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Rock Star [VHS] [2002]

Mark Wahlberg , Jennifer Aniston , Stephen Herek    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: John Stockwell
  • Producers: George Clooney, Michael Fottrell, Mike Ockrent, Robert Lawrence, Steven Reuther
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 9 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067A87
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,765 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If you've ever indulged a rock & roll fantasy, Rock Star will give you the vicarious thrill of seeing it come to life. That's what happens when talented tribute-band singer Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) is tapped to replace his idol as frontman for 1980s metal gods Steel Dragon. Chris becomes the groupie-laden "Izzy", his manager/girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) grows weary of sex 'n' drugs on tour, and Rock Star plays out its utterly conventional plot line. Despite the casting of real rockers to support Wahlberg's underrated performance (nicely matched by Aniston and Timothy Spall as Steel Dragon's road manager), his character is too rigidly written to follow an obligatory rise and fall, and even its basis in fact (inspired by Tim "Ripper" Owens' recruitment into Judas Priest) can't conceal the movie's predictable formula. As a cautionary tale it's routine, but as a leather-pants love story, Rock Star's got enough good karma to keep its dream alive (!). --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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Rock music devotee Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) is the singer in a tribute band which plays the music of British heavy metal stars Steel Dragon. When the other band members get fed up with his obsessive perfectionism and give him the sack, Chris receives an offer to audition as the replacement for Steel Dragon's departing lead singer Bobby Beers. Encouraged by his girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston), Chris does well at the audition and soon finds himself on tour with his rock heroes. But now that his dreams have come true, Chris is about to discover the reality of life in the corporate rock fastlane.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK STAR - The Best ! 17 Jun 2002
I was very keen to see this film when it was on at the local cinema, and was not disappointed. In fact I liked it so much I could not wait for the Region 2 DVD release, and ordered the Region 1 version immediately, and also the soundtrack album. I have enjoyed watching it several times, you notice something new each time, The atmosphere at the concerts is tremendous, and the acting is too. Mark Wahlberg plays a thoroughly nice guy who is suddenly granted his greatest wish, to front his favourite band Steel Dragon. Jennifer Aniston gives a terrific performance as his very supportive girlfriend and manager. This is a film that has been reviewed in all the DVD magazines,and I think they have criticised it most unfairly. It is a brilliantly produced film , with good acting, great music and it makes you feel good too. Don't take any notice of the DVD magazines, give it a try, it's really worth watching , many times !!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING 8 Sep 2002
First of all let me start off by saying that although Rock star didn't do very well at the box office, I thought it was a lot of fun and it made for an enjoyable hour and three quarters viewing. Loosely based on the life of Tim 'Ripper' Owens, the office supplies salesman who replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest, Rock Star combines satire, morality, romance and a good old fashioned rags to riches storyline.
So what's the plot? Salesman and ordinary working stiff Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) and wannabe rock star has been obsessed for years in his devotion to British heavy metal band Steel Dragon. As part of a tribute band, he is derided by his older brother who feels he should get a real job and his devotion to mimicry is so much that even his fellow tribute band members are sick of him, and they eventually dump him. Comforted by his patient and devoted girlfriend (Jennifer Anniston) Chris swears that he will prove them all wrong but he even he is shocked when he is invited to audition as the replacement singer in the band he adores. Of course he wins the gig and so begins a journey through the world of a rock idol, full of drugs, groupies, drink and general excessive behaviour.
I'm not quite sure why this movie wasn't that successful. Sure it's not the greatest movie you will ever see and it offers no original insight but there's also very little to dislike about it. Critics may complain that it's neither full on satire such as 'This Is Spinal Tap' or that it is full of clichés but this is a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and does not try to portray reality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 Jun 2002
Obligatory for all Mark Wahlberg fans!By day Chris Cole(Wahlberg) repairs photocopiers. By night he takes the stage as frontman for a tribute band emulating Steel Dragon, the world's hottest heavy-metal band. Then, suddenly, opportunity rocks: Chris is tapped to become Steel Dragon's new lead singer. Just like that, he goes from small-town nobody to megastar. Just like that, he and his manager/girlfriend Emily(Jennifer Aniston) enter a world crazier than eigther imagined. Stephen Herek directs this knowing, chord-crunching, hair-whipping look at 80's arena rocks and the price of Fame. Filled with the style, strut and feel of an era, Rock Star gets right. Long may it shine.Simple funny story. Mark Wahlberg brilliantly play role Chris Cole in this movie.Wahlberg played and sing!Listen soundtrack with fictious band Steel Dragon (Wahlberg sing)or Chris Cole Band(lead singer Wahlberg) and much more band : Bon Jovi, Kiss and much more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and cool 5 Sep 2006
this is a fun film, the plots not great but the concert scenes are well done and the musc is fantastic. the main comedy in the film the irony that can be missed easily. for example the two tribute bands getting ready to fight one another, each begins to fight there double. defnatly an entertaining film worth watching
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dirty disc 24 Mar 2014
By Leah
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When I first played the disc it wouldn't work. There are a few scrathces but the main problem was how dirty it was. It worked alright afetr a clean but I'm dissapointed at the state the disc was in when sent to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this film rocks... 25 April 2009
this is a true film to let everyone out there
know it is possible to follow your dreams
and to never give up hope while doing this...
and to reach for the stars and never let anyone tell you different...follow your heart :) :) :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Rock Star!! 9 Aug 2004
Format:VHS Tape
An absolutly amazing film about becoming your idol and realising your dreams. Superb acting and great directing makes this a must see for fans of heavy rock!!! Rock on!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will appeal to everyone's inner rock star 17 July 2003
The problem with films featuring "live" concert sequences is that it always looks and sounds fake - the performances are obviously lip-synched to backing tracks and the result is somewhat less than convincing. This is the main problem with "Rock Star". The concert sequences are supposed to convey the excitement of a live gig - and to a certain extent they do - yet Mark Wahlberg is obviously miming to a voice that clearly is not his, and this ruins the effect altogether.
That niggle aside, there is much to enjoy here. Anyone who has ever daydreamed about swapping the drudgery of everyday life for the life of a rock star will relate to this tale, loosely based on the story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who went from singing in a Judas Priest tribute band to actually replacing Rob Halford as lead singer of Judas Priest.
Mark Wahlberg surprises with a nearly convincing performance (I say nearly due to the aforementioned lip-synching discrepancies) as the dreamer plucked from a dead-end job and a part-time existence singing in a tribute band to his heroes, Steel Dragon, to actually replace his hero in the real Steel Dragon.
What follows in this 80's-set comedy drama is fairly predictable but fun nonetheless. Jennifer Aniston provides solid support as Wahlberg's grounded girlfriend who quickly tires of life on the road, and Timothy Spall is wonderful as ever as the wise (if a little lecherous) road manager.
For me, though, the most touching performance came from one of the film's non-actor stars - Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's John, a drummer who played on much of the film's soundtrack and appears as Steel Dragon's drummer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 14 days ago by SammiLou
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP
Worst film I've ever seen. So bad I didn't even want to sell it or give it to anyone - it went straight in the bin.
Published 6 months ago by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film for rock fans.
Can't stop listening to Steel Dragon since I have watched this. Mark Wahlberg is one of my favourite actors. Brilliant film!
Published 6 months ago by Stokie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
Loved the film I had to buy it to watch again and again!.

As you may be able to see above, I also bought the soundtrack to 'complement' this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ndy2Uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Head banging fun.
Loosely based on the story of Tim Owens who went from being a fan to becoming lead singer of Judas Priest this is an inoffensive saunter through the world of heavy metal. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. J. J. Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, pretty good film
This film is suitable for anyone who is into their classic rock, featuring some great music and a very rock and roll orientated storyline. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr GSB
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK STAR
Mark Wahlberg as you never seen him before very young along with Jennifer Aniston really is a good story line and well acted.
Published 17 months ago by Jack Pittam
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n Roll in my soul.
I choose this rating because this movie made me fell in love with rock music in a way that I never tought was possible. Read more
Published 18 months ago by My-Mental-Fiction
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but better than I expected
Not being a massive fan of Mark Wahlberg, I really don't know why I watched this. However, I'm quite glad I did. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Wahlberg rocks!
while he may be remembered more for other films, this role is perfect for Mark. A great story of chasing dream and then when you reach it findng its not what you thought it might... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tven
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