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The Mayor of the Sunset Strip

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George Hickenlooper's well-received documentary about the strange and remarkable career of disc jockey, scenester, and major-league rock & roll fan Rodney Bingenheimer has been given an appropriately enthusiastic presentation for this DVD edition from Shout Factory. Mayor of the Sunset Strip has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors; the transfer looks good, if not exceptional, which has more to do ...
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Overview

George Hickenlooper's well-received documentary about the strange and remarkable career of disc jockey, scenester, and major-league rock & roll fan Rodney Bingenheimer has been given an appropriately enthusiastic presentation for this DVD edition from Shout Factory. Mayor of the Sunset Strip has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors; the transfer looks good, if not exceptional, which has more to do with the inconsistencies of documentary camerawork than anything else. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, which makes the most of the music used in the film. The dialogue is in English with optional Spanish subtitles. Bonus materials include two commentaries -- one from director Hickenlooper, the other from Bingenheimer himself -- as well as lots of outtakes and additional interviews, a visit with Bingenheimer as he visits backstage at several rock shows, a short promotional piece on the making of the film (created for the Showtime premium cable network), and more. It's a disc that seems to admire the film it features as much as Bingenheimer likes his favorite bands, and the results are very engaging.
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Special Features

George Hickenlooper commentary; Rodney Bingenheimer & Chris Carter commentary; A Rock 'n' Roll Legend - The Story Behind Rodney Bingenheimer; Backstage with Rodney; Fame - rare interviews; Showtime promo; Soundtrack sample; Previews; Scene selections; Spanish subtitles; 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
George Hickenlooper's The Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a fascinating examination of fame and celebrity worship -- a sporadically amusing, wonderfully entertaining, but inexorably sad portrait of L.A. music scene demi-legend Rodney Bingenheimer. Early on in the film, asked if there's anything he wishes he could change about his life, Bingenheimer forlornly says, "Yeah, actually." His obsession with celebrity started at a young age and seems to have been the driving force behind his life. We live in a culture where knowing people who are famous, even if they patronize you the way many of Bingenheimer's celebrity friends seem to, makes you worth knowing. Bingenheimer used his connections to musical stars to meet girls and make his living (as a gossip columnist, club owner, and DJ) but he seems to have operated pretty guilelessly. This is made clear when the filmmakers interview him alongside the sleazy music producer Kim Fowley (whom former Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie calls "a beast" in the film). Bingenheimer clearly has genuine respect and admiration for those he's glommed onto and sincere enthusiasm for the music. This has translated to a genuinely trailblazing career as a disc jockey. Bingenheimer seems hesitant to put any but the most positive spin on his troubled family relationships and his ephemeral friendships with stars and those who want to get close to them. But he's still a compelling film subject. The filmmakers treat him with obvious respect and affection (one of the producers, Chris Carter, was a member of Dramarama, a band Bingenheimer discovered) and he seems like a genuinely nice person, but there's something tragic in this story of an odd little guy who has basically lived his entire life vicariously and no little irony in a film that critiques our obsession with celebrity while simultaneously exploiting it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 687797104595
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,904

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodney Bingenheimer Participant
David Bowie Participant
Cher Participant
Coldplay Participant
Oasis Participant
Courtney Love Participant
Lance Loud Participant
Alice Cooper Participant
Phil Spector Participant
Nancy Sinatra Participant
Kim Fowley Participant
Technical Credits
George Hickenlooper Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Chris Carter Cinematographer, Musical Direction/Supervision, Producer
Mike Chock Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Janata Co-producer, Editor
Greg Little Producer
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
Igor Meglic Cinematographer
Kramer Morgenthau Cinematographer
Tommy Perna Producer
Charles Raggio Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald Zuckerman Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Let Me Introduce [7:15]
2. Bingenheimer Manor [7:16]
3. Fame [9:56]
4. Icon [5:45]
5. English Disco [8:54]
6. Family Ties [5:58]
7. Dogs of War [12:56]
8. Strange Happily Ever After [8:53]
9. The Positive [7:00]
10. The Not-So-Positive [12:33]
11. Irreplaceable [2:25]
12. Curtain [5:11]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scenes
   Previews
      Live Forever
      Close Your Eyes
      Pulse
      Perfect Strangers
      Mayor of the Sunset Strip
   Set-Up
      2.0 Stereo
      5.1 Surround Sound
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      A Rock 'n' Roll Legend - The Story Behind Rodney Bingenheimer
      Backstage - With Rodney
      Fame - Rare Interviews
         David Bowie
         Chris Carter
         Cher
         Alice Cooper
         Brian Wilson & Elvis Costello
         Pamela & Michael Des Barres
         Kim Fowley
         Lance Loud
         Courtney Love
         Oasis
         Gwen Stefani
         Nancy Sinatra
      Showtime Promo
      Commentaries
         Director George Hickenlooper: On
         Director George Hickenlooper: Off
         Producer Chris Carter and Rodney Bingenheimer: On
         Producer Chris Carter and Rodney Bingenheimer: Off
         Special Thanks
   Soundtrack
      Play Soundtrack Promo
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