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24 Hour Party People

A brief history of the earth-shaking Manchester pop music scene developed by visionary TV host Tony Wilson is represented with buzzing energy by Steve Coogan as he starts his own record label in 1976 with Joy Division before adding New Order and The Happy Mondays. Michael Winterbottom’s innovative digital video movie looks great and fluently captures the energy and chaos of the "Mad-chester" music scene from ’76 to ’92 with an irreverent comic tone and pitch-perfect performances by actors filling the shoes of well-known musicians. Coogan’s hilarious direct-to-camera monologues and snarky asides are alone worth the price of the DVD. This is a super fun movie. Special features include optional audio commentary with Steve Coogan and producer Andrew Eaton or with Tony Wilson, 2 making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, photo stills, and choice of English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 Widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. (Movie – Four Stars, DVD features – Four Stars) Rated R, 117 mins. (MGM Home Entertainment)

May 11, 2005 in Comedy | Permalink