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Let's Get Lost [1988] [DVD]


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  • Directors: Bruce Weber
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019J2UAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber created a stunning feature with Let's Get Lost, his Academy Award nominated film about the late jazz great Chet Baker. Following the elusive and digressive nature of the star, Weber and crew went on the road with Baker from the West Coast to the East Coast to Continental Europe, during what turned out to be the last year of the musician's life. Wever captures some of Baker's last recording sessions; weaves in excerpts from Italian B movies starring the handsome young Chet, as well as rare performance footage; pauses for candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and children and adds an extra visual dimension that is becoming the filmmaker's personal stamp.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jaybird on 7 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
Bruce Weber's photography turns the drug and alcohol ravaged face of Chet Baker into a landscape to be explored, and then shows you him as a beautiful young James Dean lookalike.

The music is extraordinary, and carries the film through what might have been its more self indulgent moments. It is cleverly set into context by the commentary from all the talking heads.

Some of the speakers are knowledgeable and insightful, but there is plenty of pleasure is to be gained from listening to his various lovers and wives bitching about each other, which certainly ensures that this is no hagiography.

Perhaps the best bits are when Bruce shows Chet getting angry - when questioned by young fans comparing him unfavourably to Miles Davies, or when being asked to play over the conversation of clubbers.

In the end, you get an extraordinary picture of the man and his work.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this film on its theatrical release, way back in '88/89, as a part of a run of late night movies on jazz themes, screened at the Cambridge Arts Cinema, as it was then known. I was completely enthralled and enchanted. Some films are intensely and self-consciously didactic, or analytical, or escapist, romantic, challenging, soothing or whatever... This film seems to be a wonderfully un-self-conscious mixture of biography, homage, celebration, voyeurism and more besides, all delivered with a dream like whimsy, and an artistic eye for bleak, melancholy beauty. The music is fabulous, both old and new, the performance footage revealing and entertaining, and the panoply of talking heads have a lot of interesting things to say.

I finally got to own this great film on video, some years later, and have watched and enjoyed it again a number of times. Since the advent of DVD I've seen it once more at the new Arts Picture House (Cambridge - complete with after screening video link chat with Bruce Weber himself!), and generally hankered after seeing it released on DVD. I've not got it yet... but I'm excited, as I suspect my partner has it on my xmas wishlist. I just hope they've put some good extras on the disc! So, whilst I can't advise on the DVD benefits, I can heartily recommend the film as a dreamy work of beauty, that almost magically captures the tragic beauty of Baker's life and music.

This movie - my introduction to Chet Baker - made a fan out of me. The film draws more on his vocal work, rather than his trumpet playing, an imbalance I grew to appreciate as I got more familiar with his recorded legacy.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By P. Campbell on 29 May 2008
Format: DVD
At last - my prayers have been answered. I have had this on VHS since it came out in '88. Alot of fans have been waiting for the DVD release (not bootleg) to appreciate both the documentary and music qualities. For anyone with the slightest interest in modern music or cinematography, this is a must for your collection. It must have been very hard for Bruce Weber to portray one of his music idols in such an honest way. But it works and allows an underlying story of the effects of heroin addiction to come through ( I won't say any more and let you find out yourself).
They should put a portrait of Chet aged 56 in all schools. If that does put them off hard drugs, nothing will.
Order this now, before the rest of the 5 stars convince you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SeaWasp on 2 July 2010
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If you are into 1950s cool.. the jazz, the beats, etc.. you will like this documentary on the life of trumpeter Chet Baker. It starts off in the late 1980s with a stoned Baker (looking all the worse for wear) being chauffeured around Malibu in a vintage convertible, both his arms around a couple of considerably younger girls. Then we go back to the early days and through photos, film clips of both live performances and movies he starred in, and chats with his relatives and ex-partners we examine his extraordinary life. This is great stuff and the dvd belongs right up there on our shelf next to "Whatever Happened To Kerouac" and "Jazz On A Summer's Day".

The movie is in black & white and full frame (4:3) aspect ratio. The sound is 2 channel stereo. There are subtitles available and I found I needed them because sometimes Chet seems to mumble and some of the other background voices are hard to hear. The subs came in handy. The movie runs for approximately 2 hours.

BONUS FEATURES:
1. "Looking Again For Chet In All The Familiar Places": a new 20-minute featurette made up from footage not used in the film with a voice-over by the director and producer of the original movie. It's a reminiscence of sorts... both on Chet and the making of the movie.

2. "Let's get Lost Kodachrome newsreel": About 5 or 6 minutes random footage shot by the cinematographer of goings on during the filming of the movie. It takes colour to see how truly withered and ravaged by drugs Chet looked in the latter stage of his life. Music only audio on this.

3. "The Teddy Boys Of The Edwardian Drape Society": Approximately 5-minute short film by Bruce Weber showing aging British "teds" in record shops, displaying their tattoos and jiving...
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