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on 31 May 2013
This may sound like an obvious statement but this is a film for fans of The Stone Roses. That's not to say that people unfamiliar with the band shouldn't check it out - they most definitely should - but this is a film that has been made (by an exceptionally talented director and super-fan) for fans of the Roses. And didn't he do well.

As expected, the access he has to the boys is unprecidented and this really becomes apparent during the jaw-dropping rehearsal footage. Shane was able to get right in their faces and you see them connect with each other like never before. I was smiling so hard my face was aching and just seeing this footage is worth whatever price Amazon ends up charging for the DVD. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen last night and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy so I can watch it again. And again.

There are so many other highlights - the Parr Hall footage that takes you behind the scenes but also makes you feel like you were AT the gig (I've never felt that from any other documentary or live film before) - the Heaton Park footage - the opening scene that just pulls you in and gives you goose bumps - the fan interviews that make you realise how much they still mean to so many people. I could go on and on.

Basically, if you're a fan go and see it at the cinema!!! If you missed the chance to do that, pre-order this DVD and wait by the letter box until it arrives.

You won't regret it, you lucky people. Cheers Shane - you nailed it!
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on 23 October 2013
Bought it, watched it, loved it. Director Shane Meadows ( 'This is England' 'Dead Man's Shoes') doesn't go down the biographical route in his documentary which celebrates the reforming of 90's Icons The Stone Roses. There are no probing and intimate interviews with Ian, Mani, Reni & John its simply all about the music and fans as it should be.

However for 'newbies' to the music of the Roses their history gets documented in narration by the band themselves with revealing archive footage and TV interviews. Shane Meadows has been unfairly criticized by the the odd reviewer for not adopting the inquisitive journalistic approach in this documentary but for me and countless others I'm sure he was perfectly right to focus on the music and fans and not the personal lives of individual band members There are countless biographies around on 'The Stone Roses' so the message is resoundingly clear, if your after more in-depth personal information on the individual band members go buy a book or surf the Internet and rightly so.
Shane, a huge Stone Roses himself, lets the camera roll and lets the music and fans do the talking. There is wonderful rehearsal and warm up gig footage that ends with their culmination gig at Heaton Park. When a free gig at Warrington is announced on the day the gig was to take place itself Shane is there with camera in hand to capture devoted fans arrive unceremoniously as they queue in hope and sheer desperation to get one of only 1000 tickets issued.
There are some great moments here as fans talk candidly about their love of the Stone Roses and how the music has meant so much to them in their lives. As with the age of the band members many are middle aged people now. Some arrive with their various memorabilia from back in their youth when The Stone Roses first exploded onto the British music scene with the debut self-titled album in 1989. Stories of children being quickly dumped at childminders, people coming in their paint covered overalls, lies being told to employers to get out of work, all for the chance of being one of the lucky few to acquire a ticket.
Later on during their warm up gigs in Europe an incident in Amsterdam results in drummer Reni walking off stage and things unfortunately go from bad to worse as he decides to go home. Shane decides to bypass the details of this event in the film other than suggesting it could have stemmed from a monitor problem that Reni had experienced on stage. I think Shane was right to do this as things behind the scenes were clearly volatile at this point and I'm sure Ian, Mani & John as well as their band management had more important things to do at the time rather talking about it on camera.

Its then onward's to Film's finale at Heaton Park as Shane films the band in all their reformed glory as they perform a guitar fest 15 minute version of' 'Fools Gold'. John Squire may be 50 years old now but he hasn't lost one ounce of his talent. He's even better. He demonstrates yet again what a dynamic Guitarist he is and why he deservedly came 13th in a BBC poll of the most influential guitarists from the past 30 years.
Its John's guitar playing that defined the Roses sound as with Liam's voice in 'Oasis' without either musician both bands wouldn't have climbed to their respective musical heights.

Shane Meadows documentary is a job finely done and explores a reunion of a glorious band consisting of what are now middle aged men but who still have more than it takes to influence a new generation as they did in the early 90's. Whether they'll stay together long enough and write new material for this to occur is another question. Their comeback album 'The Second Coming' from 1994 after a 5 year hiatus may not have appealed to every debut album Roses fan and music critique who were waiting with bated breath for their much delayed follow up. However after listening to a lot of British guitar music around these days its clear and evident it wasn't that bad after all.
The only one negative aspect to the Film is that Shane didn't ask a few questions pertaining to new material. In one scene during their rehearsal sessions the band have a blackboard setup with a list of their familiar songs to work on but clearly noticeable on the list is one scribbled 'Newie'. Shane spots this and makes reference to it but unfortunately doesn't pursue it with band members at a later stage. Shame, that would've surely made for an interesting talking point.

I suspect you wouldn't get favorable odds at the bookmakers of The Stone Roses reformation having any chance of lasting a decent time span as historically things haven't been that lasting. However in the meantime if you are a fan of The Stone Roses or just come across the band as a young and new fan you need to own this film......9.5 /10

Dave Griffiths
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on 24 October 2013
Enjoyed watching the DVD. I especially enjoyed the rehearsal footage.It is worth a watch whether you're new to the band or not.One thing that Amazon failed to state is that the dvd has Audio Description, which to me as someone with a visual impairment was a brilliant suprise.
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on 16 January 2015
I have to be honest and say that the ending is such a let down, and I feel sorry for the filmmaker as after the bust up in Amsterdam the content is practically null. It seems really clear that the band or management cut access to the lads after that and the film suffers massively as a consequence. Up to that it is outstanding and sends shivers down your spine at certain points.

Anyone who went to the Heaton park show will know what an incredible show it was, and the build up and backstage access and coverage of the day is non-existent in the film. A real shame.

It's still a must have for any Roses fan and inspirational, but prepare for some disappointment as the film doesn't get the ending it deserves.
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on 12 June 2013
I was absolutely blown away by Made of Stone. Shane has a background in dramas that are filled with humour and that comes through perfectly from the band. He manages to create a real sense of the dynamic between each member of The Stone Roses and builds upon this to place viewers right in the center of the building sense of excitement around the Heaton Park gig.

I'm also unable to recall a music based documentary that does such a sterling job of joining the music to the visuals. There are a number of distinct choices he's made for each musical moment that allows him to explore different performances in different ways. From the electric rehearsal, which sparks with laughter and a shocked awe from the crew through the crowd pleasing moments around Parr Hall you'll be blown away by how engaging and moving every shot is.

From Parr Hall we follow the lows at the end of the European tour to the moment of glory in Heaton. In the final scenes you simply watch the band, almost divorced from the crowds and the events and simply washed over by the performance. And then, the final musical moment - it creates an almost transcendental sense of joy.

You won't be able to look away from a frame. I love Shane's other work so I can't be certain this is his best film but I honestly think it may be the single best music documentary that has been made.

Live those moments again, you'll want to be back in the cinema in a second to watch every moment again.
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on 5 October 2013
This has to be one of the greatest moments in documentary cinema history. Meadows excels here and also surprises with a technical and emotional master class in filmmaking. A reunion all fans had given up hope on ever happening, not only happens but is captured by the greatest living british director. There is a god!
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on 14 October 2015
Love the stone Roses, and the performance Footage of Fools Gold at the end is worth the purchase, but a huge chunk of this documentary is just interviewing people waiting to get into their gigs, which is spectacularly boring.
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on 14 February 2017
Interesting/intriguing bio-pic of this notoriously inconsistent & enigmatic group that die-hard fans will love. But, for those not so inclined, probably three stars at best... until, right at the end, when for anyone remotely interested in rock music it's catapulted into the five star category by a thirteen minute work out of "Fools Gold" filmed at Heaton Park, Manchester in 2012 that's up there with the very best live tracks I've ever seen on film. Worth the price simply to own this slice of audio-visual brilliance.
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on 23 September 2015
I love the Stone Roses. Fantastic band, great music but this doco could have been so much better. They skipped quickly over their early story and focused too much on their rehearsal and secret first gig.
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on 5 January 2017
This is a cracking story about an amazing band staging its lucrative comeback. The footage is pretty honest so much so that they come across as quite pretentious to me. In fact, the scenes from the European tour, when they get sound problems, seem a bit like a modern day version of Spinal Tap. Hilarious! Did they every release a DVD of the actual comeback tour? Great extras make up for lack of full a concert and worthy of the price.
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