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Anvil - The Story Of Anvil - CD and DVD Double

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Sacha Gervasi
  • Producers: Rebecca Yeldham
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001W6QCC6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,116 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This DVD/CD bundle includes the documentary DVD Anvil! The Story of Anvil and the CD 'This is Thirteen'.

'This is Thirteen' track list:

  1. This Is Thirteen
  2. Bombs Away
  3. Burning Bridges
  4. Ready To Fight
  5. Flying Blind
  6. Room #9
  7. Axe To Grind
  8. Feed The Greed
  9. Big Business
  10. Should' A Would' A Could' A
  11. Worry
  12. Game Over
  13. American Refugee

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Nearly three decades on, is Anvil! The Story Of Anvil finally the film that finally gives This Is Spinal Tap a run for its money? Quite possibly so. The recipient of far-reaching acclaim, and with a real run for being named film of the year, this is a superb documentary, that is all the more staggering for being true.

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil follows the band of its title, a heavy metal group who enjoyed moderate success in the late 70s and early 80s, but kept going even when the light of fame and success shone elsewhere. Thus, we meet the band’s members--Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner--as they hold down day jobs, record an album and head off on a European tour that could have been taken straight out of the Spinal Tap playbook.

As Anvil! The Story Of Anvil develops, though, there’s a drama at the heart of it that mixes in with the many frequent laughs. And, as it turns out, it’s a film that out of nowhere manages to move you, pretty much the last thing you expect of it.

This is, and there’s no two ways about it, a quite brilliant film, and one of the very best documentaries in some time. It’s outrageously entertaining, very funny and yet human to the core. Anvil! The Story Of Anvil is going to take some beating, and don’t be surprised if it’s another three decades before anything else comes close to it and This Is Spinal Tap… --Jon Foster

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By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
This is as emotional a piece of film as you will ever see,a heartwarming,frustrating, sometimes sad,occasionally infuriating story of two school mates who had a dream of becoming rock stars.

As a fan i was in at the beginning,purchased the ist 3 albums and then the band it appeared just disappeared,saw them live at the Glasgow Apollo 1983 and in all honesty they were very poor.

Part of the sadness of this dvd is the fact that Lips cant quite grasp that their day in the sun is over,they had their 15 minutes of fame and sadly despite the METAL ON METAL album being a classic it sadly never propelled them to superstardom.

The heart warming recounting of Robb Reiner's devotion to Lips is incredible and there is quite a poignant moment near the end where they fall out,cant believe it actually brought a tear to my eye( and i dont cry!!!!!!)

I wont spoil the end but if you dont have an ear to ear grin then you have no soul.

The bonus cd is their recent 'This Is Thirteen'disc,its pretty good but in all honesty wont recapture the early days popularity, sadly Anvil wont return to the top of the tree,good guys dont always get what they deserve!

Buy and enjoy,we all have dreams,only a small percentage of us ever realise them,Anvil did for a small time,for that they should be congratulated.
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Format: DVD
First off, the differences between this version and the regular DVD. Simply packaging and the inclusion of "This is Thirteen".

The film is a cracker. To see members of three of the "big four" thrash bands compliment Anvil for what were doing in the early 80's puts things into perspective. These guys should have made it.

It is inevitable that comparisons will be made with Spinal Tap. This could lead to a misconception, this film is way more than a comedy about a rock band. This is a documentary about human beings trying to realise their dreams. Yes it is funny at times (extremely so) and yes it has metal in it but it does also show the pain and the hardship these guys have gone through. Thoroughly excellent.

The cd

It's their latest album "This Is Thirteen" which is good old school metal. A few of the tracks up the tempo showing leanings to thrash metal speed but i would say this is a heavy metal record. And it sounds good.

In short, if you are not a metal fan, buy the regular dvd. If you are, buy this edition, it is the cheapest way of getting their latest album (you have to order it direct from them otherwise)
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Format: Blu-ray
A must see movie. A great tale on music, friendship & perseverance. This film had the greatest audience reaction to any film Ive seen at the cinema. You do not need to be a fan on this style of music to enjoy the film. A film that Id recommend to anyone, young or old.
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A Kid's Review on 25 July 2009
Format: DVD
Anvil the film it is not to bad. Its as good as Metallica SOME KIND OF MONSTER. Just as good as Spinal Tap. I thought it showed how a band can keep its sense of humour through all the crap of life.
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Buy this. The story of Anvil is emotional, moving, enthusiastic, funny, heartbreaking, excruciating, painful, cringeworthy, sad, joyful, and heartwarming. If you are in the music business it will strike a chord, if you're not in the music business it demonstrates how Very Far From Glamorous the performer's world can be.
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Greatest rock doc since "Kiss,The Second Coming".
Makes you realise that even rock stars who aren't in the same league as Kiss,Van Halen,Metallica etc,aren't all millionaires,or at least comfortably well off.To see them (Anvil)struggle to find the $13,000 needed to make their 13th studio album was an eye opener for me. All in all,this dvd (complete with their 13th studio cd) is a must see. Hearing their early stuff makes you realise how much these guys influenced some of todays top rock/thrash acts.Rob and Lips,both shine in this documemntary,which is littered with excellant music,tragedy and success.
Highlights includes Lips backstage at the Swedish Rock festival,and seeing him in awe of meeting some other rock stars.The Prague episode is so funny(fights,goulash,and Rob explaining not in 1,2 or 3 words why Anvil aren't successful!) as is a few nights later when Lips says to Rob that that nights gig is "sold out!" (Not).....The Transylvanian "MONSTERS OF ROCK" (!) is another must see scene.
The finale will have you ....well,watch it and see.
Also includes great extras!
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