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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9OZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Music documentary, following anthropologist Sam Dunn as he explores the enduring subculture of heavy metal. Travelling from the UK to the USA, from Germany to Norway, Dunn tries to find out why heavy metal music has been so stereotyped and dismissed, and yet loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Featured bands include Slipknot and Black Sabbath, as well as leading singers such as Bruce Dickinson and Rob Zombie.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lee Goudie on 28 July 2006
Format: DVD
I went to see this in the cinema, and it was the most balanced view point regarding metal I have seen. I have been into metal for coming on 2 decades and it has taken this long to see something like this. Added weight is given by the documentary maker being not only a Metal Head but a qualified anthropologist. His study of metal culture is broad and he has done well to fit everything into this film, without getting bogged down.

The interviews with many legends (DIO being the best by far), fans and science types all add insight. This backed up with various music segments just blows it wide open. When it finished I wanted to see it again. Now I can because I am buying it.

For fans get this and show your unconverted mates. They may still not like metal but they will understand your view point more.

I give this five horns
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Owen on 18 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
A seriously good documentary that looks at heavy metal without mocking it! Sam Dunn, the director, is an anthropologist who takes his viewers on an irreverent tour of heavy metal, touching on a number of aspects, including the generic criticism of heavy metal, where it came from, and why people listen to it after all these years.

He interviews a wide range of musicians, many of whom are a good laugh, but also have some insightful things to say about the music so many of us have been listening to for decades. He also interviews a number of the academic types that have written some serious works about heavy metal such as Deena Weinstein and Robert Walser.

The documentary isn't perfect, mind you. It was seen by some as pretty unfair to black metal, which doesn't come off well in the documentary. I also found his discussions of evil in metal a bit simplistic; he seems to leave it with the viewer thinking that metal fans are all looking for a celebration of evil, rather than rebellion.

All in all, the documentary is good, and works on two levels. For a metal fan like me, it gives you some insight into the artists, while making you think a bit about the music you listen to. For non-fans, it gives them a bit of a primer on what metal is about, and might make them think a bit more before dismissing metal the way so many do these days.

One last thing to note; there's a one disk verion and a two disk version of this documentary. The two disk version includes a mini-documentary clarifying some of the things the first film says about black metal, as well as providing some general outtakes and the like. The outtakes are nothing special, but the extra bit on black metal was quite good - I'd recommend that version if you can get it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terence Jones VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
This is a documentary by a Metal fan that is very well made and benefits from professional production.

It is also notable from tracing the history of Metal from early 70's through Shock Rock (Alice Cooper) NWOBHM(Motorhead) to New American metal (Lamb Of God)

Along the way it covers subject such as Sexuality, It's link with evil, women in Rock and of course the Norwegian black metal scene.

In fact it is an interview with two band members of pionerring Black metal band Mayhem that provides the funniest moment in the DVD.

He interviews some of the most innfluential men (and women) in rock including Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) Alice Cooper, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Ronnie James Dio (Dio), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Lemmy (Motorhead) "The Dude" - Vince neil (Motley Crue) 2 members from girlschool, Doro Pesch (Doro) and Corey from Slipknot.

Of these interviews Ronnie Dio and Alice Cooper provide some very funny lighthearted moments with Dio talking about Gene-isims (Gene Simmons) and Alice openly lauding the Norwegian black metal scene based on the band members he's met.

There are some landmark moments her including footage of the actual oversight senate meeting with the PMRC's Tipper Gores senator husband Al and Dee Snider selected from the bands that were targetted to appear and speak in Heavy metal's corner (his articualtion will surprise you)

There are 2 disks packed with interviews, tracks (not full tracks) and concert footage.

It's a very honest and quite comprehensive documentary and a must for every Metal fan.

It's worth most of the price alone because of the 2 minute Mayhem interview which is very funny.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Wall on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
As a heavy metal fan of 20 years I was intrigued by this supposed "high-brow" treatise of the genre. Metal has long been lampooned by the mainstream (perhaps rightly so, given some of it's more ridiculous excesses) and this promised to be an unbiased examination from a sociological point of view. For the most part it succeeds. The author was obviously a *very* big metal fan, and this comes across as a real labour of love. Long time fans can't help but get swept along with Sam Dunn's infectious enthusiasm. However, if anything, the bias tips in favour of promoting metal to the detriment of the overall impact of the piece. Many of the interviews, for example, Dio, Cooper and Dickinson are witty, informative and good humoured. However, several of the interviewees, both with fans and band members, serve only to re-enforce the idea that metal is for ill-educated, foul-mouthed social misfits obsessed with satan, death and gore. On the whole, Dunn does a fairly good job of remaining impartial and letting the viewer make their own mind up about the relative merits of the likes of Emperor and Cannibal Corpse. Still, I would've liked to have seen a more balanced view on the appeal of metal, rather than the usual, inane arguments that metal is for those smart enough that wish to exist outside of mainstream culture. Ultimately, metal is just as much a trend and a badge to be worn as any mainstream pop music. It has endured almost like no other, and has moved with the times, but it seems to me that metal is ultimately about "belonging" to a movement or a scene just as much, if not more, due to its dinstictive trappings, than any style of music.
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