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American Hot Wax [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • ASIN: B00003CWL9
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Saw it in the cinemas when it was first released. A number of errors but faults and all it is a wonderful tribute to Alan Freed. And the greatest rock'n'roll music of all time. The real rock'n'roll before Dick Clark and then the Beatles emasculated it. But how could they show Frankie Ford cutting his classic 'Sea Cruise' with a white band in New York. When it was cut in New Orleans with an all black band. With the truth being as hard hitting as the films story line. Black Huey Smith's vocal was removed and Frankie Ford's white version replaced it. Because Frankie stood a better chance of getting on 'Bandstand'. Plus getting the all important white radio station plays. Than Huey did. Also Screamin' Jay Hawkins who the moviemakers allowed to perform his whole mau mau routine. Then fearing attacks from black organisations for this being racist. Cut it from the movie oh why didn't they film and screen Jay's riot causing 'I Put A Spell On You' routine instead. Including the coffin bit using The Drifters as pallbearers. Just as he and Fredd did in 1958. Before the political motivated/really racist cops stopped the show. This is a great movie, with a terrific cast a brilliant central performance. Wonderful actors , musicians recreating convincing the magic time. Being more like it was than Jerry Lee and Chuck who are both a little too much. Impossible to buy due to the super rich rock'n'roll detesting music publishers. Attempting to extort mega bucks for music they have stolen from the true creators. No one can pay them what they demand so they prevent the film from being available.You know maybe this could be a movie too. Perhaps American Hot Wax 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring it out on DVD!! 30 Aug. 2004
By M. Buisman - Published on
Format: DVD
I can't believe this movie is so hard to get. It is the great story of Alan Freed who brought rock and roll to American teenagers and is also about the people who obstructed him in this. There are many aspects of his life that are not talked about but it is still worth watching, if only for the great music in it. Also the roles played by Jay Leno and Fran Drescher are funny.
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No VHS/DVD is a Real Loss 8 Jan. 2005
By Raymond D. Dunn Jr. - Published on
Format: DVD
I find it hard to believe there is no market for either a VHS or DVD of American Hot Wax. Although I'm 60, and not a rock n' roller, I found this to be a movie that could be enjoyed over and over. The music and the realization that this music oppression did occur is excellent viewing. Hopefully I won't have to buy one of the pirate copies that are floating around.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Hot Wax 7 May 2005
By Mr. M. C. Dunn - Published on
Format: DVD
Why oh why is this not on DVD. I have a very wobbly copy on VHS taken from the TV, complete with commercials. It captures the pure energy of the music of the time. Whilst watching it a while ago on VHS my then 13 year old daughter came in and asked what I was watching, when I told her she shrugged and said Oh no. Then sat down looking fed up with dad and his Rock n Roll. She sat through the film and when it finished wanted to know where she could get a copy and what it was called. I think this says it all, the pulling power of this film. Excellent, but please release it soon.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rave Review - and it isn't even out yet! 23 July 2001
By Bob Heinmiller - Published on
Format: DVD
"American Hot Wax" is one of my all-time favorite movies. I have a marginal quality VHS of it taped off the TV. I have been trying, literally for years, to find a legal copy. It was issued on VHS, then taken off the market with only a few copies sold.
It's the story of Alan Freed and his first Rock and Roll Concert at the Brooklyn Paramount. The music is wonderful!: Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry...
Lorraine Newman as an aspiring teen-age songwriter, Jay Leno as Freed's chauffeur...
A must-see if you are into original rock and roll.
Tell 'em to get that DVD out!!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent View Of The Early Days Of Rock & Roll 15 Feb. 2005
By Mike Melody - Published on
Format: DVD
First of all, I echo all the other reviewers who are incredulous at the omission of this film on DVD! While taking a few liberties with the facts, the representation of Alan Freed(masterfully played by The late Tim McIntyre)is for the most part on the mark. The side plots range from funny to poignant(the romance between Jay Leno & Fran Drescher and Laraine Newman as a teenage songwriter), and the music is incredible! Check out Kenny Vance & the Planotones doing "Come Go With Me", and "The Chesterfields", with James Taylor backup vocalist Arnold McCullers doing Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers! Let's not leave out two of the fathers of Rock & Roll...Chuck Berry & Jerry Lee Lewis in all their glory! Tons of references to other music of the era, with glimpses of life in radio in the 50s, and a look at the making of a hit record in the studio! This is a great little film!
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