Runnin' Down A Dream Review

artist: tom petty date: 11/05/2007 category: dvd
tom petty: Runnin' Down A Dream
Release Date: 2007
Synopsis Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers A Film by Peter Bogdanovich A 4 disc set, 3 DVDs with over 5 hours of video, 1 CD of rare and unreleased tracks 2 DVD, four hour Director's cut of famed Peter Bogdanovich's Runnin' Down a Dream.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 10
 Production Quality: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 8.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.8 
 Users rating:
 7.2 
 Votes:
 36 
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overall: 9.8
Runnin' Down A Dream Reviewed by: UG Team, on november 05, 2007
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Sound: The crisp, chiming sound of Rickenbackers (the Heartbreakers' main guitar of choice, an influence of the Byrds and the early Beatles) ring like church bells throughout this elegantly packaged four-disc set, which includes a beautifully rendered 30th anniversary concert. While the band is obviously known for it's rich, hooky guitar parts, what is most impressive here is the punch and inventiveness that drummer Stan Lynch brings to the golden era of Petty's music. Compared to new drummer Steve Ferrone, a solid, capable player but lacking in real creativity, Lynch comes off as the band's secret weapon. Like Ringo Starr, he doesn't play drums; he plays songs. // 9

Content: Cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, known for such meditative masterpieces as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, nails TP's 30-year-career in a four-hour documentary (discs one and two) that sails by at a brisk, compelling clip. It certainly helps that Petty, who serves as his own narrator, is a skilled, witty raconteur, responding to Bogdanovich's off-camera (and unheard) questions with fascinating stories and bon mots. Bogdanovich weaves rarely and never-before-seen band performance footage with interviews (some of them archival) with all of the Heartbreakers, including former drummer Stan Lynch and deceased bassist Howie Epstein. Heavyweight fans and comrades such as Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne, Roger McGuinn, and the late George Harrison also chime in, pushing the tale forward with poetic gravitas. Disc three is the aforementioned concert, filmed in the band's hometown of Gainsville, Florida, and it, too, is a veritable rundown of TP's career. Stevie Nicks, herself an admitted starstruck fan, appears on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "I Need to Know," and "Insider." Disc four is a bonus audio CD of hits like "Breakdown" and "American Girl" mixed with more obscure cuts such as "Stories We Could Tell" and "Honey Bee." // 10

Production Quality: It's no surprise that Bogdanovich knows how to frame a shot. But the famed auteur's insightful cinematic touches never obscure the fact that Petty is the star. He's done his homework, too, raiding attics and archives for precious, grainy Super 8 home movies from Petty's childhood, which he mixes absorbingly with color and black-and-white footage of early band rehearsals. // 10

Overall Impression: Don't see this film if you're not planning on becoming a Tom Petty fan, because if the music doesn't get you, the narrative certainly will. This is a story about a man with a dream who chased it and has never stopped. And who can't love a guy like that? // 10

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