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Sound City [Blu-ray] [2013]

Dave Grohl    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Dave Grohl
  • Producers: Dave Grohl, John Ramsay, James A. Rota
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: RCA
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2YH7BS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,746 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl directs this documentary about Los Angeles' Sound City Studios which specialised in analog recording. Following the closure of the studio in 2011, due to the growing demand for digital recording, Grohl assembled a number of artists, including Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks, to give interviews and performances while contributing to the creation of a new album.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic 17 Mar 2013
By Rich
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This is a really gripping music industry film , with so much reality and so enjoyable to watch. If you are a budding musician it will enthuse you onwards to aim for greater things. I play drums in a band and we gig, this film just makes you want to practice and do just more off what you inwardly love to do daily. I blatantly shows what it is all about and why you do it . Thank you Dave Grohl
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Uplifting 14 Mar 2013
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This directorial debut from Dave Grohl is both an homage to a centre of musical excellence and a tribute to some of the amazing artists who recorded some landmark works there, some of whom return to record new tracks for this documentary and accompanying CD soundtrack.

Rather than merely a series of fascinating talking heads, Grohl shows real flair as a film-maker, both in his framing and editing, and it is this panache which lifts 'Sound City' above the standards of your average rockumentary and gives it immediate 'classic' status.

It's a very moving piece of work, a real labour of love for Grohl, and reveals some fascinating facts about this oasis of genius in the San Fernando Valley as well as some memorable anecdotes from the coterie of stars interviewed.

Stand out moments have to be the recollections from Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks - their one and only infamous 'Buckingham Nicks' LP, before joining and transforming Fleetwood Mac, was the first ever to be recorded at the studio - and it's quite a tear-jerker to see the ever-wonderful Nicks record a breathtaking new track for this film which expresses her deep sadness at the loss of her godson to a heroin overdose last year.

All in all, this is not to be missed, and the high quality widescreen, 5.1 blu-ray contains an exclusive 45 minutes of extra footage which is just as unmissable as the 107 minute movie itself.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sound city 17 Mar 2013
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Totally excellent film from Dave Grohl of foo fighters about the place where Nirvanas nevermind was recorded in 16 days. Part historical documentary as so much great music was made at sound city ,Fleetwood Mac acquired Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham whilst recording their 1975 Album and the interviews are fascinating . There are also contributions from Neil Young,Tom Petty,Lee Ving,Trent Reznor, Corey Taylor and Frank Black as well as what remains of Nirvana recording cut me some slack with Paul McCartney. John Fogerty and Rick Neilson also feature, along with members of Queen of The Stone age . In terms of rock documentarys it doesnt get any better and the new music is very special , really enjoyed McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Coray Taylor though its all good.
Dave bought the soundboard and the film maps the creative process in making the music and not being afraid to take risks and explore new territory . In reality this film is a vehicle for musical creativity and excellence of vision, though overall the plaudits belong to Dave Grohl for placing his enthusiasim on the screen in a very honest truthful manner . In addition the various producers, owners and employees of Sound City tell the story in a forthright and interesting manner which delights the viewer and is a first rate watch. Its warm , creative and a wonderful film with an incredible soundtrack bringing the music right up to date. I thoroughly enjoyed this and if rock music is one of your passions you will too, in addition its humerous too not taking itself too seriously,well done Dave.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for rock and documentary fans 25 May 2013
By Darren
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Dave Grohl has brought a great story to DVD. Sound City has had a lot of great albums recorded there and this delves into the history from the very start of the recording studios life to it's sad demise.

Lots of interviews with artists and staff give an intriguing look behind the studios.

Really enjoyed this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound City DVD 14 Aug 2013
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Great DVD about the history of sound recording in the 70's. A great watch, with different bands and clips I have not seen before. Worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 8 Jan 2014
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Great documentary which shows the time, effort and real talent that goes into making real music.Technology is no substitute for real talent and real music. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in music and rock history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A big thank you to Dave Grohl 24 July 2013
When the Judgment Day comes, this documentary film might actually weigh more on Dave Grohl's scales than what he had done as a musician.

This is in no way meant to belittle his musical contribution, but rather to stress the incredible amount of research and work that obviously went into this chronicle of American rock history 1969 - 2013, written and shot on the backdrop of a life story of a Neve recording console. (Granted, Grohl took what some might find an oversize part in the second half of that chronicle, but then he kind of deserves it, doesn't he?).

We should all send a cheque and a big thank you note to Dave Grohl for capturing this history, which is what I am doing right now.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than i expected 12 April 2013
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I was a little put off when i started to watch the film, what with the long list of cliches that grohl rolls off at the beginning of the film as the introduction to the documentary, but i was glad that i kept on with it. Really interesting bits of musical history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! if you love to know about how music is and was made.
Love this documentary! If you are a fan of vintage musical instruments, classic records and vintage recording equipment this dvd is a must!!
Published 14 hours ago by Guillermo Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant rockumentary.
Published 12 days ago by Alastair Mitchell
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Love this DVD, though I may not see it for some time as there's a queue to borrow it.
Published 16 days ago by Steve Tomo
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amazing insight into recording / Dave Grohl is the best
Published 1 month ago by Pauline Hull
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Published 1 month ago by C. R. Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
Brilliant DVD!! Good price,brand new and came really quick.I recommend this company and the DVD!
Published 1 month ago by gayle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating and with an excellent soundtrack.
Published 1 month ago by Readyornot
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Amazing documentary to watch everything I expected it to be. Delivery was quicker than I expected :-)
Published 1 month ago by Katie Burman
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Published 2 months ago by kevin j morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary. Really interesting
Excellent documentary. Really interesting. And full of cool people and cool,surprising stuff.
Is there anything Dave Grohl makes that isn't amazing? No, the answers no!
Published 3 months ago by Andy
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