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Beginning during the dawn of Factory Records--as Tony Wilson throws himself off a cliff for Granada TV--24 Hour Party People attempts to capture the essence of the ill-fated label which spawned Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays and the venue that started modern Club Culture, the Hacienda in Manchester. Director Michael Winterbottom takes a very different approach to most music biographies, by making the film self-aware that it is a film and ironically looking at its own role within the history of the "Mad-chester" scene.
Inspired by Wilson's autobiographical musings, the film is narrated in character by Steve Coogan as Wilson. He offers sporadic moments from his life--his "career" as a presenter at Granada and his several marriages--which in turn influence the destructive nature of the label he founded. Coogan's Wilson gives monologues to camera which remind the audience that what they are watching is only his perspective. Yet with Coogan in the title role it's impossible to ignore the similarities between Wilson and Alan Partridge; and although this adds instant humour to the film it also instantly pins Wilson with the comic "Partridge" tag of fated fool. The cinematography, on the other hand, tries faithfully to embody the feeling of the times, from grainy celluloid for the punk-like Joy Division gigs to bright, clean-cut images for the birth of the Hacienda. The film also benefits from an amazing soundtrack and strong supporting characters. It all adds up to a picture that's purely British in character: imbued with irony, down-and-out inspiration, and a touch of the surreal.

On the DVD: 24 Hour Party People comes as a two-disc set, but there really is little need. Disc 1 is loaded with great extras, such as the deleted scenes, commentaries and Mad-chester musings, but the second disc is a little on the dull side. This really could have been just a single great DVD. There's an excellent screen and audio transfer that brings both the music and the lurid colours to life and the disc also offers that all-important function for hardcore clubbers: a hard of hearing option.
Special Features
Tony Wilson commentary
Commentary with Steve Coogan and Andrew Eaton
Artists' commentary from Peter Hook, Rowetta, Leroy Richardson, Bruce Mitchell, Miranda Sawyer, Bobby Langley and Martin Moscrop
Sleeve notes
'White Rabbit' style guide
24 deleted scenes
'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' documentary (47 minutes long)
'Portrait of a Filmaker' documentary (23 minutes long)
Peter Saville gallery
New Order music video 'Here to Stay'
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It's a hard to track down DVD and I can't find this cheaper.
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It's a hard to track down DVD and I can't find this cheaper.
So please, rather than just vote cold do us a favour and put the link for the cheaper deal. Thanks.

Top DVD in my opinion I have the classic ltd edition HMV exclusive print with Peter Savilles Fac 1 design on the cover :-D Added some heat.

What I find amusing, didnt realise this til the other day, even the Factory Records Hacienda resident kitty had their own catalogue number!

Hot from me, this is a seriously great film.
When I heard they were making a film about Factory Records I admit that I was doubtful that it would really be of interest to anyone who didn't know the story already... but 24hr Party People turned out to be a really great film in it's own right with some excellent performances particularly from Paddy Considine as Rob Gretton and Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett. You can't really fault Steve Coogan's portrayal of Tony Wilson either. Well worth the asking price.

As an aside, a couple of scenes were filmed in our village... the one where Wilson finds Hannett recording sounds around a disused quarry, and where Ian Curtis visits Lyndsay Wilson's cottage.

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