That Thing You Do! [Blu-ray] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 04/02/2013
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (169 out of 172)

Special Features


  • "Feel Alright" music video
  • The Wonders! Big In Japan!
  • The story of The Wonders
  • Making That Thing You Do!
  • That Thing You Do! reunion
  • HBO First Look: The Making Of That Thing You Do!

Synopsis


That Thing You Do!
Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their brief fling with fame. Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) works as a salesman at his father's appliance store and plays the drums in his spare time, fancying himself a jazz musician. One day, a buddy of Guy's tells him a local rock band, The One-Ders (it's pronounced "wonders"), are in need of a drummer -- they have Battle of the Bands coming up and their usual timekeeper has broken his arm. Guy agrees to sit in, but when it's time to play their best original, a love ballad called "That Thing You Do," Guy lays in a sharp, driving beat that turns the tune into an uptempo pop-rocker. Lead singer Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech) isn't happy at first, but guitarist Lenny (Steve Zahn) and the nameless Bass Player (Ethan Embry) think the song sounds better that way -- and they notice the girls like it just fine. Soon people are actually requesting the song at their shows, and the One-Ders scrape together some money to press a single of "That Thing You Do" to sell between sets. A DJ puts the song on the radio, and opportunity knocks in the form of Mr. White (Tom Hanks), who works for the very major Play-Tone Records label. Play-Tone buys the rights to "That Thing You Do" and puts the band on the road as their song makes it way to the top of the national charts. But what can The Wonders (as Play-Tone have re-named them) do for an encore? And what should Guy do about his infatuation with Jimmy's girlfriend, Faye (Liv Tyler)? Real-life 60's obsessed rocker Chris Isaak has a small part as a recording engineer, and fans of real 60's garage bands will appreciate the wealth of small, accurately observed details (for example, halfway through the film, when a few "That Thing You Do" royalty checks have presumably kicked in, the band's inexpensive Danelectro guitars disappear and the Wonders are suddenly playing on brand new Fender gear -- the height of rock style in 1965). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tom Everett Scott
    Tom Everett Scott - Guy Patterson
  • Liv Tyler
    Liv Tyler - Faye Dolan
  • Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron - Tina
  • Johnathon Schaech
    Johnathon Schaech - Jimmy
  • Steve Zahn
    Steve Zahn - Lenny



Customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Blu-Ray of Fun Film (with both cuts!)

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    HudsonHawk
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    Tom Hanks stepped into the directors chair for this one, a fun film that any fan of music films (and certainly any fans of 60's music) will enjoy. It's the classic tale of a band that becomes nothing more than a one hit wonder. The blu-ray features both the theatrical (my preferred, but your mileage may vary) and Hanks' directors cut of the film. The video isn't going to win any awards for it's presentation, and to it's credit the inherent image would be soft due to the lenses used, but it's a pretty weak transfer even if still yet, looks better than a recent playing on cable. The audio is better, with a 5.1 surround track (presented in lossless DTS-HD MA) that does a great job with sound field separation concerning music and ambience and dialogue, and really pumps up the films many montage sequences that are set to tunes. There's also some additional bonuses for fans of the film, and overall I'd say it's worth it to them - but only at the right price (which it was at the time in-store at BB with a musically related films end cap).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great film, lackluster Blu-ray

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    TTC817
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    That Thing You Do, the directorial debut of actor Tom Hanks, is the story of a band in the Erie area that recruits a talented jazz drummer and scores a hit single, launching them on tours to promote their song. But in predictable fashion, behind-the-scenes drama and obstacles threaten to derail the band. The Blu-ray release includes the original theatrical version, plus a director's cut that runs 40 minutes longer with additional scenes that develop the characters further. Sadly the Blu-ray transfer is rather weak and dated, and falls well below the quality someone would expect from a release on an HD format. One can only hope the movie gets the treatment it needs in the future. Many bonus features are ported over from the older DVD release. The film comes highly recommended although the disc itself is below average in the picture quality department. Pick it up if you can get it for a good price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tom Hanks' directorial debut is a gem

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    dmm32552
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    The song "That Thing You Do!" is likely to become lodged in your brain along with a slew of other very catchy tunes sung by the Wonders and other "faux" music acts featured in this Tom Hanks-helmed period comedy. The film is fairly light with no sense of danger, making it light and easy fare to take in during almost any mood. It is infinitely rewatchable. I could even watch it more than once in a week. Hanks gave Charlize Theron and most of the male actors their first big acting gigs. The Blu-ray includes the Directors Cut which adds a whopping 39 minutes to the total run-time of the film! None of the added footage really makes the film seem to end any less abruptly -- it seems like we're just getting started with the success of the Wonders and then the film is over -- but it does add a lot of character development and some fun scenes that definitely should have been left in the theatrical cut.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Such an underrated film

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    vettedirector
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    This movie gets no attention, which is ridiculous as it's a fantastic, fun film. Tom Hanks directing and acting at his finest. The entire cast is phenomenal. The film disappointed at the box office, but I think it may have been released at just an awkward time for cinema. These days films like this are taken in with a big heart, but in the middle 90's, movies were pretty much falling apart. The bluray is pretty good in terms of quality. Appears to be a new transfer instead of rehashing the DVD, but it wasn't filmed on prime stock film so it's hard to say.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundtrack

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    KISSfan4ever
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    This was a blind buy for me...I must say I enjoyed the movie thoroughly. I watched the extended cut and not once did I wonder when it was going to be over. The movie follows a band to their rise to fame...The Wonders..They had one hit...Hench the expression 1 hit Wonder. Acting was great, soundtrack was awesome..Kind of 50's 60's tone..Loved the movie so much I ordered the soundtrack and have listened to it quit a bit over the last two days... The audio on this disc is really good..However the picture quality really suffers. Granted I have seen worse, but this movie isn't going to awe anyone with its picture..Highly doubtful any movie company is going to spend too much time cleaning up a catalog title. But for $5 with the TU&S, definitely worth a purchase.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't miss the uncut version

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    skippersteve

    The director's cut of this movie improves the movie 100%! Guy's relationship with his girlfriend (Tina) and his friendship with Jimmy's girlfriend (Faye) are enhanced, and the "I am Sparticus" reference finally makes sense. Many other scenes that were originally cut to the quick are restored, improving the storyline. What surprised me is why Tom Hanks allowed the film to be so severely cut in the first place for its initial debut. However, It is a much better film now and deserves to be given another viewing. My only criticism is that in the bonus material no mention was made on the songwriting, and how they pulled it off without replaying actual song hits of the 60's. That too, is a big part of the charm of this movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than One Hit

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    MadDavey
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    This movie still holds true as being awesome. Yes, you may get annoyed with hearing the same song over and over again but this movie is so fun with such a great cast of people that you may have forgotten were in it. There is an extended version of the film included that features a lot more of Charlize Theron's character as well as bonus features that also remind you of the time when this was filmed. This was the least expensive and best version of the Bluray. I am very happy. Haven't even finished watching all of the bonus features. Great soundtrack, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A surprise.

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    Theoldmandowntheroad
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    I enjoyed the original theatrical release, but when I watched the extended cut, the story became much richer. There were nuances to the characters and their relationships that I hadn't caught before. Further, the extras where you heard the cast talk about what the project had been like in the making; you further understood the 'back story' (not only to the *making* of the film, but to the themes *within* the film!) WELL WORTH THE 'PRICE OF ADMISSION!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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