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Tommy [1975] [DVD]

Oliver Reed , Ann-Margret , Ken Russell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Ann-Margret, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Paul Nicholas
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • 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: Slam Dunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUVGEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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If you've ever wanted to hear Jack Nicholson sing (or try to) or marvel at the sight of Ann-Margret drunkenly cavorting in a cascade of baked beans, Tommy is the movie you've been waiting for. As it turns out, the Who's brilliant rock opera is sublimely matched to director Ken Russell's penchant for cinematic excess, and this 1975 production finds Russell at the peak of his filmmaking audacity. It's a fever-dream of musical bombast, custom-fit to the thematic ambition of Pete Townshend's epic rock drama, revolving around the titular "deaf, dumb, and blind kid" (played by Who vocalist Roger Daltrey) who survives the childhood trauma that stole his senses to become a Pinball Wizard messiah in Townshend's grandiose attack on the hypocrisy of organised religion.

The story is remarkably coherent considering the hypnotic dream-state induced by Russell's visuals. Tommy's odyssey is rendered through wall-to-wall music, each song representing a pivotal chapter in Tommy's chronology, from the bloodstream shock of "The Acid Queen" (performed to the hilt by Tina Turner) to Nicholson's turn as a well-intentioned physician, Elton John's towering rendition of "Pinball Wizard" and Daltrey's epiphanous rendition of "I'm Free". Other performers include Eric Clapton and (most outrageously) the Who's drummer Keith Moon, and through it all Russell is almost religiously faithful to Townshend's artistic vision. Although it divided critics when first released, Tommy now looks likes a minor classic of gonzo cinema, worthy of the musical genius that fuelled its creation. --Jeff Shannon

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This classic rock opera is brought energetically to life by an outstanding cast including many stars of the rock music industry. Told through the remarkable music of The Who, this is the story of Tommy, who, when just a boy of six, witnessed the murder of his father by his mother (Ann-Margaret) and her lover (Oliver Reed). They command him, "You didn't hear it, you didn't see it, and you won't say anything to anyone.." As a result, the traumatised boy retreats into the shadows of his mind and becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Growing into manhood, Tommy (Roger Daltrey) is subjected to several bizarre cure attempts by the Acid Queen (Tina Turner), the preacher (Eric Clapton), and the Specialist (Jack Nicholson). In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard (Elton John) and becomes the champ, attaining a devoted following. When he is finally cured, he is hailed by his fans as a "Messiah".

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I first became aquainted with Tommy through such films as Yellow Submarine-films that use music to create a story and keep audiences hooked from beginning to end. Although Yellow Submarine is more of a film based on the music, Tommy is a film OF music. The Who had created an amazingly original and beautiful story when they released the album Tommy; about a boy struck deaf, dumb and blind following a childhood trauma who went on to become a pinball wizard and a cult figure. The film not only takes the music one step further by adding colour and drama but it captures the spirit and imagination of the 1970s.
What astounded me was the emotion and power of the music, clearly striking a chord within my music lovin' soul and keeping me entertained. The cast are irriplacable; Tina Turner is fabulous as the acid queen, Paul Nicholas leaves a lasting mark as the sadistic cousin Kevin and there is no other person on earth who could have played the main man himself- Roger Daltrey IS Tommy.
So finally, I would recommend this film to those who enjoy the finer things in life- music, champagne, colour...and pinball!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting bit of fun 20 Aug 2004
Format:DVD
This film is fun! Ken Russell or no, it would be hard for any director to make a coherent one and a half hours (or whatever) out of it. But does it matter? Hardly, in my opinion. Its a great film, with some interesting performances and cameos, ace soundtrack, the famous baked bean bath scene of course and lots more - in fact, probably too much. Lets not be too hasty in slating the technical performance of Jack Nicholson and Oliver Reed: surely its more entertaining the fact that they are in a musical at all - ?? It all adds to the wierdness of the whole thing. Its one of those films, for one of those days. Essential.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear me, See me......... 25 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Tommy (the film) had several audiences to potentially annoy. Die hard fans of The Who album may have cringed at some of the vocal performances (Oliver Reed, springs to mind for so many reasons). Fan's of Ken Russell's earlier, 'not so odd' movies blame Tommy for his so-called downward spiral into films like Whore and Lair of the White Worm. It's true that the film has dated and that it's themes are laddled in with a very heavy hand. But ... !
ZOUNDS! It just goes to show how daft people are.
This film has it all brilliant music, perfectly performed, (it's far more electrifying than the original album, I don't care what anyone says). The imagery has that uneasy hotness that one gets from flicking through the wrong type of tabloid paper, (after an evening of accessive absinth abuse). Ken Russell is a unique artist 'who' though uniquely British, ironically would be venerated if he had emerged on the continent. This film cuts through one's brain like a white hot wire through lard and so what if it's dated? The Mona Lisa isn't?
It's got Oliver Reed in it ! Reed, another victim of the British habit for ignoring genius in their midst, is perfect in his role. So what if he can't sing, he's in character as a common teddy boy he isn't meant to sing properly. The Who are on top form, Tina Turner is brilliant beyond belief. And Miss Magrite is a sensation -- even Paul Nicholas is perfect!
I defy anyone who watches this film not to wish you could cartwheel like Roger Daltry, (he can't be a member of the same species as I...can he?)
Watch this film over and over again. I emplore you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A period piece movie but still powerful 29 May 2009
Format:DVD
With its typically over -the-top production by Ken Russell and big musical arrangements of the originally sparse songs, Tommy is something of a decadent 70s interpretation of Pete Townsend's' rock opera. Despite this, it is still excellent and thought provoking, mainly due to Townsend's superb songs and mind-blowing story as well as a fine, often unheralded lead performance by Roger Daltrey.

Tommy tells the story of a traumatised "death, dumb and blind kid" who is horrifically abused by various family members and supposed cure healers. He is then amazingly cured as an adult and is elevated to something of a Messiah figure, a role he ultimately, spectacularly rejects.

Russell's film looks at the themes of religion, the exploitation of Tommy as a product and so much more with one-song cameos by many of the stars of the day such as Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson and Paul Nicholas. All of this adds to the sense of decadence to the movie which, although a period piece, is still powerful today due to Townsend's amazing vision and Daltrey's believable performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Back when directors and film projects were allowed to be amibitious, Ken Russell tackled the rock opera by the Who. Aided by a cast of actors and rock stars, Russell took the original album, updated the story to WWII rather than I, and added surreal touches to otherwise "normal" scenes. The film has been accused of being loud and garish, but would anyone actually want to see a rock opera film that was quiet and conventional? The best scenes occur in the first half, but there's something of interest in nearly every scene. The cast is superb, with anxious-eyed Ann-Margret earning a Best Actress Oscar nomination as Tommy's guilt-ridden mother. Oliver Reed is a wonderfully Dickensian villain, and Roger Daltrey makes a huge visual impact as Tommy. The "Acid Queen" sequence is probably hands-down the best rock scene in movies thanks to Tina Turner and Russell's staging--check out the touching and disturbing shot of Daltrey decked out as St. Sebastian of the Arrows during the LSD sequence as the camera pans down his body and then discovers Ann-Margret writhing in horror on the floor. Only Ken Russell could dream up this kind of shot and get away with it. Though Ken Russell's career has indeed been an erratic one, he merits more attention than he receives. "Tommy," along with Russell's "The Devils," "Women in Love," "Savage Messiah," and "Mahler" are unique in the pantheon of 70's cinema.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Up to expectations
Having seen this at the cinema when it was first released, it was a wonderful trip down memory lane and every bit as good as I remembered it
Published 3 days ago by Mme Elisabeth Chafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and great music
I can remember going to the cinema to see this film as a teenager and I have really enjoyed watching it again. A quality Ken Russell film with a great cast.
Published 9 days ago by Mr N
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
I like this saw it years ago and decided to get the dvd of it and still love Tommy the film a bit sad and yet very moving film
Published 16 days ago by M. Hesketh
4.0 out of 5 stars good price, excellent delivery
Some of the best music going! Took me back afew years.has definitely stood the passage of time.A really good dvd
Published 1 month ago by Aim Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy The Who. Rock Opera at its Greatest
Tommy remains an ageless psychedelic classic in the annals of rock opera.A sensational mind stretching combination of music by a great outfit at its stunning peak and an explosive... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lance Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as inspiring as my memory had recalled it, but nonetheless its...
Makes you appreciate there was more talent than merely being a money production machine to the Who & that they were / are men of thought
Published 2 months ago by ricardus rex
5.0 out of 5 stars tommy dvd
this dvd was in very good condition when it arrived.it is a gift for my son so i hope he enjoys it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy 1975
Ken Russel's adaptation of the Who's ,not so classic and not so rocky, rock opera.
In short its a about a lad(Tommy played by Roger Daltry) who is traumatised into what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving Memories
Been having a Who-fest recently and catching up on the old films. I have to say there were parts of Tommy I'd forgotten about, Uncle Ernie, Cousin Kevin, great characters and well... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pammie
5.0 out of 5 stars Who classic
Brings back memories of seeing this in the cinema in quintrophonic sound. The soundtrack is fantastic and watching Oliver reed and jack Nicholson trying to sing is a pit painful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Gildersleeves
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