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Live Forever [DVD]

John Dower    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: John Dower
  • Producers: John Battsek
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTIE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,485 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's hard to fill a music documentary with the same energy that ignited the movement, but Live Forever succeeds in charting the rise and decline of the Britpop genre with ease. Looking back on the 1990s phenomenon, it removes the rose-tinted spectacles that are so often donned for such retrospectives and looks at the trend and hype through a refreshing political perspective hinging around the New Labour government. It's fascinating to see how the spin doctors went to work on this new youth culture to increase popularity with voters.

It was a time of political change, when, after long Conservative rule, people were looking forward to the future, and Cool Britannia filled a cultural hole. There was bizarre art from the likes of Emin and Hurst, and a vibrant music scene filled with "jolly" Blur tunes and Pulp's off-kilter takes on the working class. But it was Oasis's meteoric rise and the simultaneous "Lad" cultural stereotype they embodied that really gripped the nation's youth (both male and female). Live Forever offers interviews with the Gallagher brothers (who actually come across as sound geezers), Damon Albarn (who fares less well, and it becomes clear where director John Dower's commitment lay in the big Britpop battle) and the sublime Jarvis Cocker (who really should have become more of a cultural icon). Although Britpop ended after a blitz of cigarettes and alcohol, its place is sealed in music history. Just as The Filth and the Fury has become the must-see documentary on punk, Live Forever may well become the defining film of the 90s generation. --Nikki Disney

Product Description

An in-depth look at the Britpop movement of the Nineties - through a mix of archive footage, live performances and never-seen-before interviews with major players.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory Days 16 Mar 2009
By A
This is the kind of documentary that contains enough facts but never gets tiring - in fact it is highly enjoyable right to the last frame. It has a very clever structure, it's visually strong and has a positive tone towards the era, which is represented by the Gallaghers, Jarvis Cocker, David Albarn and many others who make powerful remarks. Even your average art-enemy, Damien Hirst is an interviewee. The best short conversations are definitely the ones with the two Gallagher brothers. Although, I never liked the music and the personalities, I must admit that they are hilarious! Even their tribute band is funny.

I never watched a documentary that I had to watch again immediately. And again. And several times since then. Some might say, that it's not a full list. I don't think that it was ever meant to be. Personally, I would have liked more about The Prodigy and something about Radiohead (they are completely ignored), but I was happy with what I was given - a film, featuring most of the defining bands, characters and reliable sources about Britpop, done in a stylish, witty and entertaining manner.

Even if you don't like Britpop, Oasis or Blur (you still have to have a general curiosity about music in the UK), take a chance on this one, you will not regret it! It is a very rare item - a British film that is exciting and not trying too hard to be stylish, clever and important, while it is all of these things, naturally. A wondering star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics, Rock Music and New Labour 12 Nov 2013
By Johns
This documentary is one I can watch again and again. It is jaw dropping in places. Interesting to watch to see how Tony Blair was marketed as the first rock 'n' roll Prime Minister and how he got the Brit Pop glitterati to honour him with their presence at Downing Street. Some good interviews. Liam Gallagher is great value, especially when asked about his androgynous appeal. Also, Noel Gallagher commenting on Liam's appearance in Vanity Fair. Interesting extras too, with more interview footage equal to that contained in the documentary, and interesting commentary track too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live forever 20 April 2013
By bex
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The most insightful DVD of the music of my generation and the extras are good too. It covers most of my youth and the music scene at the time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad DVD but could be better 2 Jan 2013
By Kate
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I liked this DVD but was left feeling unfulfilled, it wasn't very gritty, didn't go too deep and just skirted around the edges so I felt, after watching it, I didn't actually get anything from it. Was worth a watch but could have been so much better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tool Britannia 29 April 2009
Live Forever does a fine job of packing a phenomenal concentration of pompous, self-important sycophants into 82 minutes of film. The only interviewees who come across as faintly interesting are Noel and Liam Gallagher, who alone save this film from being the unqualified train-wreck it so nearly is. Damon Albarn is so self-conscious and humourless that he fails to find a single interesting thing to say. His absurd rant about defenceless trees being cut down to build houses sets the tone for much of the film's silly pseudo-political drivel.

But Damon and Jarvis and Noel and Liam are creative artists and deserve a degree of indulgence. It's the pretentious, po-faced sycophants and hangers-on - drawling on about the Moment that was Brit Pop and how many lines of cocaine they did and how Noel once passed wind in their general direction - who make the thing almost unwatchable.

Cool Britannia. Thank god it's over.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't remember it like this 22 Jun 2003
I approached this one cautiously... "Britpop" seems like only yesterday, surely it's too soon for a feature-length retrospective? Clearly, yes. This DVD not only failed to meet my pretty low expectations, I found it a struggle to keep my finger off the FFWD button.
Live Forever is biased by the small number of britpoppers they could persuade to appear. The Gallaghers are as mouthy as ever, but Albarn and Cocker just seem embarrassed and don't say much. You get Louise Wener, Damon's mate from Massive Attack and, er... that's it! Harldy a mention (or no mention at all) of Radiohead, Suede, Supergrass, The Boo Radleys, The Manics, The Verve, Space, PJ Harvey, Elastica, Primal Scream, The Charlatans, The Divine Comedy, Black Grape or even the Spice Girls. Even two of the most seminal BritPop albums, "Modern Life Is Rubbish" and "His n Hers" don't get a look in. But you do get to see quite a lot of an Oasis tribute band, and S-Club Juniors. Er, hello?!?!?
There's no background on how the bands got together, no decent concert footage, and you learn nothing you couldn't have known from reading the Daily Mail between 1995 and 1998. There is, however, lots of annoying graphics and lots of pointless shots of buildings.
If you thought Britpop was just Parklife and Morning Glory, and you have the memory span of a goldfish, you might enjoy this. But probably not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! 22 Aug 2014
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Live Forever' is a humorous look at the Britpop phenomenon, it's rise and fall, with lots of classic clips, and new interviews from key players. If you are interested in the soundtrack, pick up the companion CD album: Live Forever - The Best Of Britpop.

The main bands that were interviewed were Oasis (Noel and Liam Gallagher) and Blur (Damon Albarn), and the film focuses heavily on their rivalry. Other bands that are mentioned more briefly include Nirvana, and Jarvis Cocker pops up frequently offering intelligent opinions. This is not a one sided documentary, and also touches upon how the New Labour party used Britpop to beef up their image.

Whilst 'Live Forever' isn't a definitive look back at the era, it completely neglects bands like Radiohead and The Verve (apart from a name check), it is still a very informative, but mostly funny portrait of the most exciting time in British music since The Beatles and The Stones. You have an awkward, but seemly brilliant social commenter Damon Albarn avoiding questions, Noel Gallagher being his usual hilarious self, and Liam, who appears to be genuinely puzzled at certain questions thrown at him - priceless!

'Live Forever' is a lot of fun, and I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Life & Times of Britpop
'Live Forever' is a documentary on the phenomenon/fad that was Britpop, when in the mid to late 1990's British Art, Music, Film and Politic's fused into the mainstream sweeping... Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by Brawny Withed
5.0 out of 5 stars Champagne Supernova
Cracking documentary, great extras, superb interviews, altogether a very good dvd at an even better price. GO BUY IT MAN
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Liam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD, great extras.
Loved this DVD, detailing the battle of Brit Pop between Blur and Oasis, aswell as going into some detail about Pulp. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by Matty
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Britpop
An excellent review for all those fans (like I) who lived the golden years with Blur & Oasis most popular groups!!
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by Sonic -
5.0 out of 5 stars Glory days
This is the kind of documentary that contains enough facts but never gets tiring - in fact it is highly enjoyable right to the last frame. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2009 by A
4.0 out of 5 stars The retrospective
Forever derided as the movement that spawned 'lad' culture (possibly the natural successor to the whole acid house movement in the late 80s), 'Brit-pop' was to encompass everything... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2005 by "maythebloodiestwinners"
5.0 out of 5 stars 'If' finally happened...
We have the Americans' to thank, you know? As with all the best movements, Britpop was a protest movement. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2004 by Daniel Warburton
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