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This commentary is only available on the "Bootleg Cut" edition of "Almost Famous."
Commentaries on this disc:
Writer/director Cameron Crowe and his mom, Alice Crowe
Rating:8.3/10 (31 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005
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Crowe delivers some of the best commentaries around and does not disappoint with this one. He is a very engaging speaker and the track has a very conversational feel to it. His mom joins him and they talk in great detail about the autobiographical elements in the movie. This is a top notch commentary -- easily one of the best. If you're a fan of this movie, it is essential listening.
Reviewed by clovenhoof on November 16th, 2008
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Wonderful track. One my all-time favourite films, and they fill it in beautifully with so much information about the real story behind lots of the movie's incidents, as well as on the actors and the production. Very entertaining.
Reviewed by ohpopshop on June 10th, 2010
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Outstanding commentary--one of the best, if not the best, in my DVD collection. Listening to Crowe and his mother interact is almost as much fun as watching their doppelgangers on screen, plus their comments enlighten you about almost every single scene and certainly all the major ones. Insights about plot points, actor performances, and most interesting of all details about the autobiographical reality that lay behind the making of the movie.
Reviewed by HJFletch on September 28th, 2010
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The only way I see that this commentary could've been better had we heard the likes of Jason Lee, who, if you've ever heard on a commentary, is pretty awesome. Although not much of a fan of Kate Hudson, I probably would've liked to hear her chime in on this one as well, as we know she was the true star of this one. Otherwise this was top notch. There was very little lag time, if any at all, while Cameron and his mom poured over every scene and every detail, but not in the boring way. I was very pleased and I plan on listening to this commentary again someday.
Reviewed by ipatrick on November 28th, 2014
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I've nothing to add exept that thank god there's someone out there who cares and knows how to pack a good dvd. the untitled edition, as well as his jerry mcguire special edition are excellent packages.
Reviewed by musíl65 on March 2nd, 2016
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Cameron Crowe and his mother are fitting perfectly together. They talk about their own life and how it ended in this terrific movie. Beside of the usual stuff about the actors, the script, the DP, the location, the movie, the reception of the movie, the pacing etc. you get a lot of funny stories about life on the road and the real musicians from the 70ties.
The musicians were very cooperative with the rights of their songs. The reactions from some famous musicians are also mentioned. The move was ten years in development. Thanks to this commentary you are able to recognize some small details of the movie. This is a great addition to the movie. For the first time I recognizes Jimmy Fallon!
The track is also very funny. For me this commentary is perfect and a must for fans of the film. Don’t miss it: 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by Station51 on May 11th, 2016
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This is a decent enough commentary, the trouble is it's about a movie that falls short. Making a period rock'n'roll movie with a fake band is kind of like eating a plastic apple. There's nothing real about it at all and pretty pointless. People keep making them, I don't know why. Crowe is a good filmmaker and he got a really good inside look into the entertainment industry at a young age. The movie works best when it's about him. Which is why it's great he got his Mother on the commentary with him. She's a character in her own right. An odd and interesting woman with a unique sense of values and views on culture. She keeps looking at Frances McDormand who plays her, saying "That's my dress! I remember that exact dress!"
Crowe does a lot more in this commentary to expose who the real people were that he depicts in the film without completely 'outing' them.
Still, it occured to me that 'Spinal Tap' was a more believable fake band with better songs than the band 'Stillwater' and they were doing a comedy.
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