On the regular cut of the movie we have 3 deleted scenes, which aren't in either movie and probably don't add anything to the stories, but neither do they detract really. We have lots of biographies and other information, but it's all Japanese, so I can't comment. The only other extra here is the theatrical trailer for the movie.
Extras-wise for the extended cut of the movie we have the commentary track with Crowe, Scott Martin, Andy Fisher, Ivan Corona, Mark Atkinson and Alice Crowe (Yes, Cameron's Mother). He admits upfront it will be very much reminiscence, as the story is based on his experiences with Rolling Stone magazine, so you've pretty much got an idea of where it's heading. We then have a 9 minute behind the scenes look at the rehearsals, which is certainly interesting - Lee wearing a Clerks T-Shirt is kinda amusing. We have a 2 minute, archive footage of Lester Bangs (yes he is real!) talking about various artists in his own critical style. Crazy. Lester Bangs appears next, in voice anyway, to give recommendations of albums from 1973, but unless you can read Japanese, you'll have to listen to his talk over. Finally we have a 25 minute making of, which is very honest and you can tell the sincerity Crowe is sharing over the film and how important it is/was for him to make. Very worthwhile watching it.
OK, technically I was forced to watch this movie, but my hats off to the man responsible, as I really enjoyed this movie. I didn't know where it was going to go from the initial 10 minutes or so, but having watched both versions in a span of 3 days and not being bored or fast forwarding the bits I've seen, is a good recommendation. It's an enlightening story on how we can be, seeing sometimes the best and worst sides of ourselves, but it's also heart warming while never being overly sappy. I'm glad I watched this and as such, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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