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The Smiths - Inside The Smiths [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Craig Gannon, Peter Hook, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke, Pete Shelley
  • Directors: Mark Standley, Stephen Petricco
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pias UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZINQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce were the legendary rhythm section behind The
Smiths.
Here, for the first time on film, they tell the story of their time in the
group.
Speaking with candour, honesty and humour, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke offer
a unique insight into the private life of the groundbreaking band: "The DVD
is a very real account of what happened when we were in The Smiths," says
Joyce. "We wanted people to know what it was really like. It is more
truthful than anything we have revealed in interviews before because we
were relaxed with how it was done and who was doing it".
*This is the first documentary about The Smiths to be released on DVD and
begins with the story of the band's origins in Manchester. The film takes
us through the trip to London that secured their record deal, the eventful
recording of their debut album, the tours, the trips to the US and the
superfandom. But this is no puff piece: Rourke and Joyce speak frankly
about what it was really like to be in a band with Morrissey and Marr,
about Joyce winning his wife back by telling her he was going to be on Top
Of The Pops, and about Rourke's heroin addiction that briefly ended his
career in the band.
*"It isn't about attacking Johnny or Morrissey," says Rourke. "Despite the
fact that the band ended in a messy way we shared a lot of things and we
adopted an almost gang-like mentality. We still have many loyalities to
each other as a result of that".

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A weird and wonderful film, a must see
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This is a very odd film. As the other reviewer has noted, the legal wranglings mean that Morrissey, Marr and the music are three very large elephants in the room. Whilst Rourke and Joyce are very likeable, they also don't make for particularly compelling story-tellers - and the stories they do tell are nothing new. So a long-time fan wouldn't learn anything they didn't already know, whilst a relative newcomer would be left distinctly nonplussed by the absence of the music and the band's two most iconic members. The lack of any Smiths music on the soundtrack (instead some generically jangly indie music that sounds nothing like the Smiths) makes this documentary feel weird, as though it's not really about the Smiths even though it is.

The contributions from others are mostly worthless - the Kaiser Chiefs are as wilfully uncontroversial as ever and the sudden appearance of Preston is frankly laughable. Mat Osman has the most input, although inevitably you're left wondering why they couldn't have got Brett or Bernard instead. Mark E Smith is the most entertaining, despite (or perhaps because of) coming across like a withered, incoherent homunculus.

The most curious thing about Inside the Smiths is that a documentary that was apparently three years in the making should feel so rushed and unfinished, as though this was the best they could come up with. And until we can have a full-blooded film with all four members involved, plus the music (plus some worthwhile and intelligent insights from other people who were actually there at the time), the best just isn't going to be good enough.
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This is a very watchable DVD, but bearing in mind the protracted legal battle over royalties that ensued after The Smiths split it,s not too surprising that it reveals nothing new about the band. It was made without the co-operation of either Morrissey which is not too much of a surrpise given that he once wished Joyce "the very very worst for the rest of his life" , but also without Johnny Marr, so it's essentially half the story and some would say it's the least interesting half of the story as well. It also means the DVD is devoid of any music by the band apart from Rourke playing the bass line of "This Charming Man" in an attic which makes it feel slightly odd as well.
So it's left to bass player Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce to wax lyrical about this important and brilliant band and they do a pretty good job, coming across as affable and not at all bitter( With Joyce a big fat royalty cheque may have something to do with it) about their former band. So much so that they often comes across more as fans than actual participants which is curious and a little diverting at times. It's almost at times ,as if they are being played by someone else as them but in a slightly spoofy way . Most peculiar.
Various other luminaries of the Manchester scene including Peter Hook, Pete Shelley and most entertainingly, since he normally doesn't have a good word to say about anyone Mark E Smith. He made me laugh with his revelation that didn't know what Morrissey -or Stephen as he calls him - was on about half the time. Fifth Smith Craig Gannon pops up in the extras . It's slightly undermined by interviewing The Kaiser Chiefs who are a fine band in their own right but not a patch on The Smiths and aren't from the same era or area.
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I grew up with the smiths and loved them for everything they brought into my life.
they really did write the soundtrack to my young youth and have forever remained within my conscious mind and heart.
maybe it was mozzers words or maybe johnnys music, maybe it was the way mike joyce and andy rourke joined together to create the perfect rhythm section to compliment both moz and marr's work but all put together really did shape the way many people saw and lived thier lives beit right or wrong.
at the end of the day, it was all about great, unique, possibly never again heard in such an astonishing way, music that really should have been given the accolades, way back when it mattered, the way it is being perceived now by closet and at the time, denial fans that thought it too uncool to ever even own up to having any sort of soft spot and affection for the band.

i am proud to say now, as i was back then that the smiths were and still are immense in music and provided a bench mark for so many young upcoming indie type bands of today and much more.

this dvd is all about joyce and rourkes take on being in the smiths and it is so fascinating and a great insight of the way of life within the band and how things were without putting anyones noses out of joint in the process. very honest and realistically told with good natured banter and humour within and throughout.

joyce really speaks from the heart and not just as a band member but an obvious fan of the band and music and really gives voice to many fans take of the whole smiths phenomenon..

i really enjoyed this dvd and it is a total must for any self respecting smiths lover and fan.

fantastic !
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