Empire Records 1995

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This comedy cult sensation about the young slackers and dreamers that hang around a local record store cranks it up another notch in an awesome Special Fan Edition with 16 minutes of cool added footage not seen in cinemas. In one of the most dynamic song scores ever, tunes by Gin Blossoms, The Cranberries, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, Evan Dando, Better Than Ezra and more set off virtually e...

Starring:
Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Empire Records

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Music, Comedy
Director Allan Moyle
Starring Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger
Supporting actors Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ash VINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stew, Chocobo_Sage (PSN: sas1983red) on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD
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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By steph on 17 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Daniel Kenyon on 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 on 30 April 2011
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 By L. C. on 11 July 2004
Format: DVD
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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