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Quadrophenia (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1979]

Phil Daniels , Leslie Ash , Franc Roddam    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting
  • Directors: Franc Roddam
  • Producers: Roy Baird, Bill Curbishley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, Romanian
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GKHM2S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Franc Roddam's terrifically energetic movie, set to music from the Who's Quadrophenia, is--at the very least, the best film ever based on a rock album (and, yes, that includes, Tommy, Pink Floyd: The Wall, and Jesus Christ Superstar). Actually, this tale of the battle between two early '60s youth subcultures--Mods and Rockers--in the seaside teenage wasteland of Brighton, England, isn't so much a cinematic "version" of the Who's 1979 double-record rock opera as it is a story based on the sequence of songs on the album. Quadrophenia is about that crucial time in teenhood when the lion's share of your sense of identity is tied up in the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, and the groups you hang out with. Jimmy (Phil Daniels) identifies himself with the sharp-dressing, scooter-riding Mods, who listen to American soul and British pop-rock (The Who themselves were once rather Mod). The Rockers, on the other hand, are leather-jacketed, black-booted, motorcycle-riding tough guys who listen primarily to classic American rock & roll. The film captures this minor pop-culture revolution perfectly. Look for Sting as a club-hopping slickster, who's shameful secret is that he's a hotel bellboy by day. --Jim Emerson

Product Description

Jimmy (Phil Daniels) is a young Mod looking for pills, thrills and a sense of identity in 60s London. His increasing reliance on the buzz provided by the gang mentality of his friends reaches its height in the Brighton Bank Holiday confrontations with the Rockers. An inevitable comedown follows when he is expected to return to the plodding banality of everyday life.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love The Film - Hated The DVD 6 Dec 2003
I have been waiting a long time for the release of a special edition version of this film, and must say that I have been let down by the final release. The film tells the story of a young mods life in 60's England. I love the film and have been a fan of it for a long time. The problem with this release is that it is not the complete film. There are scenes missing that are on on the original UK VHS version. The extras are bad, if you're expecting indepth stories and details about the film, you will like me be disappointed. They are made for an audience with no understanding of the medium it is trying to cover. This just makes it annoying. For a first time viewer, they will be just light, boring and very short entertainment. The interview with Sting has a lot of trouble finding anything that Sting said about the film. The scooter part is about 40 seconds long! The restored film has better colour than the VHS, but this is about the only good point. With missing scenes and bad extras this is not for anyone who likes the film and wants a DVD version of the film to keep. Why dosen't someone give this the release it deserves? Love the film hated the DVD.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia DVD - let down by poor mastering! 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
As stated in other reviews, this DVD suffers badly from poor mastering. A couple of years ago, this film was remastered for a theatrical release with Quadrophonic sound - this is not present on this disc. The DVD version is simply a mediocre transfer of the recent VHS release. In addition to the other complaints mentioned I must add three other major complaints about this disc.
1) Hum bars. At some stage in the mastering, there has been a source of interference which results in inch wide hum bars travelling up and down the screen for the duration of the film. Not noticible so much during bright exterior shots but terribly distracting for darker scenes. Please note: These hum bars are not on the VHS equivalent of this release so obviously, the original mastertapes are fine.
2) Lip synch seems poor in places
3) There is a nasty jump cut not seen on any of the previous releases for this title. It occurs during the beach fight scene where Chalky is jumped upon. This jump cut may be hiding an otherwise smooth and unnoticible switch to the dual layer portion of this disc but I'm not so sure. On both my players, the scene jumps.
It's a shame that this disc is so flawed. The menus are good and the movie itself is outstanding. This would make an acceptable 'budget-priced' disc but at the time of writing, this disc is still retailing at full price which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last... 27 April 2007
By Gary Nicklin VINE VOICE
This is what I've been waiting for. I've various copies of this movie, from the original video release through the region 2 and region 1 versions but although the extras that were gradually added were interesting, the film itself was still the original grainy print.

This 2 disc edition has a new digitised version of the film, crystal clear and properly formatted for widescreen.

The new extras are great, the making-of documentary contains some great interviews with the cast and the brief guide to the locations is quite interesting and will save you doing the Brighton tour.

Finally, the verbal sparring between Phil Daniels and Franc Roddam in the commentary is amusing and worth a listen. Even if you already have a copy of the film, this is probably still worth buying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, should have been restored... 29 July 2004
The quality of this version could best be described as 'bum sucking'. It's a straight rip of the master that created the VHS copy millions of years ago, and it's suffered terribly.
There are no 'extras' to speak of (just a compilation/montage of stills which is also tagged on the end of the video). The picture quality is tired and washed out and fairly badly damaged in places, and the audio mix while allegedly stereo is certainly not very dynamic.
Some might argue that this adds to the charm of the film, and perhaps so; this is a dark story set in 60's Britian, so it should look a little gritty. But it's also a film about music, and it has some spectacular lighting and direction that we should be able to enjoy as Franc & the band intended.
So when Quadrophenia is FINALLY & deservedly remastered for the benefit of us region 2 fans, there needs to be some artistic sympathy to preserve the feel of the film, but something needs to happen soon, just look at the remaster of 'The Kids are alright' to see how well this can be done.
And a quick word on the movie itself; "belter".
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Is a Face 8 Aug 2006
This remastered 2 disc set is absolutely brilliant in virtually all respects. The film print itself is wonderfully clean, the soundtrack is quite naturally fully engaging amd the acting is of the highest possible standard. It is quite easy to forget that those on the screen were actually earning a wage for their performances.

I won't bother explaining the plot. We all know it. Suffice to say that this is the very best ever presentation of this iconic cinematic masterpiece. The second disc features director Franc Roddam detailing the trials and tribulations of the production, also featured are quite lengthy and illumnating contributuions from Toyah, Phil Daniels and other key players.

This is an essential purchase. There is however one minor quibble. Given Pete Townshend's unquestionable genius couldn't he have done a Dolby 5.1 or even a DTS mix of the soundtrack for this release? I am sure there were good reasons why this was not possible but if opportunity missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film, definitely a classic.
I love this film. It never gets old and the story line is great. Definitely worth a watch if you like the stories about Mods and Rockers.
Published 4 hours ago by Gem
5.0 out of 5 stars relive the 60's
A must for all who lived in the 60's, and for those who didn't, a great bit of reference.
The Who's music too, can't be bad.
Published 28 days ago by Rogers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as remembered...
I read various reviews about the different DVD versions of the film, but I thought I'd buy this as I had not seen it for years and I used to ride a scooter in the early 80's. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mr. T. Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is one of my fav films, collection now made up now this is in there, great price, good delivery, very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by gt
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite.
Bought as a Christmas present (due to a "hint"). Much appreciated, and enjoyed. Will no doubt be viewed many times
Published 1 month ago by Janice Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality picture
A very good classic dvd just the memories of the good old days, acted well with a few faces that have made it further in thier career, still back to the point, a good film rated in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What can I say about this film, it takes you back to your youth if you were part of the mod culture. Once a mod Always a Mod, inside anyway.
Great film.
Published 2 months ago by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia
The seminal depiction of an era long gone, the memories and music still live on, and boy does this bring back memories, beautiful photography, fabulous soundtrack, great acting... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr.Ian Geary
5.0 out of 5 stars quadrophenia
brilliant, a classic of it's time. I would thoroughly recommend it. Reminds you of the 1960s. A real classic of its time
Published 3 months ago by Adrian Pudner/Margaret Malpas
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic
A fantastic music experience from The Who and a modern day classic. Spot the stars; Phil Daniels, Sting, Ray Winstone, Lesley Ash, Toyah, Michael Elphick and more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Gleaves
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