DVD review

24 Hour Party People

Madchester: The Movie, in which Michael Winterbottom proves his versatility knows no bounds. In lesser hands, the juiced-up story of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and self-styled pratgenius Tony Wilson could've been scrawny sit-com, but the pace (and the music) makes it zing. Steve Coogan's hilarious as the north-west's answer to Warhol, and it's the first film to feature a joke about the drug dealers of Rhyl. Terrific.

DVD EXTRAS: Commentaries from Tony Wilson, Steve Coogan, Peter Hook, Rowetta, Miranda Sawyer and others, "White Rabbit" style guide, 24 deleted scenes, Pills'N'Thrills And Bellyaches documentary, Portrait Of A Film-Maker documentary, Peter Saville gallery, New Order music video "Here To Stay".

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Rating: 4 / 10

Retail dvd (pathe distribution ltd, widescreen)


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