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Pirate Radio
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Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Kenneth Branagh
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: You're probably better off introducing them to the music of the 1960's with your old records.
Date Movie: If she's a "dry humor" kind of girl.
Gratuitous Sex: It's got some nudity, sex, and lots of talking about sex.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Dry, British style humor.
Memorable Scene: Nothing stood out.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Richard Curtis

Cool Things About the Blu-ray

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Anything Else! It's got the standard extras, probably more for the music or movie buff than your average person.

Pirate Radio
A Movie/Blu-ray Review

 

DVD Rated - R

It's 1:57 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
It's the 1960's, you live in jolly ol' England, and the music is cool.  At least young people music is cool, but sadly it's the old people music that is on the radio, delegated by the Queen and the government, so what are blossoming rock and roll fans to do? Well, they wait for someone to drop anchor in international waters and broadcast the devil's music across the airwaves, for all of the future corruptees to listen to of course, and on this boat lots of mayhem and sometimes debauchery may go on.  Such is the gist of "Pirate Radio."

Basically "Pirate Radio" tells the fictional tale, pseudo based on some trueness, that in the 1960's, because the British government wouldn't allow much rock and roll on the radio, some uber-fans got a boat, set up some antennas, plopped themselves in international waters, and broadcasted away, much to the delight of the youngsters on the mainland. But that story is too simple, so for movie purposes let's add Carl (Tom Sturridge).  He's a young lad who's parents are trying to set him straight so they send him to live with his godfather, Quentin (Bill Nighy), on the Pirate Radio ship.  In theory this sounds good enough, Quentin seems like an upstanding man, but it's the cast of characters around him, namely the disc jockeys on the ship, that continue to corrupt the good lad.  And like most disk jockey stories, we find a wacky cast of characters, this one led by The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), whose territory is infiltrated by Gavin (Rhys Ifans), the superstar DJ, and continued nuttiness ensues.

Yup, the crew works to get Carl some sex, the government is hell-bent on trying to figure out how to shut pirate radio down, and it's supposed to be funny, only I didn't laugh a lot.  You see, for me, I enjoyed the movie, just not as a rip-roaring comedy, but I can see those who might like the dry humor that infiltrates the movie throughout.  The music was great, as you would expect, and they did a great job at mixing songs that tied in with the plot point of the moment, and acting-wise most things were good.  With all of that, I guess as a rental "Pirate Radio" is great, especially if you are A) A fan of music of the 60's but in that case you could probably just get out your vinyl records and give them a spin so, well, nevermind, or B) A fan of a more cerebral brand of humor; but for me it was just something nice to watch during an evening.  2 1/2 stars out of 5.

If you are getting the Blu-ray, though, being a Universal version it's got the BD-Live access so you can get more than your fill of extra stuff via the internet, and it's also got the "pocket BLU" feature, which the press release calls "groundbreaking" with what looks like a lot of cool features, including using your iPhone or Blackberry as a remote control, as well as cooler online features, but sadly all this did for me was remind me I have to spend a couple of hundred more dollars on another new Blu-ray player because mine doesn't have this yet.  What you can get to without a newerfangled Blu-ray player are the normal features like deleted scenes (they don't add too much), and the commentary overlay, but they do include a boat-load of little features about the making of the movie, including the challenges of making a movie at sea, as well as some of the actual history of the pirate radio movement in the 1960's.  Interesting for the movie and music buff, but for most people just kind of "Ehh."

 

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