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Quadrophenia (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Franc Roddam's terrifically energetic movie, set to music from the Who's Quadrophenia, is--at the very least, the best film ever based on a rock album (and, yes, that includes, Tommy, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and Jesus Christ Superstar). Actually, this tale of the battle between two early '60s youth subcultures--Mods and Rockers--in the seaside teenage wasteland of Brighton, England, isn't so much a cinematic "version" of the Who's 1979 double-record rock opera as it is a story based on the sequence of songs on the album. Quadrophenia is about that crucial time in teenhood when the lion's share of your sense of identity is tied up in the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, and the groups you hang out with. Jimmy (Phil Daniels) identifies himself with the sharp-dressing, scooter-riding Mods, who listen to American soul and British pop-rock (The Who themselves were once rather Mod). The Rockers, on the other hand, are leather-jacketed, black-booted, motorcycle-riding tough guys who listen primarily to classic American rock & roll. The film captures this minor pop-culture revolution perfectly. Look for Sting as a club-hopping slickster, who's shameful secret is that he's a hotel bellboy by day. --Jim Emerson

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"It's a celebration of energy, the energy of youth," describes director Franc Roddam, talking about his generation in a rich commentary track that revisits the Mod phenomenon and describes working with Pete Townsend and the Who. The energy was generated by rewriting on the fly and improvising with his hungry young cast. Sting (instantly iconic as supercool Mod leader Ace) also reminisces in a short new interview. You can click the thoroughly modern "pop- up" subtitle track for film trivia on the fly, or tour back to the swinging '60s through a funky Vespa featurette, a well-documented compendium of British mod films, an animated location map contrasting now-and-then, and the tongue-in- cheek quiz "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" And for one last jolt of youthful energy, take the time-lapse London to Brighton tour, all amped-up 60 seconds of it. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars We are the Mods, we are the Mods!!!!!!!!! Sept. 6 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Motorbikes with multiple rear view mirrors and headlights, pills, snack bar hangouts, gang rumbles, and music by the Who. Quadrophenia, executive produced by the Who, with music produced by bassist John Entwistle, captures a slice of Britain in the 1960's. True, the strong accents may not be understandable to untrained American ears, but to an Anglophile such as myself, it was music to my ears.
The interraction between Jimmy and his friends. He's really taken with Steph, a prize blonde in their circle who seems to be hanging around another Mod. However, he ignores Monkey, who's a nice enough girl, but who in his eyes pales when put aside Steph. Her reaction at his not noticing her is telling, as she seems to have a thing for him. He does okay around the others, such as Dave, Spider, and a black guy named Ferdy, who's the one to go to for buying blues, pills that is. Most curious is the way he sees Kevin, a friend of his who went in the army and left, only to become a Rocker.
Jimmy's life as the post-room boy seems unrewarding. In fact he steals some cheesecake photos he was supposed to deliver and keeps them. Hmm, were those "pictures of Lily"? His late nights also cause consternation to his parents, and he answers them with equal vituperation. He is a typical enough boy, with ... pin-ups, newspaper clippings of Mods versus Rocker riots, and pictures of the Who on his bedroom wall.
A telling scene about what the movie's thematically about comes during a conversation between Kevin and Jimmy. Kevin says he doesn't care one bit about the whole Mods and Rockers nonsense. Jimmy then says, "I don't want to be the same as everybody else. That's why I'm a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain't ya? Or you might as well jump in the sea and drown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Reveiw! Aug. 29 2012
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Critiron Has done it again. This is the best version of Quadrophina I have ever seen. Let's be honest the Rhino DVD version of this was a crime (why do rhino make such great CD's and such horrible DVD's). The audio was passable at best. The picture looked like it came from a bleached out VHS copy. This version has a mind blowing 5.1 mix Concidering the source. The music comes in from all around you. If you have the audio box set with the 5.1 you will know what I am talking about. They use the same mixes here. The picture is very sharp. There is a bit of grain but this was filmed in the late 70's outdoors in England. So I am sure there were many a cloudy day they had to deal with. The story it's self speaks to anyone who hasn't always fit in. It really speaks to you if you have ever hit a really rough part in your life and you found out most of your friends aren't really friends. I think most people have that bonding with friends growing up where you think thick or thin we stand together. This film is partly about that. It's also about trying to figure out where you fit in this world. This film has it all. Great story, excellent acting considering most are nobodies and a killer soundtrack. If you are fan of this film and have seen it on DVD or VHS then you really are in for a treat. I have seen this film at least a dozen times in my life and I grew up with English grandparents so I don't usually have a hard time understanding British people but there are bits of dialog that I am picking up for the first time. Over all ten out of ten!
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4.0 out of 5 stars what is special about this special edition Oct. 28 2003
Quadrophenia is not so much an account of mod (or modernisim as it was originally known). It is much more of a conceptual piece centering itself around the experiences of Jimmy cooper, a multi faceted personality, with the mod aspects giving a base to his predicaments. It was a story developed by Pete Townshend in the 70's with the 60's mod movement in mind. This is further developed by the use of director Franc Roddam's use of a contempory setting.
Some people have criticised the film for not being firmly rooted in the 60's, but I think the crossover works well, allowing the mix to sit in with the overall themes of the film. By using this approach the film can also unite people form different generations. I think this is important. And now to the film.
Quadrophenia opens where it closes, above the clifftops of brighton. From here we are transported back to sheppards bush where we are introduced to Jimmy as a character. We see his surface side as he enters the goldhawk club, well dressed and self assured. A Mod. As the film continues though we see him repond differently to various situations, be it his home life, at work, with his friends or when chasing his dreamgirl Steph ( played by Leslie Ash.). He is basically dissatisfied and in search of what's elusive. It is during the second half of the film we see this becoming more obvious. Set in Brighton on a bank holiday weekend Jimmy and his friends join together with an army of mods, for a weekend of dressing, dancing, pills and punchups. It is when Jimmy gets evicted from the dance for jumping of a balcony he begins to drift away from the numbers.
For me this is where Quadrophenia begins to take on its poetic quality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't play in canada!
the dvd itself, was in good condition but it will not play on our dvd player. The company should advise people of the possibility of it not playing on a Canadian player.
Published 2 months ago by Lucille Dunstan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mods and Rockers
A well done rock movie between two groups of young people, the Mods and the Rockers. One of Stings (from the Police) first movies.
Published 4 months ago by David Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars In DVD as well…
Despair not! Despite appearances, this excellent film is available not only in Blu-Ray, but in DVD as well. Whew! I almost gave up trying to order it!
Published 19 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great restoration it's like seeing the movie for the first...
I've seen this movie at least twenty times, and the Criterion digital restoration is so good it was like watching the movie for the first time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jeff Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia
Arrived promptly. The quality of the movie was great and I did not have any issues getting it to play.
Published 22 months ago by Fanlight
1.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia
The DVD was not compatable for the North American DVD system. I will be returning the product. This should not have been sold.
Published 22 months ago by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia
This is terrible. I cannot even view this product in Canada. It says when I insert it into my Blueray player: "Regional Code error.". Read more
Published on March 19 2012 by David Rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off !!!!
I ordered 2 copies of this movie from two different sellers, none of them was functional and both sellers gave me pale excuses not to refund me. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2011 by Unhappy Face
1.0 out of 5 stars This DVD won't play!
I wanted to see Quadrophenia again after 30 years and ordered it from Amazon.ca
When the DVD arrived it was a European version/format and wouldn't play in North America! Read more
Published on March 28 2011 by Franko
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent image quality
great movie
the DVD is set for European format so you need to reset your computer and later revert it to american format. Read more
Published on March 17 2011 by ChrisDeGod
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