New Release: Almost Famous Bootleg Cut Blu-ray

Almost Famous movie sceneDirector Cameron Crowe’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-winning drama Almost Famous debuted on high-definition Blu-ray on Jan. 30, 2011, from Paramount Home Entertainment — but this is a Best Buy exclusive. The Blu-ray is available from other retailers after Oct. 4, 2011.

The semi-autobiographical movie about the coming-of-age of a teenage rock journalist on tour with a band won an Academy Award for writer/director Crowe’s screenplay and was nominated for three others (best editing and best supporting actress for Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand).

The film stars Patrick Fugit (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant) as William Miller, the young journalist who gets an opportunity to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine and goes on tour with up-and-coming rock band Stillwater. Billy Crudup (Eat Pray Love) and Jason Lee (TV’s My Name is Earl) play rockers in Stillwater, Hudson (Skeleton Key) and Anna Paquin (TV’s True Blood) play groupies, McDormand (Fargo) is William’s controlling mother and Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer) is William’s sister. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Pirate Radio) rounds out the cast as Lester Bangs, editor of rock magazine Cream and a mentor to William.

Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut Blu-ray includes a longer 162-minute version of the movie, a version that is unrated (the original is rated R). This version was released on DVD in 2001.

Priced at $29.99, the Blu-ray disc comes packed with these special features:

  • commentary by Crowe
  • audio introduction by Crowe
  • featurette “The Making of Almost Famous”
  • interview with the real Lester Bangs
  • Cameron Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973
  • music video for “Fever Dog”
  • Stillwater’s Cleveland Concert
  • “Small Time Blues”
  • Stairway
  • “B-Sides” behind-the-scenes footage
  • and seven Rolling Stones articles with audio introduction by Crowe: The Allman Brothers from Dec. 6, 1973; Led Zeppelin from March 13, 1975; Neil Young from Aug. 14, 1975; Peter Frampton from Feb. 10, 1977; Fleetwood Mac from March 24, 1977; Van Morrison from May 19, 1977 and Joni Mitchell from July 26, 1979.

All the special features were previously in the Bootleg Cut DVD.

Almost Famous has been released on Blu-ray before, but overseas. This is the first high-definition release for the movie in the U.S.


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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.