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Dig! [DVD]


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  • Directors: Ondi Timoner
  • Producers: Ondi Timoner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6F8J6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Music documentary about the tempestuous relationship between the underground indie bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Kindred spirits when they were starting out together, the documentary charts the breakdown in their relationship as The Dandy Warhols get propelled to chart success on the back of their single 'Bohemian Like You', which is used in a television advert. While the Dandy Warhols start enjoying the trappings of fame, unstable Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe starts becoming increasingly erratic, leading to a series of fights, arrests, and death threats.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 30 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
good band...
'Dig!' was made over seven years from the mid to late 1990s and focuses on eclectic cult heroes The Brian Jonestown Massacre and friends/peers The Dandy Warhols - the latter would have fair to middle success with material from 'Come On Down' & 'Welcome to the Monkey House'and cellphone ad-hit single 'Bohemian Like You.' The general story is that there is a friendship/rivalry around the two bands - 'The Dandys Rule OK' closer to the sound explored by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, blending psychedelia, shoegazing, space-rock & Sonic Youth...
The documentary advances as the Dandys' sign to Capitol and begin to find an international audience with songs like 'Boys Better', 'Everyday is a Holiday' & 'Heroin is so Passe'- amusingly the latter has it ripped out of it by the Brian Jonestown Crew (oblivious to the irony). The film-maker's gist is that Anton Newcombe and his band (which includes future members of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & The Warlocks)are prolific geniuses on the cusp of being as significant as Nirvana. There is a hint of self-destruction with Newcombe's erratic behaviour - fighting with his band, fighting with the audience, signing a major-label deal (& screwing it up), becoming a bit too chemical, getting busted by the cops & dressing like Arthur Lee on rollerboots while stalking the Dandys! The Dandys meanwhile are presented as a more savvy, knowing alt-pop outfit - the notion here that Courtney Taylor (who narrates after the fact) wants to be the Artist that Newcombe is, and that conversely, Newcombe would like the pop-savvy or ambitious streak that lead the Dandy Warhols to play to large crowds in Europa and have a few hit singles to flog an LP or three off.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ross Maclean on 26 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
I've just bought this and I'm totally disgusted. We wait years for the "special edition" to come out and all that's different on this edition compared to the previous are a few deleted scenes.

What happened to the two discs previously advertised because mine certainly only had one?

None of the commentaries, live performances, music videos, 'where are they now?', behind the scenes stuff from the American disc has made it on to this release.

An absolute waste of time and another atrocity from Tartan. Do not waste your time with this - buy the region 1. I'll certainly be trading my copy for one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dench on 20 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
'Dig' is a clever film made by clever people. It seems to me that it's main aim is to make Anton Newcombe look like a total loser - choosing his 'nemesis' Courtney Taylor-Taylor as the narrator can surely have no other interpretation. However, as with so much hubris the very concept turns itself on its head. Anton and his band come out of this looking like the musical revolutionaries and geniuses that they are, and Courtney and his Dandy Warhols come out of it looking like, well, like the pompous, self-important pseuds that they are.

Think about it, this film was made over 7 years. That's a pretty long time - I reckon if someone filmed any of us for 7 years they could come up with 90 minutes of behaviour like Anton's in 'Dig'. So it's not really that clever to offer this film as an accurate portrayal of his character. Ask yourself this - if Anton was really as wacked out as this film suggests, would my CD shelf be stuffed full of so many BJM CD's? And every one of those albums and singles has been the product of a lot of hard work from Anton himself principally. Go to the band's website and view the mass of downloadable material - is this further evidence of chaos and a drug-addled loser? I think not.

This is a good film, but think of it as an aspect of Anton and the BJM, a small but fairly important aspect. An aspect that glosses over his undoubted and prodigious talent, and the ability to find talented people to work with him. What is funny is how sad the DW's seem, and particularly Mr Taylor-Taylor (whoever told him that a double-barrelled same name was cool?). Not only is his narration about as fey as you can get, but he and his band just seem so desperate to be rock stars - the antithesis of what Anton Newcombe is about.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grev VINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
This entertaining documentary is based round the age old rock n roll conceit that if you sign with a record label and sell records then you've sold out (man), and that if you don't sign (mainly coz no label wants you) then you're a musical genius staying true to your artistic roots. Much as it claims to be impartial, most mainstream reviewers came away from Dig! with the distinct impression that the Dandy Warhols whored their soul in search of the dollar, whereas Anton Newcombe is an angst ridden unsung genius suffering for his art. In fact I lost track of the number of times Anton was described as a genius in this film.

The trouble is that he's not. He may be a multi-instrumentalist who's written and released hundreds of songs, but aside from occasional (and I do mean occasional) flashes of brilliance the vast majority of his tunes drone on ad infinitum and would bore the socks of all but the most obsessive of his fans. The 'sell out' Dandy Warhols, on the otherhand, may be fronted by a preening, self obsessed poseur, but he does have undeniable song writing talent, and musically a lot more ideas. Which beats being a droning pastiche of a 60's band any day of the week.
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