Customer Reviews


54 Reviews
5 star:
 (34)
4 star:
 (17)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic view point for the Punk era.
This a real snippit from the underground punk movement in Belfast during the Seventies. I feel that the "Punk" movement was the changing of tides in the music industry and feel that its due for another one!

This beautifully presented black comedy takes a really good look back at this time and portrays it well. The main Character is played extremely well...
Published 11 months ago by Mista Craig

versus
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Vibrations
A good film tinged with bits of humour and facts, as well as artistic licence. Personally i had been looking forward to seeing this since it left the cinemas. I was a little disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I visited GV shop on many ocassions. Enjoyable nonetheless. 😄
Published 2 months ago by heartoflinpool


‹ Previous | 1 26 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic view point for the Punk era., 27 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This a real snippit from the underground punk movement in Belfast during the Seventies. I feel that the "Punk" movement was the changing of tides in the music industry and feel that its due for another one!

This beautifully presented black comedy takes a really good look back at this time and portrays it well. The main Character is played extremely well and anyone who loves music and shopped in independent music shops in Belfast in the past thirty years will know who Terry is.

Great sound track, and a great strap line.

"New York has the hair style, London has the jeans but Belfast has the reason"... something along those lines.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to beat..., 20 Aug 2013
By 
Robert Machin (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Add it to the pantheon of great music movies, and great British movies - a film which manages to capture not just the essence of punk but - without being sanctimonious or didactic - what it must have meant to kids growing up in the brutal grimness of '70s Belfast. Saying which, it's actually a film full of joy and excitement - the bit when 'Teenage Kicks' finally gets played on Peel brought a tear to my eye, as did the bit when Terri - in many ways the holy fool - sold the rights to Teenage Kicks to Sire Records for 500, enough to get their van fixed. A triumphant movie and a triumphant life, recalling a time when commercial success wasn't the only yardstick of greatness. Loved it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Isn't That Just The Best Thing You've Ever Heard..." - Good Vibrations on BLU RAY, 8 July 2014
By 
Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
There are some movies that make you cry - and others that make you want to pogo around your living room with joy - "Good Vibrations" is both of these.

I was in my late teens living in Dublin when the worst of the 'Troubles' raged in the six counties above us (1968 to 1978). We saw it on the news - read about it in the newspapers and felt its horror from a distance. But mostly we wondered how the Hell anyone could live in Northern Ireland - let alone triumph over the bloodshed in their own personal little way. "Good Vibrations" (2012) is about such a man - telling the true story of Terri Hooley - a one-eyed optimistic music-mad won't-take-sides 28-year old who had the barefaced gall to open a record shop on Great Victoria Street in a beleaguered Belfast during the mid Seventies.

In the opening minutes you're reminded by a rapid-moving collage of archive-footage of just how bad it really was in Derry and Belfast - and how often. Sectarian murders, bomb blasts, burnt out businesses and cars - British Troops like an occupying army - the heavy-handed RUC - rifles on the corners and armoured cars patrolling the streets - and public bars with steel cages out front to protect their entrances from ramming. Friends from the Sixties who had been peaceful political activists changed once the bullets and the explosions arrived. Now they were segregated into those who walked down the right side of the Omagh Road (Catholics) and those who used the left side of the footpath (Protestants). Some even joined the hair-shaving kneecapping thug gangs and killing squads that terrorized their own people as well as their religious opposites. Many of his friends just left for London and never looked back. But amidst all of this carnage and hate was a brave homegrown Punk Rock scene with fledgling bands playing legendary bars like The Pound Music Club and living only to see their 3-minute masterpieces arrive on that most magical of things - the 7" single. With its aggression and no-compromise lyrics - Punk in Northern Ireland was harder, edgier and more brutal. But most importantly it offered a way out for the youth - a way to vent anger that might otherwise have gotten them killed.

So Terri Hooley (played to wide-eyed perfection by Richard Dormer) gets 40 from his girlfriend Ruth (the lovely Jodie Whittaker) - does a deal with the Provos and the UVF in a pub (don't kill me for selling records) - and goes into business on an almost derelict street that has seen the Europa Hotel be bombed twice that year already. Situated above a store called SAZAFRAZZ - his tiny independent record shop "Good Vibrations" initially stocks Reggae, Country, Blues and Folk with a smattering of Sixties Pop and Seventies Hard Rock. He has a poster of The Rolling Stones at Union Hall up on his wall. But initial business is slow...

Then one day in early 1978 a snotty kid in a badge-strewn jacket and spiky hair asks him (at his empty counter) for 50p singles by bands he's never heard of. The young Punk insists that Terri needs to 'get with it' because The Buzzcocks and The Clash are being played by the hip BBC DJ JOHN PEEL on London Radio (20% of Peel's mailbag came from Northern Ireland at that time). So Terri goes along to a packed bar and catches a Punk band called RUDI play "Big Time" - an anti-establishment song they spit out with the venom of a rattled rattlesnake. Right there in the heaving crowd Terri has an epiphany - and in a drunken stupor offers to record it for them. And so on a label named after his shop - the first 7" single on Good Vibrations Records is born (GOT 1) - it's makeshift paper sleeve assembled by hand on the premises by the band and their friends.

But then Terri's accosted by Derry's Finest - THE UNDERTONES - led by singer Fergal Sharkey and Guitarist John O'Neill with a demo tape he initially can't be bothered to listen to. But after persuasion he gets them 200 worth of recording time at the hippy-sounding Wizard Time Studio on a Tuesday in June. They record their blistering 4-track EP. But one song stands out. Even the engineer is blown away. The scene where Producer Davy Shannon (played by Liam Cunningham from Game Of Thrones) plays the master tape of "Teenage Kicks" to Terri Hooley for the first time is cinematic magic. Looking into the booth at the band - Hooley's face drops and his eyes water (you can just here that riff in his head). But that's small change to when John Peel (after a London visit by Hooley) plays it 'twice' in a row on his Radio Show - something he'd never done before (his words title this review). Boys knock on his door and it seems like the whole street comes out in celebration. And on it goes to Top Of The Pops glory...

The BLU RAY picture quality is razor sharp (2.35.1 Aspect Ratio) with a suitably rocking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (English for The Hard Of Hearing is the lone Subtitle). The Interviews with all the actors and the real Terri ("I didn't take sides") Hooley in the Extras are great fun and hugely informative too. Great stuff.

Our daughter Julia was born on the 1st of September 1994 - the day of the IRA ceasefire. That laying down of arms was reciprocated on the 10th of October 1994 by the CLMC (the Combined Loyalist Military Command). It meant that the war of over 30 years was effectively over. We gave our girl a middle name of 'Hope' in tribute to that monumental day. In fact September 2014 will be its 20th Anniversary - twenty years of Peace - when most thought such a thing was impossible - a pipe dream.

In truth it's hard for me to be rational about the song "Teenage Kicks", the wonderful John Peel or indeed this film about a dreamer with a little idea and a big heart. I sat there watching "Good Vibrations" and bawled my eyes out like a minion peeling onions - filled with love for these ballsy real-world characters and their moment of glory in the headlights of hate.

This is a story that needed to be told about hope, music and bridging divides. "I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to play that again..." the mighty John Peel said over the radio on that famous broadcast.

I suspect you will be doing the same with this brill little film...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Vibrations, 29 Oct 2013
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This is a fine film. Richard Dormer is excellent and his characterisation of Terri Hooley reflects the mix of bravado and vulnerability that made the man what he was. The supporting cast is excellent. Dormer should have been nominated for every award going. A special mention must go to Adrian Dunbar's wig for a sceen stealing cameo.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of cinema...!, 21 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Spine tingling.... That's all can say about the feeling I had when Richard Dormer spoke his first lines as Terri.... he had if down to a tee. Refreshing to see a movie come out of Northern Ireland that nods to the Troubles without dwelling on the period on the late 70s and early 80s when there was....a fantastic piece of work I look forward to more creativity from the Team that produced this little gem...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of a great man., 16 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
I have been looking forward to seeing this... and it was well worth watching.
For those who don't know, it is the story of Terri Hooley - who? - you may ask...
Terri is the man who signed up the Undertones.
He ran a record shop, then started a record label, in Belfast at the height of the troubles, not to make money, but to try to create a place that both sides could come to...

A fantastic man, and one that deserves to be better known that what he is!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating film (It's a true story!) abaut the '77 Punk scene from Belfast. A must if you like the music, punk music!, 6 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
The History of punk rock comes from Belfat. Amazing film with a great soundtrack. This is a must for punk music fans!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good vibrations, great film, 1 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Had been waiting for this film to be available on dvd since seeing a youtube trailer and reading reviews. Watched it once and told my mates about it, now we're going to have a "film night" with Good vibrations as the main feature. Great film with a great theme and
great cast.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the topic, perhaps they spent too much time on the troubles, 23 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This story took place at a tuning point in my life, I loved it.

Perhaps there isn't so much to say, but I felt the film spent too much time dwelling on the troubles and little on the life and business of the great man.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for men of a certain age, 18 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Good Vibrations [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
If you, like me, were a teenager in the late 70's, then punk rock will have played a large part in your formative years and The Undertones will hold fond memories.
This film perfectly recreates "our day" and celebrates one man's struggle to bring bands with something to say and the talent to say it to a wider audience.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 26 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations by Lisa Barros D'Sa
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews