A Mighty Wind

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Overview

Christopher Guest's folk music comedy A Mighty Wind comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are available. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The excellent supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by Guest and his co-star and co-scenarist Eugene Levy. They are full of praise for their large and talented cast and they discuss in detail how different people worked ...
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Overview

Christopher Guest's folk music comedy A Mighty Wind comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are available. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. The excellent supplemental materials are headed by a commentary track recorded by Guest and his co-star and co-scenarist Eugene Levy. They are full of praise for their large and talented cast and they discuss in detail how different people worked hard to learn to play the instruments their characters play in the film. As with the DVDs of Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, a wealth of deleted scenes have been included, all with optional commentary. Many of these are very funny in their own right, but one can still see why they failed to make the final cut. Vintage TV appearances by the bands, and the entire television broadcast of the climactic concert can be viewed, all with optional commentary. This is an outstanding disc from Warner Bros.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Additional scenes ; Live TV broadcast of the concert: the climactic benefit show in its entirety; "Vintage" TV appearances of the bands; The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey biographies; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; English and French soundtracks; English, French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
If you've gotten an A+ more than once, no one ever seems to be entirely satisfied when your report card says A-, and that's the biggest bugaboo in reviewing A Mighty Wind. While it's a clever and thoroughly enjoyable comedy on its own terms, knowing that A Mighty Wind comes from the same creative team which made Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show sets up some unusually high expectations, and when one makes the inevitable comparisons, A Mighty Wind falls short. The film's biggest failing is that while much of the same superb comic cast from those two films is on hand this time out (and Harry Shearer is on board as Spinal Tap go undercover as the Folksmen), many of them simply aren't given enough to do, especially Parker Posey, Don Lake, and Michael Hitchcock, while Fred Willard, Larry Miller, and Jennifer Coolidge are saddled with roles that are simply beneath their abilities. While Guffman and Best in Show both had great moments where characters were able to strongly, clearly, and hilariously define their characters in a few brief moments, A Mighty Wind has more than its share of players who have funny shtick but not much of a persona to go along with it, and the film suffers for it. However, the moments that do work compensate for the flaws, and many of the film's best moments come in unexpected places. The songs brilliantly walk a line between sincere tribute and vicious parody of early-'60s folk tunes (especially "Old Joe's Place" and "Never Did No Wanderin'"), and Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are not only hilarious but unexpectedly moving as a divorced couple forced to deal with a lot of old baggage as they prepare for their reunion gig; would that every film about divorce could be as insightful. If -- to belabor the academic metaphor -- A Mighty Wind isn't the magna cum laude candidate you likely expect from Christopher Guest after his previous two directorial efforts, it's still strong enough to make the dean's list, and suggests Guest and his repertory company may have a few more surprises in store for their next effort.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
A movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
San Francisco Chronicle - Mick LaSalle
The picture gently caricatures the folk music scene with dozens of delicate brush strokes, creating a picture that's increasingly, gloriously funny -- as in entire lines of dialogue are lost because the audience's laughing so hard.

There's an extra dimension here, not present in the other comedies. Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • UPC: 085392771820
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,352

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Balaban Jonathan Steinbloom,
Christopher Guest Mark Shubb,
Eugene Levy Mitch, Mitch Cohen,
John Michael Higgins Terry Bohner,
Jane Lynch Laurie Bohner
Catherine O'Hara Mickey, Mickey Devlin Crabbe,
Harry Shearer Alan Barrows, Mark Shubb
Michael McKean Jerry Palter
Parker Posey Sissy Knox
Fred Willard Mike LaFontaine
Ed Begley Jr.
Jennifer Coolidge
Paul Dooley
Michael Hitchcock Lawrence Turpin
Don Lake
Larry Miller
Deborah Theaker
David Blasucci Tony Pollono
Laura Harris Miss Klapper
Linda Kash
William S. Nunziata
Jim Piddock , Leonard Crabbe
Freda Foh Shen Melinda Barrows
Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
John Michael Higgins Score Composer, Songwriter
Robert Leighton Editor
Eugene Levy Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Michael McKean Score Composer, Songwriter
Karen Murphy Producer
Arlene Donnelly Nelson Cinematographer
Catherine O'Hara Score Composer, Songwriter
Annette O'Toole Score Composer, Songwriter
Scott Andrew Robertson Asst. Director
Dena Roth Set Decoration/Design
Harry Shearer Score Composer, Songwriter
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
C.J. Vanston Score Composer, Songwriter
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Durinda Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Steinbloom Saga [3:06]
2. The Folksmen (Old Joe's Place) [3:02]
3. Main Street Origins (The Good Book Song) [1:49]
4. Mitch & Mickey (When You're Next to Me, A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow) [4:09]
5. The New Main Street Singers (Just That Kinda Day) [2:53]
6. Mitch Arrives [3:38]
7. Beginnings [3:15]
8. First Rehearsal [3:20]
9. Sissy Knox [2:02]
10. Hi-Class Management [2:05]
11. Lars and Jonathan [2:09]
12. Tuning Up (Skeletons of Quinto) [4:24]
13. Witches [3:23]
14. Moby Dick (Loco Man, Fare Away, A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow) [2:48]
15. We're Professionals [:47]
16. Flashbacks [2:06]
17. The Toast [3:00]
18. Concert Day [1:47]
19. Before Showtime [4:02]
20. Wanderin' (Never Did No Wanderin') [3:48]
21. Potato's in the Paddy Wagon [5:00]
22. Missing (Eat at Joe's) [2:38]
23. Where's Mitch (Barnyard Symphony) [2:57]
24. A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow [3:53]
25. A Mighty Wind [5:22]
26. The Supreme Folk [2:49]
27. I'm a Musician Again (The Catheter Song) [1:45]
28. End Credits (Old Joe's Place, When You're Next to Me, The Good Book Song) [2:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary
      Additional Scenes
         Play All
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
         The Press Conference
         Corn Wine
         Killington Hill
         The Good Book Song
         Piccolo
         Backstage Pitch
         North Dakota
         Folksmen Interview
         The Bohners Meet Their Fans
         XYZ
         Wally and the Balloon Guy
         Blues-a-Roo
         The Catheter Song
         When You're Next to Me Rehearsal
         When You're Next to Me Concert Footage
      TV Appearances
         Play All
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
         The Folksmen: "In the Groove" 1968 Children of the Sun
         The Folksmen: "Hoot-Nite" 1965 Old Joe's Place
         Mitch & Mickey: "Lee Aikman's Folk Hour" 1966 A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow
         Mitch & Mickey: "Dick Beyman - Private Eye" Late 1960s Guest Appearance
      PBN TV Broadcast of the Concert
         Play All
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
         Never Did No Wanderin'
         Potato's in the Paddy Wagon
         Old Joe's Place
         Barnyard Symphony
         A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow
         A Mighty Wind
      The Bands
         The Folksmen
         The New Main Street Singers
         Mitch & Mickey
      Theatrical Trailer
      Soundtrack Spot
      Cast & Filmmakers
   Lanugages
      English
      French
      English Subtitles
      French Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Been There

    Having become a folk singer during the sixties and opened a coffeehouse on my small college's campus, I absolutely recognize where Guest is coming from with this movie. I feel as if I know exactly which groups are represented, "Mike and Mickey" being one of my earliest influences. I'm glad to have sufficient years of perspective on that scene to be able to stand back now and laugh at the portrayals. What a great parody, partly because it was so kind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This movie is clever at a level that some people just won't get. But if you enjoy good writing and sharp, dry humor this script is an oasis of good stuff. If all you enjoy is sight gags and obvious humor, you might not enjoy this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOVIE IS GREAT--THE CD IS EVEN GREATER!

    As a child of the 60's, I find the CD from A Mighty Wind as one of the best in my collection. Every song is a stand-alone winner: great lyrics, superb singing, and haunting melodies. I even bought the song book available for this amusing film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!

    This movie was a huge waste of my money and time. I went to see it with an open mind and found myself asleep from boredom halfway through. Not only was it boring and unfunny, but it was grueling to sit through because the plot went so slow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    terrific

    When I went to see A Mighty Wind, I was really skeptical, but once it started, the whole audience was nearly in tears with laughter. One of the best movies I've seen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Guest's Best

    We, as musicians, thought this was the best since 'Spinal Tap'. Liked it a little better than 'Best In Show', which was great, and much more than Guffman. Great mock-umentary, which also has a bit of a soft side...and they can all really play, too!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just not funny

    Although I loved Best in Show, which I found hilarious, this one just isn't funny. The character development isn't nearly as good as Best in Show, and the quirky character types from Best in Show just aren't there. The dialog is dull and the characters are even duller. I was really disappointed in this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the ''Best'' but do-able

    This funny movie was in the classic ''Best In Show/Guffman'' mockumentary style but without the overabundance of improvisational fun. There are certainly some good laughs but it wasn't quite the same. I'd buy it and I'm going to see the live show in a few weeks so I'm curious as to what they would do with it live....good fun though-true Guest fans will appreciate the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give It a Shot

    As a long time fan of C. Guest, Spinal Tap, etc. I was curious about Mighty Wind. The Folksman had done a few appearances on SNL and wondered if this theme could carry a movie. It's certainly funnier than most stuff out there but does not live up to Guffman or Best in Show. Hope Guest and the crew keep at it as there are plenty of more suitable areas to spoof.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest Movie Ever!

    If you liked best in show you'll love A Mighty Wind. Most of the same cast is back. Highly Recomended.

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