Almost Famous

Almost Famous

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Cameron Crowe, Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand


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Cameron Crowe's coming-of-age drama comedy Almost Famous comes to DVD courtesy of Dreamworks. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. Impressive as well is the film's transfer to disc. It is presented in a clean, crisp, anamorphic widescreen format with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio that is perfectSee more details below


Cameron Crowe's coming-of-age drama comedy Almost Famous comes to DVD courtesy of Dreamworks. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. Impressive as well is the film's transfer to disc. It is presented in a clean, crisp, anamorphic widescreen format with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio that is perfect for the movie's many multiple action shots, like Crudup's band performing on-stage. What's very impressive, however, is the movie's soundtrack, which comes in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This makes the film's classic rock soundtrack explode from the screen with concert-like force -- a critical feature in a movie such as this in which music is so important, and one which will have the home viewer searching for their ticket stub when they go to the bathroom. Special features on the DVD include the music video "Fever Dog," a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast and crew bios and production notes, and Crowe's articles for Rolling Stone from which he drew material and inspiration for the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of 2000’s most pleasant cinematic surprises, Almost Famous celebrates the liberating influence of rock 'n' roll on America’s youth during the 1970s, and is in turns both exhilarating and elegiac. Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire), drawing on his own adolescent experiences, creates a believable alter ego in Patrick Fugit, cast as a talented teen journalist assigned by Rolling Stone magazine to accompany an up-and-coming band on a nationwide tour. Flush with ambition, the shy youth dutifully chronicles the band’s activities and its members' peccadilloes, in the process learning valuable and occasionally painful lessons about fame, friendship, and love. Billy Crudup is letter-perfect as the band’s charismatic guitarist, whose increasing popularity threatens insecure lead singer Jason Lee. Frances McDormand sparkles in her relatively brief appearances as Fugit’s protective mother. But Kate Hudson's performance -- justifiably recognized with an Academy Award nomination -- is the movie's most luminous, as she portrays the vulnerable, if free-spirited, groupie who steals Fugit’s heart. Evocative of its period but timeless in its appeal, Almost Famous recognizes rock’s contribution to American pop culture with warmth, humor, and the yearning for a bygone era filled with promise.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Depending on when you walk in, Almost Famous is either a coming-of-age drama, a love story, an often funny but sometimes painful look at the bonds of family, or a celebration of the glorious, liberating intoxication of rock & roll. And what's most remarkable about Cameron Crowe's fourth (and best) film is that it covers all these bases with equal skill, and an amiable, sure-footed grace. Crowe has made no secret that this film was based closely on his own experiences as a teenage rock journalist, and he certainly knows the nooks and crannies of life on the road in the 1970s; from the backstage rituals to the endless rounds of hotel parties, the film never hits a false note as it follows Stillwater's steady rise to fame. But more importantly, Crowe knows how to draw characters, and what could have easily been a collection of two-dimensional stereotypes emerges instead as an ensemble of credible, flesh-and-blood people. Elaine (Frances McDormand), the mother who dislikes and distrusts rock & roll, isn't a narrow-minded harridan, but an intelligent and socially progressive woman who doesn't want to see her children fall into a destructive adolescent conformity. The "band-aides," most notably Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), aren't fame-obsessed sexual predators, but devoted fans who have their own way of showing their loyalty to the musicians whose work means so much to them. And 15-year-old William (Patrick Fugit) isn't some youth lost in rock & roll Babylon, but a kid jazzed at living out his dreams and going on his first great adventure, while remaining smart (and grounded) enough to see both the peaks and valleys of the life he's capturing in words. One of Crowe's strongest suits has always been his ability to draw fine performances from his actors, and that's hardly failed him here. Newcomer Patrick Fugit is a marvel of boyish wonder and mature-beyond-his-years perception as William, Frances McDormand does an Oscar-worthy turn as his mother Elaine, Billy Crudup and Jason Lee are superb as the battling frontmen of Stillwater, Kate Hudson delivers a star-making, thoroughly charming performance as Penny, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is superb in an all-too-brief appearance as gonzo rock journalist (and part-time mentor to William) Lester Bangs. And Crowe's strong, clear, but unobtrusive visual sense, as well as his superlative ear for pop music, serve this material splendidly. If Almost Famous has a flaw, it's the noticeable upshift in the rhythm of its last act, which feels like an attempt to rush the film to its conclusion. But if the worst thing you can say about Almost Famous is that you wish it had been a bit longer, it says a lot about how thoroughly pleasurable a film it really is.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
As a director [Crowe] has an extraordinary gift for drawing out rounded, complex performances even in supporting roles and for indicating the fine emotional shadings in the relationships among his characters.
Boston Globe
Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth. Jay Carr

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

Stillwater's "Fever Dog" music video; HBO behind-the-scenes featurette "The Making of Almost Famous"; The Rolling Stones articles; Cast and crew bios; Theatrical trailers; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Fugit William Miller
Billy Crudup Russell Hammond
Frances McDormand Elaine Miller
Kate Hudson Penny Lane
Jason Lee Jeff Bebe
Philip Seymour Hoffman Lester Bangs
Zooey Deschanel Anita Miller
Anna Paquin Polexia Aphrodisia
Fairuza Balk Sapphire
Noah Taylor Dick Roswell
John Fedevich Ed Vallencourt
Bijou Phillips Estrella Starr
Eion Bailey Jann Wenner
Terry Chen Ben Fong-Torres
Jimmy Fallon Dennis Hope
Daniel Wilson Journalism Teacher
Jay Baruchel Vic Munoz
John Patrick Amedori Himself
Michael Angarano Young William Miller

Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Conny Boettger-Marinos Set Decoration/Design
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ian Bryce Producer
Charisse Cardenas Set Decoration/Design
Michael Dennison Costumes/Costume Designer
Marty P. Ewing Associate Producer
Robert Greenfield Set Decoration/Design
Clay Griffith Art Director
Clayton R. Hartley Art Director
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Saar Klein Editor
Gail Levin Casting
Scott M. Martin Associate Producer
Virginia Randolph-Weaver Art Director
Steven P. Saeta Associate Producer
Lisa Stewart Co-producer
Mindi Toback Set Decoration/Design
John Toll Cinematographer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Wilson Score Composer
Jerry Ziesmer Associate Producer,Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Scene Index.
0. Scene Index.
0. Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 02:03:05
1. The Chipmunk Song. [:21]
2. Sparks. [:08]
3. Search and Destroy. [3:23]
4. Teacher. [4:55]
5. Your Move. [3:13]
6. Fever Dog. [:20]
7. Something in the Air. [4:46]
8. Go All the Way. [3:14]
9. Simple Man. [2:13]
10. That's the Way. [3:13]
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. [2:07]
12. Future Games. [1:56]
13. Tiny Dancer. [5:20]
14. Reeling in the Years. [:04]
15. Love Comes and Goes. [3:39]
16. The Wind. [5:28]
17. Slip Away. [2:19]
18. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. [3:31]
19. My Cherie Amour. [3:33]
20. Cabin in the Sky. [2:04]
21. Brutalis. [4:07]
22. The Rain Song. [:16]
23. Tangerine. [3:30]
24. Feel Flows. [6:12]

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