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The Buddy Holly Story  [DVD]
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Gary Busey stars in this biopic of Fifties rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in the infamous 1959 plane crash. Holly grows up in the redneck Texan community of Lubbock, and his dreams of making it as a songwriter are discouraged by both his mother - who wants him to get a proper job - and girlfriend. However, by the age of 22, Holly and his band, the Crickets, have embarked on their road to fame with hits such as 'That'll Be the Day' and 'Peggy Sue'.
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Gary Busey made an excellent Buddy Holly and is very talented with regards to music as well as acting since none of the origional scores were used in the film and Busey performed each one of Holly's songs. A friend of mine remarked that if you heard Busey singing and were not aware that it was him you would swear it were Buddy Holly.
I found the special features of this DVD very good. I enjoy listening to the auido commentary with the film's director (Steve Rash) and Gary Busey, it is interesting to be shown the human errors and mistakes which makes the film so realistic and believable.
I would highly recomend this DVD to any fans of Rock 'n' Roll and of course, the man himself, Buddy Holly. It will be a film that I will continue to watch for the rest of my life.
You can really feel the whole era of the 50s in this film, and it's fascinating of course to think of the historical context, eg a white man breaking through in a black man's musical world.
Buddy Holly changed the face of rock n roll, and of music per se, in such a short time; we can only imagine what wonders were left to unfold had he not been so tragically and suddenly curtailed.
A must for fans of the 50s, rock n roll and of Buddy Holly.
In the midst of all this `encouragement' his boss at the local radio station threatens to fire him - but not before sending a recording to some `hut shut pre-dooser up theyer in Noo Yawk'. Within seconds Holly is catapulted to fame, fortune, marriage and death at twenty two - but not before he starts the ball rolling for the civil rights movement, changes the face of popular music and buys a Cadillac.
On the face of it Steve Rash's 1978 biopic seems to have gone out of its way to be inaccurate. It manages to render events that kinda/sorta happened into almost total fiction. The insult to Eddie Cochran warrants a governmental inquiry, the concept of a live version of That'll be The Day being his first hit single is wishful thinking in the extreme and don't get me started on the omissions! No mention of the 1958 British tour - an event seismic in its impact on pop music forever afterwards - and no mention of his manger and producer Norman Petty - without whom the world may never have heard of Buddy Holly. They don't even get his guitar right - a Telecaster? A Bronco?! Even in the final scene where he does finally yield a Stratocaster - an instrument integral to the Holly legend - it's a rosewood neck job with a large 70's head and with the tremolo arm left on.Read more ›
It's the worst transfer to blu ray I had to witness until now. Secondly, the sound is mediocre and thirdly there are no subtitles (and of course no extras...).
This disk is for sure the result of the path of the least effort taken by its producers.
Actually, it should be forbidden that results like this have the BD quality label.
Lucky for me the movie and surely the performance of Gary Busey are allright, that's the reason for the generous 2 stars...
The print is dirty, chapters are badly planned, and worst of all, the image is fuzzy and with bleached-out colour.
I'm viewing via an HD projector on a 120-inch screen, so any faults are magnified. On my system, my old Region 1 DVD looks way better -- colours have more realistic hues and the image is sharper.
Yes, Blu rays are supposed to give us a far better viewing experience than standard DVDs. This is sadly not true in this case. Save your pounds or dollars and hope that a properly transferred Region A Blu ray may one day appear.
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Brought this for my husband who is a huge buddy holly fan and he loved every minute of this film.Published 13 days ago by jackie
Gary Busey is just perfect as buddy and the film sticks pretty well to reality. I would reccomend this movie.Published 4 months ago by Mrs Susan Duff