I missed the chance to see this 2012 documentary when I covered the WXPN Music/Film Festival in April, and I'm glad I got to finally see it, having heard good things from friends who caught it then. I'll admit up front that I was never a big fan of the band Journey (nor most of the bands of the 1970s, so I didn't look it the film from a fan's perspective but, rather, as a music journalist who loves well made documentaries. And it won my approval on this level.
The first three words of the title refer to the four core members of the band Journey, who had a ten year string of hits beginning in 1978, when they disbanded, returning as a group in 1995, until their lead singer - Steve Perry - left for good. Perry's replacement for the next 10 years, Steve Augeri, wasn't enough to get the band on the charts. But founding members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain still believed in the band. They went to the "ball" looking for their Cinderella of a lead singer. In this case the "ball" was Youtube, where Schon spotted a young singer in Manila (the Philippines) doing Journey cover songs with his band Foo. They brought that singer - Arnel Pineda - to the US for an audition and the rest, as they say, is musical history. Arnel's been the lead with Journey for the last eight years. So the rest of the film's title belongs to Arnel, since filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz (who specializes in story-driven documentaries) was there (literally a fly on the wall - from that first audition through the end of the band's 2008 world tour (ending in Arnel's home town).
Coming from a poor area of Manila , having done, alcohol and drugs and fathering two children (one out of wedlock), Arnel is seeing both the plusses and minuses of fame. (Honestly, after seeing this film I have a lot of empathy for musicians who rise to fame quickly and have no real permanent home life.)
For Journey fans there are lots of musical performances and back stage footage (even more on the bonus features). But you don't need to be a fan of the band - or even rock music to get a lot out of the 105-minute film. Like "Searching for Superman", about the musician Rodriguez, this film shows what happens when a little-known musician in a third-world country enters the world of rock music fame.
If I had to fault the film in any way, it would be that it is a bit too long and sometimes repeats itself. But this, of course, won't deter Journey fans (except those who will debate which lead singer was better: Arnel or Perry).
The DVD contains an additional 35 minutes of "special features", including insightful featurettes on what the tour crew does, the health issues of touring and a portion of the interview panel from the premiere at the Tribeca Film Fest. The film is also available on Bluray and, as far as I know, it has the same features. The image and sound on the DVD version was just fine for me.
For those who just want to see the film, it is scheduled to have its TV debut on PBS on September 30, 2013, however you should note that less than 90-minutes is allotted so at least 20 minutes will be edited out for the PBS showing.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.