Blu-ray, DVD Release: Not Fade Away

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Not Fade AwayJames Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly) and The Sopranos creator David Chase partnered up again for drama movie Not Fade Away, which was described as a “love letter to an era” by the Washington Examiner.

Written and directed by Chase, the drama movie is the coming of age story of a group friends in a 1960s New Jersey suburb, who form a rock band and try to make it big.

Gandolfini heads up a cast that includes Brad Garrett (TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond), Christopher McDonald (TV’s Harry’s Law), Molly Price (The Good Doctor), John Magaro (My Soul to Take), Jack Huston (TV’s Boardwalk Empire) and Will Brill (King Kelly).

Not Fade Away also features a soundtrack that was supervised by music guru and Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt, and critics praised the music, among other aspects of the movie. Chicago Reader critic J.R. Jones said, “The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.” And Tom Long of Detroit News wrote, “Yes, it’s about rock and New Jersey, but it’s also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that’s timeless, classic stuff.”

Not everyone praised the film, however. Denver Post critic Ricardo Baca said, “This film could have been — should have been, even — something special. But it’s not.”

The film was screened in a handful of theaters, but the home release is its biggest.

The DVD doesn’t have any special features, but the Blu-ray has these extras:

  • deleted scenes
  • “Building the Band”
  • “The Basement Tapes”
    • “Track 1: The Boys in the Band”
    • “Track 2: Living in the Sixties”
    • “Track 3: Hard Art”
  • downloadable digital copy
  • instant streaming via UltraViolet.

Here’s a fun clip from the movie:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.