and Truth, to sad with White Lightning, Scar and Blood Runs Cold, to sexy with All Night (REALLY like that one), Slang, and I Wanna Touch You. Their music captures an entire life, with all its twists and turns.

I'd in fact been resisting the whole mp3 player / iPod mania until I realized that I couldn't get all my Def Leppard CD's into one player, so if I ever meet them I'm going to tell them they owe me $150 bucks..... LOL

Anyway, back to the movie.... it ends just before the Hysteria, erm, hysteria, so it's hardly a complete picture of the band's career, but then again, 20+ years would be hard to take down to 2 hours of screen time. The acting is slightly cheesy, but I thought everyone did an admirable job of portraying the band members as faithfully as possible.

Definitely recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Saw this movie and.... June 27 2005
By witchitait - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
....thought it was fantastic. I almost forgot I was watching a movie. Afterwards, I saw a program with the Leps and it seems this movie was dead on (according to the things they talked about that had happened in their career). I recommend it to ANY Leppard fan, the long-time deadicated fan and the casual "like some of their stuff" folk...you may ALL come away being Lep fans.

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