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The Replacements - Color Me Obsessed (2 discs) [DVD] 
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Over the The Replacements' 12-year existence, their live sets were magical. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the Mats takes us from their first show all the way to the present and everywhere in between. He relies solely on the fans; memories of their albums & antics. Includes material from Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus and Goo Goo Dolls. This two DVD set is packed with extras.
Nineteen deleted scenes!
Three complete interviews (Grant Hart, Robert Christgau, Greg Kot & Jim DeRogitis)
Behind the scenes interviews with director and producer (Hansi Oppenheimer)
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I won't go on about how there is no music or interviews from the band in the film. I will just say that this was the best way to tell the band's story. The Replacements were sort of that band that you herd about, you knew the name but you didn't know who they were completely. They seemed to be this legend that people had told. It was something that a lot of people had talked about but somewhere in the place of rock history, they were left out when The Beatles, The Velvet Underground or R.E.M. are mentioned. You just knew from what you had heard that they were an important band and you were either curious to listen to their songs or just simply not interested. But my point is, you knew or heard something about them and that is their legacy. The band that no one knows of was simply the greatest band of the 80s or the pioneers of Alternatvie rock.
Was the band that great? I am here to say that yes, they were!! Maybe the only important band to come out of the 80s underground. This film is amazing!! So much insight, humor and heart are in these interviews and it shows what it means to have passion for anything. You don't have to be a fan, even if you're not a Mats fan, you know what it means to have something touch you, make an impact and shape you into the person that you are today. That you're not alone and there is something out there for anyone. Gorman Bechard did a great job with these interviews and got the best out of these fans, fellow musicians or collaborators with The Replacements. This is storytelling and it completely covers a legend that has been told before but never at this scale. This was a little band from Minneapolis that with no record sales, no commercial success has become an important part of rock music and what it is today.
I will end this review by saying the one thing that I didn't like about this film. It's that there is very little praise for the Tim record that The Mats did. Everyone talks about how great Let It Be or Pleased To Meet Me is but hardly any love for Tim. I know it's a difference of opinion but I consider this the best record the band ever did and also, the greatest rock album in history. Still, this is a great film. One that I hope will lead others to discover these songs. Believe me, once you've herd "Left Of The Dial", you will never be the same.
I knew about the movie and the whole fan-funding, grass-roots movement to get it made before I saw it. I knew it didn't feature any music or interviews with the band members before I saw it. I heard early bad reviews before I saw it. I eventually broke down and saw it in Austin, TX when you presented it at The Alamo. The group of about 10 friends that I ended up with universally felt it was a waste of time. Even going in with really low expectations, we were disappointed.
Personally, my biggest problem is how pretentious most everyone comes off. It's like a bunch of fans trying to out-hipster each other. After reading Jim Walsh's excellent "All Over But The Shouting," I was thinking you might actually be able to capture some of that magic in a documentary...and that is where the movie fails for me. Maybe growing up in the Midwest (Wisconsin), seeing a ton of Replacements shows (from Stink through the final shows at Summerfest & Grant Park)...and hearing much more interesting vignettes from almost any friend or drunk at the corner bar makes the stories in your film seem trite.
Unfortunately, I don't really have much in the way of remedy or constructive criticism to offer - It's too late anyway. Maybe less industry/wannabe camera time. Maybe a few more "Joe Average" stories. Maybe more of a "friends telling each other stories" vibe. Maybe some interviews with lesser-known bands talking about how The Replacements influenced them would have helped - I'm sure some of those bands would donate some original music or throw in a live clip to break up the monotony without losing the point of the movie. Maybe when the GBV version is made, you can atone for the missteps in this one.
I'm on my way to The Alamo to see The Archers "What Did You Expect?" movie tonight. I'm really hoping you got that one right and with the cooperation of the band, I have no doubt that you did.