This is something you rarely see; in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it, a documentary about a real DIY touring band. The taxpayers have a decent following but they’re still a pretty small band, this isn’t a NOFX DVD, it’s the Taxpayers and that just makes everything better. It follows the band on their tour with The Wild (another really good band) the two aren’t together for the entire thing but a good chunk of it. You get to find out in part what it’s like to be a DIY touring band. There’s a little bit about how The Taxpayers was started and how they book and get around on tour. You get to see some of the people they meet along the way and find out about when they were living in a storage container for a bit. The DVD has some really great live footage which may be my favorite parts because The Taxpayers are one of the most fun bands I’ve ever seen live. The footage on here still doesn’t do them justice but its pretty rad all the same. The DVD runs about an hour long, there’s also a trailer on here and a couple deleted scenes. My only real complaints is I wish there’d have been more of this, it seems like it just scratches the surface and it seems to just abruptly end. But besides that it’s a fun watch. Anybody that’s into punk bands will probably enjoy this; it’s pretty cool to see how a real punk band hits the road for a change. You can scoop it up from Asian Man records.
Get Thrashed, or Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is a documentary about thrash metal. It runs about two hours (with another hour or extras) and goes down thrash metal from the start until today. It’s got a good mix of just an overview so it doesn’t end up being fifteen hours, and goes in-depth to some bands. It doesn’t just pick like the big four to go into, it digs into a lot of bands you may not have heard of. This is a great documentary for big metal heads that like hearing about the things that they love and it’s also an awesome introduction to thrash if you’re new to it. It touches on a lot of great bands and calls out some top rate albums that’ll get you well on your way to becoming a full time metal head. It looks like the director Rick Ernst has only made this, but I hope he kicks out some more documentaries because this one was done pretty well. I watch a lot of documentaries and like a lot of metal, and I very much enjoyed this one, it’s in the higher level of metal documentaries that I’ve seen. My only problem with this documentary is some of the interviews. They’re talking about all these great bands, with interviews from band members, but then they also interview some more current bands, just about all of which fucking suck. I understand that these are some of the bands that early thrash bands influenced but I don’t give a flying fuck about with the guy from slipknot, or Killswitch Engage has to say about Kreator. This is a must watch for any thrash fan, and my highest recommendation if you’re just getting into thrash. Get Thrashed is a fucking great documentary that goes up there with the likes of the best of them, like ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’.
Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut - A fucking 5 disc version.
The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 – A must have for any Three Stooges fan.
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set – The entire series of maybe the best cartoon from the 80′s. Comes in a sweetass footlocker.
UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – 8 DVD’s, 100 people getting beat up, what’s not to like?
The Official World Series Film Collection – Every World Series ever.
Dirty: The Official ODB Biography – I haven’t seen this but I like ODB and Wu Tang Clan so I expect good things.
Earl Scruggs: Live from Austin City Limits
Earl Scruggs: Family Portrait
Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall: Storyteller & the Banjo Man
The Ergs!/The Measure [sa] split 7″ – YES YES YES FUCKING FINALLY!
Kepi Ghoulie: Life Sentence (CD and Vinyl)
The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (CD and Vinyl)
Cobra Skulls: American Rubicon (CD and Vinyl)
Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavor
The Riptides: Tales from Planet Earth
Nada Surf: Karmic EP (Extra tracks)
Anvil: This Is Thirteen - I got my hands on this early I guess, it kicks ass!!
Anthrax: Among the Living (Remastered, extra tracks)
AC/DC: Backtracks (2CD+DVD)
Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996 (Vinyl)
Alice Cooper: Easy Action (Vinyl)
Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo! (Vinyl)
Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (Vinyl Box set)
MF Doom: Unexpected Guests
J.J. Brown: Connect the Dots
Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
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This is a new feature for Uncle Critic, about the only thing that will break the ‘reviews’ mold. Every week I’m going to list upcoming DVD and CD releases. This will not be a list of everything that is coming out that week but just the stuff worth getting. Most likely updated every Sunday.
Releases worth getting Oct 27, 2009
Monty Python: Almost The Truth – The six part mini-series on the IFC Chanel comes to DVD.
Monty Python: The Other British Invasion – If anyone purchased the old complete DVD set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus they may have been annoyed when a new set of it came out with a couple new documentaries. Well this DVD is basically those documentaries in one nice location, now you don’t have to re-buy if you already own the old set.
The Best of Monty Python – A best of for those that don’t own the complete series.
Django Shoots First (1966) – Yet another sequel from the Django series.
Night of the Creeps – The classic horror movie from ’86 FINALLY gets a DVD release, I’ve been waiting years for this one.
Tales from the Darkside: The Second Season – The classic TV series got a season 1 release not long ago, here comes season 2.
The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset (Collector’s Edition) – Amazing show, this is a new set with new features. I believe it’s remastered as well.
Life After People: The Complete Season One – Pretty sweet ‘what if’ type series on the History Channel.
Ax Men: The Complete Season One – If anyone’s seen Ax Men they know it rules, History Channel with another big win.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown – Looks to be a sweet ass documentary on H.P. Lovecraft, I hear a few top name horror directors are involved here (I personally expect to see Carpenter and Gordon).
Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows – The ‘Bret Hart side of the story’ documentary about the famous ’97 Screw job. This was made years ago, first release on DVD. Apparently it comes with a bonus never before released on DVD,The Life And Death Of Owen Hart.
B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King: The Four Kings of Blues Guitar
John Lee Hooker: Live at Soledad Prison/Never Get Out of These Blues Alive [IMPORT]
Bob Dylan: Self Portrait
Kenny Rogers: The Greatest Duets
Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (3 CD) [BOX SET]
Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are (180 Gram Vinyl Reissue)
Hawkwind: Strange Daze ’97
Sacred Steel: Carnage Victory [IMPORT]
Boris: Boris at Last – Feedbacker
R.A. The Rugged Man: Legendary Classics, Vol. 1 (Personal most anticipated music release of the week!!)
Swollen Members: Armed To The Teeth
Snowgoons: The Trojan Horse
Tech N9ne: k.o.d.
Kool Keith & Denis Deft: Bikinis and Thongs Collection
The Nerves: Live at the Pirate’s Cove [LIMITED EDITION] [LIVE]
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There is never a more anticipated release than one from Iron Maiden, the greatest band in the history of time. Anytime they come out with a DVD or an album it’s a first day buy. This time around we get an extra awesome package, DVD, and album thanks to the good people at Universal Music Enterprises. First off let’s hit the DVD; we get a documentary that was made about the band on tour, quite the awesome documentary that any fan of the band should enjoy. I wish I could have seen it when it hit theaters but it was not showing anywhere close. Also on the DVD features a concert of the tour, a fucking awesome bonus. With some versions of the DVD yet another extra was thrown in, a tour book, it’s something of a diary during the tour by Bruce Dickinson, pretty good read.
Over on the side of the album, which is available in CD format and also as a double LP picture disc, we’ve got basically a live album. This isn’t just a straight concert however, here we get the full tour experience, and each track is taken from a different show so chances are if you saw the band on the tour, you’re on the DVD.
The video and audio quality for everything is, as always, excellent. I don’t think there’s any need to say there’s no reason not to own this, in every form. If you don’t have this already you have two options. You can go online and order it, or you can get up from in front of the computer and go buy it, the choice is yours.
1. Churchill’s Speech (Mumbi, India, Palace Grounds; Feb 1, 2008)
2. Aces High (Mumbi, India, Palace Grounds; Feb 1, 2008)
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight (Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena; Feb 7, 2008)
4. Revelations (Syndey, Australia, Acer Arena; Feb 9, 2008)
5. The Trooper (Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Messe Hall; Feb 16, 2008)
6. Wasted Years (Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey; Feb 22, 2008)
7. The Number Of The Beast (Los Angeles, USA, The Forum; Feb 19, 2008)
8. Can I Play With Madness (Mexico City, Mexico, Foro Sol Stadium; Feb 24, 2008)
9. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (New Jersey, USA, Izod Center; Mar 14, 2008)
10. Powerslave (San Jose, Costa Rica, Saprissa Stadium; Feb 26, 2008)
11. Heaven Can Wait (Sao Paulo, Brazil, Palmeiras Stadium; Mar 2, 2008)
12. Run To The Hills (Bogota, Columbia, Simon Bolivar; Feb 28, 2008)
13. Fear Of The Dark (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ferrocaril Oeste Stadium; Mar 7, 2008)
14. Iron Maiden (Santiago, Chile, Pista Atletica; Mar 9, 2008)
15. Moonchild (San Juan, Puerto Rico, Coliseo De Puerto Rico; Mar 12, 2008)
16. The Clairvoyant (Curitiba, Brazil, Pedreira Paulo Leminski; Mar 4, 2008)
17. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre; Mar 16, 2008)