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Hit So Hard [Blu-ray] (2011)

Patty Schemel , Courtney Love , P. David Ebersole  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson
  • Directors: P. David Ebersole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007P9HVLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Patty Schemel, the hard hitting drummer of Courtney Love s seminal rock band Hole, is not only a master of the sticks, but a true survivor. After growing up as an outsider near Seattle she shot to stardom in the early 90 s and was engulfed by the music scene. Patty casually documented her life as a rock star at band practice, on the road, backstage and in front of millions of people. She captured rare, precious moments behind the scenes with Hole and Kurt Cobain and the intense highs and lows of these dynamic relationships often shaped by an addiction that consumed her and almost killed her.

Exclusive behind the scenes footage of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain singing Stinking About You .


Madly articulate and informed. --The Austin Chronicle

Strikingly intimate. --Billboard

Hit So Hard has no shortage of hooks. --Variety

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal June 8, 2012
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Amazing rare footage, revealing the raw truth, the Cobains were not drug ravaged monsters all the time, and they loved their daughter quite a lot. The bonding of the couple with Patty was a magical time for all three, but once the dominos fell, they fell hard and harshly.

Hole has NEVER received the credit it is being the musical genuis band that they arem musically and lyrically. And YES Patty, after hearing the story, you can tell quite well that you are not the drummer on Celebrity Skin. That douchebag producer wanted Courtney at the forefront, but in the end, even though I love that CD too, the passion is missing, it is polished up for the masses.

I am happy Patty has come to terms with her exciting life, and is happy where she is these days. One of the very best rock and roll docs I have ever seen.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit So Hard June 21, 2012
For some time now, I have been reviewing movies from Well Go USA, and all of them have been either about martial arts or Asian history - great films, I must say. However, what was my surprise when I saw "Hit So Hard," a movie that significantly departs from anything that I have seen previously from this entertainment company. This is one of the best rock & roll documentaries that I have had the pleasure to watch, and a great acquisition for the folks at Well Go USA.

Right from the beginning, we are told that "Hit So Hard" was not meant to be, and that it was the result of a fortunate accident. You see, Patty Schemel, drummer for the iconic rock band Hole, was given a video camera before they went on the road for their "Live Through This" tour. Consequently, she began to film anything that had to do with the band and its members. Under the leadership of Courtney Love, Hole is one of the female-driven rock bands of all time (that is, with the exception of Eric Erlandson, the guitarist). As a result of all the filming, Schemel compiled a lot of footage to generate not only a documentary about the band, but also about, as the subtitle of the film says, "The life and near death of Patty Schemel."

In regards to the band, we watch portions of videos from Hole's history and their tours in Nagoya, Japan; Lollapaloozas in Vancouver and Detroit; Brixton Academy, in London; Le Bataclan, in Paris, Pukkelpop Festival, in Belgium; and more. We also see Courtney Love with the late Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana), playing with Frances Bean, their daughter; the effect of Cobain's death and fellow Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff; and much more. Of course, Schemel also talks about her musical history, as well as her homosexuality and that of other lesbian musicians.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will move you June 7, 2012
By Koil
Keeping this real short, really interesting documentary with TONS of great footage spanning Pattys career and life. A must see for fans of Schemels band... Will see again and again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knockout Hit!! January 9, 2013
By Carsun
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A fantastic journey that documents legendary drummer Patty Schemel life. A rare reality check into rock n roll. Its personal and rock history Great interviews and home videos Very insightful Gives us all a sense of hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great behind-the-scenes January 5, 2013
By Amanda
Party Schemel has let the world in to her private life after being behind the drum kit for years. To see where she came from, went through and who she is now was inspiring. Of course, seeing footage of Kurt, Courtney and Frances is an added bonus and one you don't want to miss.
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Besides that Patty Schemel has always been one of my favorite drummers, this documentary is well done in terms of capturing her struggle with drugs and alcohol amidst the music and challenging events of the early 90s (death of Kurt Cobain, etc.). Excellent documentary and honest and forthcoming memoir--thanks for making it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring September 27, 2014
By Scott W
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I'm a big Hole fan but this documentary was beyond cliche. Got rich and famous, went crazy on drugs, now finding meaning in life. It's been done to death. boring
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 25, 2013
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I loved this documentary. I gives such a different perspective on that era. I don't often watch movies more than once or twice, but I love showing this when I have friends over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love Patti, C. Love is a back stabber
Great doc on Patti who is an excellent drummer. Check out her new band Upset with Ali from Vivian Girls. I can NOT stand Ms. Love though. She is a vapid back stabbing liar. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SarahK66
5.0 out of 5 stars A great item for Kurt / Courtney and/or alternative music lovers!
My mother is a big Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love fan, so when this popped up she decided to check it out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Hole and Nirvana fans only :)
This is my new fav. documentary! It's so raw and real, I respect Patty so much for doing this. It's so sad what she went threw, drugs can really take over and addiction is no... Read more
Published 15 months ago by TMoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit So Hard DVD
This is a movie about Hole's drummer Patty Schemel. There is a lot of good footage of Kurt, Francis and Courtney as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars Despite The Gushing, Nothing Historic Here.
The Nirvana connection is the obvious selling point of this film, without it who would watch?

Hole was not a great band. Yes, I saw them live years ago. Read more
Published 23 months ago by BigCityChicken
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Doc about a truly great drummer
To be fair, I wasn't a huge Hole fan. I was a teen when all this great music came out in the 90's, so that was my main introduction to music. Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by J. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Okay, maybe my opinion is biased, as I attended the premiere of the film at MoMA last March. I met Patty, Eric, Courtney, Melissa, Patty's wife Christina, and P. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by Nikole
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD price for a really good movie
EVERYTHING'S FINE thank you very much! I've seen the movie in theaters and I wanted to show it to my friends who didn't have the chance to see it.
Published on July 11, 2012 by Creepies
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