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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, January Jones, Rhys Darby, Will Adamsdale, Katherine Parkinson
  • Directors: Richard Curtis
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027P94CQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Curtis writes and directs this ensemble comedy set in the world of the pop music and pirate radio stations of 1960s Britain. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as The Count, a larger-than-life American rock 'n' roll DJ who - along with fellow broadcasters Dave (Nick Frost), Simon (Chris O'Dowd), Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom), Wee Small Hours Bob (Ralph Brown), Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke), On-The-Hour John (Will Adamsdale), Angus 'The Nut' Nutsford (Rhys Darby) and Gavin (Rhys Ifans) - takes the airwaves by storm via Radio Rock, a pirate radio station operating from a boat in the middle of the stormy North Sea in order to escape the confines of stuffy British law. Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh co-star.

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Richard Curtis turned his talents to telling the story of 1960s pirate radio with The Boat That Rocked. And while the film may not have scaled either the commercial or critical heights of some of his earlier work, there are still plenty of reasons to commend the film.

Chief among them is the excellent cast. The Boat That Rocked brings together a welcome collection of British talent, including Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Gemma Arterton, and then they’re joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Between them, they effectively recall the Radio Caroline story, as a pirate radio station is set up on a North Sea cruising yacht, broadcasting to England. Said broadcasts become wildly popular, making celebrities out of some of those concerned. Yet naturally enough, the authorities, led by Branagh’s Sir Alistair Dormandy, aren’t best pleased.

Curtis then laces The Boat That Rocked with plenty of comedy, and a killer soundtrack. But he loses his focus when editing the film down, as it’s a movie that, try as it might, still manages to outstay its welcome by a good 20 minutes. It doesn’t help that he’s simply trying to cram too much in here, and contrasted with the tight screenplays of some of his earlier films (take the script of Notting Hill as an example), it’s curious that he chooses to do so.

Yet quibbles aside, The Boat That Rocked is still a fine comedy, with a real love for its subject matter. It arguably works best in the home, too, over the big screen, and with many laugh-out-loud moments, and some memorable characters, it’s ultimately hard to resist the film’s many charms. --Jon Foster

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If a film flops at the Box Office, this does not automatically make it bad. In fact, with the likes of `Avatar' raking in more money than the UK Custom and Excise, there is no equating quality with audience taste. `The Boat That Rocked' bombed on release, especially in the US and it's director Richard Curtis' biggest flop to date - but it is also possibly his best film. There is plenty in `Boat' that makes it an entertaining film; the actors are fantastic with numerous top quality comedic performances by some of the best character actors around - Nick Frost in particular shines. The script is also laugh out loud funny as the various members of the Pirate Radio `Radio Rock' get up to mischief. You will have fun watching this film.

However, there are several flaws with it. The story is anaemic to the point of almost being nonexistent. Essentially the radio station is threatened with closure and that is it. The balance of japes also drifts too far into the adult humour that means a huge proportion of the potential audience is lost. I also felt that the different segments of the film felt very disjointed as if it was a series of sketches for a sit-com rather than a complete whole. It would not surprise me if the film was originally designed to be a set of 6 half hour TV episodes.

In terms of direction Curtis does a decent job making the confined set of a ship entertaining, without ever threatening the genius of someone like Wes Anderson or Wolfgang Petersen. The BluRay looks nice, but is probably uncalled for as the DVD would suffice. In terms of extras the 45 minutes of deleted scenes are a must see. They are introduced by Curtis and he explains that they could have been in the movie, but they were easy to cut as they were self contained and did not move the `story' on. I would have preferred a lot more of these segments in the film that upped the comedy and just have a fleeting reference to the `plot' at the end.
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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2010
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I had really looked forward to this film -a great director, a superb cast and a topic that gives opportunities for a great story and a great soundtrack. Unfortunately it just didn't work out for me.

Richard Curtis follows a similar format to his superb `Love Actually', with the film following the stories of a series of disparate characters. And herein lies the main problem of the film. None of the characters are really likeable, and none of the story lines are particularly strong, so there is nothing to really draw the viewer in. We are left with a series of scenes of people we don't particularly care for in situations and getting up to antics that are all, frankly, embarrassing to watch. And finally none of it ties together nicely. The film cannot decide what it is trying to be, social history, comedy or twee romance, and in the end fails to be anything much.

That's not to say there are no good points - the cast are excellent and do their best with the material given to them, especially the ever reliable Kenneth Brannagh and Bill Nighy. Occasionally the script manages to shine and there are a few genuine laughs and moving scenes. But not really enough to carry it and lift it to the heights that the hype promised.

The real plus side is the excellent soundtrack, but let's be honest with the classic material available for putting a soundtrack together it was guaranteed to be excellent.

All in all two stars.
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There are some films that just take you out of yourself and transport you back to 'the good old days'. This is certainly one of those and as a bonus it's well produced, cast, acted and is very funny from start to finish. A great buy that I will watch time and time again.
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This film is wonderful. I was given it for a Christmas present and it has been played regularly ever since.
As a dramatised history of Pirate Radio this is superb, the characters are all to various degrees, 'Mad,Bad,and dangerous to know,' but given the opportunity wouldnt you want to be part of that scene?
The sound track is brilliant, and offered up some lovely unknown tracks which added to the enjoyment.
Bill Nighy turns in a cracking performance and the Count was probably the best of a brilliant cast. Kenneth Branagh was suitably poisonous and must have enjoyed doing this role.
I also saw him in the role of Heydrich in the HBO film,Conspiracy, and comparing him in both films, Im not sure if he was nastier as the deputy commander of the SS in Conspiracy or as a Government minister in The Boat that rocked.
All in all well worth watching, but leave it just as it is, dont make a sequel as what would be the point, this has it all.
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In North America, the movie was re-titled: ''Pirate Radio'' & a good 20 minutes was cut off. Now this edition (region free) brings you the full movie (plus deleted scenes). A must have!
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This film is not intended to be historical - it is not about Radio Caroline. It is nothing but a sit-com on a boat with a Sixties sound-track. It is a critique of censorship, it has that much going for it, although its criticism of British radio for not having pop music does sort of ignore the vinyl record market. In fact, thinking back, I remember hearing a lot of pop music on the radio in the mid Sixties (I'm pretty sure my parents never played Caroline!). Instead of Curtis's trademark romance we have bedroom farce inferior to any of the bedroom farces that were made in the Sixties. Tony Benn under Harold Wilson put an end to pirate radio. And again, if you want history, most the of the Caroline DJs then went over to radio 1. This film has (for laughs) Kenneth Branagh playing the man responsible as though he were Anthony Eden's most uptight minister (the stick up his ar*e has got a stick up its ar*e). Bizarrely the ending is very impressive and makes Titanic look like Carry on Sailing, which makes me almost weep for what the film could have been if Curtis's talent hadn't died with Captain Edmund Blackadder. But Curtis's comedy and romance have been, to me, lamer than Stephen Hawking since I saw 4 Weddings in 1994. If you think he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, then you'll probably love this movie.
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