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Almost Famous [DVD]
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on 11 August 2015
A great, fun film. Nicely philosophical at times.
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My Thoughts:

Almost Famous is truly a masterpiece that makes it the classic that should set off the shelves of any DVD collection no matter your age or favourite genre. Set in the rebellious, revolutionary and free-spirited seventies, the perfect era for a coming of age story that is semi-biographical for director/writer Cameron Crowe. Crowe paints a colourful world of sex, drugs and rock music with a soundtrack that truly embodies the spirit of the 70s; this is done spectacularly well as you watch it you feel as you are seeing the world through the lead character's eyes, it holding an unfamiliar but exciting new territory that boasts much promise and adventure.

If by the end of this movie, you're left wishing that you could go back in time to experience the 70s as they were in this movie, then Crowe has absolutely succeeded with this film.

The Plot:

William, an intellectually advanced fifteen year old high school level writes an article for an underground paper that miraculously finds its way into the hands of the Editor of Rolling Stone magazine. Under the impression that William is a college graduate, the Editor assigns him a task to go get an interview with an up and coming band who are almost on the cusp of being famous - Stillwater. William, a true and dedicated fan of music leaps on the opportunity to have a taste of the journalism career before he graduates and eventually has to consider college for the profession his mother has chosen for him - Law.

What started as a simple assignment soon devours William's life as to get his story on the band, he ends up travelling with them on their tour bus (much to his mother's disdain). Soon he finds himself living with the group of faithful "band-aids" (groupies) led by the beautiful and mysterious Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) who decides to take William under her wing and open his eyes to the real world of Rock 'n' Roll while ironically she herself avoids the 'real world' to be apart of the more glamourous one.

As William becomes devoured by the exciting new world and the lifestyle it brings, he struggles to get his article written thanks to the bands reluctance to let him interview them. Stillwater are all too aware that journalists are the enemy, and they may go at any length to preventing William from writing anything negative about their band - even if it means befriending him and sucking them into their world to ensure an oustanding article.
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on 11 August 2014
A film can be seen again and again.
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on 6 August 2015
Quick delivery, Husband loves it.
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on 1 July 2010
Great movie. BD played fine in my US player and the shipping worked well from the UK. I really enjoyed the extended version of this movie.
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on 5 July 2015
My favourite. always has been.
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I really enjoyed this film. :)
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on 20 August 2011
Great movie with a fantastic soundtrack to accompany it. That pretty much sums it up I think although some amount of elaborating might be useful to you. So in a nutshell this movie is about a young writer for Rolling Stone who gets the chance to go on the road with an up and coming band named Stillwater and the flick chronicles his experiences of life with the band. We have here a great depiction of the Rock scene in the early 70's which is brought to life by some great performances from Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Jason Lee to name but a few. The fact that the flick is a Semi-autobiographical account of the director Cameron Crowe's own experiences only adds to the feel of authenticity.

To sum up, this is a delightful movie but it's the music that truly makes it so. I decided to buy this dvd after watching the trailer because to me it looked like a good portrayal of a group of aspiring musicians and their entourage, during an era when music and not the cult of celebrity ruled....and that is what I got!
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on 19 May 2004
I first saw this film whilst flying back from a Tony Robbins DWD seminar in Palm Springs so you might know just how I was feeling. Being on top of the world with a plane of full of Robbins folk, glass in hand, I started to absorb this film.
Almost Famous totally blows you away with fantastic acting - it has a great documentary style and believeable characters - a huge feel good factor, guidance from your elders - which is something that we all want, don't we? - and an excellent story line. Isn't this the thing that you always wanted to do, but never got 'round to it? Well, this is the story of the boy that did.
It is also a very clever film with one-liners, emotions and language patterns that most of you will miss. Lines like "The truth just sounds different, doesn't it?"
Buy and watch this film. Watch it more than once. Then watch it again and study it. In a way, it's like Bagger Vance with it's hidden messages.
A very, very good film.
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on 1 July 2014
Great film. Well worth it
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