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Vinyl [DVD]


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  • Actors: Phil Daniels, Keith Allen, Perry Benson, Jamie Blackley
  • Directors: Sara Sugarman
  • 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: Altive Media
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CVC5B0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the story of Mike Peters true rock and roll hoax of 2004, Vinyl tells how a group of washed-up, aging rockers hoodwinked top record labels, radio DJs and the rock music world by releasing a pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band s name...

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In the grand tradition of the Full Monty it has Cult Classic written all over it - FIVE STARS --Simon Cosyns

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Phil Daniels plays Johnny Jones ex lead singer with erstwhile rockers `Weapons of Happiness', who have been split for a while and have all had mixed fortunes since the band's demise. They are accidentally re united when they all attend a friend's funeral. Then they all go back to the rather impressive pad of Robbie (Perry Benson) who has made a pile in the care home business. There they all get drunk and record themselves mucking around. In the morning Robbie has mixed it and they all agree that `Free rock n' roll' is the best thing they have ever done. However the record company say they are the wrong `demographic' for the public, that is polite speak for `too old' and won't touch it. The exec says that seeing old rockers play is `like watching your parents having sex'.

Unperturbed and having nothing better to do Johnny decides he will get his own back by getting a young band together that look the part and say the record is theirs. Then once it is a hit he can announce the dastardly wheeze and embarrass the ageist record industry for the charlatans that they are. So begins a journey that will take all concerned on an amusing though not hilarious trip through pop.

This was based on Mike Peters hoax with `The Poppyfields' who he got to front '45 RM' which was actually by his band `The Alarm' and follows the same format. He is also in the film along with a few other faces you may recognise including Steve Diggle of `Buzzcocks' fame. Good performances all round including the ever reliable Keith Allen and a special mention for charismatic youngster `Drainpipe' played convincingly and with a dash of élan by Jamie Blakely. This is an all round feel good British (well Welsh actually) film that should put a smile on your face, the only problem is the main song `Free rock n' roll' may stay with you for a while whether you want it to or not; but I really enjoyed the whole thing - recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Ellis on 28 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
A great British Comedy starring the Legendary Phil Daniels. This feels a little like Quadrophenia 2 . Its as though Jimmy has Grown up and had a career in music.However it is not at all. This film is about a group of washed up rock stars who attempt to enter the U.K. music charts with a new song penned after a drunken reunion. Based on a true story it exposes ageism in the music industry in a light hearted and warm way. Great support from Keith Allen and Perry Benson and watch out for a number of cameo's from ex pop/rock stars such as Mike Peters (The Alarm) , Steve Diggle (The Buzzcocks) and Tim Sanders (The City Zones). This has to be one of director Sara Sugarman's best works. A must see film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug 2014
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Splendid slice of British Rock Rock Rockery. Vinyl is based about a Rock "N" Roll Swindle perpetrated by Mike Peters and his band The Alarm in 2004. With the record companies only interested in imaged driven bands with which to cash in the coin, Peters recorded a single and got some pretty youngsters to pretend it was their song. The record company bought it wholesale, with Peters and chums chuckling away until the reveal caused much mirth in the industry. So a sort of Milli Vanilli meets Blue meets The Sex Pistols!

Film is based in Wales and features Phil Daniels, Keith Allen, Perry Benson and Christopher Roy Turner as the middle aged punkers who meet up at a friends funeral. Their band The Weapons of Happiness is a long distant memory, gone are the days when they opened for U2 and toured with The Buzzcocks. Hooking up for drinks after the service, the men, in spite of having different ideals in life, get drunk and lay down a jam session, that amazingly in the morning sounds rather ace. But with the record company only interested in image based bands like The Jammie Dodgers and Bling Bling, Weapons of Happiness can't catch a break, that is until lead singer Johnny Jones (Daniels) hits on novel idea...

The whole film pulses with a sense of fun and vibrancy, the cast having a great old time of it acting up as a rock band past their prime but still carrying around a torch for the glory days. Their hangs ups and past differences are still there, and much of the comedy is derived from these scenarios. Once the youngsters arrive to be the fake face of the band, fronted by a superb Blackley, the age divide also provides scope for humour that is utilised fully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Dzydza on 5 Nov 2013
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Good Film. Bit silly at times, but a great cast keep it going. The song does get on your nerves after a while. Phil Daniels brilliant as ever. Enjoy & Laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise Rus on 19 Aug 2013
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I'm a huge Phil Daniels fan. This movie was not released in cinemas in Australia and the DVD was not released here either so I had to order it from Amazon UK. I thought it was a charming little movie. A typical English movie with lots of heart. The music was great. The story was great. The kids were great. You see Phil Daniels bum. So that made my day. I thought it was an very enjoyable movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 21 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Really enjoyed this one. Especially since I am a big fan of Wales and could spot various buildings and places I know and love in Rhyl and Prestatyn.

On top of that, this film is very competently written - tbh I am surprised that the mega money Hollywood remake hasn't been mooted yet. The script is in many ways pure Hollywood (in a good way) - you get the set ups and the pay offs, it's character driven, and it's wall to wall entertaining. Except that the backdrop it's played out against is unflinchingly realistic. Wales really does look like this. Old dudes really do look like that. It's a really strange mix that avoids social realism on the one hand and whimsy on the other.

Direction in terms of its dynamism is good. Not so sure about the cinematography - the colours and contrast seem a bit insipid, a bit Instagram maybe, but this is a minor criticism since the story and acting are so good.

Cast - all good. Keith Allen and Phil Daniels excel (as they usually do) and it's always good to see Perry Benson on screen - an actor who (like Eddy Marsan) is one of those dudes who always turn out good work and don't end up in the Walford/Weatherfield vortex, instead doing what they should do - and appearing in decent British films.

Thoroughly recommended.
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