Amy

Amy

DVD - 2015
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Documentary on the life and death of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks.
Published: Santa Monica, California :, Lionsgate,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.4216 AMY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 2 hr.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
widescreen (1.85:1)
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Amy (Motion picture)

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 22, 2017

Well. Was glad I decided to tackle this documentary. I was afraid it was going to be very superficial. Instead, I came away with an appreciation of this 'pop phenomenon' as an artist and human being. It's left me noticing how many contemporary artists have been influenced by her; or perhaps are just copying her... Not to be too snarky...

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MartineVK
Jun 27, 2017

I was heartbroken when Amy Winehouse died. She was so much more talented than most popular musicians these days, that it felt like a real injustice. (Not that there is justice in the universe, but grief is not logical.) I remember the morning the news broke I spoke to someone (a singer) who said, somewhat dispassionately, that Winehouse was an accident waiting to happen. I felt offended by what she said at the time. But after seeing this extremely well edited documentary, I have to agree with her. Amy suffered from depression and taking drugs and drinking was her way of self-medicating. The film is well-balanced and takes you from the earliest days to the end. Best part is her singing in a recording booth doing Back to Black. It starts out just a capella then adds the backing track, first in part, then the whole thing. Makes the hair stand up....wherever you have hair. If you're a fan, this is unmissable. Even if you aren't a fan, this is highly recommended.

AL_TIEGAN Jun 26, 2017

This movie didn't cover Amy's story quite as well as I had hoped it would. However, it was lovely to see her perform and my heart just broke all over again to watch her struggle and know how it ended. For fans: if you have watched this and need more, look into the two biographies written by her parents, they give a way better look into who Amy really was outside of the fame and her struggle with addictions.

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albioni
May 28, 2017

I love amy and I think she is way better than adele.

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

a stellar documentary---way above the usual in its production value & lively storytelling. and it shows all too well what can happen when we are born into the wrong family. it also shows what a great talent she had & was developing. it left me with a sad question: if just someone had been there for her, an advocate, what might have been? I think that she would have given all of us incredible, long-living music.

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cclomen
Oct 24, 2016

I loved Amy through out her career and I held off on watching this movie because I was afraid it was going to focus more on her downfall, then her as a whole. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised and proved wrong when I finally gave into watching it. It shows her from the very beginning, before she was famous, to her very last days and everything in between, which I really appreciate. I feel as though too many people got to know her in the wrong light in the end, so I was so happy to see this portray her from every angle, even the jarring truth, which I thought was going to be candy coated but ended up not and was done so well. It really shows her true personality, her desire to succeed in making great music rather than becoming famous, then being sucked dry by not only her disease, but by those who percieved her as a cash cow rather than someone who was begging for help in an un conventional way because she never truly had the chance to grow up and out. Every minute is worth watching, but be prepared to cringe in more way than one.

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christinadseattle
Oct 23, 2016

Amazing talent surrounded by scum. Including her father. Very sad.

K_ROK Sep 13, 2016

I was never a fan of Amy's more mainstream music however watching this doc I actually loved her classic Jazz sound and would have preferred if she stuck to that type of music rather than what her music turned into (I absolutely hated the song Rehab) and this film was a great portrait of how her life changed as her fame increased and she fell deeper and deeper into depression and drugs. Weather you are a fan of hers or not this documentary is good either way.

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Crod939
Aug 15, 2016

Given that this film won an Oscar, I was expecting something much more interesting. I suppose I might've enjoyed it more if I were a fan of Amy's music, but I was rather bored during the first 20 minutes--all we see are videos of her performing. Fan or not, she's undeniably talented, and I did like the archival footage, but this documentary offers nothing more than an MTV special about her life would.

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breemu
Aug 13, 2016

The whole Amy Winehouse story is just sad. From her deep, unresolved need for attention from her father (who wasn't in her life until she started being famous and making money), to the boyfriend/husband (and also her father) who supported and enabled her substance abuse, to the people who insisted she continue performing when she so obviously needed a time out, to those who used her undoing as a source of public fun, to the horrendous pressures of sudden money and fame, to the sycophants around her with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, to the paparazzi - it's a classic story, really.

This was just one very young girl/woman who got in way over her head, far too fast and far too furious, with too many unresolved personal issues, and with far too few people around her who cared more about HER than her public image. You could see her getting smaller and smaller, and more and more childlike, as if she just wanted to be a little girl again, and be taken care of. And then her body succumbed to all the abuses she'd been heaping onto it before she had a chance to maybe mature a little, and recover, and go on to set some boundaries and do things a little differently going forward - if she had been able to find a solid support system that could have helped her do that. Her story is a sad reminder that behind every substance-addled (or mentally ill) persona there is an actual person. Who may be quite lovely.

Rest in peace, dear Amy.

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Monolith
Dec 12, 2015

Tony Bennett: "If she had lived, I would have said, 'Slow down; you're too important... Life teaches you, really how to live it... if you could live long enough...' "

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