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‘Mayor' DVD Offers More for Music Lovers

23 Jul, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

Mayor of the Sunset Strip is about more than just one man's extraordinary rock ‘n' roll lifestyle, says director George Hickenlooper. It's about the fascination with celebrity that we all seem to share with the film's subject, famed Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer aka “Rodney on the Rock.”

The DVD of the film, which streets Aug. 17 from First Look Home Entertainment, offers up more of the man's life and the rock ‘n' roll stars who defined it with more than two hours of extras, including backstage footage, a behind-the-scenes featurette and extended interviews with Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Cher. .”

The disc includes Hickenlooper's commentary, and fans will get to hear just what Bingenheimer himself thought of the film via his commentary track recorded with Dramarama's Chris Carter. .”

“It's a great film for anybody who loves pop music, pop culture,” Hickenlooper said. “It's the musical version of Forrest Gump. It's the kind of film you want to have in your library because of all the great music.”

The DVD also includes a sample of the film's soundtrack featuring musicians like Bowie, Courtney Love, Coldplay, No Doubt, Oasis, Green Day, Cher, Jagger, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Ray Manzarek, Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra and Debbie Harry. .”

“The appeal of the film will cross over to both film lovers and music lovers,” Hickenlooper said. “There's a version of a Bowie song ‘All the Madmen' that no one's ever heard and an acoustic set of Coldplay doing ‘Yellow,' which has rarely been heard.” .”

The film has garnered plenty of critical acclaim during its limited theatrical run, but Hickenlooper said the DVD will open it up to an even wider audience. .”

“I think a lot of independent films now are really finding their audience on DVD; they're basically what's financing the movie business right now,” he said. .”

Hickenlooper met Bingenheimer through Carter and was intrigued by his story, but even more so by the fact that Bingenheimer's obsession with celebrity stretched back into his childhood. .”

“I saw a more universal story here about why not only one man was addicted to celebrity, but why we all are,” he said. “It became a metaphor for America's obsession with all things Hollywood.”

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