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Detroit Rock City [DVD] [1999]

Edward Furlong , Giuseppe Andrews , Adam Rifkin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington, Lin Shaye
  • Directors: Adam Rifkin
  • Writers: Carl V. Dupré
  • Producers: Art Schaefer, Barry Levine, Brian Witten, Gene Simmons, Kathleen Haase
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8VH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,907 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's hard to call Detroit Rock City a "coming of age" movie--since it's hard to argue that any of the characters do any genuine growing up. But even though it's about four young metalheads trying to get to a Kiss concert, the movie actually has more in common with sincere portraits of adolescence than it does with raucous teen comedies. The four heroes are members of a teen metal band called Mystery (written in the same font as the letters of Kiss, lest anyone mistake their source of inspiration). After the drummer's religiously zealous mother burns their tickets to a long-awaited concert in nearby Detroit, the boys go anyway and try to get tickets through theft, skullduggery, and entering a male stripper contest. The jokes are broad and the movie culminates in an orgy of male adolescent wish-fulfilment, but here and there some loving attention is paid to the details of 1970s teenage life--the haircuts, clothes, and toys the film-makers probably had when they were kids. Edward Furlong (John Connor from Terminator 2, now grown up) as the band's singer exudes his particular lopsided charm; the rest of the cast play their parts with similar high spirits. Though Detroit Rock City was probably meant to be a no-holds-barred comedy in the vein of American Pie, the end result is curiously wistful; no one's going to mistake it for The Last Picture Show, but something sincere and elegiac lurks in those bang-covered eyes. --Bret Fetzer,

:On the DVD: Director Adam Rifkin gives a chaotic but funny commentary about a subject clearly dear to his heart; Gene Simmons is more level-headed but no less fascinating in his own commentary as he talks about his transition from a naive nine-year-old immigrant from Israel to the extravagant showman of Kiss. Hardcore Kiss fans will also appreciate another commentary track in which the other members of the band are interviewed on the telephone by associate producer Tim Sullivan. There's a good "making of" featurette with contributions from all involved. Four deleted scenes show how certain sections were cut for length, and you can also watch the complete "Detroit Rock City" concert footage. Also included are two original music videos: Everclear's cover of "The Boys Are Back in Town", and "Strutter" by The Donnas. The movie's trailer and cast and crew biographies round off a good DVD package. --Mark Walker

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DVD Special Features:

Commentaries by Director Adam Rifkin and Gene Simmons
Interviews with Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Pete Criss
The Cutting Room Floor
Behind the Scenes
Music Videos: Strutter (The Donnas), The Boys Are Back in Town (Everclear)
Theatrical Trailer
Cast and Crew Biographies
16:9 ratio
Dolby Digital 5.1

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top stuff! 27 Mar 2005
This has to be one of my favourite films. Although, it definately helps to be a rock fan (even if not necessarily a KISS fan - as I'm not especially) in order to enjoy this film and relate to these really likable characters.
It's not just the comedy that makes this film great. It's that you really care about all four guys, who are brilliantly cast. It's often compared to films like Road Trip and Amercian Pie, but I feel it has alot more depth than films in that genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Set in the late seventies this witty movie is based around the biggest band of its time : KISS. Jam and his friends are major KISS fans and are going to see them in Detroit, but his mother is a strong beleiver in christianity and does not want Jam to have anything to do with KISS as she thinks they are singers sent from the devil himself. The guys manage to get to Detroit but will they see KISS or not? It is a very funny film with comic violence and excellent music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, dirty and it kicks ass man!! 17 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The story is based around the best band in the world KISS and is set in the late seventies. It is very clever and funny as four of KISS's biggest fans get tickets to go to a KISS concert, but Jam's christain mother won't let him have anything to do with the band as she says that they are the music of the devil blah blah blah. Eventually the guys get to Detroit but will they enjoy the first class music or not? It's a story of clever comedy, funny violence and brilliant music. It is funny to see how the old and the young contrast in this movie. Lucie (15) KISS's biggest fan in the UK under the age of 25.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, great tunes, and great one liners 1 Mar 2002
By TS Nev
Format:VHS Tape
It doesnt matter if you are a fan of KISS or not as this movie is great in every respect. I have watched it over 20 times and still find it funny. The story of 4 boys: Hawk, Trip, Lex and Jam is great as they embark on a road trip to see their idols KISS. The fact they have no tickets is great too (as Jam's mum burns them),so please buy this video as it is impossible to watch it only 10times, plus not only this, but there is also fantastic music, except for maybe MYSTERY themselves!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film 12 Oct 2013
By fat boy
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very funny
great music courtesy of kiss
after all the misery they go through to get the tickets they finally manage it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy 26 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love this film only ever seen it on tv and always wished to own it on dvd but could never find it in any stores in my local town so this was a perfect fit. Speed of delivery was fine and no issues at all. Very entertaining comedy and will appeal to fans of big rock concerts and the sense of hype to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Film 24 Jun 2013
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This is now one of my favourite films.Great movie! if you love KISS you'll love this!.Such a funny and entertaining film, well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Rock City [DVD] [1999] 20 Jun 2013
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Complete Quality, as is anything about proper \m/etal. Kiss were and awesome band and even to this day can OWN a gig!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Thought I'd watch this as I seen it years ago and remember it being funny but was rubbish
don't waste your cash buy something like young frankenstein so funny
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good watch for a sunday
got this for a mate as they had seen it yrs before and said it was funny in many places it was and it killed a few hours on a sunday watching it.
Published 14 months ago by tilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
I found this film to be a bit of a typical teen flick, however I found parts of it to be absolutely hilarious! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Still funny
A great fun movie and its nice that something is centred around music
Strong characters and story
A must have for a light watch
Published 17 months ago by E. L. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!
haha i love this movie, one of my favourites! i would recommend this film to any rock music fan. BUY THIS, YOU'll LOVE IT!
Published 18 months ago by Jamie Hinton
4.0 out of 5 stars good rock teen comedy
This is a basic teens trying to get to a rock show movie. I liked it and the fact that it's about a kiss concert made it better, (this takes place in 1978, the film was made in... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michael Dobey
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical coming-of-age comedy
Before I start, I suppose I should say that I don't really care for KISS or their music but I do enjoy comedies about having to get something or somewhere (like Newcastle season... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by BPR
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaotic Hilarity
The four central characters were fantastic at their roles, so convincing and loveable! Reminded me more of "Road Trip" in how it involves a group of comical lads determined and on... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2010 by Mrs. Sharon L. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, With A Great Soundtrack!
I had first heard about this film when my Father was watching it on TV, and being a big fan of KISS I thought it'd be okay...

I was wrong! Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by Amazon Customer
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