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Bandslam [DVD] [2009]

Lisa Kudrow , Alyson Michalka    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lisa Kudrow, Alyson Michalka, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Tim Jo, Gaelan Connell
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I075NK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,347 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Teen drama starring Vanessa Hudgens of 'High School Musical' fame. Will Burton (Gaelan Connell) is a huge music fan who is at a new school and trying to fit in, so when he is asked by Charlotte (Alyson Michalka) to get involved with her band he can't refuse. Charlotte gets the band together to compete in the battle of the bands competition, Bandslam, against her ex-boyfriend's band. As the unlikely combo practice and romance blossoms between Will and guitarist Sam (Hudgens), it becomes clear they have what it takes to make it, just as long as they all stick together.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, feel-good, without the clichés!!! 29 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Bandslam is a movie I desperately wanted to see but to be honest I didn't have much expectations for it. I expected it to be a cliché-driven movie, however I was wrong.

The story is simple and easy to follow, Will is a social misfit with a passion for music who is being bullied in school. A move to a new school and a new town opens up a world of opportunities for him as he takes on the management of a band preparing to enter the prestigous Bandslam Competition, falls in love and even befriends the popular kids.

So what makes this movie special? Firstly the fact that the script is genuinely funny and clever, (to entertain both children, teenagers and adults) the dialogue is realistic, the characters are real and best of all, the usual American clichés of the "geeky" kid and the popular cheerleader are not exploited, making this a somewhat refreshing portrayal of American teenagers. The music is also very catchy and the soundtrack will probably be a big hit.

The acting from the young stars is very good. It was great to see Vanessa Hudgens in a movie outside High School Musical, while former Friends star Lisa Kudrow in many ways seems almost overshadowed by the younger stars.

To conclude I would recommend people of all ages go see this movie. It's fun, cheerful, a perfect movie to end the summer and get kids in the mood for the return to school.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!! 25 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
As someone mentioned above, bad promotion (by summit entertainment) destroyed this movie. Instead of marketing it as a clever, funny, charming flick, they marketed it as the next 'high school musical' (for obvious reasons). Instead of showing Vanessa's quirky, deadpan character Sa5m (the five is silent) they plastered pictures of her grinning broadly on the poster.
The movie is a real gem, and should be seen by everyone. The standout star is clearly Hudgens (her portrayal of the 'emo' sa5m is a departure from the very vanilla Gabriella Montez from hsm). Granted, she's a supporting charatcer, but you will remember every single scene she is in. Newcomer Gaelan Connell breathes life into the movie and Michalka is brilliant as the headstrong Charlotte. This movie's closer to 'The Breakfast Club' than 'High School Musical' and deserves to be seen by everybody.
For all you cynics out there, give the movie a chance and dont dismiss it simply because of Vanessa (who, I have to add once again, was truly amazing). You will be pleasantly suprised!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof what bad marketing can do to a movie 21 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
If ever a movie was an example of what happens when a company has no idea how to market it it, Bandslam is it. The film garnered almost universal praise by critics, including being listed as a Critics Choice selection at the Critics Choice official site, and being listed as one of the top ten summer movies by Rotten Tomatoes yet, for some bizarre reason, Summit decided that the best way to market it was not as a quirky, clever, funny indie movie (or "an awkward, earnest, almost irresistible indie" as Variety put it) but instead a High School Musical Lite. The reason for this is obviously simple - Vanessa Hudgens (who is excellent as the darkly funny Sa5m, who yet again gathered praise for her performance) was obviously in the HSM series so they decided as opposed to doing their own marketing they would instead try and tack onto that fanbase, which is fine in theory if it hadn't been that humour and issues would bypass a large percentage of the demographic that the HSM series is predominantly aimed at. The leading man is not Zac Efron, the storyline is not about who wins the game - it's about bullying and acceptance, and bereavement and accepting that some things you can't change and some things you can and finally becoming comfortable in your own skin. When the film is funny, it is very funny (see Lisa Kudrow pretending to be a groupie or Will and Sa5m's first kiss), when it is sad it is tragic (Aly Michalka and Gaelan Connell both hit it out the park in a certain scene) and you find yourself cheering on the underdogs. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised after expecting the worst 5 Dec 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My eldest (10 years) was desperate to see this film and I drew the seemingly short straw of taking her. At the cinema the small audience consisted solely of pre-adolescent girls and their mothers which reinforced my fears that the film would be exactly wht it was marketed as - a typically American cheese-fest and HSM cash in.

I set myself up for a post popcorn snooze but when the film opened with David Bowie homage I felt a glimmer of interest, and what followed was a fairly quirky, charming, funny and at times reasonably touching film with some really, really good music.

Not only did I enjoy it but my daughter did too, though it possibly wasn't the film she'd expected, and she was delighted that her dad was so enthusiastic about it and it sparked an appreciation of bluebeat for her.

We've ordered various dvds for the kids this Christmas, some I've seen and some I haven't but I can honestly say this is the film I'm most looking forward to the family watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
A very good film at a very good price. The quality of the disc is fantastic and have very much enjoyed watching it
Published 6 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film and very funny
If you like the film school of rock you will like this film. Good film and very funny that's why I gave it four stars.
Published 8 months ago by ROBBO
5.0 out of 5 stars good response to film
my teenage daughter and friends really enjoyed this film and has gone on to watch this over and over great for all ages
Published 9 months ago by Donna Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Edgier Camp Rock
If your kids are into bands or singing, they'll love this, compariable to School of Rock - we love it.
Published 13 months ago by JodiJu
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film
I think this film is great for a not to serious afternoon of fun! I enjoyed it & it's not as "Brand-y" as High School Musical, I think adults can also stomach this far... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Katerina-Yelena
4.0 out of 5 stars Bandslam
Just watched this and found it enjoyable. Mainly because it steers well away from the usual teenage stereotypical movie, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy makes it up at the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by PeterH
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly not what you think...........
with miss hudgens front and center you'd think it was mainly her in movie but its actually more the lad to the left. quite an interesting take on a music themed movie.
Published on 7 Jan 2012 by casz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not satisfying
When i 1st the trailer of this movie it was one i was dying to see but when i got the dvd of it and went to watch it with my sister, we got bored just during the first 5 minutes of... Read more
Published on 15 May 2011 by Orlaith
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappionting
it was disappionting ...

I liked the trailer but one of the scenes from the trailer wasn't even in the movie but in the special features ... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Ruth M.
2.0 out of 5 stars EMMM............
OK, me and my children really wanted to see this movie, but we now know that was a mistake. Obviosly, we bought this. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Joanne
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