Rock Of Ages Blu-Ray Review And Giveaway

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Rock of Ages, spawned from the Broadway production, carries us along through what is ultimately the same old story, just with a lot more hair. It has an impressive cast, and showcases them as much as possible, but the heart of the matter boils down to a young woman who wants to make it to the big time. As with nearly all such stories, our heroine, Sherrie (Julianne Hough), has her luggage stolen at just the right place and at just the right time. This naturally translates into a great excuse for her to meet Drew (Diego Boneta), who works at the coolest rock bar there ever was, and is in good with the owner, Dennis (Alec Baldwin).

The pair begin falling for each other, all while a complex web of movements aimed at keeping said bar open whirl around them, but things are never that simple. We need a bit of conflict to a relationship, and here it comes by way of Drew potentially finding his own rocket to the top, and a Three’s Company moment which leaves Drew believing that Sherrie has fallen for the charms of visiting Rock God Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise).

In traditional, musical fashion, the story swirls around its elements, providing opportunities for groups opposed to rock music to chime in, and quick visits to the hijinx category of escapades, including wild side trips with the permanently barely-conscious Jaxx, and a whimsical foray with Drew and his transformation from rocker to boy band member.

The film’s success is a direct result of your ability to let yourself run away with it, and your devotion to ’80s music, but if you pay too much attention, it’s unlikely to win you over completely. There are scenes that are likely to captivate, and just seeing some of the stars in decidedly strange situations is likely to entertain, but it ultimately isn’t that solid an effort. It leads one to suspect that the show from which it is derived is, quite frankly, a hell of a lot better. Still, there are worse ways to kill an evening, and few recent choices are as worthwhile in the guilty pleasure category.

 

The Blu-Ray is a quality package, but the bonuses are more for people who are theoretically fans of the film, as opposed to people who are actually fans of the film, which is probably as it should be. That is, you’ve got a featurette showcasing ’80s bands, and special effort to sell Def Leppard, and another featurette which has said ’80s bands telling the stories behind their songs, but not a lot that shows off anything about the film itself. If that’s not enough, you’ve also got a featurette, which is admittedly rather cool, dedicated to the decade. Well, who really needs deleted scenes and gag reels anyway?

That said, it’s actually not a bad release, if you’re up for it, and it’s sure to attract fans just for the wildness of the endeavor.

Below you can check out our podcast review, and enter to win a copy for yourself.

 

 

 

Based on the hit Broadway musical and featuring the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more, “Rock of Ages” is a love story that celebrates big dreams and loud drums. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the extended edition, with over 13 additional minutes of more songs, more dancing and more laughs.

From acclaimed director Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), the hilarious and fun “Rock of Ages” follows small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. The musical comedy stars Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”) as Sherrie and actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut as Drew. Sharing the journey with Sherrie and Drew is an all-star cast including Russell Brand (“Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”), Academy Award® nominee Paul Giamatti (“Cinderella Man”), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), Malin Akerman (“The Proposal”), R&B queen Mary J. Blige and multiple Emmy®-winner Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”), with Academy Award® nominees Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler”) and Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of July”)

 

BLU-RAY COMBO PACK:

  • EXTENDED CUT OF THE FILM
  • Rock of Ages: Legends of the Sunset Strip Hosted by Bret Michaels – Hear from rock stars – Def leppard, Poison, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, and more – as they relive the music and vibe of the extroadinary Sunset Strip.
  • The Stories We Sing – Find out the real stories and crazy events that inspired your favorite power ballad’s and rock anthems of the 80’s.
  • Defining a Decade – Join Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blidge, Catherine Zeta-Jones, director Adam Shankman and others to show us inside the world of the late 80’s!
  • Any Way You Want It – Music Featurette (Video)
  • Def Leppard – LIVE!­ – Get an inside look at the Rock of Ages premiere, including the live performance by Def Leppard

DVD:

  • Any Way You Want It – Music Featurette (Video)
  • Def Leppard – LIVE!­ – Get an inside look at the Rock of Ages premiere, including the live performance by Def Leppard
  • If You Build It, They Will Rock It – Defining A Decade – A look at the historical significance of the real “Sunset Strip” clubs in the 80’s and how they shaped the design of the Bourbon Room in the movie.

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Marc Eastman
Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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  1. Thanks for having the giveaway, Marc. I am hoping to win this giveaway as a gift for someone. Thanks for the chance.

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