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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh
  • Directors: Richard Curtis
  • Writers: Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward, Emma Freud, Eric Fellner, Hilary Bevan Jones
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027UY818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Curtis writes and directs this ensemble comedy set in the world of the pop music and pirate radio stations of 1960s Britain. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as The Count, a larger-than-life American rock 'n' roll DJ who - along with fellow broadcasters Dave (Nick Frost), Simon (Chris O'Dowd), Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom), Wee Small Hours Bob (Ralph Brown), Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke), On-The-Hour John (Will Adamsdale), Angus 'The Nut' Nutsford (Rhys Darby) and Gavin (Rhys Ifans) - takes the airwaves by storm via Radio Rock, a pirate radio station operating from a boat in the middle of the stormy North Sea in order to escape the confines of stuffy British law. Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh co-star.

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Richard Curtis turned his talents to telling the story of 1960s pirate radio with The Boat That Rocked. And while the film may not have scaled either the commercial or critical heights of some of his earlier work, there are still plenty of reasons to commend the film.

Chief among them is the excellent cast. The Boat That Rocked brings together a welcome collection of British talent, including Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost and Gemma Arterton, and then they’re joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Between them, they effectively recall the Radio Caroline story, as a pirate radio station is set up on a North Sea cruising yacht, broadcasting to England. Said broadcasts become wildly popular, making celebrities out of some of those concerned. Yet naturally enough, the authorities, led by Branagh’s Sir Alistair Dormandy, aren’t best pleased.

Curtis then laces The Boat That Rocked with plenty of comedy, and a killer soundtrack. But he loses his focus when editing the film down, as it’s a movie that, try as it might, still manages to outstay its welcome by a good 20 minutes. It doesn’t help that he’s simply trying to cram too much in here, and contrasted with the tight screenplays of some of his earlier films (take the script of Notting Hill as an example), it’s curious that he chooses to do so.

Yet quibbles aside, The Boat That Rocked is still a fine comedy, with a real love for its subject matter. It arguably works best in the home, too, over the big screen, and with many laugh-out-loud moments, and some memorable characters, it’s ultimately hard to resist the film’s many charms. --Jon Foster

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
This movie boasts one of the greatest soundtracks and greatest actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that ever lived, yet it failed to come up with a good plot. Rock and Roll movies tend to stink outside of the soundtrack and this one was no exception. There isn't much plot. It is more of a collection of skits involving the same characters, which by the way, are never really developed to the point you could feel for them. The phrase "inspired by true events" means there once were DJs, rock and roll, and pirate radio. I would have more respect for the movie if they had just left that phrase off. I also question the playing of Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin." While it was out in 1967, it didn't get any real air time until its re-release in 1972. The comedy at times was good, but I would never use the words "rip-roaring funny" or "zany" to describe it. They should have expanded the DJ rivalry and left off the nerd looking for his father. Still, it is better than anything Paul McCartney ever did in the cinema.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
There are some films that just take you out of yourself and transport you back to 'the good old days'. This is certainly one of those and as a bonus it's well produced, cast, acted and is very funny from start to finish. A great buy that I will watch time and time again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
I had really looked forward to this film -a great director, a superb cast and a topic that gives opportunities for a great story and a great soundtrack. Unfortunately it just didn't work out for me.

Richard Curtis follows a similar format to his superb `Love Actually', with the film following the stories of a series of disparate characters. And herein lies the main problem of the film. None of the characters are really likeable, and none of the story lines are particularly strong, so there is nothing to really draw the viewer in. We are left with a series of scenes of people we don't particularly care for in situations and getting up to antics that are all, frankly, embarrassing to watch. And finally none of it ties together nicely. The film cannot decide what it is trying to be, social history, comedy or twee romance, and in the end fails to be anything much.

That's not to say there are no good points - the cast are excellent and do their best with the material given to them, especially the ever reliable Kenneth Brannagh and Bill Nighy. Occasionally the script manages to shine and there are a few genuine laughs and moving scenes. But not really enough to carry it and lift it to the heights that the hype promised.

The real plus side is the excellent soundtrack, but let's be honest with the classic material available for putting a soundtrack together it was guaranteed to be excellent.

All in all two stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Before popular music was played on the BBC you had to tune into Radio Luxembourg or Radio Caroline to get contemporary music and this film brings back good memories of what life was like before the BBC saw sense and gave the majority of the listeners what they wanted. The film is brilliant for the most part but does seem to loose direction towards the end but is worth watching if for no other reason than pure nostalgia ( If you're over 60 ). And Bill Nighy and Kenneth Branagh are excellent as usual.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By small and covered in hair on 7 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is wonderful. I was given it for a Christmas present and it has been played regularly ever since.
As a dramatised history of Pirate Radio this is superb, the characters are all to various degrees, 'Mad,Bad,and dangerous to know,' but given the opportunity wouldnt you want to be part of that scene?
The sound track is brilliant, and offered up some lovely unknown tracks which added to the enjoyment.
Bill Nighy turns in a cracking performance and the Count was probably the best of a brilliant cast. Kenneth Branagh was suitably poisonous and must have enjoyed doing this role.
I also saw him in the role of Heydrich in the HBO film,Conspiracy, and comparing him in both films, Im not sure if he was nastier as the deputy commander of the SS in Conspiracy or as a Government minister in The Boat that rocked.
All in all well worth watching, but leave it just as it is, dont make a sequel as what would be the point, this has it all.
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By Sam Tyler on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If a film flops at the Box Office, this does not automatically make it bad. In fact, with the likes of `Avatar' raking in more money than the UK Custom and Excise, there is no equating quality with audience taste. `The Boat That Rocked' bombed on release, especially in the US and it's director Richard Curtis' biggest flop to date - but it is also possibly his best film. There is plenty in `Boat' that makes it an entertaining film; the actors are fantastic with numerous top quality comedic performances by some of the best character actors around - Nick Frost in particular shines. The script is also laugh out loud funny as the various members of the Pirate Radio `Radio Rock' get up to mischief. You will have fun watching this film.

However, there are several flaws with it. The story is anaemic to the point of almost being nonexistent. Essentially the radio station is threatened with closure and that is it. The balance of japes also drifts too far into the adult humour that means a huge proportion of the potential audience is lost. I also felt that the different segments of the film felt very disjointed as if it was a series of sketches for a sit-com rather than a complete whole. It would not surprise me if the film was originally designed to be a set of 6 half hour TV episodes.

In terms of direction Curtis does a decent job making the confined set of a ship entertaining, without ever threatening the genius of someone like Wes Anderson or Wolfgang Petersen. The BluRay looks nice, but is probably uncalled for as the DVD would suffice. In terms of extras the 45 minutes of deleted scenes are a must see. They are introduced by Curtis and he explains that they could have been in the movie, but they were easy to cut as they were self contained and did not move the `story' on. I would have preferred a lot more of these segments in the film that upped the comedy and just have a fleeting reference to the `plot' at the end.
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