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Quadrophenia hasn't shined brighter since its original theatrical run than it does in this feature-packed Rhino DVD edition. A lovingly restored widescreen 1.85:1 print sparkles with color and spectacle, providing far more contrast and far better flesh tones than previous home video releases. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is worlds more dynamic than earlier releases. The menus are as cool and stylish as the Mod and Rocker wardrobes on display in the film. Supplemental features make this a monumentally ...
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Quadrophenia hasn't shined brighter since its original theatrical run than it does in this feature-packed Rhino DVD edition. A lovingly restored widescreen 1.85:1 print sparkles with color and spectacle, providing far more contrast and far better flesh tones than previous home video releases. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is worlds more dynamic than earlier releases. The menus are as cool and stylish as the Mod and Rocker wardrobes on display in the film. Supplemental features make this a monumentally thorough package. The full-frame theatrical trailer is a bit hyperbolic, but it's a minute and a half of healthy nostalgia. Sting's interview shows the musician/actor's reverence for the movie that houses his first cinematic performance. Director Franc Roddam's feature-length commentary is superb; it's as interesting as it is informative. Roddam leaves no stone unturned as he provides background details on the production, the Who's music, and the history of the Mod scene. A trivia track (accessed via subtitles on the third audio track) turns the movie into a fascinating kind of pop-up Quadrophenia. The Vespa mini-documentary is really just a short, hyperactive commercial. The Rhino Film Restoration section compares the before and after of their sound and video restoration process. "London to Brighton" is a completely cool fast-forward simulation of a Mod Vespa journey. "Are you a Mod or a Rocker?" is a fun quiz that helps a viewer answer the timeless question. "Photos" breaks the photo gallery into three areas: black-and-white publicity pics, Roddam's color continuity Polaroids, and memorabilia (there's an option to view all three sections as one slide show). The "British Mod Film Compendium" is an annotated look at many worthwhile Mod films. The Who discography is a list of the band's albums and compilation appearances. "Cast and Filmmakers" gives biographies and filmographies via glossy menus. In addition, there's a wealth of easter eggs, including "Portrait of a Mod," film reviews, and other fantastic surprises. Quadrophenia is an essential DVD for Mods and Rockers alike.
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Special Features

Remastered from the original 35 MM negative and Dolby A soundtrack; Original theatrical trailer; Interview with Sting; Director's commentary track with Franc Roddam; Photo gallery, including publicity photos, memorabilia, and continuity Polaroids from Franc Roddam's scripts; Rhino's film restoration; Trivia tracks; Animated location map; Are you a Mod or a Rocker? quiz; The Who discography; Cast and crew filmographies; Mod Film list (from modculture.com); Easter eggs (including "Portrait of a Mod," reviews of the film, Riot button, and more)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While Tommy was the Who's best-known concept album (and probably their best-known album, period), their 1973 release Quadrophenia was a far stronger and more personal narrative work, and while group leader and principal songwriter Pete Townshend allowed Ken Russell to turn Tommy into an entertaining but overcooked bit of pop-art lunacy, the Who kept far tighter reigns on Quadrophenia, and the result (produced by the group and directed by Franc Roddam) was an intelligent and incisive bit of teen-centric kitchen-sink drama. Though Phil Daniels' performance as the young Mod Jimmy never quite makes him seem as if he has a split personality, he does manage to make the confusion and chaos of his violent mood swings vivid and believable, and he's easily several steps ahead of the typical "troubled youth" of the movies. Equally memorable are Ray Winstone as Jimmy's rocker cousin Kevin, Leslie Ash as ideal Mod girl Steph, and Sting, who says practically nothing but radiates waves of icy charisma as the Ace Face. Cinematographer Brian Tufano and production designer Simon Holland give the film a hard sheen that's at once gritty and superbly evocative, and director Roddam gives the film an emotional gravity that sets it apart from the usual run of juvie fare from either side of the Atlantic. In short, this is a rare example of a rock-oriented film that's compelling and effective even if you don't like the music.
Village Voice - Amy Taubin
It remains one of the most wrenching films about adolescent angst, thanks largely to the performance of Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a lower-middle-class 19-year-old whose identity as a mod is his only defense against a dead-end future.... In Quadrophenia, the music is the landscape, and the best aspect of this new print is that the sound still has the quality of a worn LP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • UPC: 603497662425
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Rhino
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phil Daniels Jimmy Michael Cooper
Mark Wingett Dave
Philip Davis Chalky
Sting Ace Face
Leslie Ash Steph
Garry Cooper Peter
Trevor Laird Ferdy
Kate Williams Mother
Michael Elphick Father
Kim Neve Yvonne
Ray Winstone Kevin
Gary Shail Spider
Toyah Willcox Monkey
Benjamin Whitrow Mr. Fulford
Daniel Peacock Danny
Jeremy Child Aganey Man
John Phillips Magistrate
Timothy Spall Projectionist
Olivier Pierre Tailor
George Innes Cafe Owner
John Bindon Harry
P.H. Moriarty Barman at Villain Club
Hugh Lloyd Mr. Cale
Gary Holton Leader of Rockers
Technical Credits
Franc Roddam Director, Screenwriter
Roy Baird Producer
Sean Barton Editor
Ray Corbett Asst. Director
Bill Curbishley Producer
Roger Daltrey Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
John Entwistle Score Composer, Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Gillian Gregory Choreography
Simon Holland Production Designer
Dave Humphries Screenwriter
Keith Moon Executive Producer
John Peverall Associate Producer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Christopher Stamp Consultant/advisor
Martin Stellman Screenwriter
Mike Taylor Editor
Pete Townshend Score Composer, Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision, Screenwriter
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
The Who Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. scenes
1. Opening Credits [:14]
2. In the Club [3:50]
3. Singing Rubbish [4:15]
4. Sandra's Party [3:52]
5. Riding Alone [7:42]
6. Mail Delivery [1:14]
7. "It's Not Normal" [2:07]
8. A Lift Home [6:26]
9. Broken Bike [2:52]
10. Beating Up Sebastian [2:32]
11. Split Personality [2:03]
12. The Junkyard [3:54]
13. Getting Some Blues [3:06]
14. Wet Trousers [8:18]
15. On the Road [2:53]
16. Jimmy Dances [4:36]
17. Along the Beach [7:27]
18. "We are the Mods" [:13]
19. Police Arrive [4:15]
20. Jimmy & Steph [4:41]
21. In the Courtroom [2:34]
22. Keep Your Job [2:16]
23. Everything's Backward [2:27]
24. Train Ride [3:06]
25. Love Reign O'er Me [8:00]
26. Bellboy [3:34]
27. Taking the Bike [4:05]
28. End Credits [2:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   play
   set up
      audio
         Dolby 2.0 Stereo
         Dolby 5.1 Surround
      Audio Commentary with director Franc Roddam
      Captions: Trivia Track ON
      Captions: Trivia Track OFF
   extras
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Interview with Sting
      Audio commentary with director Franc Roddam ON
      Audio commentary with director Franc Roddam Off
      Trivia Track On
      Trivia Track OFF
      Vespa Mini-Documentary
      Rhino Film Restoration
         Video Sample
         Audio Sample
      London to Brighton: go for a Drive
         drive
         map
      Quiz: Are You a Mod or A Rocker?
         Take the Quiz
      Photo Gallery
         publicity photos
         Franc Roddam's continuity Polaroids
         memorabilia
         play all
      Cast and Filmmaker
         Phil Daniels
            biography/film highlights
         Leslie Ash
            biography/film highlights
         Ray Winstone
            biography/film highlights
         Sting
            biography/film highlights
         Toya Willcox
            biography/film highlights
         Franc Roddman
            biography/film highlights
         The Who
            biography/the who films limited
      The Who Discography
      British Mod Film Corporation
   Quadrophenia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finaly, a film that speaks to all teens who need to find a purpose in the world!

    This movies great. It can speak to all teens (or those who were)whose life seems to have no meaning and longing for a purpose and it expresses what and how they feel. The whole movie's great. It has great singing, choreography, acting, and being a musicle/rock opera all together. My only complaint is that no one from the Who appear in the film (unlike Tommy)and I think that Rodger Daltry could have played his original charecter better anyway. But other than that, the movie is great, and entertaining and I think that anyone who likes The Who or Sting or mods will love this movie, so shut up Amy Taubin!

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