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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 (721 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LSW6XGE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745 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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nigeyb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this film. It's a very credible evocation of the 1970s and there's a good story to underpin it.

The Wigan Casino scenes look to have been really well reimagined - not that I ever went. However I did grow up in the 1970s and there is really good attention to period detail, the clothes and cars are spot on, and the film is suitably gritty and violent. A punch up was always a likely feature of a night out back then. And, most importantly, everyone is smoking like chimneys. There's a few phrases in the script that no one was saying back then, but that's just nit picking.

The two main characters are very convincing as two young people on a rite of passage, and every member of the cast excels.

I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. J. Baker on 15 April 2015
Format: DVD
I really was looking forward to seeing this another film for Northern Soul fans I hoped. Sadly its not the case. This film doesn't seem to know what to be. It was 85% serious effng and swearing with violence with 10% northern soul almost like an afterthought with the dance and songs that were included excellent and that and ONLY that is what gets it any stars from me at all. The remaining 5% then is made up of the incredibly boring and predicable story line. I knew what was going to happen before it even did!. I so hoped for a good film that was northern soul primarily with a storyline probably predictable but set in the times, with great music. Sadly this film is not this. Most of the northern soul songs featured are only snippets, there are I think just 5 that are heard in almost or entirety, 3 of them are the closing credits. I know that budget films are difficult because of budget constraints but if that is the case, make your mind up what you film is for and then stick to that, and if that is northern soul then make that 100%; the film body and soul as well as soundtrack.

I was just too young to be part of the scene back then but I knew others who were including several who were great dancers and drugs were not a big deal. There were some taken, amphetamines mainly to keep on dancing as I understand, but no-one I ever knew was doing drugs in a big way nor even talking about them. This film seemed to be obsessed with them.

So to sum up this is a real disappointment. If your looking for a film with lots of northern soul this is not it and if that is what you want and you can still find it, check out Soul Boy as a much better option (great dancing, real 70's dance footage, tons of northern soul and a fairly predictable but much better storyline also made on a budget).

Mantime, if you want a good northern soul film that features plenty of music and northern soul dance - check out Soulboy its heaps better.
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59 of 66 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dave W on 26 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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