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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

Starring:
Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Ondi Timoner
Starring Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor-Taylor
Supporting actors Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe, Brent DeBoer, Eric Hedford, Dean Taylor, The Dandy Warhols, Jeff Davies, Frankie Emerson, Erik Gavriluk, Nic Harcourt, Kristen Kerr, David LaChapelle, Genesis P-Orridge, Miranda Lee Richards, Adam Shore, Michele Costa
Studio Cinetic
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Clare Quilty on January 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Sure, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" got all the love in 2004, but my favorite rock-doc-as-car-crash of last year was this: "DiG!"

Seven-some years in the making, it's director Ondi Timoner's crazy love letter to two men -- Anton Newcombe, leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre; and Courtney Taylor, head of the Dandy Warhols. Both groups ignited like Apollo 11's on the launch pad of the 1990s music scene but slowly sputtered back down to the ground just as spectacularly.

Newcombe seems like a musical genius who can't resist imploding at the worst possible times and places, while Taylor has the drive and accessibility to succeed without the crucial spark of crazed brilliance. Their friendship/rivalry takes a lot of turns during the course of this film, which was mostly recorded on handheld cameras as the events unfolded.

Everything that's right and wrong with the music industry is here: the inescapable mechanics of the game; the perils of drugs, egomania, overambition, pride and possession of mass quantities of obnoxiousness. Anybody who thinks they might want to make music for money should see this film first.

Plus, there's a lot of great, entertaining footage here: Newcombe's ill-advised handling of a Georgia roadcheck; a run-in with David LaChappelle; and especially the BJM's disastrous, Andy Kaufman-esque meltdown in front of record execs at the Viper Room (you gotta love any fight scene that ends with "motherf----r broke my sitar, man!").

The movie's only significant weakness the fact that Taylor voices the film narration. Yes, he was there and can comment on the events unfolding with a distinct air of authority, but his reading also gives the lines an unignorable bias.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on June 2, 2010
Format: DVD
"Dig!" is a hilarious, heartbreaking documentary about the dueling indie bands of the '90s--the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Brian Jonestown Massacre are the Bad Boys--the Rolling Stones compared to the rather staid (in their private lives,at least) Beatles that are the Dandy Warhols. Anton Newcombe (of the BJM) is the mad genius at the documentary's heart. He has an intense love/hate relationship with the Dandy Warhols. He can't stand them for being "sell-outs",yet he follows them avidly, even stalking their concerts. Ironically, while he dismisses the DWs as pop--I've never heard them on Top 40 Radio. Joel Gion is the true comic of the BJM, while Matt Hollywood, who looks like John Lennon, gives Newcombe some well-needed critique.

"Dig!" provides insight to the indie rock scene of the Pacific Northwest. After all, they were contemporaries with a little Seattle group called Nirvana. As Newcombe notes, the BJM paved the way for the White Stripes being played on pop radio. The Dandy Warhols have their own special studio in Portland, and recently their frontman, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, played guitar on the title track for Pink Martini's Splendor in the Grass. Newcombe has gone solo... and in a tragic footnote, due to his history of violence, he's not allowed to see his own son.

"Dig!" is a bittersweet symphony.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on June 2, 2011
Format: DVD
DiG! is a documentary that focuses on two promising 1990s rock groups: the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols. Though the film ostensibly concerns whether these groups will achieve stardom, it is at its best when it focuses on Anton Newcombe - the leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

As a portrait of an angry, talented young man (Newcombe), DiG! is a success. People in the music industry regard Newcombe as a savant, even though he does everything he can to sabotage his career - fist fights with band mates, arrests for drugs, etc. DiG! offers viewers some insight into the possible roots of Newcombe's problems when discussing his childhood. Though it is sometimes difficult to watch Newcombe destroy himself, it is always interesting.

The material about the Dandy Warhols is middling. The group achieves more success than does the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but their story is just not as interesting. Anton is the main draw.

In short, DiG! is a good documentary that any fan of rock music will enjoy.
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26 of 37 people found the following review helpful By raymond bassett on May 22, 2005
Format: DVD
I lived in Portland saw the Dandy Warhols early on and thought that they were cool because they approximated a music I was always into, 60's psychedelia, and they brought their own sensibilities to it. I had the same reacton to the Brian Jonestown Massacre when I heard their early records. Anything that references that kind of 60's swirl in music is fine by me and I gravitate to it - Reasons I am fans of both bands -

HOWEVER-

I would never claim that either of these bands has a one up on the other one because I don't think either band is one of the alltime greats and I don't care how either achieved their musical goals concerning the reasons given. I don't care about b.s. arguments that claim "hey, man BJM is great because they were prolific and didn't sell out" or the Dandies were great because "they found a way to make it work and that's what you have to do." At the end of the day, all you are left with is the music and if you like it great, but the suggested argument that separates the two (one sold out, one didn't) is bogus. All the bands from the 60' sold out (whatever the hell that means) at one time or another and the ones who didn't wished they had. So what? Any entertainment deal involves a deal with the devil at some level and to suggest otherwise, or that the people who make "unheard" music are somehow "more pure" is nonsense. Why sign a record deal at all, in that case, if everything that comes from that intial decision is a frickin slippery slope to being compromised? IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THUS.

As to the hyberbole of the movie as if it is pitting two super bands against each other, the "5 years ahead of their time" is good rhetoric, but nothing more.
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