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Velvet Goldmine was either a rash misstep or a grand, glam world unto itself, or maybe a little bit of both, from controversial director Todd Haynes. This excellent DVD presentation of the movie serves up Haynes' vision in a technically superior fashion; the only missing elements are in the supplemental department. The 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is full of dramatic colors and bold visuals, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio is a similar treat for the ears. Many critics of the film suggested the soundtrack was the movie's greatest feat, and the songs of Brian Eno, T-Rex, and an all-star cover band (featuring Radiohead's Thom Yorke) sound spectacular here. A theatrical trailer is the only bonus feature to be found, and it's not even widescreen. The "Chapter Selection" menu allows instant access to the DVD's 30 chapters. It would have been nice if some sort of supplemental feature covered the music of the soundtrack, even if it was in the basic form of "Production Notes," but there's nothing like that in this DVD edition. All the same, Velvet Goldmine is a flashy, baroque little movie that makes for an entertaining, musically superior ride.
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Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A richly detailed, vibrant examination of the 1970s glam rock scene, Todd Haynes' colorful follow-up to his acclaimed 1995 film Safe is slightly more accommodating to mainstream audiences, but retains his trademark allegorical singularity and almost-Kubrickian chilliness. The film is cast to perfection, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor completely convincing as sullen, wayward rock stars, and Christian Bale's reporter character a most sympathetic figure. Interestingly, Bale's subplot plays as an homage to Orson Welles' landmark 1941 masterwork Citizen Kane, its overlapping narrative combining the past with the present in an attempt to investigate the film's central mystery. An unfortunate misfire in theaters, where it never connected with its core audience, Haynes' film is a terrific example of uncompromised independent filmmaking, recalling the days of Ken Russell and Richard Lester more than anyone. The film was also a surprise Oscar nominee for its exceptional costume design by Sandy Powell, who ended up winning the prize that year for the more audience-friendly Shakespeare in Love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • UPC: 717951002105
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Curt Wild
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Brian Slade
Toni Collette Mandy Slade
Christian Bale Arthur Stuart
Eddie Izzard Jerry Divine
Emily Woof Shannon
Michael Feast Cecil
Ganiat Kasumu Mary
Janet McTeer Voice Only
Technical Credits
Todd Haynes Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Peter King Makeup
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
James Lyons Editor, Original Story
Scott Meek Executive Producer
Andrew Munro Art Director
Eliza Paley Sound Editor
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldo Roeg Asst. Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Paul Soucek Sound Editor
Sandy Stern Executive Producer
Olivia Stewart Co-producer
Michael Stipe Executive Producer
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program start [2:39]
2. "I want to be a pop idol" [1:42]
3. Opening credits [3:33]
4. The assassination [2:07]
5. "Perfect and poisonous" [4:42]
6. "Because you remember" [4:25]
7. Research [3:20]
8. "Once upon a time" [3:38]
9. Dandies of pop [5:13]
10. Meet Curt Wild [5:45]
11. "I wish I'd thought of it" [6:13]
12. Mandy [2:15]
13. New Year's Eve 1969 [6:38]
14. "That's me!" [3:11]
15. A star is born [1:47]
16. The new wardrobe mistress [2:25]
17. "You could be my main man" [4:29]
18. Taking over the world [3:57]
19. Baby's on fire [5:02]
20. Walking out the door [4:03]
21. "Lost in a lie" [6:13]
22. Down with Brian Slade [3:23]
23. "Mandy was just leaving" [3:34]
24. "Death of glitter" [4:41]
25. Searching for Curt [4:51]
26. "Make a wish" [5:27]
27. Tommy Stone [1:34]
28. "A man's life is his image" [5:32]
29. Farewell to Brian Slade [2:46]
30. End credits [3:58]
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Menu

Main
   Menu Group #1 with 31 chapter(s) covering 01:59:20
Captions
Bonus Materials
   Theatrical trailer
   Additional titles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!

    JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS IS AMAZING AND EXTREMELY TALENTED AND CLEVER, AS GLAM ROCKER, BRIAN SLADE!!! HE IS EXTREMELY SEXY THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE TOO!! I COULD WATCH THIS MOVIE OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND NEVER GET TIRED OF IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    One of my favourite movies

    Velvet Goldmine is a beautiful film that does glitter justice. The characters are portrayed convincingly, the costuming is superb, and the music is, of course, fantastic. If you like glitter rock and all that goes with it, this will be a great film for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2003

    For Anyone Interested in that era now referred to as Glitter Rock....

    ...You will find this movie fascinating. With it's most likely accurate depiction of that time in the history of Rock (or as known as 'Glitter Rock'). The lead character, Brian Slade, appeared to be modeled at least initially, after David Bowie, who if I'm not mistaken, at one point predicted his own on stage assassination. Fortunately, that never happened, or was never done theatrically, as in this movie. If you like movies that make you think afterwards, this is for you. Ewan MacGregor's moves reminded me of Iggy Pop. Yet, there are scenes that make you wonder if it is a combination of everyone from Bowie, (the American Wife) brilliantly played by Toni Collette, to Lou Reed/Iggy Pop, to the late Marc Bolan. Even the reinventions of some of the characters remind you of everyone from Bowie and Iggy Pop, to Madonna. An amazing portrait of a time that most of us are too young to have really witnessed, but created some wonderful music. Last of all, wanted to make sure to mention the amazing cast...truly worth viewing, if a modern music fan. (yes, those car commercials, use a lot of T-Rex songs...since most aren't familiar with the originals: Jeepster, 20th Century Boy, etc.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The costumes alone are worth it!

    So one of my favorite actresses Toni Collette dresses like Jennifer French in AbFab through this movie- the glam rock costuming is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS as the setting for this outrageous, touching, stirring and definitely different coming of age movie told in retrospective. Christian Bale and Ewan MacGregor are great- be prepared this has a strong gay theme with full frontal nudity so do not watch if this offends you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A magical, beautiful commentary on music, the Glam Rock period, and the human desire to reach higher than the norms

    Velvet Goldmine is among my top three favorite films of all time. There is something so magical about the film that draws me back to watch it again and again without tiring of it. Incredible performances by all stars and costars, and the cinematography is so captivating and excellent, you feel as if you are part of the characters' dreams and realities. If there is any film that has inspired me in my music and writing the most, it is definitely this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    this is a great movie! Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a fantastic Brian Slade. Ewan McGregor is also good in this movie as well as Micko Westmoreland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    This is a very good movie...if you like Ewan McGregor and like to watch movies with lots of color and full of life, you must see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    quality piece of film

    If you like Ewan Mcgregor and you liked that one scene in ''Trainspotting'' ( oh yeah, you know the one) Then you will LOVE this movie It was cinematic excellence.

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