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Metallica - Some Kind Of Monster

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006I024U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps it's intentional, but watching three cosseted multi-millionaires riding bikes, going to their daughters ballet classes, selling off their art collections, (Ulrich toasts himself as one of them sells for $5,000,000), riding horses on ranches, and talking about themselves in Group Therapy, you can't help but feel ridiculed. Here these three stupendously wealthy morons chow down on cheeseburgers, try to intellectualise their actions, talking about re-connecting with each other, and indulge in the kind of group therapy sessions that simply have the rational part of the viewer muttering at the screen.

Every movie must have it's bad guy, and Phil Towne, the band's Group performance Coach (shrink, to you & me), is their silver tongued Rasputin, charming the group with distressingly vague statements such as "I appreciate your anger" and "What do you mean by that statement?", getting them to take apart everything and reassemble it in a wasteland of self-indulgent psychobabble. As he parades around in his collection of increasingly atrocious jumpers, the balding spin-doctor offers the group his dreadful lyrical ideas, ackonwledges his sacking with "I appreciate your statements, but don't you think we need to explore your feelings?", and worst of all writes a Metallica Mission Statement ...

"We have experienced and understood - now we must share...." It starts. The rest of it I could barely make out in a sea of astounded guffaws at the absurdity of it all.

In the meantime, "Some Kind Of Monster" lifts the lid and exposes the psyche of self-obssessed millionaires, so far removed from the business of being alive that they have lost their plot amongst navel-gazing self-analysis, ignorant intellectual groping, and occasionally an attempt to forge some music.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely impressed! 30 Jan 2005
I did think that this would be some sort of lame look at Metallica but it was enthralling seeing what Metallica were like, what they went through and how close it came to disbanding. Even if you don't like or have never heard of Metallica, this DVD will still appeal (my wife thought it was very moving). The indepth look at how different personalities can clash and how it gets resolved.
The emotion that James acquires since rehab is amazing, it's like he is a completely different character. Kirk also starts to stick up for himself which I never thought he would.
The Dave Mustaine interview was also very interesting and I do feel more sympathy for Dave and think highly of him for agreeing for the interview to be included.
The movie is over 2 hours long, the bonus features are also quite extensive, they really know how to stick stuff together.
Overall, definitely far better than what I ever imagined.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Kind Of Monster 6 Nov 2006
This is a very brave effort from a hard rock band - to show their human side. Seeing James trying to cope with and overcome depression really pulls on the heart strings and its great that someone with such a hard image feels that they can show the world what its like. Its a hard road when you are at your peak and feel you have nowhere to go - and panic that you are not going to be able to do it anymore. Its a personal struggle that I have witnessed first hand and its a real leveler seeing someone as great as James being knocked down the same way, and going through the same things.

Thanks for the inspiration and the help it gives others undergoing the same struggle - and the great music that came out of the whole process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening expirience! 8 Feb 2007
Having been a Metallica fan for the past 20 odd years I found this very interesting. I have always known that James had a huge ego that was nearly matched by Lars. I had forgotten how James drove Dave Mustaine out of the band back in the early eighties and it was fasinating to see Lars brought to tears when he was forced to confront what he had done to this talented and sensative musician. If people are expecting the band to show their soft under belly you will be disapointed but if you want to see what drives the band it will give you an in sight. From Kirk's quiet introspection to Lars need for approval from his father and James dealing with the fall out from his addictions and refusal to deal with his past.

This band has made buckets of cash over the years because they know how to put on a fantastic show. They make no claims to be political or green and they are what they are. For a loyal fan this will be enjoyable. For a critic or anyone not that interested you will be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this film. Fan or not. 18 April 2005
This is a fascinating insight into one of the biggest bands on the face of the earth! You don't have to be a fan of the band to appreciate this film, and some have even said it to be the 'real life Spinal Tap', although this may be true to a certain degree this film will leave you with a greater understanding of not only the personalities within the band but also the workings of recording, writing, rehearsing an album and going on tour. The film is quite long and may leave you asking after the first 2 hours, 'when is this going to end?' but for me the mystery that surrounds Metallica made me stick with it. You are however left with a few questions after the film is over. These were quickly covered with the features on the second disc which as well as providing a few deleted scenes also covered some of the major screenings and premiers across America where press and fans alike were able to directly question the band members and film makers. Although a question mark may still hover over the future of Metallica, the intenseness, and emotion that went into the recent album and the relationships between band members may make it seem futile and even pointless to leave behind all the hard work that all have put in. Get this film. Fan or not, and witness Metallica at the most crucial time in their entire history!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Exact delivery
Everthing was fine. I was glad to find this real rare DVD at last. Price was a little but high but worthily. Delivery worked at the scheduled date .
Published 3 months ago by Harald
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this purchase
The DVD is in perfect condition and arrived quickly. Includes a lot of extra footage on extra disc, a perfect compliment to the book (for those who have it, though the dvd sums it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary M.
4.0 out of 5 stars I still don't like their music!
Excellent documentary which chronicles the complex and challenging relationships that exist between the members of metals most successful and famous group. Read more
Published 6 months ago by patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like about Metallica
Glad I bought this, its interesting, amusing, entertaining and has some great songs. Looking forward to purchasing Through The Never.
Published 9 months ago by Amanda Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars good docu film
one of the best bits of drama i have seen in the day to day life of one of the best bands of the last thirty years! a damn good buy would reccomend to any hard rock fans.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. A. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This is a very insightful movie into the lives of Metallica and offers real and raw footage of the realities of creating a record.
Published 13 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me, even though I'm not a metal fan
I'll be honest. I'm not a metal fan, and I find Metallica even more annoying musically
than most metal. So that made it a bit hard to get into. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me, even though I'm not a metal fan
I'll be honest. I'm not a metal fan, and I find Metallica even more annoying musically
than most metal. So that made it a bit hard to get into. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by K. Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Still hasnt arrived!!!!
says it was suppost to arrive on approximately the 1st of september, it is now the 6th and still no sign. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by chomz180
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