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Hype! (1996)

7 Year Bitch , Valerie M. Agnew , Doug Pray  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: 7 Year Bitch, Valerie M. Agnew, Carrie Akre, Jeff Ament, Dawn Anderson
  • Directors: Doug Pray
  • Producers: Lisanne Dutton, Peter J. Vogt, Steven Helvey
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, 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: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000654YK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hype!" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Traces the history of grunge music, and includes live concert performances and interviews with various bands.
Rating: NR
Release Date: 21-DEC-2004
Media Type: DVD

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, time flys! January 23, 2005
This is a great documentary and a cool time capsule. My band had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time and were included in this great flick so, obviously, I'm a little biased in my praise. A killer cast of characters, some great music and a super interesting glimpse into a wild time. Hype delivers! We all look so young, it's hard to believe it was over ten years ago that this all happened. My only complaint is that Rontrose looks exactly the same as he does now! What's up with that?!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, well documented, funny = I love it August 1, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Everything you need to know about the grunge scene : when it started, first bands to break out of seattle etc. Hype! did a really good job in more than one way, it gave us the facts about the North West, how these facts played a major role in what happened with the music(all told by people who actually live in Seatlle). The interviews are great especially the one with the two colorful Sub pop founders : Jonthan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, and the ones with the bands are especially funny, except for the interview with Eddie Veder(he's from San Diego: no sense of humour!). This tape doesn't limit itself to explaining the grunge scene and sound, it talks about the tragedies of sucess, and the media's negative impact on the scene by mass marketing it. You'll watch this one over and over again, see some great concert footage, hear about the tragedy surrounding Kurt Cobain and deceased Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood. It's comforting, being a musician myself, knowing that the bands responsible for the great music scene did it because the enjoyed it and that's should be the only motivation for beeing in a band and playing music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HYPE! January 4, 2005
By Dart
After watching HYPE for the first time last year, I was left in awe at the beautifully created masterpiece that I had witnessed. It came as a shock to me that this film was largely unheard of, and very upsetting when I tried to get my hands on a copy for myself but could not find one. Therefore I am very pleased that Lionsgate decided to take on HYPE and release it in DVD format. This movie opened my eyes to the wonders of the Seattle "scene" and the grunge music that I had previously ignored. The film even inspired me to travle to Seattle and explore it myself! You do not need to be a fan of NIRVANA or Soundgarden to enjoy this film as it deals with many other grunge acts besides the popular ones, and it is more of an exploration into the societal aspects of this large cultural movement than a direct focus on certain bands. Enough said, I highly reccommend this movie to anyone interested in musical history. HYPE is a crowning achievement in my books!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing... June 18, 2006
By Gandhus
I saw this sometime back in 2001, I believe. A friend of mine bought it on VHS for a dollar from some bargain bin somewhere.

Being a huge fan of heavy music and rock over the past 20+ years, this movie opened my eyes to a whole new scene like nothing ever had before. Of course I had been a fan of Nirvana, AIC and Soundgarden in the early to mid 90's, but this film exposes you to the origins of all that. With a little independant research, you can then find all sorts of gems of bands and albums you might truly enjoy. Mudhoney, The Supersuckers and The Murder City Devils are three of my favorite bands and I first sought them out as a direct result of watching "Hype" and then doing my own investigating from there. It won't steer you wrong. What's up with the new cover though? Used to be black and white stage diving scene with red letters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This video is the best (and probably only) look at the madness and silliness surrounding all the HYPE of the Northwest music "scene." It was because of this documentary I looked deeper into all the great bands from this area (and not JUST from Seattle.)
I only wish it were longer. Like any great movie, you don't want it to end. You'll discover some great bands and songs (i.e. Supersuckers, The Gits, Mark Lanegan, etc.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is the best done documentary around. The bands and individuals in this movie are real and uncensored. There is no other movie around that will give you the feeling that this movie gives you. I love the seattle music and my mom didn't know anything about it when she went to see this movie. She said it was probably the best movie she had seen in a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing September 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Being the hard core grunge fan that I am I absolutley love this video. It helped me gain more knowledge of some of my favorite bands. I've always been intrested in the seattle music scene and this was just a tool to help me learn more. If you like this check out "the sound and the fury" a good book on the seattle music scene.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicians with a sense of humor and intellect who rock January 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Hype proved to be an excellent documentary covering the essential grunge bands The musicians were interesting and had a sense of humor. Some of them, such as Eddie Vedder had worth while takes on stardom and the role money and commerce play in it. This movie created the perfect atmosphere surronding the northwest rock explosion. It also introduced viewers to some excellent, underrated bands who never hit the mainstream. A definate must have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mini history lesson for any GRUNGE buff
Great mini history lesson for any GRUNGE buff! Lots of name dropping and samples from a ton of great bands during this era!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Fruechte
5.0 out of 5 stars a definitive documentary
with so many great interviews and rare clips expertly edited, where Grunge documentaries are concerned, this is as good as it gets. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kim corbet
5.0 out of 5 stars i love grunge
great music in a well put together rockumentary .. i was hangin in seattle when all this was goin down .. video was full of memories for me.. rip kurt, mia and layne
Published 19 months ago by Jon L Dingman
3.0 out of 5 stars best music doc EVER? I think so!
I had never watched a film so relevant, illuminating and moving. I live in South America, even though I knew most of the big north-west bands I had no idea... Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by German Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
It came in great shape, and it worked flawlessly so far. I've only watched part of it (well @3 quarters of it) and I've got to say that it's great. Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by David Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like Teen Spirit
"Hype!" is a fascinating documentary about the rise of grunge rock in the verdant Pacific Northwest. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup, That's how it was!
Hype really captured the time well. Seattle was a magical place to live in the late 80's and early 90's. Read more
Published on June 15, 2009 by Dave B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, to be there again!
Very enjoyable film of the best music scene in the last twenty years - i was 15 or so when i first heard Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger in 1991, a week or so later picked up... Read more
Published on March 21, 2009 by Mad Saro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Document!
This was by far one of the greatest Grunge documentary I have ever seen. If you are a fan of a ton of Seattle bands, or want to learn more this is the product for you! Read more
Published on April 9, 2008 by M. Gerace
4.0 out of 5 stars Great documental!!
Very well structured, it really analizes all the grunge movement from his very first beggining, not just a typical commercial film...
Published on April 5, 2008 by EGGMAN
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