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The Buddy Holly Story [1978] [DVD]

Gary Busey , Don Stroud , Steve Rash    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan
  • Directors: Steve Rash
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fabulous Films
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008N71S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Gary Busey stars in this biopic of Fifties rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in the infamous 1959 plane crash. Holly grows up in the redneck Texan community of Lubbock, and his dreams of making it as a songwriter are discouraged by both his mother - who wants him to get a proper job - and girlfriend. However, by the age of 22, Holly and his band, the Crickets, have embarked on their road to fame with hits such as 'That'll Be the Day' and 'Peggy Sue'.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly special tribute to Buddy Holly. 17 Jan 2005
By Gem
I first saw this film when I was little and was very touched by it, so it seemed obvious to buy it when it came out on DVD. After having studied the life of Buddy Holly I found this film to be very true to life.
Gary Busey made an excellent Buddy Holly and is very talented with regards to music as well as acting since none of the origional scores were used in the film and Busey performed each one of Holly's songs. A friend of mine remarked that if you heard Busey singing and were not aware that it was him you would swear it were Buddy Holly.
I found the special features of this DVD very good. I enjoy listening to the auido commentary with the film's director (Steve Rash) and Gary Busey, it is interesting to be shown the human errors and mistakes which makes the film so realistic and believable.
I would highly recomend this DVD to any fans of Rock 'n' Roll and of course, the man himself, Buddy Holly. It will be a film that I will continue to watch for the rest of my life.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy up with this great DVD. 5 Feb 2009
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I shall start off by saying, I agree with everything the previous reviewer has said. To add to/expand on this, it was well acted and very convincing; if you didn't know the soundtrack is not Buddy Holly's original, you wouldn't easily guess.

You can really feel the whole era of the 50s in this film, and it's fascinating of course to think of the historical context, eg a white man breaking through in a black man's musical world.

Buddy Holly changed the face of rock n roll, and of music per se, in such a short time; we can only imagine what wonders were left to unfold had he not been so tragically and suddenly curtailed.

A must for fans of the 50s, rock n roll and of Buddy Holly.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Biopics should be made this way 20 Dec 2006
Genuine, warm-hearted account of the Great One's life. Gary Busey is brilliant (and one doesn't often say that about him) - bear in mind he did ALL his own playing and singing. The final concert section is as live and very evocative of the excitement Buddy's music generated. A great sense of the time created by attention to details, and the "story" driven on by sharp dialogue and a beautiful handling of Holly's all-too-short romance and marriage.Recommended without hesitation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poor blu ray quality 8 Mar 2011
By YD.
did I write 'poor quality'in the title? There's no blu ray image quality at all...

It's the worst transfer to blu ray I had to witness until now. Secondly, the sound is mediocre and thirdly there are no subtitles (and of course no extras...).

This disk is for sure the result of the path of the least effort taken by its producers.

Actually, it should be forbidden that results like this have the BD quality label.

Lucky for me the movie and surely the performance of Gary Busey are allright, that's the reason for the generous 2 stars...

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray bummer 26 Mar 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Admirers of this superior biopic should not waste their money on this abysmal Blu ray transfer.
The print is dirty, chapters are badly planned, and worst of all, the image is fuzzy and with bleached-out colour.
I'm viewing via an HD projector on a 120-inch screen, so any faults are magnified. On my system, my old Region 1 DVD looks way better -- colours have more realistic hues and the image is sharper.
Yes, Blu rays are supposed to give us a far better viewing experience than standard DVDs. This is sadly not true in this case. Save your pounds or dollars and hope that a properly transferred Region A Blu ray may one day appear.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A What-a-caster?! 3 April 2009
Buddy Holly is a young Texan rock `n' roll singer with bad eyesight and teeth like the grill of a crashed Buick who finds himself at odds with virtually everyone he comes across in his quest for a new sound. His church publicly denounce him, his parents dismiss his music as `kids' stuff, his first recording session becomes a punch up, his fiancé thinks his music is just a hobby and his band the Crickets are just a couple of `good `ol boys' just out for a good time.
In the midst of all this `encouragement' his boss at the local radio station threatens to fire him - but not before sending a recording to some `hut shut pre-dooser up theyer in Noo Yawk'. Within seconds Holly is catapulted to fame, fortune, marriage and death at twenty two - but not before he starts the ball rolling for the civil rights movement, changes the face of popular music and buys a Cadillac.

On the face of it Steve Rash's 1978 biopic seems to have gone out of its way to be inaccurate. It manages to render events that kinda/sorta happened into almost total fiction. The insult to Eddie Cochran warrants a governmental inquiry, the concept of a live version of That'll be The Day being his first hit single is wishful thinking in the extreme and don't get me started on the omissions! No mention of the 1958 British tour - an event seismic in its impact on pop music forever afterwards - and no mention of his manger and producer Norman Petty - without whom the world may never have heard of Buddy Holly. They don't even get his guitar right - a Telecaster? A Bronco?! Even in the final scene where he does finally yield a Stratocaster - an instrument integral to the Holly legend - it's a rosewood neck job with a large 70's head and with the tremolo arm left on.
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