Quadrophenia [1979] [Criterion] (BLU)

The Who and Franc Roddam

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Synopsis

The Who's classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the depiction of defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early 1960s London. Our antihero, Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love. He spends his time knocking around with his clothes-obsessed, pill-popping, scooter-driving fellow mods, a group whose antipathy for the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam's rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend's brilliant songs (including "I've Had Enough," "5:15," and "Love, Reign O'er Me") providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles.

Product Details

  • Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Sting, Raymond Winstone, Toyah Willcox, Gary Shail, Kim Neve
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 08/28/2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 624

Special Features

  • New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano
  • Interview with Bill Curbishley, the film's coproducer and the Who's comanager
  • New interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden
  • On-set and archival footage
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James
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