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A Mighty Wind [DVD] [2003]

Christopher Guest , Eugene Levy , Christopher Guest    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Ed Begley Jr
  • Directors: Christopher Guest
  • Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
  • Producers: Karen Murphy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLY3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There's A Mighty Wind a-blowin', along with the gales of laughter you'll get from Christopher Guest's third exercise in brilliant "mockumentary". After tackling small-town theatricals in Waiting for Guffman and obsessive dog-show contestants in Best in Show, Guest and his reliable stable of repertory players (including Fred Willard, Parker Posey, and Bob Balaban) apply their improvisational genius to a latter-day reunion of fictional '60s-era folk singers, a comedic goldmine that Guest first explored 30 years earlier on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Collaborating with co-star and co-writer Eugene Levy (who gives the film's funniest performance), Guest is so delicate in his satirical approach that the laughs aren't always obvious, and the subtlety can be as wistful (as in Catherine O'Hara's performance as Levy's auto-harpist partner) as it is hilarious. Some may wish for more blatant comedy, but that would compromise the genuine affection that Guest & Co. have for the music they're spoofing. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Written and directed by Christopher Guest, creator of 'Best in Show', this affectionately satirical 'mockumentary' could be described as folk music's answer to 'Spinal Tap'. Irving Steinbloom (played by Stuart Luce) is an influential figure in the folk music world in the late 50s and early 60s, and when he dies his son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) decides to put together a memorial concert to celebrate his life, featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians. The film focuses on the various bands, duos and trios that are reunited at the concert in New York City Town Hall for the big event, and pokes fun at the earnest self-importance of the characters and their extremely prolific musical output.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 22 July 2009
Format:DVD
I agree with the previous reviewers - musically brilliant, very funny but not belly-laugh-inducing in a Spinal Tap kind of way. What this film has that Guest's previous offerings lacked is a real heart, with Mitch and Mickey's tragic tale at the centre.

The first time I saw this it would have been a 3-4 star, but repeated viewing reveals more and more delights (those album covers!) and for me, it's a 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Radex
Format:DVD
I agree with the previous review that this isn't side-splitting in the way that the Spinal Tap film was, however it is a lovely film with a great deal of humour and the usual wonderful Chris Guest ensemble cast who also handle the music superbly.

You'll almost certainly enjoy this if you like Guest's style from his previous offerings or if you have any interest in the kind of folksy american music groups that are so brilliantly spoofed here.

I don't really understand why the previous reviewer says a lot of good things about the film and then rates it with only 3 stars... I guess these things are relative, but a film that rates between Best in Show (that's got to be at least a 3 star film) and This is Spinal Tap (11 stars) gets a 4 from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 5 Aug 2011
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Not just memorable because of Fred Willard's Schtick, but because all the other performances are brilliant, from Posey to Levy. The songs are good too, funny and oddly catchy, just like Spinal Tap's. Bringing together the makers of that classic, this instead is about the folk music scene, how old bands are getting together for a special tribute gig. Will it be a success? Will Mitch and Micky kiss? Will Mike La Fontaine get a ten minute spot? Watch to see Wha' happens.

O'Hara and Levy star as Mitch and Micky, a folk couple who were once sweethearts, but their relationship fell apart. Now Mitch is an odd recluse and Micky has married a model train fanatic. The highlight of their show was a kiss during one song. The New Main Street Singers are a group revamped from the Golden age while the Folksmen are 3 men- Guest, Mckean, Shearer who are looking to reclaim their fame. Throw into the mix La Fontaine, owner and founder of High Class management and many other insane characters, and we have another very funny film. Best moments include- all of Willard's scenes, proving he is one of the funniest men alive, and the 'I would love to see this town in the Autumn' scene and the ' best acoustics in the world' scene. Very underrated and pretty much unknown (though it has garnered a cult following in recent years), if you're a fan of 'strange' comedy, watch this.

The DVD is surprisingly filled with special features from deleted scenes to chats with the cast, and even a gig with most of the acts. The features are very entertaining and also highlight how tight, how full of ideas, and how much love they have for the art this group have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mighty wind 18 July 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Beware that this DVD contains Enhanced Region Encoding and will not work on multi-region DVD players or those encoded for other regions.

Unlike most other Region 1 DVDs you come across, it will ONLY WORK on a DVD REGION 1 player.

This is a bit of a shame as I couldn't find it with a region 2 encoding either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one 4 Aug 2004
By Eolake
Format:DVD
Don't expect it to be as funny as Spinal Tap. But then what is?
Nice movie, great characters, and funny.
And very touching sometimes, to my surprise.
And despite me definitely not being a folk fan, some excellent music too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect kiss 17 Nov 2004
Format:DVD
In many ways this is a fair sequel to the peerless This Is Spinal Tap. It's certainly a much more understated effort in all respects, but there's no mistaking the humour: one can imagine few bands other than Spinal Tap being signed to a record company so cheap it didn't punch holes in the vinyl!
Michael McKean and Christopher Guest play it pretty straight, so many of the choicest lines comes from the bit parts, and while it's not in the same league as 'Tap, there are some genuine gut-busters in there (one that particularly stuck for me was the pros and cons of playing in a garage band in Stockholm).
I'm a little surprised that some have found the plot lacking: There was a clear dramatic climax - "the kiss" - which was set up very early in the piece, and to my mind was handled very deftly indeed.
Definitely worth a night in.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a mighty wind 8 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you liked spinal tap this is a must see movie. It has some really catchy (and cheesy) songs that you can't get out of your head. The characters are extremly funny and there are some great catch phrases. It has a great cast.
Make sure you put the subtitles on so you can sing along to the songs.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
From the same people who brought you "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show," here comes Christopher Guest's new masterpiece, "A Mighty Wind," which proves to be his best effort yet. This is one of the better films to come out of the year 2003. While the film proves to be a hilarious comedy with very clever satirical elements in it, it is also touching and sincere.
When a big-name manager and icon in the folk music world passes away, the son feels that the best tribute for him would be a live-broadcast reunion of the once popular folk bands that his father once represented. While they were very successful and popular in the 60's, most of them have fallen under the "where are they now?" category. There's The Folksmen, who haven't played together for years. Then, there's The New Mainstreet Singers, who always ends up playing at amusement parks. And finally, there's Mitch and Mickey, who were once a popular duo-in-love until their angry breakup long ago. All of them will be performing together again, and it's all live.
As I said in the beginning, I think this is Guest's best movie of the three he has done. Not only is it funny and entertaining, but it's also touching and has a very sincere tone to it all. The laughs that come from this movie are always from the subtlety rather than the obvious. All of the actors are a joy to watch (especially Eugene Levy, who once again steals the show). Another stand-out performance comes from Fred Willard, who proves to be ten times more animated and comical than he was in "Best of Show" (who ever thought such a thing could be possible!). Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and everybody else does a fantastic job in their roles.
There's some mighty cool extras included on the DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars mighty good
Very very nearly as good as Spinal Tap. But with Folk music instead of rock, and without the big hair.
Published 9 months ago by meggie
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
If you enjoyed Best in Show this is a 'whos who' of the actors that were in it. Not as funny but still very very watchable!
Published 14 months ago by teachelly
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast!
Rapid response, which is to be highly commended! Splendid DVD, well packaged, great value for money, very funny content to be recommended to everyone! Top vendor!
Published 19 months ago by Peter A. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better
This movie definitely improves with repeated viewings as at least one other reviewer has indicated. What sticks out is that while sending up the whole genre, in a wonderfully... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by David Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty indeed....
Described as Spinal Tap with folk bands, A Mighty Wind is not as funny as Tap but has some great moments in it. Well worth a watch if you like Christopher Guest's other works.
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by A.Q.S
3.0 out of 5 stars Some well crafted characters save this movie
Some of the characterisations in this movie are subtley excellent. look out for the hometown american cheesey performance from the main street singers, cringingly brilliant. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2010 by Mr. W. A. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars So retro it's nowtro
A really funny film which had me laughing the majority of the way through, and while it's near impossible that Christopher Guest will ever top 'This Is Spinal Tap' this does come... Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Ernie
3.0 out of 5 stars A finger in the ear to folk music
Now I am a folk musician, and I thought it was marvellous. It's not as funny as Spinal Tap, but a lot better than Best In Show. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2008 by Mr. D. M. Eynon
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