- Directors: Ondi Timoner
- Producers: Ondi Timoner
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 14 Nov. 2005
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000B6F8J6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Music documentary about the tempestuous relationship between the underground indie bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Kindred spirits when they were starting out together, the documentary charts the breakdown in their relationship as The Dandy Warhols get propelled to chart success on the back of their single 'Bohemian Like You', which is used in a television advert. While the Dandy Warhols start enjoying the trappings of fame, unstable Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe starts becoming increasingly erratic, leading to a series of fights, arrests, and death threats.
It's hard to watch Dig! and not feel some affection for the hip and guileless characters that populate its chaotic world. But beneath the warmth of Ondi Timoner's documentary--an insider's view of seven years in the company of Californian alt-rockers The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre--are archetypal themes of friendship and ambition that place Dig! near the top of the pantheon of great music documentaries. The film charts the intertwining careers of both bands as they lead a scene of psychedelic 60s revivalism, unpredictable gigs, casual recording sessions and a confrontational attitude towards the music industry. The Dandy's are straightforwardly ambitious: front-man Courtenay Taylor (the film's narrator) makes enough smart moves and radio-friendly songs to create commercial success. But The Brian Jonestown Massacre gradually implode--in a series of on-stage bust-ups, arrests and spats--under the leadership of maverick singer Anton Newcombe. The film's central character and Taylor's best friend, Newcombe is by turns a romantic, amusing and painfully transparent soul--a broken heart on the other side of a big attitude--and although his artistic temperament costs him the friends and recognition he craves, he might just be, at least in Taylor's eyes, the greatest musician of them all. --Leo Batchelor
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'Dig!' was made over seven years from the mid to late 1990s and focuses on eclectic cult heroes The Brian Jonestown Massacre and friends/peers The Dandy Warhols - the latter would have fair to middle success with material from 'Come On Down' & 'Welcome to the Monkey House'and cellphone ad-hit single 'Bohemian Like You.' The general story is that there is a friendship/rivalry around the two bands - 'The Dandys Rule OK' closer to the sound explored by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, blending psychedelia, shoegazing, space-rock & Sonic Youth...
The documentary advances as the Dandys' sign to Capitol and begin to find an international audience with songs like 'Boys Better', 'Everyday is a Holiday' & 'Heroin is so Passe'- amusingly the latter has it ripped out of it by the Brian Jonestown Crew (oblivious to the irony). The film-maker's gist is that Anton Newcombe and his band (which includes future members of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & The Warlocks)are prolific geniuses on the cusp of being as significant as Nirvana. There is a hint of self-destruction with Newcombe's erratic behaviour - fighting with his band, fighting with the audience, signing a major-label deal (& screwing it up), becoming a bit too chemical, getting busted by the cops & dressing like Arthur Lee on rollerboots while stalking the Dandys! The Dandys meanwhile are presented as a more savvy, knowing alt-pop outfit - the notion here that Courtney Taylor (who narrates after the fact) wants to be the Artist that Newcombe is, and that conversely, Newcombe would like the pop-savvy or ambitious streak that lead the Dandy Warhols to play to large crowds in Europa and have a few hit singles to flog an LP or three off.
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What happened to the two discs previously advertised because mine certainly only had one?
None of the commentaries, live performances, music videos, 'where are they now?', behind the scenes stuff from the American disc has made it on to this release.
An absolute waste of time and another atrocity from Tartan. Do not waste your time with this - buy the region 1. I'll certainly be trading my copy for one.
Dandy warhols and The Brian Jonestown massacre, are cool bands, with some great songs.
but people beware, they don't pick a fight with you...
It soon becomes clear that the central figure of interest is Newcombe. The guy has musical talent for sure, but unfortunately not an original bone in his body. He makes the BJM, who are otherwise pretty decent people and musicians (with the exception of the gormless, tambourine `playing' Joel Gion), into a Sixties tribute band, embodying all of the worst aspects of that era: druggy materialism dressed up as spirituality, bad fashion and inane lingo.Read more ›
The trouble is that he's not. He may be a multi-instrumentalist who's written and released hundreds of songs, but aside from occasional (and I do mean occasional) flashes of brilliance the vast majority of his tunes drone on ad infinitum and would bore the socks of all but the most obsessive of his fans. The 'sell out' Dandy Warhols, on the otherhand, may be fronted by a preening, self obsessed poseur, but he does have undeniable song writing talent, and musically a lot more ideas. Which beats being a droning pastiche of a 60's band any day of the week.
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Interesting film, saw BJTM recently and wanted a bit of back story.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lunacy, drugs, youth. Friendship, bureaucracy, hope. Love, pot, wonder. ..a few words that occur when I look back at this crazy jumbled masterpiece of two bands on the road to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Johnny Wilson
Enjoyed this, and will watch it again I'm sure. Would have liked a bit more view of the 'dark side' of BJTM's excesses, and it wasn't as funny as some had suggested, indeed... Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by AL FM
One of the best movies made about a rock band ever, even if your not a fan of BJM or the Dandy Warhols.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by John Mccormick
Thers is great behind the scenes footage giving a candid insight into the fortunes of the two bands.
Well worth a look.
This film for me highlights the pained journey of a troubled, talented, perfectionist musician desperate to bring his creative wealth to the masses without actually adhering to the... Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2012 by Matthew Willoughby
I really enjoyed this insight into two of my favourite bands. It totally explains why one has become a household name and the other still languishes in relative musical obscurity -... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2011 by messiahontrial
This is an amazing and revelatory documentary. Anton Newcombe is clearly a genius but sabotages his own success. Great DVDPublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by Mr. Gary Merryweather