With the electrifying performance of the legendary band Fishbone in the opening scene of this fascinating documentary, director Raymond Gayle effectively establishes and proves his point: black musicians REALLY rock and oh boy… they rock hard!
This Blu-ray captures legendary guitarist Al Di Meola live in Morocco in 2009. Di Meola takes center stage surrounded by an unbelievably talented group of musicians. As a self-proclaimed hack guitarist, I found myself in absolute awe watching how effortlessly Di Meola moves about the frets of his acoustic guitar; it's truly astounding what he is capable of. Di Meola’s performance is beautifully accented by a stage drenched in rich, vibrant colors and tons of slides and images of Morocco.
Very few people have had such a prolific and storied career as Carlos Santana. For decades this guitar great has created music that crosses genres and entertains fans of all ages, and this Blu-ray disc is no different. The 23 songs included in this set are extremely entertaining and at times off the cuff. As you would expect many of his wildly popular, crowd-pleasing tunes ("Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va" to name but a couple) are present and accounted for.
Elvis has left the building… or perhaps he hasn’t? As long as I can remember there have been conspiracy theories suggesting Elvis Presley faked his death back in the late '70s in order to escape from the hassles of being a mega celebrity. This DVD purports to have found Mr. Presley living in Simi Valley, California under the assumed name of "Jon Burrrows." Apparently director Joel Gilbert made a request for the government files on Presley citing the "Freedom of Information Act" and he was able to track him down. This DVD documents the incredible, yet slightly improbable tale of the greatest entertainer to have ever lived.
The New York Dolls were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '70s music scene. Their direct impact on the punk movement is widely acknowledged and more than obvious but even now, more than 30 years later, their influences can be found. Lookin' Fine On Television is a series of interviews and performances that captures the rawness and the energy of the cross dressing, gender bending visionaries, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane.
This performance was filmed live at Montreux in 2011 and features Deep Purple accompanied by a full philharmonic orchestra.
Let me start by saying that I'm a horror movie fan, and I especially like the slightly off-center 'B' movies. I've been watching horrors for decades now and have always maintained that blood and gore don’t bother me, so bring your 'A' game, I can handle it! Man was I wrong. After Party Massacre takes things to all new levels of gore and repulsion.
Living Sacrifice is regarded as one of the most influential bands in the Christian metal music scene; they were indeed one of the first bands to play heavy, thrashy Christian Music. Since 1989 they've released seven full-length records and have toured the world numerous times. This DVD was filmed on August 15th, 2009 in Pomona, California and captures the band doing what they do best; rocking a packed house.
There have been many speculating a concert and tour such as this and thankfully, through online blogs, rumors and wishful thinking, the time has come! Sofia, Bulgaria was the blessed city to house a concert of such epic proportions and this metal love fest was broadcast at select theaters around the world on June 22, 2010.
Portlandia is an IFC series that is written and created by Saturday Night Live alumni, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel and Carrie Brownstien and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Shot entirely on location in Portland, Oregon the series is made up of a numerous short character-based sketches that are as quirky as they are funny.
Filmed in April of 2011 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, Lindsey Buckingham performs both new songs and classic older hits in front of a sold out crowd. As a longtime fan of Fleetwood Mac I was eager to dive into his solo stuff; he's a legend and I really wanted to see what he was all about.
I have never owned a Pretenders disc, but I've always rather enjoyed whatever tunes of theirs I've heard on the radio. Needless to say when I sat down to watch this disc I was unfamiliar with the majority of the 26 songs they performed live that night. "Lie To Me" kicks things without much pomp and circumstance and the rest of the disc follows suit. There are no bells or whistles and no eye-catching visuals at all; this is just the Pretenders flawlessly playing songs from their extensive catalog in the most unpretentious unassuming manner.
July 16th, 2011 "Weird Al" Yankovic's "The Alpocalypse Tour" stopped at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON for two filmed shows. With the footage captured a DVD was produced entitled "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! - The Alpocalypse Tour and released only a few months later.
Filmed in 1978 during the Some Girl’s tour, this Blu-ray disc captures The Rolling Stones at what I feel is the top of their game. They're young and full of attitude and swagger and in total command of the stage. Mick Jagger prances around relentlessly posing for the crowd while the band tears through their critically acclaimed record, Some Girls, as well as some older more classic Stones tunes.
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.