Live Forever

Live Forever

Director: John Dower

Cast: John Dower, Damon Albarn, Ozwald Boateng, James Brown

     
 

John Dower's documentary Live Forever, about how the Britpop movement of the '90s shaped British pop culture, debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include over a half-hour of additional interview footage that didSee more details below

Overview

John Dower's documentary Live Forever, about how the Britpop movement of the '90s shaped British pop culture, debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include over a half-hour of additional interview footage that did not make the finished film. These clips are all quite worthwhile and add a great deal to one's understanding of the scene and the people involved in it. First Look has done a first-rate job with this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The best moments in John Dower's Live Forever happen because he was able to conduct fairly revealing interviews with four of that scene's most important musical figures. Noel Gallagher, sitting in a chair that makes him appear to be the king of Britpop, Liam Gallagher, Blur's Damon Albarn, and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker each reveal (some with greater self-awareness than the others) what made their respective bands and the times they lived in special. Noel's remarkable ego complements Liam's feral intensity. They provide the funniest moments in the film. Albarn, still obviously bruised by his band's feud with Oasis, seems genuinely haunted by those heady years. And Cocker brings the same tone of theatrical resignation to his sessions in front of the camera as he does to his brilliantly orchestrated stage performances. It is easy to tell from these interviews, and from the archival footage of the various bands, why this music marked a generation of Brits so deeply. The various journalists interviewed throughout the piece provide the necessary cultural and political context, but it is the artists themselves who make this a compelling documentary even for those unfamiliar with the scene. While one could argue that the history is not as inclusive as it could be (there is very little mention of Suede or Elastica -- probably because members of those bands would not agree to be interviewed), Live Forever succeeds in explaining how the right bands came along at the right time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
UPC:
0687797106599
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Millennium
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

Scene selections; Interviews; Spanish subtitles; Wonderwall Diary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damon Albarn Participant
Ozwald Boateng Participant
James Brown Participant
Jarvis Cocker Participant
Kevin Cummins Participant
Robert "3D" del Naja Participant
Liam Gallagher Participant
Noel Gallagher Participant
Damien Hirst Participant
Peter Mandelson Participant
Jon Savage Participant
Phill Savidge Participant
Louise Werner Participant
Wonderwall Participant
Toby Young Participant

Technical Credits
John Dower Director,Screenwriter
John Battsek Producer
Mike Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Fabre Cinematographer
Nicholas Fraser Executive Producer
Liz Gallagher Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
John Chambers Executive Producer
David Lascelles Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Martin Editor
Paul Paragon Sound/Sound Designer
Josh Pitt Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Ruhemann Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:16]
2. Spike Island Beginnings [7:20]
3. Out of Place [5:29]
4. Oasis [8:53]
5. "What If?" [8:41]
6. Oasis vs. Blur [6:58]
7. Taking Center Stage [12:25]
8. Cool Britannia [6:56]
9. Taken for a Ride [8:25]
10. This Is Hardcore [7:06]
11. The End of Brit Pop [6:21]
12. Ending Credits [3:06]

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