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  • Directors: John Dower
  • Producers: John Battsek
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTIE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An in-depth look at the Britpop movement of the Nineties - through a mix of archive footage, live performances and never-seen-before interviews with major players.

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It's hard to fill a music documentary with the same energy that ignited the movement, but Live Forever succeeds in charting the rise and decline of the Britpop genre with ease. Looking back on the 1990s phenomenon, it removes the rose-tinted spectacles that are so often donned for such retrospectives and looks at the trend and hype through a refreshing political perspective hinging around the New Labour government. It's fascinating to see how the spin doctors went to work on this new youth culture to increase popularity with voters.

It was a time of political change, when, after long Conservative rule, people were looking forward to the future, and Cool Britannia filled a cultural hole. There was bizarre art from the likes of Emin and Hurst, and a vibrant music scene filled with "jolly" Blur tunes and Pulp's off-kilter takes on the working class. But it was Oasis's meteoric rise and the simultaneous "Lad" cultural stereotype they embodied that really gripped the nation's youth (both male and female). Live Forever offers interviews with the Gallagher brothers (who actually come across as sound geezers), Damon Albarn (who fares less well, and it becomes clear where director John Dower's commitment lay in the big Britpop battle) and the sublime Jarvis Cocker (who really should have become more of a cultural icon). Although Britpop ended after a blitz of cigarettes and alcohol, its place is sealed in music history. Just as The Filth and the Fury has become the must-see documentary on punk, Live Forever may well become the defining film of the 90s generation. --Nikki Disney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Live Forever' is a humorous look at the Britpop phenomenon, it's rise and fall, with lots of classic clips thrown in, and newly recorded interviews from key players. If you are interested in the soundtrack, you might like to pick up the companion CD album: Live Forever - The Best Of Britpop.

The main bands who were interviewed were Oasis (Noel and Liam Gallagher) and Blur (Damon Albarn), and the film focuses heavily on their much publicised rivalry. Other bands who were mentioned more briefly include Nirvana, and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker pops up frequently offering intelligent opinions. This is not a one sided documentary, and also touches upon how the New Labour party used Britpop to beef up their image and help Tony Blair rise to power.

Whilst 'Live Forever' isn't a definitive look back at the era, it completely neglects bands like Radiohead and The Verve (apart from a name check), it is still a very informative, but mostly funny portrait of the most exciting time in British music since The Beatles and The Stones. You have an awkward, but seemly brilliant social commenter Damon Albarn avoiding questions, Noel Gallagher being his usual hilarious self, and Liam, who appears to be genuinely puzzled at certain questions thrown at him - priceless!

The DVD's special features include longer, unseen interviews with the Gallaghers, Jarvis, and Damon, and a video diary featurette by the Oasis tribute band Wonderwall, including their performance at the London Premier.

'Live Forever' is a lot of fun, and I loved it.
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By A on 16 Mar. 2009
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This is the kind of documentary that contains enough facts but never gets tiring - in fact it is highly enjoyable right to the last frame. It has a very clever structure, it's visually strong and has a positive tone towards the era, which is represented by the Gallaghers, Jarvis Cocker, David Albarn and many others who make powerful remarks. Even your average art-enemy, Damien Hirst is an interviewee. The best short conversations are definitely the ones with the two Gallagher brothers. Although, I never liked the music and the personalities, I must admit that they are hilarious! Even their tribute band is funny.

I never watched a documentary that I had to watch again immediately. And again. And several times since then. Some might say, that it's not a full list. I don't think that it was ever meant to be. Personally, I would have liked more about The Prodigy and something about Radiohead (they are completely ignored), but I was happy with what I was given - a film, featuring most of the defining bands, characters and reliable sources about Britpop, done in a stylish, witty and entertaining manner.

Even if you don't like Britpop, Oasis or Blur (you still have to have a general curiosity about music in the UK), take a chance on this one, you will not regret it! It is a very rare item - a British film that is exciting and not trying too hard to be stylish, clever and important, while it is all of these things, naturally. A wondering star!
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The people who made this rubbish were obviously never passionate about Britpop. OK, so maybe that allows them to put together a more objective view of the era, but they have a distinct lack of knowledge as to what Britpop actually was.
To their credit, they managed to secure some very high profile interviews (Liam, Noel, Damon and Jarvis), but all this film turns out to be is a glorified version of an "I Love the 1990s" documentary.
Thankfully, it is not the production team who come off as the biggest fools in this film. That accolade goes to Damon Albarn for acting so arrogant as to not want to discuss the Blur/Oasis rivalry - what did you think they would ask you about Damon?? Your new Gorillaz album?
Hopefully someone will come along a few years down the line and produce a more informed account of the wonderful Britpop years. But for now your best bet is to read "The Last Party" by John Harris, whilst having this film on as background music!
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Live Forever does a fine job of packing a phenomenal concentration of pompous, self-important sycophants into 82 minutes of film. The only interviewees who come across as faintly interesting are Noel and Liam Gallagher, who alone save this film from being the unqualified train-wreck it so nearly is. Damon Albarn is so self-conscious and humourless that he fails to find a single interesting thing to say. His absurd rant about defenceless trees being cut down to build houses sets the tone for much of the film's silly pseudo-political drivel.

But Damon and Jarvis and Noel and Liam are creative artists and deserve a degree of indulgence. It's the pretentious, po-faced sycophants and hangers-on - drawling on about the Moment that was Brit Pop and how many lines of cocaine they did and how Noel once passed wind in their general direction - who make the thing almost unwatchable.

Cool Britannia. Thank god it's over.
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I liked this DVD but was left feeling unfulfilled, it wasn't very gritty, didn't go too deep and just skirted around the edges so I felt, after watching it, I didn't actually get anything from it. Was worth a watch but could have been so much better.
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