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24 Hour Party People - Single Disc Edition [2002] [DVD]

Steve Coogan , Lennie James , Michael Winterbottom    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Nigel Pivaro, Paddy Considine
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Producers: Andrew Eaton, Fiona Neilson, Gina Carter, Henry Normal, Robert How
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DK4RL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Beginning during the dawn of Factory Records--as Tony Wilson throws himself off a cliff for Granada TV--24 Hour Party People attempts to capture the essence of the ill-fated label which spawned Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays and the venue that started modern Club Culture, the Hacienda in Manchester. Director Michael Winterbottom takes a very different approach to most music biographies, by making the film self-aware that it is a film and ironically looking at its own role within the history of the "Mad-chester" scene.

Inspired by Wilson's autobiographical musings, the film is narrated in character by Steve Coogan as Wilson. He offers sporadic moments from his life--his "career" as a presenter at Granada and his several marriages--which in turn influence the destructive nature of the label he founded. Coogan's Wilson gives monologues to camera which remind the audience that what they are watching is only his perspective. Yet with Coogan in the title role it's impossible to ignore the similarities between Wilson and Alan Partridge; and although this adds instant humour to the film it also instantly pins Wilson with the comic "Partridge" tag of fated fool. The cinematography, on the other hand, tries faithfully to embody the feeling of the times, from grainy celluloid for the punk-like Joy Division gigs to bright, clean-cut images for the birth of the Hacienda. The film also benefits from an amazing soundtrack and strong supporting characters. It all adds up to a picture that's purely British in character: imbued with irony, down-and-out inspiration, and a touch of the surreal.

On the DVD: 24 Hour Party People comes as a two-disc set, but there really is little need. Disc 1 is loaded with great extras, such as the deleted scenes, commentaries and Mad-chester musings, but the second disc is a little on the dull side. This really could have been just a single great DVD. There's an excellent screen and audio transfer that brings both the music and the lurid colours to life and the disc also offers that all-important function for hardcore clubbers: a hard of hearing option. --Nikki Disney

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An ingenious docudrama on the Manchester music scene of the 1980s and 90s. 24 Hour Party People traces the rise and fall of bands like Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays--bands whose success in the U.S. was limited, but whose impact in Europe (and England in particular) was phenomenal. It all centers around the record label that spawned these bands, Factory Records, and its impresario Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), a man both ludicrous in his self-absorption and brilliant in his willingness to go out on a limb for bands he likes. Coogan, a British comic, gives a remarkable and deeply funny performance that manages to be simultaneously sincere and ironic. The movie communicates what was great about this time without any false majesty--the squalor and disasters are as crucial to this portrait as the wild successes. The soundtrack, of course, is superb. --Bret Fetzer

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chicken's still dancing..... 6 Feb 2003
The story of Factory Records & the Hacienda is a long and complex one, full of urban myths and legends, humour, tragedy and some of the best music ever made.
Inevitably, the film struggles to contain its vast subject matter and was apparently edited down from 3 hours. In the end, Michael Winterbottom has made a film which reflects the myth and the truth of Factory in equal measures. The film leaps wildly from hyper-realism (The Hacienda interior is re-created down to the last brick, even inviting back the original punters to re-create the atmosphere for one last time) to pure fantasy (Happy Mondays trip to Barbados is re-created as a scene from Robinson Crusoe).
The film features so many enigmatic characters, and several who deserve a bio-pic of their own. Shaun Ryder and the late Rob Gretton, Ian Curtis and Martin Hannett.
To narrow the scope, the film is “seen” through the eyes of Tony Wilson, although on the DVD commentary, Wilson points out that he has fought tooth and nail to have some scenes left out which he insists are entirely untrue. Bizarrely, Wilson still holds down a job as a respected newsreader on Granada TV despite the film depicting him romping with prostitutes and taking copious amounts of drugs. The film itself makes some playful contrasts between Wilson’s life as TV presenter, and that as director of a chaotic, anarchic record label and nightclub. We cut from Wilson living it up on the tour bus with Happy Mondays, to Wilson conducting a banal interview with a pensioner for local TV news.
Like Factory, the film is messy, inconsistent and bloody-minded. But like Factory, it looks great and the music is good. Coogan is great, if a little Partridge-esque as Wilson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Chazza
As a Mancunian who was in mid-teens when Factory started and a fan of Joy Division at the time (and still am), I was a little sceptical of the film beforehand.
It seemed to gloss over Ian Curtis' death very quickly but I suppose the film is more about Factory's legacy than just Joy Division's. Personnaly I believe this event was the most significant in the time frame of the film but there was a lot to cover so I'm not complaining too much.
I'd heard a lot of comments about Steve Coogan's portrail of Tony Wilson and the apparent similarity with his Alan Partridge character. As someone who was dragged up watching Granada Reports and Tony Wilson's often eccentric reporting performances, I thought Steve's effort was fantastic. There were many moments in the film where I thought he had got T.W.'s character/mannerisms absolutely right.
Unfortunately, the drugs-rave-Happy Monday's scene passed me by at the time so that half of the film was not quite as relevant to me, but I remember very well the shooting incidents and controversy at the time. I was surprised that the Stone Roses barely rated a mention.
Overall I thought the film was a good effort, very funny in parts and the reminder of Ian's death had me wiping tears away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shocking but often inspiring story 19 Feb 2008
This tells the story of Factory records, the record label started in the late 1970's by the enterprising Tony Wilson, whose death has recently reverberated through the music business. In this film, Tony is played by Steve Coogan, who manages to capture some of Wilson's Cambridge arrogance, yet also much of his childlike enthusiasm for music and less than perfect money-management skills.

Wanting to put Manchester on the musical map seemed to be Tony Wilson's main motivation right from the off, and shortly after the formation of factory records, signing various bands. Some of them aren't so well recognised today, such as 'A Certain Ratio', but some of them, such as 'Joy Division', went on to become one of the most influential bands of the post-punk era. A lot of this was down to the eccentric producer Martin Hannett, who worked in such a fearlessly authentic way that Joy Division's debut 'Unknown Pleasures', went on to become one of the most unique, distinctive and authentic records of all time. Which is just as well considering how difficult to please Hannett was - even going so far as to make Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris do his drumming on the roof.

The premise of Factory Records was simple: it was all about art, rather than profits. In this sense, Tony Wilson was a spectacularly inept businessman, but his commitment to music, nurturing new talent, and focusing on artistic output was unwavering.

After the tragic suicide of Ian Curtis in 1980, Wilson's next venture was 'The Hacienda', an ultra-modern nightclub in which Wilson got a whole host of musical acts from all corner of the music business to perform. These included The Smiths, Happy Mondays and various others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm being post-modern before it was fashionable. 23 Sep 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
24 Hour Party People is directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It stars Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Shirley Henderson and Andy Serkis.

Film charts the rise and fall of Tony Wilson's (Coogan) impact on the Manchester music scene from 1976-1992. Musically it encompasses the Punk Rock explosion, Post Punk, Madchester, the birth of Factory Records and The Haçienda Nightclub. Main bands featured as narrative threads are Joy Division and The Happy Mondays.

Print the legend.

There's nothing like it, in music based movies that is, 24 Hour Party People is a collage of styles and genres, part biography, part comedy drama, part rock mockumentary, part tragedy and part fantasy, with the latter a little galling to those in the know since the film often plays fast and loose with the truth. But this almost chaotic approach by Winterbottom is perfect for this most important and influential era of music. There is a bustling energy throughout the picture, a chic coolness coming out of the hand held digital camera, the music is excellence unbound, while it more often than not is great fun, even as dark passages flit in and out-making thumping emotional beats-there's a causticism involved. Wilson was a colourful impresario, and well worth the time afforded him here. The performances vary from good to great, with Coogan at the centre a pure delight as he not only acts out the part of Wilson, but also narrates and breaks the fourth wall to ensure viewers are in the know about the players and situations. While it's fun to play spot the cameo star as well.

Martin Hannett: Too Big For Death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film, steve coogan showing how good he is ...
great film, steve coogan showing how good he is at approximating real life quirky characters. a must see for fans of the madchester scene
Published 1 month ago by Simon James Ambrose
5.0 out of 5 stars I've just seen God....He looks like me. He told me I should have...
The mantra, uttered early on, is that if the truth differs from the legend, print the legend. This gives license, as it was intended to, to the film makers to unashamedly mix fact,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Driza
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films.
Having grown up with Tony Wilson on the telly, I was pleased to see that Coogan captured his personality perfectly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by andymac
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas present
My boyfriend loved receiving this as a Christmas present - it is his favourite film.

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Published 4 months ago by Emma Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Hmmmm I love the Happy Mondays
But just wasn't that impressed with this DVD, thought there would be more of the times with the Happy Mondays.
Published 10 months ago by Mum of 3
2.0 out of 5 stars Hyped
Expected a bit more from this movie.

Did not really live up to the hype
very disappointing
Did not like the way it seemed to glorify Drugs
and reckless /... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. Hanbury
5.0 out of 5 stars For Music lovers
If you liked the nineties music scene,then you'll love this true story about the journalist and the Hacienda music scene. The man had a passion and a vision and this was his story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D Benge
4.0 out of 5 stars review
good quality, fun film, ideal for watching with friends with plenty of snacks...sums up era well, and is in keeping with similar films
Published 16 months ago by amanda gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 hour Party People
Set in the 1970s and 1980s Northern England club scene in Manchester and set around Tony Wilson and Granda Tv and bands like Joy Division and New order and Happy Mondays!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alawes
5.0 out of 5 stars The film Factory might have made about themselves
Playful, subversive, self-referential, pretentious, all that good stuff. Coogan is excellent as Tony Wilson and the rest of the cast turn in solid performances too.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. A. Simmons
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