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24 Hour Party People
     

24 Hour Party People

4.5 2
Director: Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Danny Cunningham

Cast: Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Danny Cunningham

 

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Michael Winterbottom's rock & roll biopic, 24 Hour Party People, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary

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Michael Winterbottom's rock & roll biopic, 24 Hour Party People, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by lead actor Steve Coogan and producer Andrew Eaton, a second commentary track recorded by Tony Wilson (who is portrayed by Coogan in the film), a pair of featurettes, the original theatrical trailer, and a still photo gallery. This is an excellent disc from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Restless and kaleidoscopic despite its sometimes drab digital-video palette, this supremely self-aware docu-comedy canonizes two decades worth of Manchester bands even as it deconstructs the very process of rock 'n roll mythmaking. Steve Coogan is fantastic as Tony Wilson, who was at once pompous and populist, visionary and short-sighted. Through frequent asides in the direction of the audience, smirky voiceovers and likable self-mockery, Coogan personifies the contradictions that fuelled Wilson's remarkably diverse string of musical discoveries. Frank Cottrell Boyce's script risks alienating audience members unfamiliar with the large cast of rock-star characters; in America, where few of these bands ever escaped cult status, all of the grand pop-cultural pronouncements may provoke more head-scratching than head-nodding. But even at its most maddeningly musicological, the film portrays big emotions, big laughs and universal human frailties. The fine supporting cast helps ground Coogan's larger-than-life performance, from Shirley Henderson's swept-aside wife to Sean Harris and Danny Cunningham's voraciously self-destructive creative types. In the end, jack-of-all-trades director Michael Winterbottom nails the particular combination of a time, a place and a sound that can crystallize in front of a global audience, if only for a little while.
All Movie Guide
Restless and kaleidoscopic despite its sometimes drab digital-video palette, this supremely self-aware docu-comedy canonizes two decades worth of Manchester bands even as it deconstructs the very process of rock 'n roll mythmaking. Steve Coogan is fantastic as Tony Wilson, who was at once pompous and populist, visionary and short-sighted. Through frequent asides in the direction of the audience, smirky voiceovers and likable self-mockery, Coogan personifies the contradictions that fuelled Wilson's remarkably diverse string of musical discoveries. Frank Cottrell Boyce's script risks alienating audience members unfamiliar with the large cast of rock-star characters; in America, where few of these bands ever escaped cult status, all of the grand pop-cultural pronouncements may provoke more head-scratching than head-nodding. But even at its most maddeningly musicological, the film portrays big emotions, big laughs and universal human frailties. The fine supporting cast helps ground Coogan's larger-than-life performance, from Shirley Henderson's swept-aside wife to Sean Harris and Danny Cunningham's voraciously self-destructive creative types. In the end, jack-of-all-trades director Michael Winterbottom nails the particular combination of a time, a place and a sound that can crystallize in front of a global audience, if only for a little while. Brian J. Dillard
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
Washington Post
Smart and grabby enough to work even if you think 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is a bummer of a fortune cookie rather than a Joy Division tune.
New York Post
This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
UPC:
0027616881359
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Steve Coogan and producer Andrew Eaton; Audio commentary with Tony Wilson; 2 featurettes; Deleted scenes; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; English: 5.1 Surround; English, French, Spanish & Portuguese language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Coogan Tony Wilson
Shirley Henderson Lindsey
Danny Cunningham Shaun Ryder
Sean Harris Ian Curtis
John Simm Bernard Sumner
Lennie James Alan Erasmus
Paddy Considine Rob Gretton
Ralf Little Peter Hook
Andy Serkis Martin Hannett
Christopher Coghill Bez
Paul Popplewell Paul Ryder
Keith Allen Roger Ames
Rob Brydon Actor
Enzo Cilenti Actor
Dave Gorman Actor
Peter Kay Actor
Kate Magowan Actor
Kieran O'Brien Actor
Simon Pegg Actor
Rowetta Actor
Paul Ryder Actor
John Thomson Actor
Raymond Waring Vini Reilly
Jim Cartwright Steven Patrick Morrissey
Terri Seymour Game Show Host

Technical Credits
Michael Winterbottom Director,Editor
Frank Cottrell Boyce Screenwriter
Wendy Brazington Casting
David Bryan Art Director
Gina Carter Co-producer
Janita Doyle Makeup
Andrew Eaton Producer
Mike Elliott Asst. Director
John Falcini Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Fallon Executive Producer
Liz Gallagher Musical Direction/Supervision
Sally Maynard Makeup
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Stephen Noble Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Jill Sweeney Makeup
Mark Tildesley Production Designer
Tony Wilson Consultant/advisor
Trevor Waite Editor
Natalie Ward Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Wilson Sound/Sound Designer
Aad Wirtz Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Icarus/Main Title [4:55]
2. The Sex Pistols [4:17]
3. Making History [4:45]
4. New Venue [3:56]
5. Closing In [4:09]
6. Legend [4:27]
7. Contract [2:17]
8. Martin [3:21]
9. Bright Future [8:08]
10. Ian's Demise [10:14]
11. The Next Wave [4:15]
12. The Hacienda [3:01]
13. Low Point [4:40]
14. Birth [6:11]
15. Bumpy Road [6:27]
16. Yvette [1:24]
17. The Machine Breaks [1:26]
18. Bad Business [5:50]
19. Running on Empty [4:08]
20. Waiting [3:56]
21. Never Sold Out [5:31]
22. The End [6:48]
23. God [5:19]
24. End Credits [2:36]

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24 Hour Party People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, '24 Hour Party People' was good. It is about the music of Manchester in the 70's and 80's. With main character Tony Wilson, label manager of Factroy Records, with bands like Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays in it. All the actors did a great job, but Sean Harris did an amazing job playing Ian Curtis of Joy Division.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago