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Angels and Airwaves: Start the Machine (2008)

Angels & Airwaves , Mark Eaton  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angels & Airwaves
  • Directors: Mark Eaton
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rocket Science
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197X1U4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Start the Machine is a film the Chronicles the genesis of rock band Angels & Airwaves and the recording of their first CD We Don't Need To Whisper in 2005. The DVD runs 72 minutes in length and was shot mostly in the studio as the band recorded. The film addresses the break-up of Tom Delonge's former band Blink-182, the backlash from his boastful statements in the press, his addiction to prescription medication, and showcases epic Angels & Airwaves live performance pieces from their first headlining tour in 2006. Live performances from their triumphant San Diego show are featured throughout this disc. DVD also includes 2 music video and 4 short films.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars After all they hype and wait.... June 17, 2008
Three and a half stars

I have to admit that this documentary is something of a disappointment. Let me backtrack a second. There seems to be three types of music fans over the last three years. Those who love and worship Angels and Airwaves, those who absolutely hate Angels and Airwaves, and those who don't know who the hell Angels and Airwaves are. Unfortunately, it appears that most of the population in the world fits into the third, but I undoubtedly, undeniably and proudly fall into the first. Whisper and I-Empire are two of my favorite albums of all time and are in constant rotation on my i-pod and cd player. I regularly check forums, fan sites and Mod-Life to see what the band is up to. You can only imagine than that I was seriously looking forward to this documentary which has been talked about for for so long to finally come out. Today was that day, and I was first in line (ok, so there was no line) to pick it up (after failing to find it at three other stores first). I'm not sure what I was looking for in this film, but it was much more than what I got. Start the Machine is hardly more than any other "making of the album" special on VH1 or "Classic Albums" DVD that has been released in the past few years. The band is followed from the breakup of Blink (very briefly covered) and through the hype and eventual release of their debut album, We Don't Need To Whisper. The thing is, during the filming... nothing really seems to happen. Perhaps the aspect of this film that fans were looking forward to most (obviously aside from some Blink stuff), was Tom's reaction to the way he hyped the record and his addiction to painkillers. While this stuff is pretty interesting, we don't get to hear too much from the other band members on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's finally here and....??? June 18, 2008
After all the hype and wait for the Angels & Airwaves DVD "Start the Machine" it's finally arrived and depending what you're looking for this is either a pleasant surprise or a disappointment.
This DVD is basically a look at Angels & Airwaves as they created the "We Don't Need To Whisper" album. And for this purpose the DVD delivers great insight. You get a great look at the inner working of the band within the studio experience. You get to see what Tom Delonge was thinking and where he wanted the Band and the Music to go. I think if you're a musican or a producer, this DVD will be very interesting to you.
If you are looking for something more along the lines of "Behind the Music: Motley Crue" then this DVD is not for you. While there is some discussion about the Blink 182 breakup, Drug use and other outside factors this DVD does not deliver these all that thoroughly or in great detail.
The Special Features aside from the interview with Tom Delonge where he speaks about the Blink 182 break up which provides some interesting insight but only lasts 5-10 minutes, are not anything overly interesting and you've probably seen them before online.
All in all this DVD does a great job of giving you a birds eye view of the recording of the album, but it lacks some of the back story elements that could have made it great. I give it a 4 out 5, and strongly recommend it if you're a musican or producer and interested in taking a look into the studio while a band strives to start something new and exciting or if you are just a Angels & Airwaves fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Epic July 14, 2008
By Danny
I honestly don't know where the negative reviews are coming from. I thought this DVD was amazing! It goes into the dissolution of blink-182, Tom's addiction to prescription drugs, and the point to their music overall. It's awesome to see the songs being constructed as the DVD goes on. They explain all sorts of little things that are really cool. Gives you more of an insight into the band and the first album. And the live performances are like, breathtaking. They are so epic.
The special features are pretty cool. One is just more from the studio, where you basically see them putting together "The War" piece by piece, which is fun to watch. Another is a more detailed explanation of blink's breakup. Then there's an inspiring performance of "Distraction" live. The rest are music videos/short films for the songs. The last piece is just seeing some of the reviews, which last for about 30 seconds to a minute.
The commentary is just kinda funny. Tom is the only one taking it seriously, so he's trying to hold a serious commentary while his bandmates are just messing around. I highly recommend this film for any of their fans. It is awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Documentary of a Great Band October 28, 2008
This DOC is absolutely amazing and a great tool to use to get others listening to the band, which I have done. This documentary shows the making of Whisper, live concert performances, music videos and more! I don't know how this got average reviews, I love it. Angels and Airwaves is the greatest thing Tom has ever done and I hope that this band continues for years to come. It is Rock that hasn't been heard in a long time. AVA may be this generation's U2, but is that such a band thing? Look how big U2 is. AVA will one day be as big!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first documentary on Angles and Airwaves November 9, 2013
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Great documentary on Angels & Airwaves. It was also a good window into Tom DeLonge's world post-Blink 182 hiatus. I highly recommend the DVD, especially if you are an Angles & Airwaves fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great dvd
Published 1 day ago by Ame K Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh…
I could not finish the movie. Every time I begin to watch it, I feel very angry and resentful towards Tom and the blink-182 mess. Read more
Published 17 days ago by StockholmSydney
5.0 out of 5 stars Start the machine review
I ordered this for my boyfriend since he is a big angels and airwaves fan, very fast shipping and really good movie!
Published 4 months ago by ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Production
In this production Tom DeLonge proves - once again - how genius he is. He have a 'far away future' visions so clear in him minds, that fascinates you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fernando Nanzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Son likes it.
Son was very happy to get it for Christmas. He likes this band. I was happy that the price was good.
Published 6 months ago by Pauline Weichler
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great documentary
If you like Angels and Airwaves then you will enjoy this documentary. It is from right after the first album We don't need to Whisper but right before I-Empire was released. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Phillip Musella
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any AvA fan.
Super cool movie. If you're an Angels and Airwaves or a Tom DeLonge fan, I would recommend this movie to you. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Video :)
Perfect for all fans of AVA. You learn a lot about the band, Tom, and how they produced We Don't Need To Whisper.
Published on January 30, 2010 by Matt W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy, For a Blink 182 fan or AvA fan
Tom delonge is one of my greatest inspirations so i picked this up when i saw it. it is a great buy, with lots of info about the studio for the band and interviews and live shows. Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by Mathieu Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting DVD that never quite manages to feel necessary
Angels and Airwaves was a really interesting.....idea. I liked We Don't Need to Whisper, but was a bit let down by I-Empire. Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by A Reviewer
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