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Velvet Goldmine [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 19222801
  • Release Date: 04/15/2011
  • Rating: R

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)


    Velvet Goldmine
    At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, American independent director Todd Haynes (Safe) received the "Artistic Achievement" award for this re-creation of the UK glam rock scene of the early '70s. Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who does a character named Maxwell Demon, predicts his own death onstage. As per his prediction, this happens, but when the killing is exposed as a hoax, it marks the end of Slade's stardom. A decade later, in 1984, Brit reporter and former Slade fan Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), who witnesses the hoax murder, gets the assignment to do a "Whatever Happened To..?" article, and the film's plot suddenly goes into a prismatic Citizen Kane mode, reflecting various angles on Slade's life and career. Arthur visits the wheelchair-bound Cecil (Michael Feast), who discovered Slade, and then tracks Slade through his early life and his initial encounter with outrageous, maniacal American singer Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor). Slade's rise begins as manager Jerry Divine (Brit comedian Eddie Izzard) moves in to take over the performer's career. Ex-wife Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), interviewed by Arthur in a dimly lit nightclub, has memories going back to their initial 1969 Sombrero Club encounter. Their marriage paralleled his Bowie-like ascent to fame as an innovative, bisexual rock star pushing the limits. Idolized by teens, Slade teamed up for a while with the drug-addicted Wild. Eventually, the marriage of Mandy and Slade comes to an end, and she hasn't seen him in seven years when she's interviewed by Arthur. The soundtrack features vintage music by Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed and Brian Eno, plus new tunes. Some background on the making of Velvet Goldmine is documented in producer Christine Vachon's book Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter (Avon, 1998) by Vachon with Slate film critic David Edelstein. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ewan McGregor
      Ewan McGregor - Curt Wild
    • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
      Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - Brian Slade
    • Toni Collette
      Toni Collette - Mandy Slade
    • Christian Bale
      Christian Bale - Arthur Stuart
    • Eddie Izzard
      Eddie Izzard - Jerry Divine

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, passable Blu-ray

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This movie plays like Citizen Kane with glam rock, trippy visuals, a terrific '60s, '70s, and '80s soundtrack, and free love. Stylistically, visually, and sonically, this film plays on a whole 'nother level. Also interesting to see relatively younger versions of Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, and Jonathan Rhys Myers before they went on to bigger things. Definitely recommended for anyone with an interest in the glam rock period, though some of the film's content may not appeal to more casual movie-goers. Picturewise, the Blu-ray is far from impressive, which is a shame considering the film's amazing visuals. It looks like Miramax/Lionsgate went back to their old master created for the DVD. To be honest, it doesn't even look HD. It's rather mushy and undetailed. The texture looks unnatural and clumpy, and the image is riddled with edge halos. The transfer isn't an outright travesty and is still watchable, but the movie deserves much more. The film's amazing soundtrack fairs well with the Blu-ray's 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio track, and I have no complaints. Extras are sparse, but include a terrific commentary with the film's writer/director and producer, the film's theatrical trailer and bonus previews for other video releases.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Do Not Miss This!


      This movie is terrific for anyone who loves music, Ewan McGregor, or Oscar Wilde. It follows a Citizen Kane-like plot, except it isn't boring and you actually want to finish the whole thing. The film answers the question, what happened to Brian Slade? It tells the story about how one man changed the lives of many. Astonishing characters from his youth are introduced and help fill in the pieces of Slade's life. These are the most colorful and extraordinary people you'll meet. The costumes are beautiful, as well as the hair and make up. You really are drawn into the movie. The soundtrack is spectacular and helps set the stage. Expect songs from Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, and Lou Reed. If you a Placebo fan, watch out for them because they make an appearance. So go watch this movie. Your eyes will thank you for it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor!!!!!


      This movie isn't for a lot of people. It creates a world of it's own. The movie as you can read in the description is about the Glam rock scene of the 70's. Ewan and JRM really step out for this movie. The acting alone between JRM, Ewan, Christian Bale, and Toni Collette is worth seeing this movie. See this movie if you love the 70's, Glam Rock, great music (including tracks actually sung by the cast!!! TV Eye is to die for), and unbeatable acting! Enjoy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great movie based on the early 70's glam rock period. Jonathan Rhys Meyers who went on to star in "the Tudors" is perfect in his role here.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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