film, which takes its title from a Happy Mondays song, takes us on an
intriguing ride into the Manchester music scene circa 1980, when a bloke by
the name of Tony Wilson opened a music venue called The Hacienda, and founded
Factory Records. The record label existed with an idealistic structure
involving a complete lack of recording contracts, and supposedly total freedom
for the bands it represented. The main musical acts featured in the film are
namely Joy Division, who ultimately became New Order after the tragic suicide
of frontman Ian Curtis, and the Happy Mondays. Many other famous bands of the
time graced the stage of the Hacienda, including Siouxie and the Banshees, The
Jam, and Iggy Pop.
a fascinating film for anyone interested in the music of the era, however the
one major drawback is that none of the characters are really very likeable.
Itís difficult to empathise with Tony Wilson given that he is presented as
quite the pretentious, idealistic prat. Similarly, the bands, producers and
Wilsonís cronies are painted as a bunch of drug-addled, cantankerous tossers,
which whilst possibly being historically accurate doesnít really give the
audience any reason to care what becomes of them. Even taking this into
account, however, I wouldnít hesitate to call this a good film.
video is of good quality, although at a few points there is footage of actual
bands of the era playing intercut with the rest of the film, and this footage
is generally of a considerably lower quality than the rest of the picture.
Itís only to be expected though considering the age of the material being
Audio, too, is good, and the soundtrack is very rockiní, as one would expect
of a movie of this nature. Plenty of examples of fine Manchester bands on
offer to complement the story.
There is an absolute bucketload of extras included in this two-disc set. Two
very interesting commentary tracks, one featuring the filmís producer and Tony
Coogan, who plays Wilson, and the other with the real Tony Wilson himself. A
swathe of interviews with band members and people of interest offers further
insights into the true history of the Hacienda, along with a piece about the
genesis of the story, picture galleries, and a feature about the real Tony
Wilson. Plus assorted other goodies to numerous to list!
Overall I have no hesitations in recommending this disc to ANYONE with an
interest in music history, particularly the British music scene of the early
80ís. The film is eminently watchable, with good audio and video, and an
absolute plethora of extras. Highly recommended.
24 Hour Party
Audio Commentary Featuring Tony Wilson, Steve Coogan And
Who's Who In 24 Hour Party People As Subtitles
24 Deleted Scenes
Interviews With People Of The Era
Original Theatrical Trailer (2 Mins)
New Order "here To Stay" Music Video (4 Mins)
From The Factory Floor - Commentary By Artists And
Friends From The Era Including Peter Hook, Rowetta, Leroy Richardson, Bruce
Mitchell, Miranda Sawyer, Bob Langley And Martin Moscrop (110 Mins)
Michael Winterbottom Profile (24 Mins)
Peter Saville Gallery--posters & Album Covers With
Commentary (50 Mins)
From Epk And Nz Disk
Genesis Of 24 Hr Party People - Featurette (5 Mins)
The Real Tony Wilson (5 Mins)
Playing People Who Are Still Alive (4 Mins)
Shaun Ryder -scooter Girl Filmclip From His New Solo
Album "amateur Night In The Bigtop