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Fame [1980] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean, Antonia Franceschi
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Christopher Gore
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, David De Silva
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISK9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The New York's School of Performing Arts offers its students a path to fame and fortune - but fame costs. Budding ballerinas, musicians, dancers and actors all clamber up the rocky road to stardom in this modern day musical. This film was directed by Alan Parker (The Commitments, Evita) and led to a very successful television series spin-off.

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Fame helped to launch the 1980s on a tide of aspiration, creating a successful television series, kick-starting the leg-warmer industry and inspiring us all with the idea that with talent, a lot of hard work, plenty of suffering and luck, anybody might, one day, become a star. Nostalgia inevitably endows Fame with its own golden glow for anyone in the region of 40. And as we drown in the karaoke-by-numbers of today's cynical television talent shows, its touchingly innocent quality makes for a poignant and telling contrast.

In truth, director Alan Parker's film is a collage of the disciplines on offer at New York's High School of Performing Arts. The characters are sketchy totems for the emotional and domestic conflicts that drive their dreams--Leroy, Doris and friends needed the television spin-off to give them substance--but Parker is brilliant at conveying the intensity and heartache of their collective journey, from the paralysing nerves of the auditions to the strain of maintaining a rounded education alongside the development of performance skills and the ultimate thrill of graduation. By the end, thanks to the familiarity of the thudding disco soundtrack, you really do want them all to "live forever".

On the DVD: Fame scores all over again on DVD with its widescreen format and a thumping soundtrack: the moment when the kids burst out onto the street and stop the traffic is a bit of 1980s cinema magic. Alan Parker leads the class reunion commentary, helped by many of the cast. The film is clearly still important to them all. Other extras include a visit to today's school (hardly changed in philosophy or the passion of its real-life students), a vintage featurette and face-to-face interviews which basically recycle the commentary. --Piers Ford

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Pounds on 2 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
The old ones are always the best. Fame just touches all the right places, i think this version is far better then the new one in 2009. I feel they shouldnt of bothered re-making it, you cant beat perfection. Anyone who loves singing and dancing will love this, any age,im in my 30s and my daughter is 13 and she loved it too. BRILLIANT.....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hodgson on 2 Nov 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Fame seems the last thing on the minds of eight or so teenagers as they progress through New York's public stage school. What they want - really, really want - is to escape: from the marauding cockroaches, domineering or distant parents, oppressive religion and the the frustrations of sex. And performing is the way out.
Fame is a dazzling ensemble piece, weaving this way and that as the characters scratch their way through life's tougher choices and some raw song and dance numbers.
Fame can feel a little brash at times - but that's the way our limelight lovers survive - yet at times we are treated, really treated, to moments of intense sensitivity and earthy humour. Often the episodic nature of this film - some scenes are barely more than sketches - can leave the viewer frustrated, but within minutes the face of an appealing wannabe or some gutsy production number will leave you smiling.
Perhaps not Alan Parker's best, but this film takes you to the heart of New York and lets you stay there long after the last credit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Haluk Gürel on 20 July 2003
Format: DVD
It was my high school years and i was dying to dance. This movie reminds me how amazing to discover dancing, creating yourself by the music you feel in your heart. It was the way i express myself as the students in Fame. I can not imagine any other story could fire my feelings, set me free on the floor. Fame is one of the most important and successful youth films i have ever seen. Great music, great performance. You will find yourself dancing and feeling very strong faith in you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 4 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Fame is a brilliant film. Why? The storyline attached to it, is an accurate and realistic portrayal of what reality is like for a group of students in a performing arts school over a course of four years.

The message conveyed is that it is not easy to achieve stardom, unless you demonstrate sheer dedication and commitment in achieving the goals. The film shows that the fortunes are mixed for various characters. The issue of stardom is really well tackled. I found certain scenes touching and emotional and I felt genuine sympathy for the frustration certain characters experienced. The film is inspirational, as in the sense that many realities TV shows today's, have opened up opportunities to achieve stardom, but in an ideal world is not easy to achieve. You neither got it nor have not. The show business theme is fascinating and interesting to know about.

The film is set in the 1980's, and is a little outdated in terms of fashion and technology. Storyline, powerful characters and background music prompts a positive review. I really enjoyed the film and found it entertaining, but a little emotional. Fame is a superb musical film for all to enjoy and a great DVD to include in your collection. The extras accompanying the DVD are first class. Absolutely brilliant stuff and I could not ask for any more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I came to this blu ray totally unaware of how impressive and hard-hitting this film would be! It's an extraordinary portrayal of the reality of the theatrical world with some outstanding performances and impressive direction. Despite a rather overlong and cliched "audition" section which is rather stereotypical in its portrayal of incompetent performers, once the "plot" develops we are given a refreshingly frank picture of the highs and lows of what it means to be in the "entertainment" business. The image quality and audio, although not reference, are as good as you will find considering the film's age and source material. "Fame" is a moving, energy-packed, and decidedly impressive achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dk Barrett on 10 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Love the movie but the sound mix on the movie is not good and on the last song its really bad half the vocals seem to be missing, shame!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Turner on 13 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
I loved this film when I was a teenager and I still love it now. I'm plaesed I purchased this via Amazon and it arrived in top speed to bring alive the memories from my younger years!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "magickal_faeriewitch322" on 7 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
the words "Fame!, i'm gunna live forever". they just stick clear in my mind after watching this jaw-dropping, heart stopping show. it is a fantastic show to watch with all of the family. the singing, dancing is like you have never seen it sung and danced before!
BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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