No matter what you call it – a coming-of-age story, a rock and roll adventure, or a good old-fashioned journalism film – there’s no denying the greatness of “Almost Famous.” It’s track record at the awards shows is enough to prove that, picking up wins at both the Oscars and the Grammys.
Now, 21 years after it first hit theaters, “Almost Famous” is making its debut on 4K Ultra HD from Paramount Home Entertainment. Under the supervision of director Cameron Crowe, both the theatrical edition and the beloved “bootleg” are coming home and looking better than ever, along with a wealth of new and previously-released bonus features.
The commemoration doesn’t start and stop with the 4K remastering, though. Paramount is also releasing a limited-edition Blu-ray of the film in its “Paramount Presents” line of home releases, and UMe is releasing multiple iterations of the film’s Grammy-winning soundtrack. The pinnacle of the audio releases comes in the form of a limited-edition Uber Box set with five CDs and seven vinyl records.
But back on the film side of things, let’s break down those bonus features.
New Special Features on 4K Ultra HD + Digital:
- Filmmaker Focus—Cameron Crowe on “Almost Famous” – This eight-minute interview with the film’s director appears to be quite recent, as he reflects on the film and how it has aged over the last two decades.
- Casting & Costumes – Check out never-before-seen cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage in this 13-minute featurette.
- Rock School – You don’t become a rock star overnight – not even a pretend one on screen. It takes hours and hours of practice, and this 11-minute clip shows the rigorous process the performers took in order to achieve rockstar status.
- Extended Scenes – The three brand-new scenes add nine minutes to the film, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking.
- Odds & Sods – Nothing fancy here, just about 12 minutes of outtakes and bloopers from the set.
Previously-released Special Features on 4K Ultra HD + Digital:
- Audio Commentary with Cameron Crowe and Friends (Bootleg cut)
- Intro by Cameron Crowe
- The Making of “Almost Famous”
- Interview with Lester Bangs (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- Cameron Crowe’s Top Albums of 1973
- “Fever Dog” music video
- “Loves Comes and Goes” (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- Rolling Stone Articles (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- B-Sides (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- Cleveland Concert (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- “Small Time Blues”
- Stairway (optional audio intro by Cameron Crowe)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Hidden Talent (Unhidden Easter Eggs)
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.