Cobain: Montage Of Heck
(2015/Universal Music Blu-ray)/Whole
Lotta Led Zeppelin by Jon Bream
(Second Edition/2015/Voyageur Press Books)/The
Who: Live In Hyde Park
(2015/Eagle Blu-ray/2 CD Set)/We
Are Your Friends
B-/B-/C+ Sound: B/B (CDs: B-)/C+ Extras: C-/C/C- Main
Programs: C+/C+/C-/Book: B
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Cobain: Montage Of Heck
(2015) is the first 'official' documentary on Cobain and his life
since his death (and after several that criticized the vircumstances
on how that happened), but taken as the actual story of his life,
rise as an international artist and end, it is surprisingly
overrated, problematic, choppy and pat. Using rare (if ever released
before) audio, stills, film and video footage, it attempts to tell
his biopgraphy and various members of his family (not always
portrayed in the best light despite consenting to these interviews)
that shows how he became a loner, then found a way to unforgettably
other really awful thing here is way too much animation as very, very
lame filler throughout when we know other footage or stills could
have been used. It is oversimple, odd and never works. I also
(controversy aside) still found the conclusion abrupt and a bit
insulting, so to say I was disappointed and why we have not heard
raves on this one makes total sense. For fans only!
interviews are the only extra.
Lotta Led Zeppelin
is here in a new Second Edition of the 2008 by John Bream that has a
rich amount of text and even richer amount of memorabilia, stills,
posters and more than show the rise, rise, end and continued
popularity of one of the greatest ock bands of all time in time for
the expanded, remastered reissue of all 9 of the band's solo albums
by Jimmy Page and Atlantic Records. Voyageur Press Books has issued
it in very high quality print, paper and color reproduction that is
impressive thorughout. I barely remember the first edition, but this
is as visually well made and fans should be pleased.
expanded text has been added to show what the band memebrs have been
doing and what has happened with Zeppelin in pop culture since,
though that could have gone on further and made this book even
thicker. Still, pretty good and if you want to know more about the
band and are not a fan, this is a nice place to start.
Who: Live In Hyde Park
(2015) has the remaining members (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend)
keeping the band going in a big money tour production issued by Eagle
on both Blu-ray and a 2 CD set, both included here. Yes, they have
aged and Daltrey's voice might not quit be what it once was, but they
give it a big try and that in itself is better than many of the other
acts of the time (if they even still perform) that have simoply
become 'legacy' acts. With their hits opening every single episode
they are as heard as ever.
they don't seem totally in their element, this is barely more
memorable than their early 1980s touring that even Daltrey was not
totally happy with and is a fans-only affair. 16 classic tracks and
a Tommy medley are delivered without being dragegd out.
in the CD-sized foldout DigiPak packaging include an illustrated
booklet on the concert with informative text, while the Blu-ray adds
four bonus music perfomance from the ocncert not on either of the
Are Your Friends
(2015) I hyet another attempt for one-time Disney moppet Zac Efron to
establish an adult, mature cinemtic identity and have more commercial
success in the way he has with a few hit comedies and few noticed
indie films that have not hurt his cause. However, critics and most
moviegoers don't take him seriously because they feel he has no life
experience to really show, may be 'spoiled' and that bores them.
Here, he plays a DJ in the world of fun music raves and there is an
interesting story or two to show and tell of this world. This film
is NOT it.
what do we get instead? Another story of Efron pretty much playing
himself, showing us how hip he is, the 'dude' friends he hangs with
and that he can seduce and have sex with pretty gals... as if we
never could have imagined this. So that leaves us the DJ sequences,
which sadly play like the many (and usually bad in other films)
endless such sequences in so many bad films since the 1990s (I was
waiting for the vampires from the opeing of the original Blade
to show up just, but they sadly did not, htoughh they had better
music than ewe get here too, lucky bast@%#!) and this wastes 96
minutes of all our time.
needs an serous adviser quickly before he loses what little ground he
has gained in recent years. He could do much better and the sooner
he can, the less we'll see duds like this.
Making Of featurette is the only extra.
Blu-rays here aren't bad, but each have their issues, with the 1080p
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on Cobain
have more than it share of vintage rough low-def video, but the new
animation does not help. Still pictures are a plus, but that's it.
The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Who
makes for an interesting aspect ratio choice for an HD-recorded live
concert, but afftects overall definition and detail, if not too
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image on Friends
is a passible shoot with nothing special to offer, no memorablr shots
and that's not good for a work trying to show us something different.
offers DTS-HD MA (Master Audio), Dolby TrueHD 5.1 & TrueHD 2.0
Stereo lossless mixes, but like the many Universal Blu-ray Pure Audio
releases, the DTS 5.1 is just better than the Dolby 5.1 mix and is
the highlight of this release with good soundmixing and all those
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Who
all the have good soundfields, are very well recorded, have a sense
of warmth and also comes with PCM 2.0 Stereo counterpart that is not
as good, but are fine for such a limited mix, but it is pretty
consistent in 5.1 form and is smooth if not particularly excepetional
throughout. The PCM 2.0 16/44.1 sound on the CDs are good for what
they are, but no match for the Blu-ray's DTS 5.1 sound. The lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on We
is at its best when the music kicks in, but is more limited and also
none too impressive considering its trying to celebrate a DJing,
Electronica and upcioming music genres.