Top positive review
Stoned Out Of My Mind
on 25 October 2013
The steelbook packaging is very nice indeed collectors should get one now its worth the extra , you get 2 blu ray discs and a dvd of movie only. The movie is a joy to watch the directors love of the band seeps into every frame, there is no muck raking which im glad about but it would have been nice to cover the break up and the year or so without squire as they did carry on for sometime without him and renny , this would have added some balance though its fair to say this was a pretty low point for the band. The film is well crafted i would imagine even people not interested in the band would find something in this film, there is some great early stuff again lacking interviews with early members it does not ponder on these years the focus is the early band rehearsals and the small first gig of the reunited line up at warrington parr hall which is superb the sense of expectation is well handled and palpable in every frame , the real stars here being the gathering fans. Theres plenty of Manchester humour which fans of the band will recognise and detractors would call arrogant the interviews will have detractors squirming me i just laughed out loud at the boys not playing the game. The heaton park footage is superb but would have been nice to see more.
The extras i found somewhat disappointing (sorry shane) whats on there is quality though the overlap in commentery and various director interviews grates and the spike island footage worth the price of the whole package it got some bad press at the time but its clear to see the crowd loved it ..sadly i missed that day and its great to see any clips this is rare stuff i have never seen and was rumoured to exist for years. Qdos for including) but the glaring omissions are band interviews , yep funny interviews with fans are great and the full parr hall and heaton park , i suppose this keeps the myth alive and is more about my greed of wanting to experience the heaton park gig i experienced on my tv (its never gonna be the same but perhaps that day should remain something i relive in fond memories . Stunning work , flawed but what is not ..perfection has to be imperfect. One love.