Better Living Through Circuitry
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Top Customer Reviews
There is quite a substantial amount of "extras" on the DVD, such as an option to view a gallery of party fliers that had been going around at the time, extended interviews with DJs and other people in the industry, and even commentary by the film makers in which the documentary is played from front to back with the sound taken away and the film makers comment on each part of the footage. That part definitely sheds more light into how the scene works and also gives a little more insight into how they were able to meet the people they did and get some of the footage that they would have otherwise not been able to get.
Too much to explain, this is just a great DVD.
The movie is comprised of interviews and scenes from these so-called scandalous all-night parties, It answers the basic `who', `what', where' and `why' questions in regards to the scene and the people that make it possible. The movie is interesting as it gives both `behind the scene' as well as `at the scene' insight, making it interesting and informative to anyone that has not actually attended one of these events.
Speaking from a point of view of someone who is in the scene, I can honestly say this documentary is a pretty accurate portrayal of parties and the inspirations behind them. Admittedly it is a bit on the 'candy' (or cheesy) side, which may disappoint some true party kids, but all in all, I thought it was done pretty well. `Better Living' incorporates the most important aspects of the scene, the music, the dj's/producers and the beliefs of the culture overall. It was able to somewhat convey the `aura' one might feel at a rave which is derived from the gregarious crowd, the awesome effects of lasers and light manipulation, and most of all the powerful music. The movie also does cover the notorious topic of the presence of ecstasy at raves.Read more ›
If you have no clue about raves or whatnot, get a friend who does so they can explain a lot of what's going on. My housemate saw this and thought it was utter crap til I told him what was up. The problem is that this is all a quick and scattered introduction to the rave scene. Many issues are picked up and quickly discarded in an effort to quicken the pace.
On the commentary track, the director says that he didn't know anything about the scene before he started and it shows. Over the course of the film, the story gains more focus. A few of the threads begin to tie together and then the whole thing ends, maddeningly early.
If you're looking for a history lesson or a good explanation of what's what, talk to someone in the scene or grab one of several excellent books on the subject. Better Living is a beautiful accompaniment to anyone who wants to see more, but it doesn't quite get you all the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
cool documentary on the electronic music movement and advent and change of synthesizers, lighting, people, music, drugs, foods associated and big names in the industry.Published 23 months ago by Wesley A. Ornick
Did you want to relive the rave scene with this movie? I did. As a serious LA raver from the late 90's and well into the 2000's as an adult electronica clubber, i've finally... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by L. Cheng
I bought the DVD just to hear Genesis talk. They did a great job making this movie. The rave culture was just history repeating itself like in the psychedelic 60s. Read morePublished on December 19, 2007 by B. R. Smith
i really enjoyed this movie. if you are an ex-raver looking to relive the "glory days" then BUY IT NOW!!! Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by idurner
This is not very good. It's more about teenage yanks toootally raggin out and being rad dude. This is not about the music or the scene and adds nothing at all to electronic music. Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by 6.00 AM
Ok, where do I begin. This movie/documentary is probably one of the best films concerning the topic of the ever popular raves! Read morePublished on July 11, 2003
this documentary takes a discovery channel approach at portraying what rave scene is about. if you've never been to a rave you might find it amusing, otherwise its just bunch of... Read morePublished on June 12, 2003 by rafal buch
This is not a movie, in a classic sense. This is a set of interviews of dj's & promoters. I'm fine with that however the djs that participates are not the best... Read morePublished on April 24, 2003 by Daniel Oh
...apparently "A viewer" from NSW Australia has not. The very first "rave" was in Chicago in 1984. A young dj named Johnny Bonez (no, not Frankie) spun at what would become the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2003 by scanner
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