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Criterion Collection: Quadrophenia [Blu-ray] [1979] [US Import]

Sting , Phil Daniels    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sting, Phil Daniels, Ray Winstone
  • Format: Colour, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083V2VW8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Franc Roddam's terrifically energetic movie, set to music from the Who's Quadrophenia, is--at the very least, the best film ever based on a rock album (and, yes, that includes Tommy, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and Jesus Christ Superstar). Actually, this tale of the battle between two early 1960s youth subcultures--Mods and Rockers--in the seaside teenage wasteland of Brighton, isn't so much a cinematic "version" of the Who's 1979 double-record rock opera as it is a story based on the sequence of songs on the album. Quadrophenia is about that crucial time in teenhood when the lion's share of your sense of identity is tied up in the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, and the groups you hang out with. Jimmy (Phil Daniels) identifies himself with the sharp-dressing, scooter-riding Mods, who listen to American soul and British pop-rock. The Rockers, on the other hand, are leather-jacketed, black-booted, motorcycle-riding tough guys who listen primarily to classic American rock & roll. The film captures this minor pop-culture revolution perfectly. Look for Sting as a club-hopping slickster, who's shameful secret is that he's a hotel bellboy by day. --Jim Emerson

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love The Film - Hated The DVD 6 Dec 2003
I have been waiting a long time for the release of a special edition version of this film, and must say that I have been let down by the final release. The film tells the story of a young mods life in 60's England. I love the film and have been a fan of it for a long time. The problem with this release is that it is not the complete film. There are scenes missing that are on on the original UK VHS version. The extras are bad, if you're expecting indepth stories and details about the film, you will like me be disappointed. They are made for an audience with no understanding of the medium it is trying to cover. This just makes it annoying. For a first time viewer, they will be just light, boring and very short entertainment. The interview with Sting has a lot of trouble finding anything that Sting said about the film. The scooter part is about 40 seconds long! The restored film has better colour than the VHS, but this is about the only good point. With missing scenes and bad extras this is not for anyone who likes the film and wants a DVD version of the film to keep. Why dosen't someone give this the release it deserves? Love the film hated the DVD.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia DVD - let down by poor mastering! 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
As stated in other reviews, this DVD suffers badly from poor mastering. A couple of years ago, this film was remastered for a theatrical release with Quadrophonic sound - this is not present on this disc. The DVD version is simply a mediocre transfer of the recent VHS release. In addition to the other complaints mentioned I must add three other major complaints about this disc.
1) Hum bars. At some stage in the mastering, there has been a source of interference which results in inch wide hum bars travelling up and down the screen for the duration of the film. Not noticible so much during bright exterior shots but terribly distracting for darker scenes. Please note: These hum bars are not on the VHS equivalent of this release so obviously, the original mastertapes are fine.
2) Lip synch seems poor in places
3) There is a nasty jump cut not seen on any of the previous releases for this title. It occurs during the beach fight scene where Chalky is jumped upon. This jump cut may be hiding an otherwise smooth and unnoticible switch to the dual layer portion of this disc but I'm not so sure. On both my players, the scene jumps.
It's a shame that this disc is so flawed. The menus are good and the movie itself is outstanding. This would make an acceptable 'budget-priced' disc but at the time of writing, this disc is still retailing at full price which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last... 27 April 2007
By Gary Nicklin VINE VOICE
This is what I've been waiting for. I've various copies of this movie, from the original video release through the region 2 and region 1 versions but although the extras that were gradually added were interesting, the film itself was still the original grainy print.

This 2 disc edition has a new digitised version of the film, crystal clear and properly formatted for widescreen.

The new extras are great, the making-of documentary contains some great interviews with the cast and the brief guide to the locations is quite interesting and will save you doing the Brighton tour.

Finally, the verbal sparring between Phil Daniels and Franc Roddam in the commentary is amusing and worth a listen. Even if you already have a copy of the film, this is probably still worth buying.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful blu ray transfer 22 Nov 2011
By bernie
well at long last the blu ray of one of the best british films ever made appears on high def.well where do i start?1st off the film itself is magic ive watched it loads of time now and i never get board of says on the back of the cover remasterd in high def but from what ive seen its not this is just a port over from the dvd of the film there is so much grain in the picture you cant see any of the details in the supposedly high def picture,the opening scene of jimmy standing on the cliff in the sunset.the orange in the picture looks like millions of small ants crawling all over the picture its awful!as you move on in the film you can still see scratches and dirt where its not been removed in the supposed remaster.if you were to ask someone who made this hi def transfer they will say that its so grainy because of the age of the film,thats total rubbish look at the blu rays of dr no ,thunder ball,goldfinger,and the fantastic blu ray of north by northwest,all look like they were made for blu ray.if you have got this film on dvd just upscale it on you blu ray player.this is just a money spinner for universal,KEEP YA MONEY IN YOUR WALLET AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Is a Face 8 Aug 2006
This remastered 2 disc set is absolutely brilliant in virtually all respects. The film print itself is wonderfully clean, the soundtrack is quite naturally fully engaging amd the acting is of the highest possible standard. It is quite easy to forget that those on the screen were actually earning a wage for their performances.

I won't bother explaining the plot. We all know it. Suffice to say that this is the very best ever presentation of this iconic cinematic masterpiece. The second disc features director Franc Roddam detailing the trials and tribulations of the production, also featured are quite lengthy and illumnating contributuions from Toyah, Phil Daniels and other key players.

This is an essential purchase. There is however one minor quibble. Given Pete Townshend's unquestionable genius couldn't he have done a Dolby 5.1 or even a DTS mix of the soundtrack for this release? I am sure there were good reasons why this was not possible but if opportunity missed.
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