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Empire Records [DVD] [1995]

Anthony LaPaglia , Debi Mazar    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002N8GTM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Comedy drama based around the lives and loves of the manager and staff of Empire Records store, which has one day to fight off a corporate takeover. Manager Joe has to keep together his band of misfits; Mark, trying to start up a band, Corey, trying to lose her virginity, Debra, who has just shaved her head... plus a 15-year-old shop-lifter, and a personal appearance from teen idol Rex Manning. Hilarious chaos and a great soundtrack guaranteed.


The director of Pump Up the Volume cranks it up another notch with Empire Records Remix! Special Fan Edition, including 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage. A comedy about an eventful day in the lives of the young slackers, doers and dreamers who work at a bustling record store. Stars Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Anthony La Paglia, Ethan Embry and Robin Tunney. Gin Blossoms, the Cranberries, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, Evan Dando, Better Than Ezra and more hot alternative rock underscores virtually every scene.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to work there!!! 22 May 2010
Only in a movie could there be such a cool place to work, where the boss plays drums in the back room and actually cares about his employees. The cast including Liv Tyler Rene Zellweger and Robin Tunney play an interesting and eclectic group who work at empire records. The movie follows a more than average day at the store when an aging popstar( think shakin' stevens) is booked for a record signing. Add to this the store is set to be sold off to a music conglomerate, and one of the employees borrowed the money in the managers safe and goes to a casino to gain enough cash to buy the store, thus saving it. All plot lines are tied together by the end when Joe the manager stands up for his employees and his store against the owner. Liv Tyler, rene Zellweger, and Robin Tunney stand out among the young cast.
Alright it's no breakfast club, it doesn't explore the tension and emotions of teenage life but it's all good fun!
One of the best 90's teen movies!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 19 Jan 2004
This film is superb. It has a decent plot and the acting is first rate. It has some well-known stars like Liv Tyler, but the real stars are the ones who are still relatively unknown. Anthony LaPaglia (who has a new seris on Channel 4) is a star as the manager of an independent music store in the US called Empire Records. Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth, and Ethan Embry easily steal the show as the quirky employees and are supported by the larger names like Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger and Robin Tunney.
The film revolves around the lives of the employees of Empire records as they fight and argue throughout the film. It is difficult to give any indepth plot descriptions because it mainly invovles one action and the consequences to it. I will therefore just say that it is a somewhat esoteric comedy which can be viewed lighthearedly or with intense scrutiny.
This is the type of film ou can watch repeatedly without getting bored, I should know I watch it every few months.
I can't understand why it isn't in a decent format and only in region 1 but if you can play region 1 dvds then buy this
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if u love the film do not watch the dvd!!!!! 17 Aug 2004
By steph
i absolutely love this film, it is without a doubt my favourite film in the whole world. the soundtrack is fantastic, the casting is perfect (mark, lucas, eddie, aj... need i say more), and the script is absolutely brilliant and so quotable... it will never leave u short of messenger names. however this dvd has packed extra scenes, not only in the extras, but within the film itself and has re-ordered some of the scenes in the film. so if u havent seen the film get the video, if u have and u love it... DO NOT WATCH THE DVD..... it will ruin the film for u forever!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostaglia 13 July 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great film, just as good as when it was released. The music is great but if anyone can work out the moral to the story 10 points to you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Empire Records is directed by Allan Moyle and written by Carol Heikkinen. It stars, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazar, Johnny Whitworth, Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Robin Tunney & Ethan Embry. Plot centre's on one day at independent record store Empire Records. With the store under imminent threat of a take over by a corporate chain, this is no ordinary day. For on the day that the store will be visited by a fading pop star, they are forced to confront their personal issues, and maybe, just maybe, learn something about the people they work with.

The film was a box office failure and was met with mostly negative reviews from the professional critics. Coming as it does from the director of critical/cult darling Pump Up the Volume, many were expecting a better and more hard edged picture than what they got. It also had to compete with certain 80's favourites brought to the cinematic world by John Hughes. While coming fast on the heels of the immensely popular Clerks (94) didn't help its cause either. Was it a case of bad timing? Is the film really just poor? And or, as mooted at the time: a career killer for those involved? Personally I think it's a film that needs revisiting now some 15 odd years after its release. In fact time has actually been kind to it and it now appears to have a good solid cult following. So unless you are judging it against the superior, record shop set, High Fidelity, you may find it's a film that's hard to dislike.

Some of the complaints against it are fair, with the main one about it not having fully developed characters being as true as day is a day. While calling it one long stitched together music video has some substance when taking it at face value.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feel-good film for watching with friends 11 July 2004
This film shows a day in the life of an independant record store and the people who work there. The characters show a whole range of teenage stereotypes - the sensitive arty one, the metal head, the preppy student, the beatnik wannabe, the depressive, the tart with a heart... and so on. The fab thing about this film is that character traits that we all recognise have been exaggerated and analysed. This means that you instantly feel among friends.
It's the sort of film that its great to sit with friends and watch. It'll really get you reminiscing about the 1990's. Add to that the fantastic soundtrack which includes such gems as Throwing Muses snake (a scene stealer and one of the best moments in the film)and Evan Dando's the ballad of el goodo and you're guaranteed a film you'll watch over and over without being bored.
This is a must for anyone who has ever wanted to work in a music store or who spent their formative years on the indie scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem
Ok I really love this movie. Its a 90's feel good teen movie with laughter, tears, and a great soundtrack. Aldo such an amazing cast.
Published 25 days ago by Mr. M. L. Shorten
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute garbage.
After watching One Night at McCools I could only bear watching about ten minutes of this trash. On a scale of 1 to 5 I rate this 1, afterall it came in a good box.
Published 2 months ago by Gerry Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I've watched this film so many times that I know it off by heart. Great film with a great soundtrack.
Published 3 months ago by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars good
every one in the world should own this film... its a classic and the sound track is great too... buy it now
Published 4 months ago by Helen RobInon
5.0 out of 5 stars So amazing
My favourite film of all time. This film and it's actors are hilarious and I love them. I could watch this so many times
Published 7 months ago by JordMuller
5.0 out of 5 stars LIV!
I love the storyline of this film, it's quite innocent and sweet, Liv Tyler and Renee Zelweger steal the show, and there's an AMAZING soundtrack, lots of tongue in cheek made up... Read more
Published 8 months ago by EK
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprises in store for fans...
Very quick delivery and DVD in perfect condition - exactly as expected.

I have already seen this film (far too many times, given it was my sister's and I's favourite... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cherise Gunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great DVD and a blast from the past. Wonderful movie and epic cast. The sleeve could have more information in it but it was great overall.
Published 14 months ago by Leonora
5.0 out of 5 stars Digitally Remastered, and with added scenes.
As a long term fan of this film, and someone who wore out the VHS when they were the only things you could get I was over the moon to find a DVD version, and with added... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2007 by Tamsyn
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