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This review is from: Telstar [DVD] (DVD)
I came to this film with high expectations knowing of the history of Joe Meek and the history of the film and the play that led to it. I'd been alerted to the potential of Nick Moran by his post 'Lock-Stock..' film 'Christie Malry's Own Double Entry' and that seemed a good omen, and although I'd never seen him live, Con O'Neill's reputation as a stage actor preceded him.
The high expectations were surpassed - it would have been easy to make a gentle comedy from the tales of Joe and to have lost the spirit of an extraordinary man, a troubled genius with a unique touch. This film is pretty much an accurate retelling of key moments of his life and Con is outstanding in the role of Joe, alongside a cast who performed exceptionally well.
This is one of the best British films I've seen for many years - it's a fascinating tale of a unique man, the kind of character we don't celebrate enough in this country and hearty congratulations to all involved.
See this. Buy this. Get the soundtrack.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2009 01:45:17 BDT
Stov's Thoughts says:
So have you seen the DVD simon? Or just the film in-cinema, which I agree is very good, and should be seen by lots more people. Have you nothing to tell us of extra features , deleted scenes or whaterver. ?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2009 12:28:58 BDT
Just the cinema version I'm afraid (although seeing it on the big screen was great!). No idea about DVD features.
Posted on 22 Jul 2009 11:49:04 BDT
Mr. B. Fraser says:
Soundtrack nothing special I'm afraid, as I said, the Alchemist of Pop CD is better! However-film stupendous!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2009 07:39:37 BDT
J. Brown says:
How could this have been a review of the DVD when the official release date has been pushed back to 28th September?!!
Posted on 4 Oct 2009 18:11:31 BDT
Todd Armstrong Jnr says:
I saw the film at the cinema soon after it opened. The place was so empty you could have shot a stag in the balcony.
However from the moment the Packabeats version of Johnny Gregory's theme from " The Traitors" played over the opening credits, I was hooked. Not a great film but a thoroughly engrossing one for anyone who was buying 45's before the Fab Four arrived.
Some of the over-intimate scenes with Meek and Heinz seemed needlessly graphic, especially as Heinz Burt and his family strongly deny that they were ever an ' item '. We also know Patrick Pink recently complained publicly to the film makers about his portrayal in the film.
I'm pleased Nick Moran made the film - although I had written a script treatment that looks at the story from a performers viewpoint. Maybe I'll put it on ice for a couple of years.
But with the dvd, what happened to bundle of extras we were promised? All they're adding is a trailer ( available on youtube for free ) a couple of deleted scenes and extended musical items. I thought a couple of documentaries might have been thrown in. Will there be a deluxe edition issued at some point?
By the way, the long-unseen 1962 film " The Traitors " starring Patrick Allen, featuring Johnny Gregorys theme tune, has recently been issued on dvd as a bonus feature on the dvd " Wind of Change ".
Now can we have " Farewell Performance " issued on dvd please for all Meek/Heinz/Tornados completists?
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