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Northern Soul [DVD] [2014]

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  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas, Christian McKay, Elliot James Langridge, Josh Whitehouse
  • Directors: Elaine Constantine
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful By PP Prong on 22 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Over the years a lot of people, both in the music business and in the business of popular culture, have tried to explain what Northern Soul is all about. They've generally got it wrong.

Northern Soul's not just about Motown, or the Mods, or working class culture in the North West. Although it is about some of that, the reality is that it's a lot more complex. It's about a forgotten music that America didn't want, about a compulsive search for obscure sounds that fit the beautiful formula, and about the huge fix of belonging to a community that just knows what it's about by the shivers they get down their spine every time they hear it. And, of course, it's about the detail: pill popping, spin outs, back drops, long leather macs, bowling shirts, bomber jackets, badge laden bags, smoke filled record bars, label obsessions, box shaped handbags, box shaped boxes of records, talcum on the dance floor, tattoos on the neck, Solatio shoes, side pocket baggies, waiting on Wolverhampton station for the midnight train to Wigan, piling into photo booths at service stations along the M6...

Elaine Constantine's film captures all this, and more, within a ninety minute narrative that jaw-droppingly reconstructs the atmosphere of 1974 both in and out of Wigan Casino. Her injection of new, young blood into the scene through her pre-filming Northern Soul dance coaching clubs really adds authenticity to what otherwise could have been a clichéd approximation of how things once were. I can only hope this film helps keep alive the music for a whole new generation. America didn't want it fifty years ago. We need to keep the faith.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dave W on 26 Oct. 2014
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Had been looking forward to this film for ages and really wanted to like it, having seen loads of clips online over the last few months. However, it didn't quite do it for me, as I thought the storyline was a bit cliched & predictable (a lot of us were just normal kids from normal working class families who didn't have issues or hang-ups, but just loved the music & weren't into the drug scene). I also thought the violence and drug references were over emphasised.
Having said all that, the scenes featuring dance floor action were great - the nearest thing I've seen that comes anywhere near actually being at the Casino. The dancing, clapping in time & just the feel off it were really well created.
The soundtrack was great too, but with so many great sounds to choose from it couldn't really fail.
Finally, the clothes & style were perfect (the hairstyles, hardly visible moustaches, Solatio shoes & oxford bags were spot on - I thought I was watching myself 40 years ago).
To sum up - a good film - well worth watching, some great detail, great dance floor scenes, but not quite as good as I'd hoped...
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By rossyb TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2014
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Sat and watched this last night with hubby. Brought back many good memory's. We both follow northern soul to this day and have organised many for charities.I also used to sneak off to Wigan with my now hubby,and tell mom I was elsewhere. ( we used to travel up from the midlands with friends )The haircuts,clothes dancing and of course the music made this film a fantastic blast from the past. Its well acted with loads of tunes . We loved it I was dying to get up and start spinning shapes round the kitchen floor.The only critism is that of the drugs scene, yes a few took a pill or to but I never saw saw people injecting as they did in the film,I think it spoiled the film a bit paying to much attention to it.
If your into northern soul watch this film,if your not watch it anyway you don't know what your missing.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By cs ives on 26 Oct. 2014
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The film,the dvd(blueray),has had many varied reviews,some good,some bad ,some indifferent.As a record of the Northern scene it does a good job of representing a snapshot of one persons experience at discovering and entering the "northern " scene.The music in the film was possibly the biggest draw for the soul fan ,but obviously every person will have an idea of THEIR own soundtrack to this era/genre,so praising or slating the choices made are pretty irrelevant.Negative reviews complain about various aspects of which ill put my take on it.SWEARING: Who,d have thought that young working class northern youth would swear so often....get a grip people,I believe it would have been strange to have none,if the people who supposedly stopped watching because it was ,and i quote "too gritty",read the films classification of 18,surely it was to be expected,stick to strictly ballroom next time.DRUGS: Some say its spot on ,some say "my crowd never did that"...again reviewers are trying to match the film with their own,if any,experience of the Northern scene,not the directors ,writers story..Drugs ,did play a large part of the 60s mod soul scene right through the 70s at the Northern and Midland soul venues through the 80s scooter rally allnighters and onward.Some people used,some didn't. If.If the film just showed people dancing to soul for an hour and a half it would be restrictive to a wider none soul loving audience,some elements of drama need to be included,drugs,sex ,fights,police chases,whatever,and for the record MY personal Northern experience and that of my "crew" have included and surpassed many of these ingredients.Read more ›
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