Culled from the memory of writer-director, Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous follows the exploits of young William Miller (Fugit), a 15-year-old music fan and aspiring writer in the mid-1970s. Given a chance by Creem magazine rock critic Lester Bangs (Hoffman) to write a story on Black Sabbath, William can
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a beautiful picture, with images that appear very natural, thanks to the wonderful color fidelity. Hues are rich and well balanced, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are excellent, with superb visual information and depth in the darker scenes. Images are sharp and nicely detailed throughout, though softly focused at times. Minor pixelization is detected, and it is the ugly edge enhancement that occasionally mars what would otherwise be a pristine visual experience.(Suzanne Hodges)
The 5.1-channel soundtracks are entertaining, but usually limited in terms of dimension. Much of the audio presentation is driven by dialogue, and also music, which in turn should be appealing to fans of early 1970s music. Except for the instances during concert performances where the soundstage comes alive with energy, and a dramatic scene with an airplane getting caught in a turbulent thunderstorm, the soundstage is substantially balanced toward the screen. The music consists predominantly of repurposed classic rock hits, and is also characteristically screen-based, with occasionally subtle to moderate envelopment. Though this isn
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