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Velvet Goldmine [Blu-ray]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 12/13/2011 Run time: 109 minutes Rating: R

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Straight eye for a queer ( pun intended ) film May 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Summary: I'm not gay, not that there's anything wrong with being gay
I saw this movie on Bravo so my comments are based on the edited cable version.
A) I think this topic would have been better handled by a director who had lived thru this music and era in general as a teen-ager or young adult, unlike Haynes. The director seemed to be making queer theory political points wrapped in glitter rather than presenting an understandable epic of that epoch, probably leaving many heterosexual viewers out in the cold. The reference to Ronald Reagan ( President Reynolds in the movie) is one example. It is absurd to imply that Reagan was somehow responsible for the death of glam as it is for some gay activists to blame him for the spread of HIV. Nevertheless, I found the film enthralling both for the visuals and the recognizable historical figures and events
B) I was somewhat connected to the rock scene of that time and to glam in particular so I think I have some insight to offer younger readers, although Haynes himself has more knowledge of gay history and "inside" glam gossip than myself.
C)The "green pin" may combine both alien power as in the Green Lantern comic books that Haynes probably read as a child ( childhood is given strong play in the beginning ) and an icon of homosexual experience passed on from one time period to the next as expressed by Allen Ginsburg. Ginsburg once told of how ,through a series of sex partners going back in time, he was connected to Walt Whitman. Not exactly glam but he was a poet like Wilde, and Whitman's work is known for it's ethereal, pre-maturely modern tone as in "I sing the body electric" (...). That poem was written over 20 years before anybody had electricity in their home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Oh, the Glam Rock era...a magical time in the early 70s when a bunch of ambitious heterosexual rockers wore make up, feather boas, and women's clothes and made a [load] of money by milking a gimmick and convincing the world that they were gay. The overly nostalgic producers of this film bought into the fantasy and gave us this entertaining little rock n' roll fairy tale...
The soundtrack for this movie is incredible (featuring songs by Mott the Hoople, Gary Glitter, Lou Reed, and other classic acts that produced many great tunes OTHER THAN the ones you hear on American FM radio...so you get to hear something besides "All the Young Dudes", "Rock n' Roll Part 2", "Walk on the Wild Side", and "Bang a Gong"). Even the original songs written for the movie are good in a pseudo-Bowie kind of way...that Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) can REALLY sing, as can Kurt Wild (Ewan McGregor). But, you know, some REAL Bowie songs would have been nice!
OK, back to the film! The acting is good without exception, with the strongest performances given by McGregor as the Iggy Pop inspired Kurt Wild and comedian Eddie Izzard as Brian "Maxwell Demon" Slade's sleazy manager. However, a sloppy plot involving Slade's faked murder (as a publicity stunt), a love affair between Wild and Slade (based upon unfounded legends surrounding Bowie's flings with Iggy in Germany in the late 70s), and a journalist's (played by Christian Bale) quest to solve the "mystery" of Slade's disappearence ten years after the fact collectively serve to really screw things up! On top of all this, it is revealed that the journalist once had a fling of his own as a glam-crazed male groupy with Wild. The film flashes back and forth from the 70s, 80s, and 60s SO MANY TIMES that you'll be saying to your self "WHAT THE HELL?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weird - Strange - Don't Bother Aug. 9 1999
By A Customer
I showed this DVD to several of my friends last weekend. We were all expecting a fantastic experience considering all the great reviews this movie received. Boy, were we disappointed! The music is overbearing. The plot - extremely thin. The characters are so poorly presented you don't care if they disappear. Ewan McGregor can be such a great actor. This movie was so much fluff it was hard to distinguish him from the feathers so predominate in some scenes. See Transpotting - A much better flick!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like a prancer, a Gypsy dancer July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The film is beautiful. It's a fairy tale, love. Make no mistake about it. It's not a "history" of Glam rock and the characters are composites of many real people without being too much of anyone. It's a fairy tale.
The film is very symphonic and atmospheric, and flutters thru the celluloid sky. It can be confusing at first viewing, because everything is juxtaposed and jumbled. It flickers between eras, characters, and storylines in a half-remembered dream way. The movie must be watched as a feeling, not a sit-back-and-relax caper.
The movie is NOT based on David Bowie and Iggy Pop, at least not entirely. They never had such an affair and never had such lives. The movie is fiction. Brian Slade is no more David Bowie than he is Marc Bolan or Jobriath, and Curt Wilde is no more Iggy Pop than he is Lou Reed and David Johansen. And neither of them are any of them. They're composites of the essence of real people - or of the feeling of them - thrown into a London backdrop thru the lens of Citizen Kane and an Oscar Wilde fairy tale.
Many of the events are real events (Brian's Top of the Pops performance, as well as his relationship with Cecil, is very much akin to Marc Bolan's performance and relationship with Simon Napier-Bell -- The Maxwell Demon album cover is an almost exact remake of Jobriath's self-titled album cover, etc...). Many of the events are real fictions (the movie plays out threw a Citizen Kane-like sequence -- Oscar Wilde's story "Star Child" is carried throughout the movie via a green pendant which is passed around, not to mention many Wilde quotes and parables from stories such as "The Remarkable Rocket" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray"). But nothing in the movie is real. It's simply beautiful fancy.
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Published 17 months ago by F. Marra
4.0 out of 5 stars Who the hell designed the boxcover art?!
Great film, terrible cover (the worst I've ever seen, to be honest) but that's not the seller's fault, I'm sure. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carmen McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
This movie is interesting, different, and the actors are very talented! And having a cameo by Brian Molko is a major plus!
Published on Oct. 8 2010 by LeChapelierFou
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale are solid actors.
This is a very entertaining movie. Glam rock at its best!
Published on June 18 2009 by Isabelle Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like a Prancer, a Gypsy dancer pt. 2
In addition to my last review, I should point out, after reading reviews saying "this isn't what Glam was really like"... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I am a big fan of the whole "70 Glam" era. I am also a huge fan of Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
Here is the low down.
1. This movie is lame.
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Published on July 15 2004 by William S. Burroughs
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
I've seen this movie about 40 times, no lie. I was amazed at the ability of these young actors, and wonderfully appreciative. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I have been a huge fan of Ewan McGregor for a while now and was finally able to purchase myself a copy of "Velvet Goldmine. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Kristine Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars BRIAN SLADE AND KURT WILD ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD
Awsome movie with high artistic value. highly artistic clever deep and fun. Great soundtrack. well your the grand one , have you noticed? Read more
Published on April 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars He was elegance...walking arm n arm with a lie
This is one of the most unique amazing films i have ever seen in my life. The story revolves around Brian Slade aka ( maxwell demon ) who is depicting david bowie' s life along... Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Amy Lynn
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