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Northern Soul [DVD] [2014]

Steve Coogan , Antonia Thomas , Elaine Constantine    To Be Announced   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LSW6XGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Waited for ages for this film to come out ( plenty of hype over the years it has taken to get film sorted ) My thoughts ? Yes it does remind me of my teens in the 70s when i first heard of the northern soul scene and joined it! The dancers are good in the film and the scenes bring back memories of dancing the night away at venues ! Yes the music in the film is well chosen as the tracks have been chosen to suit each scene perfectly ! The record dealers are spot on and the chasing round looking for those elusive special tracks is in there too ! Even the seemingly long drudging wait for the weekend to arrive is portrayed in the film ( those weekday days seemed to drag !)The film also portrays the way some people felt at the time when factories were begining to close and you were bombarded with the stereotype massed produced music that was pumped out from main radio stations at the time ( glam rock ect )
Some of the town scenes are shot in Bury in lancashire and if you are from that area you will recognize the streets and areas used there seems to be some other places used too but not sure where ! ( Elaine Constantine lived in Bury area) Characters are spot on and the clothes too ! I want another leather jacket now ( shaft style of course ) and the soul Baggies !! remember those ? brogues too ? leather soled along with your overnight bag complete with container of talcum powder to ease those feet along the floor and a bar towel or two to wipe off the sweat and a change of shirt too !
But ! ! And it is a sad thing ! Why concentrate on the drugs so much ? Yes it did happen and it was a problem but to concentrate so much on this has slightly tinged the film ! That being said if you are curious what northern soul is all about ( apart from the drugs ) then this film may help point you in the direction you are looking for and maybe you will find yourself going to a nearby venue ?
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17 of 18 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the faith and spin some shapes. 22 Oct 2014
By rossyb VINE VOICE
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Roy A Ellor VINE VOICE
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I've read several negative reviews of this film and can maybe see why people hold the opinions they do.

If this was a story that sticks to the accepted history of places like Wigan Casino, then it'd be a bit boring. It's about the darker side that definitely existed to the Northern Soul scene. Just retelling how fantastic it was for the period where reople went out, had a good time and then crawled home as dawn was breaking wouldn't exactly make it a blockbuster, no matter how fantastic the music.

So if you purchase this film, accept that it is a story set in the darker side of what went on. Maybe a minority did behave like this, but it's where the kind of story a non-fan would watch would be set. The film needs to cross the boundary between soul enthusiasts and the mass market to be successful. So enjoy it for what it is and don't get it into your mind that this somehow tarnishes the whole Northern Soul culture.

it is a gritty film, but shot through with those superior tracks and assisted by the legendary Richard Searling directing the musical content.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Won't Pass It By 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. It's ours now and we need to keep the faith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice
Published 51 minutes ago by IAN hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have yet to watch it, bought for nostalgia
Published 4 hours ago by sue wootton
5.0 out of 5 stars She paints a great picture of growing up working class in the 70s ...
I am a little biased about the film as I was lucky enough to have been an extra in the dance scenes and have waited 2 years to see this film to be released. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Mr. Christopher Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic
Published 5 hours ago by David Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film. Took me back to my youth. Loved the dancing it was brill.
Published 5 hours ago by Diane McCann
3.0 out of 5 stars good effort but no cigar.
I have waited with baited breath for this film, on the whole I have to say I feel disappointed. The music was great, the fashions were good to see but wh oh why did it have to... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by soul58uk
5.0 out of 5 stars so glad it came out straightaway on dvd
Id been waiting what seems forever for this film to be released... so glad it came out straightaway on dvd, no cinemas at all showing it in any town near me. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by cupcake
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
nothin like the casino and wheres that toy town village supposed to be ? ime from wigan and went to every nighter and the punk sesssions before i didnt see ricky tomlinson there... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by anthony baines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this film reminded me of the seventies and the casino, and it wasnt all drugs
Published 18 hours ago by lee fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pretty close to how it really was...great humour and acting....enjoyed the music...great DVD.
Published 21 hours ago by ms m dalton
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