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This review is from: Joy Division [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a massive JD fan but was very let down by this.
Goes into a lot of detail about Ian and the band's time together, some really funny and moving moments. Also some great visual effects (!) and very intelligent/fascinating commentary.
It basically has nothing of JD's music except in the background and seriously small snippets here and there, with a lot of talking over them.
This really impoverishes the experience,for me Joy Division is all about tension and ambience but the film doesn't let you `get into' a single song even once. The furtherest you're allowed to go is like `verse 1, chorus 1' and BANG it's back to an interview.
It's frustrating, because I don't see how anyone could enjoy this. JD virgins are likely to be thinking `Well let me hear some of this band for real (or at least more than 30 seconds)' and JD fans will just be frustrated they STILL don't have DVD-quality, full - versions of JD's meagre but very special performances.
This film tried to do far too much....I would have been happy with leaving some of the live performances in the extras if the thing had been allowed to flow and breathe properly.....instead it rather cheapens JD's music because it's all `in the background' sometimes, the audio of the interview's is even louder than the (very short) performances!
Joy Division is serious, thought=provoking, cathartic, tense, immense, beautiful music ..... Why does this doc reduce it all to MTV-friendly 30 second attention blasts of industrial noise?
Even the NewOrderstory is flawed but it gives us full performances at least.
And yes I appreicate Joy division are a band of such stature that you can generate a lot of very interesting academic, artistic and imaginative ideas and it's good to have these discussed somewhere.
But do the music first!
And don't start me on the ultra-rare snippet of `she's lost control' .... hanging that in front of JD fans is just evil! argH!