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Northern Soul [DVD] [2014]

Steve Coogan , Antonia Thomas , Elaine Constantine    To Be Announced   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas, Christian McKay, Elliot James Langridge, Josh Whitehouse
  • Directors: Elaine Constantine
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: To be announced
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2014
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LSW6XGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Northern Soul is the story of a youth culture in the 1970’s, which changed a generation.

No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line two young boys dream mof going to America to discover rare records which will help them become the best DJ’s on the scene. This journey forces them to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse and their friendship is tested to the limit.

This is Northern Soul.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
What a cracking film - it really captures the mood of the 70 s , and i was a 70 child and the memories it bought back where fantastic , i thought at one point it was being filmed in the house i grew up in amazing really. The acting is bob on , and music to of course fantastic - very well done and great film for any northern soul fan or as a bit of history to see how things used to be , well worth the money and it really dose keep the faith , such a great little movie really hope there another one to follow .
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Soul in Bolton! 17 Oct 2014
Format:DVD
A new entry into the 'gritty British film' category comes this early 70s set drama. Set in a town near Bolton (figured out because they say Buzz instead of bus in the film), it focuses in John who is drifting aimlessly at school, no thanks to the likes of his parents who just think he's weird and his teacher who embarrasses him in front of the class and calls him names. On a first trip out to a youth club he comes across the local wannabe DJ Matt who wants to play American soul music rather than the chart hits. These two outsiders share the passion for the Detroit musicians and come together to get the music played in the clubs, an antidote to the sounds of the 60s, a new way of moving on the dance floor before disco.

The film looks authentic and is set, like other good British films, in a town that looks like it's about to be bulldozed. The tag line for the film is 'if you were there you'd know, if you weren't, you'd wish you had been. Though the music sounds good the drugtaking is shown to the max, with lots of pill popping and injections, leading to inevitable tragedy near the end of the film. I'm certainly glad I wasn't there!

Good acting from the fairly unknown leads, they definitely look the part, but the listings of Steve Coogan, Ricky Tomlinson and Lisa Stansfield in the cast list are the light relief and no more than cameo roles. The only humour in the whole film revolves around Coogan's evil teacher.

It's not going to have a mass appeal but can easily claim it's place amongst other 'period' movies and sits well alongside Pride as one of the better British films out this year
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Keep the Faith 18 Oct 2014
Format:DVD
Pill popping etc!!!!!!! Ha Ha!!!!!!!! the minority colouring the majority yet again. Yes it went on but only if you wanted to. I never did, neither did the majority of my friends. That isn't to say I lost other friends to drugs,sometimes many years after the early scene and the last one in1999. This all detracts from what the film is trying to achieve. A gendre of music that was spiritual and has kept me enthralled for almost 40 years! Love it. Keep the Faith!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Went see the movie expecting to be exhilarated in the same way I was when I went to the Casino but came out a bit depressed and disappointed. The drugs were there if you wanted them but I never did and danced practically all night at the all nigthers stopping occasionally for a bottle of Lucozade and a dodgey pie. The seventies were recapyured brilliantly by Elaine, I was brought up in a terraced house in the middle of an industrial estate with houses bricked up in every street, the music and the Casino was a massive relief from the grim reality of everyday life.

The club scenes were very good and captured some of the atmosphere of the scene, the music second to none then again I`m biased.

Wish there would of been more about the friendships forged by people from all over Britain who travelled every week to the Casino.

In summary a gritty film which recaptures urban Britain in the seventies, great music, great actors who are very convincing...just too much emphasis on the drugs which seems to overshadow an amazing scene whenever it is covered by the media, theatre or movie these days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At last the energy and buzz of the scene's heyday has been truly captured.....This England (1977 TV Doc) suffered from people boycotting the Wigan dancefloor because of the cameras/lights and later TV pieces were mainly shot after the golden years. Soulboy (film) was entertaining but wasn't an insight in to how it really was. Contrastingly, this film appears to be a drama but is effectively a documentary because the Northern Soul Scene, and what it meant to us, is conveyed to the viewer who may, or may not, have been lucky enough to have been there. I have watched it several times, the outcome of the plot is not the solitary reason for watching it.......you will want to watch it more than once, so you need the DVD/Blueray, it's as simple as that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I cannot wait to order it. Living in Stoke ... 18 Oct 2014
Format:DVD
I cannot wait to order it. Living in Stoke on Trent which also had and still has a huge following of Northern Soul music I was bought up listening to my big brothers singles and watching him practice his moves. I have watched the trailer and look forward to the rest. Though 47 myself now doubt I will be busting any moves :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Cracking! Really enjoyed this film - though I'm far too young to remember the scene, I think it's a really wonderfully made movie. Good story set against a great backdrop of people living for the weekend, and with a great soundtrack. Some fantastic acting from the two young leads, as well as some brilliant cameos from a whole host of top talent (Coogan, Thompson, Tomlinson & Lisa Stansfield). I saw it at the cinema, but to own the bluray for less than a tenner? Can't say fairer than that!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music and a gritty back story merge to make a watchable film
I've read several negative reviews of this film and can maybe see why people hold the opinions they do. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Roy A Ellor
3.0 out of 5 stars After watching soulboywhich was brilliant this film was huge...
After watching soulboywhich was brilliant this film was huge disappointment swearing drugs drugsand very little of the real northern soul scene dancing
Published 11 hours ago by Mrs C Dunkerley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Scene i knew...
Very Disappointed, After all the Hype about this film, firstly all it did was portrait the drug side of our scene. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Kev Sowerby
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch soulboy instead
If you want to watch a film about northern soul watch soul boy,this film was all in to drugs and didn't even contain the popular northern soul songs of the time no tainted love... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Mr. John Brooks Jnr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant arrived bang on time exellent
Published 16 hours ago by P J Pender
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! After watching and enjoying 'Soulboy'
What a disappointment! After watching and enjoying 'Soulboy', and with the title 'Northern Soul', I expected a similar story about a boy getting into the scene through youth clubs... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by charles stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
This film says it all, you will enjoy it if you were or are into the scene. It will suck you in and remind you what you were or are part of. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mr DUARTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cult film to hang on to
The music makes it! If you're into Northern Soul you cant help but like it flaws and all. A little dark at times on home TV which always annoys me but maybe my eye sights going? Read more
Published 1 day ago by L Barton
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough
I expected something between a mockumentry and a celebration of the music and dance of the Wigan Casino. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ignorant Bystander
5.0 out of 5 stars then Sunday Morning it was posted through the Leterbox great service,...
I went to see the Film last Saturday night,then Sunday Morning it was posted through the Leterbox great service,I enjoyed the Film,it must of been hard to try,and put so much into... Read more
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