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SoulBoy [DVD]

Martin Compston , Felicity Jones , Shimmy Marcus    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Compston, Felicity Jones, Alfie Allen
  • Directors: Shimmy Marcus
  • Writers: Jeff Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YXZHIK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,205 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1974. Amidst power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the football terraces, Joe McCain is bored of a life that's going nowhere. Enter hair-dresser Jane: blonde, beautiful, and moving to the beat of a whole new world of sound, movement and all-nighter dancing at The Wigan Casino - the home of Northern Soul. Swept along on this tide of pulsating dance and lust, Joe becomes embroiled in the darker side of soul scene that will put his friendship to the test.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Northern soul movie ever 5 Mar 2011
By Simon
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In a field of one that's a rather back-handed compliment but it does sum up my feelings quite well.

Firstly, it's a fast and colourful, funny, evocative and atmospheric portrayal of the youthful Northern soul movement. This instantly makes it much better than watching footage of middle-aged ex-Wiganites dancing at revival events on YouTube. Top marks also to Martin Compston and the lovely Felicity Jones for getting those moves down so well.

Secondly, the music is very well chosen - I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the soundtrack CD - and I would award more top marks for a pretty authentic recreation the fashions and feel of 1970s Britain.

Unfortunately the lack of a compelling story, coupled with some unfortunate and rather unlikely scenes (such as a 'dance-off' between the two love rivals) somewhat undermines the good work.

The best thing I can say is that, after 80 minutes, you will be smiling and in no doubt whatsoever that the film was made with nothing but genuine affection and good intentions. As a Northern soul fan, that's good enough for me.

N.B. The DVD contains some nice extras for fellow Northern soul fans
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I pre-ordered this back in October ready for its release in January. Just watched it today and thought it was a good film. Fair do's, as other people have said the script and plot-line is nothing original, but at the same time I felt the director Shimmy has made a good job of giving you a feel for the time. For any youngster today would know nothing of cassette players, birmingham/oxford bags, spooner shoes, vests, record shops on corner streets etc. As for the music, it's tremendous! In my opinion you get a real feel for the time with the dance scenes (dance off excluded!). They've done a brilliant job of blending old documentary footage (most of which you can see on youtube) with the film footage and passing it off as the same, which I thought worked very well (compared to others that have tried the same).

As for the comment by the person who wanted a storyline more for his age group (now being in his 50s or whatever) I think you've got to appreciate that this film is not just for people like him that want to reminisce, but also for those who haven't got a clue about this genre and how much it meant to people at that time, like the teenagers of today, hence the 'coming of age' storyline.

At the end of the day, it opened my eyes to what it may have been like at the time (I was only 10 in 1974) and having loved the music since I first heard it, it makes me wish even more that I had been apart of it as it was happening. Enjoy the music, and try if you dare to stop your feet from tapping or from wanting to dance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This film is a must see for all elder statespeople of Northern Soul back in the day. It's a great coming of age story of a young boy trying to break in to the Northern Soul Scene. Even spotted several clips I'd seen on u-tube. The music was amazing and got my feet going, whizzing me right back to my dancing days out on the floor. Could really relate to practising your dancing moves in your bedroom bit. Really sweet story line as well with a great ending. Let's keep on keeping the faith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulboy's about right 15 Jan 2011
By Ged
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Very enjoyable story about what happened to a lot of northern soul people,a bit dissapointing that no mention was made to the Golden torch in tunstall as the film is based in Stoke. The music is excellent and the Dancing is as good as you could get from people who havn't made northen soul a way life. The dance off probably adds a bit of interest but i never saw one at the wheel, torch, or wigan. Watch the film and enjoy the journey from lostboy to soulboy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but flawed 10 Jan 2011
By Nige
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Overall, this is a very atmospheric film and in my opinion captures the time and the Northern Soul scene very well.
Hoever, the storyline is a little weak and disjointed, making the film episodic rather than a smooth narrative flow.

The performances by most of the leads are good, and the actors have a good go at the Stoke accent but understandably slip quite a bit towards Manchester/Liverpool (to be fair, I'm from Stoke and I'm often taken for a Scouser by southerners!).

On a technical side, the 5.1 soundtrack promised on the DVD was appalling (ie: not properly coded 5.1). The stereo version was much better, especially with a bit of ProLogic II upmixing.

A flawed film, yes, but still the best (only) "Northern Soul" film out there.

With a bigger budget, this could have been absolutely brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spin, Get High and the Dying Fly. 15 Jan 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Soulboy is directed by Shimmy Marcus and written by Jeff Williams. It stars Martin Compston, Felicity Jones, Alfie Allen, Nichola Burley, Pat Shortt and Craig Parkinson. Music is by Len Arran and photography by Vladimir Trivic.

1974, Stoke-On-Trent, and Joe McCain (Compston) is tiring of his humdrum, repetitive life. Then one day, prompted by his work colleague Brendan (Shortt), Joe finds the gumption to seek a date with pretty hairdresser Jane Rogers (Burley). She opens up a new world to him, a burgeoning music scene in the North of England known as Northern Soul, the epicentre of which is the Casino Club in Wigan. But as Joe begins to find his identity in a blast of all night dancing and friendship, drugs, violence and matters of the heart begin to hover over him like dark clouds waiting to unload.

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.

It's best just to say it straight off, this is hardly a film to do Northern Soul justice. The movement itself is forming the backdrop to a very basic, run-of-the-mill, coming of age romantic tale. Which is sad, that the plot is so weak and poorly written, because the music, dancing and period awareness is joyous. But at least its heart is in the right place, as it's always charming and quite often funny before things get serious in the final third; even if a dance off sequence in said final third is unintentionally daft. From the 70s vibe of Stoke-On-Trent, with the terrace houses and the potteries buildings, to the recreation of Wigan's famous Casino Club (it sadly burnt down in 1981), Marcus and his team really have an eye for period milieu (impressive given Marcus is a born and bred Dubliner).
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