Almost FamousDirector: Cameron Crowe
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Fans of director/writer Cameron Crowe's autobiographical coming-of-age tale, chronicling his tenure writing for Rolling Stone magazine during the heady days of the 1970s, are in for a special treat with this three-disc special edition DVD from the good folks at DreamWorks Home Entertainment. Known as Almost Famous Untitled: The Bootleg Cut, the film includes over 35 minutes of new footage that arguably adds cinematic meat to many of its scenes and overall makes Crowe's obvious (and understandable) love of the era even more enriching. There's more sex, more drugs, but there is also more time spent on peripheral characters only glimpsed in the theatrical version. Disc one of the set contains the longer cut of the film, a director's commentary track (though Crowe's mother is also onboard for motherly insights and much humor); some great, though brief, interview footage of rock journalist and late mentor to the young future director Lester Bangs (played in the film by Philip Seymour Hoffman) from the 1970s; a great collection of behind-the-scenes footage, including cast rehearsals and general tomfoolery; the original articles Crowe penned for Rolling Stone; a list of the director's top ten albums from the time period (a whole lot of Zeppelin, though there are some surprises as well); and a collection of some of the songs that Stillwater, the fictional band from the film, performs live in their entirety. The commentary track is the highlight of the disc, though the rest of the extras aren't too shabby either. The disc also includes the director's optional audio introductions to the extras. There is also a fabulous easter egg on the disc: Go to the special features menu and highlight the "Love Comes and Goes" selection. Press the top arrow of your remote control and then press enter. You will then see a five-minute clip of actress Kate Hudson in the infamous "Leslie" scene. The scene was intended as an homage to the great French director Francois Truffaut. It is hilarious, uncomfortable, agonizing, and ultimately unforgettable. Also on the same disc there is another hidden treat. Go to the audio option from the main menu and highlight the commentary option. Press the right arrow key on your remote and then press enter. You will then see another deleted scene. Disc two of the set includes the original theatrical cut of the film, a Stillwater music video, more deleted scenes (including a fantastic interactive homage to "Stairway to Heaven" that unfortunately could not make it into the film because of music rights) with optional director's commentary, the screenplay, and the usual theatrical trailers, production notes, and cast and crew bios. Like disc one, the picture for this disc is superb and the sound mix is always strong and perfectly balanced. This set easily retires the previously released single disc of the film. But, if that wasn't enough, the set includes a third disc -- a CD of six original Stillwater songs which only adds to the illusion chronicling the road hogs of '70s rock. An overall fantastic collection and a must for the fan.
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- Dreamworks Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital]
Disc two: Almost Famous, the original theatrically released version
Disc three: music CD of Almost Famous with 6 new Stillwater tracks
Cast & Crew
|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|
|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|
|Conny Boettger-Marinos||Set Decoration/Design|
|Danny Bramson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|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|
|Scott M. Martin||Associate Producer|
|Virginia Randolph-Weaver||Art Director|
|Steven P. Saeta||Associate Producer|
|Mindi Toback||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jeff Wexler||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nancy Wilson||Score Composer|
|Jerry Ziesmer||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
0. Scene Index
1. The Chipmunk Song [6:35]
2. Take a Look Around [4:13]
3. Sparks [3:56]
4. Search and Destroy [6:15]
5. Teacher [5:58]
6. Your Move [4:47]
7. Fever Dog [2:35]
8. What's Happening Brother [4:54]
9. Something in the Air [6:46]
10. Ice [2:20]
11. Go All the Way [7:23]
12. Bags of Kindness [3:36]
13. Simple Man [5:05]
14. That's the Way [7:40]
15. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere [5:59]
16. Future Games [4:33]
17. Tiny Dancer [2:54]
18. Reeling in the Years [2:27]
19. Love Comes and Goes [7:40]
20. The Wind [5:32]
21. Slip Away [5:29]
22. Cut the Cake [1:44]
23. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters [6:18]
24. My Cherie Amour [7:09]
25. Coke with Lemon [5:19]
26. Cabin in the Sky [3:13]
27. Brutalis [5:57]
28. The Rain Song [7:37]
29. Tangerine [5:13]
30. Feel Flows [7:14]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Index
1. The Chipmunk Song [8:50]
2. Sparks [3:33]
3. Search and Destroy [4:47]
4. Teacher [5:27]
5. Your Move [3:13]
6. Fever Dog [4:03]
7. Something in the Air [5:20]
8. Go All the Way [3:44]
9. Simple Man [5:28]
10. That's the Way [5:52]
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere [5:37]
12. Future Games [4:07]
13. Tiny Dancer [3:46]
14. Reeling in the Years [6:12]
15. Love Comes and Goes [4:55]
16. The Wind [:31]
17. Slip Away [2:43]
18. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters [4:52]
19. My Cherie Amour [5:29]
20. Cabin in the Sky [5:26]
21. Brutalis [7:41]
22. The Rain Song [5:09]
23. Tangerine [4:09]
24. Feel Flows [7:14]
Intro by Cameron Crowe
Interview with Lester bangs
Cameron Crowe's Top Albums of 1973
"Love Comes and Goes"
Rolling Stone Articles
The Allman Brothers-December 6,1977
Led Zeppelin-March 13,1975
Neil Young-August 14,1975
Peter Frampton -February 10,1977
Fleetwood Mac-March 24,1977
Van Morrison-May 19,1977
John Mitchell-July 26,1979
Commentary by Director Cameron Crowe
English Dolby Digital
English 2.0 Surround Sound
Side #2 --
Play Almost Famous
Intro by Cameron Crowe
Billy Crudup-Russell Hammond
Zooey Deschanel-Anita Miller
Patrick Fugit-William Miller
Phillip Seymour Hoffman-Lester Bangs
Kate Hudson-Penny Lane
Noah Taylor-Dick Roswell
Jason Lee-Jeff Bebe
"Small Time Blues"
Danny Bramson-Music Supervisor
Peter Frampton-Technical Consultant
Clay A. Griffith-Art Director
John Toll-Director of Photography
Betsy Heimann-Costume Designer
Clayton R. Hartley-Art Director
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English DTS Digital Surround
English 2.0 Dolby Surround
French 5.1 Dolby Digital
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In my opinion, one of the top 5 greatest American movies of all time, along with The French Connection, Field of Dreams, Sunset Boulevard and The Birds. Just an unbelievable movie, with the greatest soundtrack ever (sorry Easy Rider, but you were a close second). Wasn't surprised that it wasn't nominated for Best Picture, as it's just way too hip for the Hollywood establishment, but I was truly sickened when Kate Hudson didn't get Best Supporting Actress. Buy it, watch it, love it, again and again and again...
I thought the movie was really good. There was alot of quality to it. the acters were great too.The movie took me back to some fond memories I had at that age.Very good music selection in it also.Like Elton John,Led Zepplin...etc...!Dug it alot!
A nostalgic story of back in the day. Kate Hudson is charming in her breakthrough role as Penny Lane. Patrick Fugit is adorable, earnest and a voice of sanity as Cameron Crowe reporting on desire, ambition and betrayal in this drug-fueled laid-back hip world of wannabe rock stars and their hangers-on.
This is clearly won of the best movies to come along in years. It is fun, sad and very funny. I love billy crudup and patrick fugit, who give wonderful performances. Kate Hudson, however, is the star of this movie and gives a EXCELLENT performance. She definatly was snubbed for the oscar, because she deserved it! Frances McDormand also is hilarious as the mother. All I can say is it is a GREAT movie!
I am a little bias since I mainly listen to classic rock. I also wish I was able to live through the 60's and 70's to experience that culture since that seems more true to who I am. With that aside, I was really amazed how well the story was put together and how everything played out along with the acting. They did a great job recreating an era and the music in the movie is awesome! The fake band made of actors actually created a great band and I am happy one of their songs was included on the Almost Famous CD.
THIS MOVIE WAS A GOOD MOVIE. IT WAS SAD WHEN THE ENDING CAME.I WILL LOVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE MORE THAN ONCE AND I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE.
This longer, more detailed version of Almost Famous fills in lots of gaps for the viewer. Crowe's edit includes footage that gives each character more depth and it enables the viewer to better understand each charater's motivation(s). It includes two video disks (both cuts of the movie) and one audio disk. Crowe is very generous with bonus features on both disks. Included on disk #2 is the Cleveland concert. This concert footage captures all the nuances of an early-seventies concert and the sound is great. All sonds are complete from start to finish. The songs, ''Love Comes and Goes'' and ''Hour of Need'' are my favorites. Anyone interested in music will enjoy this DVD set along with the bonus features.
An incredible and not before seen look at a late seventies very hippie band. Confrontations, love, hate, fantastic music. A combination that results in one of my favourite movies.
Have you ever wnated to be famous? Or have you ever wanted to be close with your favorite star? Well. . . William Miller had that chance. He ceased that opportunity and went on tour with his favorite band, Stillwater! Along the way William meets tons of great people like Penny Lane the leader of the famous band-aids. She captivates him and the audiece with all of her intrigue and mystery. Shes fun and exciting. The first time she meets William she says that she would like to live in Morocco for one year then asks if he wants to come. These are the things youll come to expect from Penny! This movie was great with a great cast and a great soundtrack. I would recomend the movie to anyone.
This was great movie. The cast was terrific, especially Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson. Wonderful script, funny and touching at times. Great music, but they should've used some Alice Cooper because he was big in 1973, when this movie took place. Still it's an excellent film, and deserved the Oscar it received for best screenplay.
This movie is so moving, and so fun. The characters are so real and likeable. You will fall in love with these characters and become a part of this boy's life. I definitely recommend it to anyone that loves good music and a good-feeling type movie. Two thumbs up!
You can't put into words why this film is so good it's just a great, happy feeling when you watch it. ''Life should make you feel, art should make you feel GOOD.'' And that is exactly what this wonderful film does.
this movie was touching but not in a smotheringly sweet way. it especially appealed to my warped sense of humor which i rarely find in movies. definitely watch it before you buy it though because it isn't for everyone... especially people who are easily bored or who don't like paying attention to movies. WARNING: This ones a thinker. but that's why i l
With the rock and roll era of the 1970s as its backdrop, "Almost Famous" tells a great coming-of-age story in life, love, and achieving dreams.
This is a great movie. Crowes real life experiences give a good viewpoint into the lives of rockstars and adds a humanizing effect that is generally lacking in movies about them. This is simply a really good movie.
I love this film! It's very funny and witty, and there's a sweet bunch of love stories, and of course you just love William's personality changes through the course of the film. There's inventive, quirky characters like my favorite, Lester Bangs, who spouts rock philosophies that I quote to my friends (''The only true currency in this corrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're not cool.'' RIght on!). A great film, go see it...and then buy it!!!
this movie is sweet and lovely and full of trivial detail. It is wholly lacking any sense of the reality of life in a rock band. The story is loosely based on Crowe's experience on the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd, but it seems more like life on the road with New Kids on the Block. Crowe seems so desperate for broad commercial acceptance, that he makes the sleazy musicians into sweethearts who just need to be understood. Utterly watchable, but instantly forgettable. Like a lousy pop song, left me feeling more manipulated than moved.
Almost Famous became my favorite movie after watching it once. It's a great coming-of-age movie for anyone to watch. I liked this movie so much, that I'm buying it on DVD. There were a few emotional parts for me during the movie. I don't know why I broke down and cried because I thought this movie was supposed to be up beat and happy. Well I was wrong. Cameron Crowe can write a real tear jerker.
Others have adequately praised this movie in their comments. I just want to say that it's one of those movies that I have watched dozens of times -- either in its entirety or from whatever point it's at when I run across it in progress on cable TV. The music is cool, the band is cool, but that's a backdrop. This movie is about how the characters discover things about themselves and each other while they're on tour. Anyway, I recommend it because you'll be glad to watch it more than once and that's why we buy DVDs, right?
While most movies show the seventies as a hyped up, do whatever you want life. Almost Famous shows the real influence of music, drugs, and celebrities. When I first saw Almost Famous I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of Patrick Fugit's character,and his easy view on life. Kate Hudson does a great job acting like a fan whoose only purpose in life is to follow the music. The movie combines the great music and the feel of the seventies showing us the real world of rock n'roll through the eyes of a teenager.
this movie made me all warm and fazy inside. it it trully the greatest one of the year. funny and moving