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Anvil! The Story Of Anvil [Blu-ray]

Sacha Gervasi    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Sacha Gervasi
  • Producers: Rebecca Yeldham
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UE8JBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,660 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Documentary about little-known Canadian metal band Anvil, whose 1982 album 'Metal on Metal' influenced a generation of heavy metal bands including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, all of whom went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil's career took a different path: straight to obscurity. The film tracks the band as they take an ill-advised European tour and release their 13th album in a last ditch attempt to hit the big time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming human story 14 Feb 2010
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 19 July 2009
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see 2 May 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars anvil is fun 25 July 2009
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy metal with a heart of gold 12 Jan 2011
Please don't be put off if you're not a heavy metal fan or if, like me, you thought you'd moved on musically. This is just a heart warming story of hope, friendship and commitment, based on a lifestyle and a love of music. As the story unfolds you get drawn into a struggle to succeed that would have seen most of us fall by the wayside. Apart from taking me back to my head banging days (though I was never quite an air guitarist) it left me, in the end, spiritually uplifted. I hope it does for you too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and heartbreaking 11 Oct 2010
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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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