God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a documentary about the man, the myth and the legend that is Ozzy Osbourne. Directed by Ozzy’s son Jack, this is an in-depth look at the incredible journey of one of the most well-known hard rockers in the world. The intimate interviews with family and friends, including Tommy Lee and Henry Rollins, give the film a depth that allows the viewer a sneak peek behind the scenes.
I sat down to watch this movie with no expectations at all; I mean it's difficult to expect much from a movie that bills itself as the "ultimate low-budget horror experience" and "the best worst movie ever." So with all expectations thrown out the window I was able to enjoy this movie for what it is; a really cheesy, really corny "B" movie that had me chuckling on more than one occasion. The acting is bad… really bad, and is only topped by the incredible lack of any sort of special effects. The overall result, while not laugh out loud funny, is definitely comical and was enough to keep me watching.
We Come In Pieces captures the British alt rock act Placebo performing live in front of a packed house at London’s Brixton Academy. My exposure to Placebo has been very minimal; while I've heard of them and perhaps have heard a few of their songs, I really wasn't familiar with their extensive catalog and their incredible live show. But this is a band that has sold millions of records and toured the globe playing to millions of people, so I figured it was about time I got acquainted with them.
This is Peter Gabriel like you have never seen him before. Recorded live in London over two nights in March of 2011 this Blu-ray features Peter Gabriel and The New Blood Orchestra performing songs from throughout his career (minus guitars, bass or drums). This is a tremendous undertaking though because Gabriel does not just rehash his old hits by performing them in front of an orchestra.
Stepparents have been fodder for movie plots for as long as I can remember. It seems there's always a bit of unease and distrust when a new guy moves into your house and marries your mom. That distrust is the basis of this movie except there's a bit of a twist. In this case, teen Rusty Funkhouser‘s distrust is warranted because as it turns out, not only is his stepfather, not a nice guy; he is a freakin’ vampire as well, hell bent on conquering the world.
Mindcrime at the Moore is an elaborate production and theatrical interpretation of both critically acclaimed Mindcrime albums. Performed back to back, accompanied by actors and guest vocalists, it eventually culminates in a confrontation between the main characters Nikki and the illusive and mysterious Dr. X played here by the late, great Ronnie James Dio. Capped off by two classic Queensryche songs "Jet City Woman" and "Walk in The Shadows", this Blu-ray is really top notch.
After the collapse of one of the greatest bands the world has ever known, all of the individual members of The Beatles went on to solo careers with varying degrees of success. Paul McCartney and John Lennon arguably had the most notable and successful careers post Beatles and this DVD takes a look at the pairs distinctly different, yet equally as interesting careers; McCartney with Wings and Lennon with The Plastic Ono Band.
As far "B movies" go, Demon Divas and the Lanes Of Damnation is a pretty good one. The title alone was more than enough to compel me to watch and man I'm glad I did. With tons of tongue-in-cheek humor and cheesy special effects, all set in a small town bowling alley, this movie has a lot to offer the fan of off center, non-mainstream movies.
Filmed about 6 months before his untimely death in February of 2011, this Blu-ray release is a fantastic, albeit bittersweet, performance. In the guitar world Moore is legendary not only for his hard rock guitar style, but also for his blues skills as well. In fact previous to this show Moore had been very heavy into the world of blues. For this performance though he returned, not only to Montreux, but also to the world of hard rock.
Filmed in April 2004 at the world famous Budokan, this video captures Dream Theater at what I feel is the top of their game. They seem to be firing on all cylinders as they roll through most of their 2003 release, Train Of Thought, an album that carries on that long standing tradition of masterful musicality that we have come to expect from the band.
Electronic music came into prominence in the early ’80s and Depeche Mode was the band spearheading the movement. No one could have known at the time, but the band would eventually go on to sell over 100 million albums on their way to becoming the most popular electronic band ever; with forty-eight songs charting on the Singles Charts and No.1 albums in the United States and Europe.
This DVD captures a very special moment in time. The one and only time that the Counting Crows performed their debut release, August and Everything After, in its entirety in front of a live audience. The Crows have always had a reputation for being a phenomenal live band and after watching this concert through, I can certainly see why. On this particular night, though the band plays through all of their well-known hits, they have all been reworked; many of them melding in and out of each other.
Low budget horror movies are a dime a dozen and more often than not disappoint in a big way. I understand it's very difficult to obtain the "shock an awe" factor on a shoestring budget and honestly most don’t deliver. At first glance, The Puppet Monster Massacre seems to be one of those movies. It's a horror movie with; well you guessed it, hand puppets as characters. This might seem odd at first, but before you rush to any quick decisions I feel this movie actually works very well. While there's no real edge-of-your-seat suspense or nail-biting horror, the movie contains tons of puppet gore and lots of witty, clever dialogue.
The Corporate Cut Throat Massacre bills itself as "The Office" meets "American Psycho." After reading that I was more than intrigued and was anticipating a whole lot more than was delivered. I understand this is an offbeat, "B" movie, but nonetheless I found it to be extremely slow and at times extremely boring - which I think is a shame because the plot line is great.
This movie is vulgar, rough and not for the faint of heart, but I feel it also serves as a poignant character study on the devastating effects of grief and the loss of a loved one. I found the offbeat story line to be right up my alley and the acting was terrific. Set to a sound track that consists of Motorhead and Metallica this is really a good film that I would recommend without reservation.
The title alone intrigued me enough to really want to dig into this documentary about the 1984 death of the eccentric, some would argue iconic, comedian, Andy Kaufman. Most know Kaufman from his work on Saturday Night Live or for his role as Latka in the classic television series, "Taxi," but Kaufman was also well known for his standup comedy. Kaufman succumbed to lung cancer back in 1984 and as far as I knew, that was the end of the story.
To date, Double Live is by far my favorite DVD release from Eagle Rock Entertainment. As a huge Twisted Sister fan I found this package to be utterly fantastic. It's a two disc set featuring two performances filmed 19 years apart. It also includes interviews with the band discussing their reunion as well as the personal impact the events of 9/11 had on the members. I've seen the band live countless times and while nothing can replace attending a concert itself, this DVD comes damn close at capturing the passion and intensity of a Twisted Sister show.
Live at the Greek Theatre was recorded on the last night of The Doobie Brothers' 1982 "Farewell Tour". As one of the most influential bands of all time, their contributions not only to rock n’ roll, but to the music industry in general are immeasurable. As you might expect, this DVD contains many of the band's biggest hits, and let me tell you there are a lot of them!
Formed in 1973, Bad Company went onto define classic rock as we know it with a string of hit singles throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Songs such as "Feel Like Making Love," "Shooting Star" and "Bad Company" are still staples on every classic rock station in the country. Live at Wembley is a homecoming of sorts for the band as it features original members, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke recorded in 2010 on the tail end of the band's reunion tour in their home country, the U.K.
The name alone immediately invokes thoughts of incredible jazz from an eccentric, larger than life personality. Miles Davis is synonymous with jazz music and had an important role in shaping the genre as a whole. I feel however that Davis’ music is not only for jazz fans; it truly transcends genres and appeals to millions of people worldwide.