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Fix: The Ministry Movie (DVD + Fix This!!! CD by Paul Barker)

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Fix: The Ministry Movie shoves your ass way, way backstage with the scariest band EVER. Al Jourgensen - Ministry, Paul Barker - Ministry, Trent Reznor - NIN Maynard Keenan - Tool, Jonathan Davis - Korn, Dave Navarro - Jane's Addiction & Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ogre Nivek - Skinny Puppy, Jello Biafra - Dead Kennedys, David Yow - Jesus Lizard, Lemmy Kilmister - Motorhead, Buzzo - The Melvins & Timothy Leary. F..K THE MAINSTREAM might as well have been written by Al Jourgenson, founder of MINISTRY. Love him or hate him, Al and how he makes music changed all the rules. Al and all the guys he played with, paid the price and took no prisoners along the way, but they MATTERED. No Ministry= No NIN, or Korn, or Jane's Addiction... if you don t believe it? Hear it directly from Trent Reznor, Jonathan Davis, Dave Navarro and many more.
Main Feature - Completely Raw And Unrehearsed
Bonus Features:
  • Collector's Sleeve
  • Collectable Poster
  • Dope Fiends
  • Stalkers
  • Aliens
  • Audio CD

Paul Barker’s “Fix This!!” CD Audio Tracks:
  • Track 1: Victory - Paul Barker And Taylor Momsen
  • Track 2: reSpite - Paul Barker And Nivek Ogre
  • Track 3: Heroine's Habit - Paul Barker
  • Track 4: Evangelical Sound Barrier - Paul Barker And Chris Connelly
  • Track 5: I Stumble Through The Fever Dream - Paul Barker And Alexis S.F. Marshall
  • Track 6: Heavy Water - Paul Barker And Chris Connelly
  • Track 7: Rows Upon Rows - USSA
  • Track 8: All The Pretty Swindles - Paul Barker (Puscifer Mix)
  • Track 9: Self-Inflicted Blight - Deadly Apples (Paul Barker Remix)
  • Track 10: Psampled 69 Blight - Voltergeist (Paul Barker Remix)
  • Track 11: Brudlefly - Jeffrey Kinart

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8.5 out of 10 --Wickedchannel.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Al Jourgensen - Ministry, Trent Reznor - NIN, Maynard Keenan - Tool & A Perfect Circle, Jonathan Davis - Korn, Dave Navarrro - Jane's Addiction & Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Directors: Douglas Freel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blairwood Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076OIA8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
I enjoyed Fix, but it really left me wanting more from it. There wasn't enough input from Paul Barker. Most of the footage was filmed on the 1997 Sphinctour, and although there are much more recent interviews included, none of the period between 1998 - 2009 (i think that's when the filming wrapped on the recent interviews) is really delved into at all. There were a LOT of interesting things that happened with Ministry in the meantime, and some of their best work was released in that period, but none of it even mentioned.

This is more of a time capsule "here's where Ministry was in 1997" with some reflective interviews of friends and associates thrown in. It's NOT a documentary about Ministry. It doesn't cover the beginning, Wax Trax, the end of the WB years, the start of Al's own label, the departure of Paul Barker, the resurrection of Ministry as a powerful creative force after Al got sober ... none of the redemption that happened AFTER the truly awful behavior shown in Fix is included, so rather than being a story arc of a downward spiral and subsequent rebirth, it's just a cautionary tale of "don't let this happen to you" at the point where things really seemed to be getting out of hand with Mr. Jourgensen.

It really is more about Al and his personal demons around 1997 than anything else. If you want to see that, then this is for you. If you were looking for a comprehensive retrospective, documentary, etc, then this isn't it. And someone really needs to make one of the latter.

I bought this directly from 13th Planet to support Al, his label, his music, etc. I can't really say it's a great documentary, but it's certainly an interesting glimpse at the mind and machinations of a true musical iconoclast at a seemingly dark period in his life.
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Worth the price of admission? No, not really. While fix is a good & honest documentary, overly honest, it might as well have had nothing to do with Ministry at all. I found this to just be disappointing, not the documentary as much as the band in general. While honesty is a beautiful thing, its anything but gratifying to find out one of your favorite bands from when you were younger were just a bunch of rock-star a@#!@#e junkies. It's one thing to be aware of a band you love having drug issues, it's a whole other thing to watch them shoot up, and act like cliche junkies for 2 hours straight. I did always wonder what the hell happened to the band after Psalm 69, this pretty much explains it. What happens in these two hours? You watch Al strung out on heroin more times than i can count, you watch Al cover himself with oils to ward of evil spirits and force the other members of the band to wear talisman's, you watch Al buy various bulletproof vests claiming that stalkers are going to kill him, or rant about how "people" are out to get him, and you watch the band ramble on and on about nasty groupies and the things they do with them. The name is fitting though, ill give it that, Al's crippling drug addiction seems to be the major centerpiece of the movie, and you pretty much watch everyone in the band either join in, or turn the other way and just agree with everything Al either says or does. The major reason i was aggravated with this documentary was the fact that as a teen i felt Ministry's music said intelligent things, it almost felt like part of this movie's job was to discredit that, and show what a bunch of total creeps they actually are. Fix isn't necessarily a bad documentary, it just has little to do with Ministry as a band, and more to do with Ministry as Al Jourgenson, and the drug addiction that more or less killed ministry as a creative force. This is much more a rental than a buy, and i doubt many people will want to watch this more than once.
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The reason I got into Ministry some 25 years ago had something to do with their power, authenticity, and urgency. After seeing FIX, I'm glad to know I was feeding off something that was real. While this is not a film about Ministry per se, as in a biography or history, it was far better than I expected. After reading the reviews, and the pretty lame book by Chris Connelly charting his time in Ministry, I expected Al to be just another junky with more dope than brains.

Al is an addict, ok. Al is a character that knows only one speed, about 1000 miles per hour. Ok. But beneath all the stereotypical rock star posturing is one of the funniest, rant-obsessed SOBs out there. He is pissed off, he is intelligent, he is troubled and he's real. I don't see his addiction as much more than a symptom of whatever pain got him on the needle in the first place. Getting past that, and focusing less on the many scenes of him cooking the spoon, I found a highly entertaining force of a personality. He's got a ton to say and the intelligence to say it.

One of the interesting parts of the film is when Al talks about Air Force pilots that were using Ministry to get the adrenalin going before dropping bombs on Iraq in the first Gulf War. On the one hand, he's flattered and on the other, seriously disturbed. The fact he could stay with this inner conflict, as well as articulate the feelings, was impressive. Like any powerful music, it can be used as a catalyst to liberate or destroy. And more often than not, when powerful music hits the mainstream, it's going to be misunderstood and misused.

Like David Bowie, Jack Grisham of TSOL, or Henry Rollins, Al is a larger than life figure. His output is music but he's the type of personality that is bigger than his craft.
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