Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut DVD

Directed by: Cameron Crowe. Starring: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand.

Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old gets a freelance job writing for Rolling Stone magazine about the band Stillwater. He goes on tour with the band, becoming more enmeshed in their lives and the lives of their biggest fans (such as band aid Penny Lane) than he ever intended.

Sample quote: William Miller: “Don’t you have any regular friends?” Penny Lane: “Famous people are just more interesting.”

Comment: Oh, this is just a wonderful movie. The acting is great, the writing is great, the characters are amzing, the story is so unbelievable it has to be based on truth. And with this bootleg cut, you get even more movie. You get the two-hour version released in theatres, plus a 2.5 hour one with additional scenes. And a Stillwater CD. Rating: ****

The Extras: Copious. Deleted scenes that didn’t even make the longer version. (Who knew Led Zeppelin was so protective of “Stairway to Heaven”?) Behind the scenes footage. Director’s commentary (which makes me think—have I listened to it yet? If so, I forget what he said. Should listen again). Trailers. Full concert performances. The one thing missing that I wish was there was the little documentary included on the standard version of this DVD.

Easter eggs

  1. On disc 2, select Special Features.
  2. Select Cast.
  3. Select Fairuza Balk.
  4. Arrow up.
  5. Select the image that is highlighted.

Result is a scene of Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit caught in retake hell.

  1. On disc 1, select Special Features.
  2. Arrow right.
  3. Select the image that is highlighted.

See a deleted scene of Penny Lane repeating Leslie’s name.

  1. On disc 1, select Audio Menu.
  2. Highlight Commentary by Cameron Crowe.
  3. Arrow right.
  4. Select the middle of the record, which is highlighted.

View a scene that had to be reshot due to Philip Seymour Hoffman hearing voices…

Usability: A little tricky to figure out that the microphones represent comments on what you’re about to see, whereas you can just select the items beside the microphone to view the item sans preview commentary. It is used consistently, though, so once you get that, you’re OK.