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on 18 July 2017
Not one of Christopher Guests best movies, the subject of folk music is one he's clearly in love with. But it lacks the laugh-out loud Gags of "This is Spinal Tap" Eugene Levy though steals the show playing a washed up singer
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 February 2016
I brought this because I loved spinal tap, it was OK but not great
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on 31 March 2017
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on 13 September 2015
Another fab mockumentary from Christopher Guest. And I'm not even a country music fan! Great stuff - very entertaining.
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VINE VOICEon 5 August 2011
Not just memorable because of Fred Willard's Schtick, but because all the other performances are brilliant, from Posey to Levy. The songs are good too, funny and oddly catchy, just like Spinal Tap's. Bringing together the makers of that classic, this instead is about the folk music scene, how old bands are getting together for a special tribute gig. Will it be a success? Will Mitch and Micky kiss? Will Mike La Fontaine get a ten minute spot? Watch to see Wha' happens.

O'Hara and Levy star as Mitch and Micky, a folk couple who were once sweethearts, but their relationship fell apart. Now Mitch is an odd recluse and Micky has married a model train fanatic. The highlight of their show was a kiss during one song. The New Main Street Singers are a group revamped from the Golden age while the Folksmen are 3 men- Guest, Mckean, Shearer who are looking to reclaim their fame. Throw into the mix La Fontaine, owner and founder of High Class management and many other insane characters, and we have another very funny film. Best moments include- all of Willard's scenes, proving he is one of the funniest men alive, and the 'I would love to see this town in the Autumn' scene and the ' best acoustics in the world' scene. Very underrated and pretty much unknown (though it has garnered a cult following in recent years), if you're a fan of 'strange' comedy, watch this.

The DVD is surprisingly filled with special features from deleted scenes to chats with the cast, and even a gig with most of the acts. The features are very entertaining and also highlight how tight, how full of ideas, and how much love they have for the art this group have.
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on 28 March 2009
I agree with the previous review that this isn't side-splitting in the way that the Spinal Tap film was, however it is a lovely film with a great deal of humour and the usual wonderful Chris Guest ensemble cast who also handle the music superbly.

You'll almost certainly enjoy this if you like Guest's style from his previous offerings or if you have any interest in the kind of folksy american music groups that are so brilliantly spoofed here.

I don't really understand why the previous reviewer says a lot of good things about the film and then rates it with only 3 stars... I guess these things are relative, but a film that rates between Best in Show (that's got to be at least a 3 star film) and This is Spinal Tap (11 stars) gets a 4 from me.
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on 22 July 2009
I agree with the previous reviewers - musically brilliant, very funny but not belly-laugh-inducing in a Spinal Tap kind of way. What this film has that Guest's previous offerings lacked is a real heart, with Mitch and Mickey's tragic tale at the centre.

The first time I saw this it would have been a 3-4 star, but repeated viewing reveals more and more delights (those album covers!) and for me, it's a 5.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 19 September 2016
With this 2003 film director Christopher Guest continues his series of fake documentaries. That started with the now cult film This is Spinal Tap. That was followed by Best in Show which explored the world of dog shows with greatly amusing and essential accuracy and that was followed by an investigation into the world of amateur dramatics via Waiting for Guffman.

The current 'A Mighty Wind' brings his dissecting eye to bear upon the world of Country and Western. Once again he uses the same team featured in the previous two films to good effect both serious and humorous. The team perform their own music with considerable talent so the musical element is presented very well indeed. The music is simply the vehicle into an investigation into the main characterisations involved.

However, this review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors. Entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review which is aimed squarely at the many supporters of this film.

Essentially, for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.

For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality.

The degree of improvement experienced from this BD will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The following technical information is intended to be a guide to aid in assessment.

The screen used for this review is only of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.

However, the contributing player is, unusually, able to separate the audio and visual HDMI signals before they leave separately to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance, useful in this case.

Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.

In summary this BD is a transfer from good quality and relatively recent 2003 film stock and has responded well to the BD transfer. It is well worth considering for fans of Country and Western and admirers of Christopher Guest's style of humour.
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