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Velvet Goldmine [Blu-ray]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Loosely based on the experiences and personalities of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, VELVET GOLDMINE is a wild, glitter-laced trip through the 1970s era of Glam rock. Fictional characters Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are personifications of Glam rock's ideals, with the mysterious and androgynous Slade balanced by the intense, raucous Wild. When Slade disappears, the era itself seems to melt away, swallowed up by the slick 1980s. But Slade's story, and the story of Glam rock, is retold when journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is assigned to discover what really happened to Slade. Through his own memories of this time, Arthur faces his childhood fears and fantasies. With a nod to Oscar Wilde, a CITIZEN KANE-like structure, and an overall sumptuous atmosphere, VELVET GOLDMINE is director Todd Haynes's unique look at homosexuality, indulgence, and, most importantly, rock & roll.
  • Credits
    Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Myers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Emily Woof, Michael Feast
  • Critic Reviews
    "...In re-creating an era as a gorgeous carnal dream, Haynes celebrates the art of the possible..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Dazzlingly surreal....Blazing with exquisite yet abstract passions, and with quite a lot to look at on the side....Ewan McGregor makes a fabulously charismatic rock star..."
    New York Times

    "...Haynes' film brilliantly exposes the ideals of youth culture..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A fascinating reflection on the mythical power of music idols and the nature of memory, identity and nostalgia..."
    Box Office

    "[I]t revels in artifice, is touched by pretension, and dazzles with brilliance."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[Haynes is] brilliantly audacious....An eccentric hybrid of pop opera and surreal essay....A ravishing rock dream..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Fascinating....GOLDMINE dives headfirst into the era's overhyped perversity, and luxuriates in the pouty lips, taut bodies, and fabulous frippery of the glam demigods..."

    "...VELVET GOLDMINE is a feverish dream of a movie, a riot of color and attitude that is all pop decadence, all night long..."
    Los Angeles Times

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