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Buddy Holly Story [Blu-ray] [Import]

3.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Ais
  • Release Date: March 1 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 33 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Not happy with my purchase as I somehow missed that it was Region 2 (I didn't even realize there were different zones) and I live in Canada. Oh well, my own fault, live and learn. I didn't even realize until it arrived that it was coming from the UK.
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The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey should not be taken as a historical document.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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One of my fondest childhood memories is of watching The Buddy Holly Story with my parents. It's one of the first movies I can remember that we taped when my mom bought our first VCR in the mid 80's. The quality of the recording wasn't great, but at least it was always there to enjoy over and over again. The core story was intriguing to me, even at such an early age, and I absolutely was in love with Buddy's music (as well as a little number by Sam Cooke called "You Send Me"!). I knew who Elvis was, and appreciated and liked him very much (still do!), but to me Buddy will always be the true King Of Rock N' Roll. It's all due to the glorious portrayal of Buddy by Gary Busey, the loose but genius direction of Steve Rash, and the raw energetic musical performances by Busey, Don Stroud, and Charles Martin Smith (keep strafing those trains, Ray Bob!). I recently bought The Buddy Holly Story on DVD, and my appreciation of all these same nuances of the film hold true even now. I particularly enjoyed the feature length commentary by Busey and Rash. It helped answer a lot of questions I had about the changes from real life to fiction (for example, the Crickets' real names were signed over to another studio, and that's why they were changed to Jesse and Ray Bob), and it was very touching to hear them discuss their own love for Buddy and how they made this movie to honor him and restore him to the public conscious. I cannot recommend the DVD enough, and of course the film itself. If you've never seen The Buddy Holly Story and are an adult, you'll be too late to have the same experience I had, but I don't doubt for a second that you'll fall for the movie as hard as I did no matter what your age is! :)
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One of, if not the best performance by an actor of that year. Gary Busey is amazing as the doomed rock and roll pioneer, Buddy Holly. I am so glad they have finaly released this film in widescreen and fantastic stereo. I felt there could have been some more info stuck in here on the real buddy, or maybe a featurette. But the commentary is as good as they get. Given that most people love the DVDs because of this seperate audio track and the truth being that most commentaries tend to be too general and not scene specific, Gary Busey and director Steve Rash are the exact opposite. They are so excited about this film that they remember it like yesterday (even when they disagree)and you can tell in their voices how proud they are. They do what I wish everyone else would do and let you in on the camera techniques, behind the scene stories, etc and stay caught up to each scene, where so many others are still talking about scene 1 while you are watching scene 5. They go to great lengths to point out all the moments of improvisation each time it happens. So, the commentary is first rate and the movie itself is top notch. Worth the price!
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