- Actors: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard
- Directors: Todd Haynes
- Writers: Todd Haynes, James Lyons
- Producers: Bob Weinstein, Christine Vachon, Christopher Ball, Harvey Weinstein, Michael Stipe
- Format: Anamorphic, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Vci
- DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2004
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CYF6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:
Full motion menu
Behind the Glam & the Glitter
Picture Show/Photo Library
Printable Photo Library
Aspect ratio: 16:9 anamorphic / 4:3 full fram
Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Surround
Somewhat misleadingly described by many as a mock-biopic based on the life of David Bowie, Velvet Goldmine is so much more than that. Journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) who sets out to discover whatever happened to Ziggy Stardust-like Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), the famous bisexual glam star who crashed and burned spectacularly, but in the process helped Arthur awaken his own sexuality. It's an insane homage to 1970s glam rock in the UK as only American, who knew the movement from a distance, would make; it's a tribute to film director Nicolas Roeg's best work, particularly Performance and the Bowie-vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth; it's a sci-fi movie about an alternative reality (the film's "present" is a 1984 that never existed and frustratingly never clearly explained); it's a queer Citizen Kane with lashings of eye-glitter, a complete mess, an absolute delight and a chance to see Ewan McGregor naked in case you didn't catch him in The Pillow Book as the Iggy Pop-like Curt Wild, Slade's lover/protégé.
Director Todd Haynes, who made the incredibly spare Safe and a biopic about Karen Carpenter with Barbie dolls, crams in everything--including the kitchen sink, all the washing-up and half the larder--as if terrified he'll never get another chance to shoot even a commercial again. The pacing drags like catwalk-queen's glittery taffeta train at times, but then glorious swooping musical numbers and clever bits of allusive business arrive that will brighten the day of many a pop-fan and film-buff. Never anything less than ruthlessly inventive and demanding of patience and an open mind, it's one for connoisseurs. Viewers who prefer easy-viewing eye candy are well advised to stick with fluff like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. --Leslie Felperin --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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The casting is perfect here - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is fantastic in the lead role, and the supporting cast are equally convincing.
Cracking soundtrack too!
The music is fantastic with Rhys Meyers performing many of his songs (and he's a pretty good singer!) as well as a couple by Ewan, more recently known for his contribution to Moulin Rouge!'s music. Also present are a selection of other songs such as "Make Me Smile" and "20th Century Boy" (ah, we love Placebo!) fitting the era and atmosphere - though I wasn't even born then so perhaps I am less critical than someone who remembers Bowie's greatness!
I also loved the way the film was put together. The jolting touches of memory and somewhat irregular presentation as Arthur digs out the truth lead the viewer to conclusions and provide for an intriguing storyline (ripped straight out of Citizen Kane). The music videos are great to watch and revisit via the chapter selection and the documentary on the DVD is also pretty good although in my opinion was too much about the era and not enough about the film!
All in all, get this film if you're into slightly alternative cinema, glam rock or just gay issues :) There are some wonderful lines from Brian on bisexuality but you'll have to wait and see them for yourself :)
There is no getting away from it, Velvet Goldmine divides film lovers across the spectrum, some folk are genuinely baffled by it, others (such as myself) think it's close to being genius, while some cinematic observers want to throw up at the mere mention of the film! I once engaged in a conversation with a fellow cinephile who positively hated the film with a passion, it was clear that we both watched a very different movie, nothing he said sounded remotely like the film I had watched and adored. Here I am after my third viewing thinking that I'm still right and that Velvet Goldmine demands repeat viewings to fully comprehend director Todd Haynes outlandish homages.
This is not remotely close to being a true story of the era, but it certainly has its finger on the pulse as regards how the genre evolved and lit up so many a dull dole day for many many people. Some instances and characters are based around factual things, I mean you would have to seriously know nothing about music to not see the David Bowie and Iggy Pop structured core on show here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't really follow this. Maybe it has a cult following? I watched it following a recommendation but gave up half way through.Published 2 months ago by John Ward
Underrated movie. Great acting, interesting direction and loving the connection between the super Jonathan Ryhs Meyers and Christian Bale here. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lidia Nunez Sanchez
Excellent film! Soundtrack and costumes are just amazing. Arrived quickly.Published 11 months ago by Laxtitute22
Special film. Fascinating to see Ewan McGregor and C Bale in this old-timer filmPublished 11 months ago by Arild D
Rubbish! Was not what I thought it would be, its like someones idea of the era but is way wide of the mark. Its more like a bad cabaret show. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Michael P. Farrell
I came at this film as a long-standing fan of Bowie, Bolan, Roxy, Eno, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. The finished piece inevitably falls short given Bowie's refusal to licence his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julie D