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on 29 May 2014
Housed in an LP-sized hardback book, this box set is a very stylish package with a well written overview plus scores of stunning photographs. The dvd/blu-ray traces the rise, fall and rise again of Alice Cooper singular, although footage of the original band is heavily featured. Instead of being the usual, formulaic music documentary, the techniques employed by the film makers - archive material, animation, an absence of 'talking heads', interweaving symbolic, silent movie excerpts etc. - create a timeless feel. There are plenty of musical excerpts, but the lack of complete tracks actually enhances the unfolding drama, helping maintain a momentum that never lets up, even in the most disturbing moments when Alice's life/career spectacularly disintegrates. The roller coaster ride ends in 1986, with a sober AC triumphing against the odds and embarking on a successful comeback that has lasted to this day.
The film isn't meant to be a complete overview of Alice Cooper's career but instead a dramatic look at how a fictional character almost destroyed the real life person playing him. A selection of interesting 'bonus' material has also been added. (Note, there are a few expletives uttered along the way!)
There's an extra DVD included, showing rare footage from a 1972 Montreal concert. It's magnificently ramshackle, presenting the original band in all it's 'theatre of the absurd' garage-rock glory. Footage of 'Dead Babies' and 'Killer' is particularly striking in the 'menace and macabre department'. Finally, there's an excellent sounding CD of a 2009 Montreux concert that rocks like hell from start to finish.