2000’s Almost Famous is the film which could very well be writer/director Cameron Crowe’s masterpiece. Crowe’s 1970s-set follow-up to Jerry Maguire surpasses that film and it’s right up there with 2001’s Vanilla Sky as his finest work. A financial disappointment on its initial release, Almost Famous also happens to be one of the best films of the 21st Century.
A fantastic script and a soundtrack loaded with great music helps make this an unmissable piece of cinema. Based on Crowe’s own adventures as a young Rolling Stone journalist in the 1970s (played by Patrick Fugit), Almost Famous is a film which packed with heart and emotion. Billy Crudup impresses as a rock icon, while the always reliable Jason Lee offers strong support as his band-mate and Kate Hudson has a star-making turn as the groupie, Penny Lane. It was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, with Crowe winning Best Original Screenplay.
Almost Famous is now making its UK debut on 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray on 12 July 2021. The release features both the theatrical cut which runs 2 hours 3 minutes and the 2 hour and 41 minute long Bootleg Cut.
The disc comes with a Crowe commentary and a new documentary Filmmaker Focus: Cameron Crowe on Almost Famous as well as-
– Casting and Costumes
| – “Fever Dog” Music Video
– Interview with Lester Bangs
– Cameron Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973
– “Love Comes and Goes”
Set in 1973, Almost Famous chronicles the funny and often poignant coming-of-age of 15-year-old music fanatic William (Patrick Fugit). Having managed to land an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater, fronted by lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and with the help of gorgeous ‘’band aid’’ Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), William finds himself drawn into the band’s inner circle, despite the objections of his over-protective mother (Frances McDormand). As he becomes less an observer and more a participant in the band’s dynamics, William learns a life-changing lesson about the importance of family – the ones we inherit and the ones we create.