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Great World of Sound
Great World of Sound
Actors: Robert Longstreet, Pat Healy, Rebecca Mader, John Baker, Kene Holliday
Director: Craig Zobel;R. Craig Zobel
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2008     1hr 47min

Martin is an uncomplicated guy who responds to an ad in the paper for a company called Great World of Sound. Joining the crew, Martin partners up with larger than life Clarence, and the two hit the road to discover and sig...  more »

     
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Actors: Robert Longstreet, Pat Healy, Rebecca Mader, John Baker, Kene Holliday
Director: Craig Zobel;R. Craig Zobel
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/05/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Not intended to be a flat-out comedy
Devin DiMattia | North Carolina, USA | 02/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Up until now, Craig Zobel was known for just one thing: being one of the writers of the children's book that would eventually spawn Homestar Runner, the wildly successful Internet cartoon series. But you won't find any of the site's obtuse humor and pop-culture references in his directorial debut, "Great World of Sound." Instead, you'll find a subtly nuanced drama/mockumentary hybrid about the trials and tribulations of a pair of talent scouts working for a record label that may be less than trustworthy. Kene Holliday delivers a wonderful performance that would've been Oscar worthy had the film received more exposure. Pat Healy does a terrific job as well, and the banter between the two characters is very well-written.

If you're expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy a la "Office Space," look elsewhere. If you want a satirical look at the repercussions of living in a vast wasteland of "American Idol" wannabes, then "Great World of Sound" is highly recommended."
Perfect!
Marty Pekar | Greenwich, NY USA | 02/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe it's just that I spent years in the music business but I found this to be one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in years. Where did they get all these musical acts? Absolutely authentic and amazing. Nobody seemed like they were acting. Was much of the movie improvised? I don't know. It's funny, sad, and has the ring of truth throughout."
Best film no one saw
Grant Berger | New York, NY USA | 03/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great world of sound was in theaters for exactly one week in New York City. This is a horrible shame. Purchase this film so that more like it can be made. Incredibly low budget documentary mixed seamlessly with a touching narrative about flawed people. Kene Holliday gives the performance of his life, and Craig Zobel proves himself a great dirctor on his first feature."
A great premise but a flat movie
Chad A. B. Wilson | Houston, TX | 04/22/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"People seem to either love or hate "Great World of Sound." Some people respond to the part traditional film, part mockumentary format of the movie.

I admit that the premise is wonderful--two guys who need jobs get wrapped up working as "producers" for a record label called Great World of Sound. They audition people looking to be discovered and then require money as the artist's financial commitment. They don't deliver anything other than a crappy recording session; in essence, they swindle unsuspecting artists into giving away their money.

It's a sad yet interesting premise, and its interest is compounded by the fact that the artists auditioning are real people coming in to make it big. They don't appear to know that it's a movie. They actually think they're auditioning for a record label. And then the guys hit them up for money.

As a movie, however, Great World of Sound falls flat. Frankly, it's boring. The actors are good, and the premise is good, but the film would have been a lot better had it been a completely scripted film and did not involve the non-actors. Those parts are simply boring. Even the rest of the movie was slow, but it still had humorous parts.

I hesitate to call this a comedy, though, for I don't remember laughing at all. As a version of American Idol, it works, but it really doesn't critique the American Idol culture. Sure, everyone wants to be a star, even when they're not that good. Maybe they're even willing to pay for it. But don't we already know that from watching American Idol?"