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Insurgentes (2010)

Lasse Hoile  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Lasse Hoile
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DD 5.1 Surround), English (Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KSCOPE
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WM7XSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Insurgentes is the new documentary film about Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) directed by Lasse Hoile. Porcupine Tree are currently enjoying massive success across the world with their latest album, The Incident. Insurgentes is a musical road movie that follows the making of his solo record of the same name, and is a portrait of an increasingly rare artist who works with music and media out of love and not for fame and fortune, persisting in making art on his own terms in a world where 'throw away' mentality is increasingly becoming the norm. The film features footage of Wilson with other artists and friends including Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth, Jonas Renkse from Katatonia, the Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, and the legendary producer Trevor Horn.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Steven Wilson in a Nutshell November 13, 2010
By Matt
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I don't normally write reviews on media simply because art is subjective and the things that I listen for or look for are different than what other people might look for. I'm making an exception in this case as this release does a few things functionally as well as artistically.

-- the semi-objective portion of the review --
The feature film is really Steven Wilson in a nutshell. It delves into Wilson's childhood and artistic development, with an explanation of what aspects of his upbringing are meaningful and how those things are translated in his music. He is represented in various projects, from solo work to Bass Communion to Blackfield to Porcupine Tree, to his close ties to other projects like Opeth. More than anything, however, the film is an explanation (and at times a justification) of Wilson's approach to music and his distaste and frustration with what music is today.

Hoile did a great job capturing all of these elements and putting them together in a cohesive and captivating way. As a documentary, the film was creative and conveys points and opinions without getting too artsy. Whether or not you like or dislike the film will have more to do with whether or not you like Wilson's music, opinions, and personality.

-- the not-so objective portion of the review --
I knew a lot about Steven Wilson going into this. I have a hard time appreciating modern music at face value. I start breaking it down and thinking about what went into the writing and recording of it. In most cases, I have to respect the artist before I can respect his/her work. So, 3 years ago, I discovered Porcupine Tree and for 3 years I've listened to them along with Insurgentes and some work by Blackfield almost daily.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a "making of" October 31, 2010
Format:DVD
Not really surprising but a very odd 76 minute film on the first disc. The film, directed by Lasse Hoile [who's done just about every video, concert film and photography from Porcupine Tree and Wilson this past decade], jumps all over their place. Some portions show bleak scenes [which is typical of Hoile's work] - sort of wastelands.

He goes back to his old high school, a grave in Mexico, chatting with other musicians, to Israel, to Japan, and to other locations. In between them you have Wilson talking about his three things he hates in current music: lack of quality in music and/or album artwork, his really hatefulness to iPods and MP3 players [you'll see him shooting, smashing, driving over and burning them] and how he hates the music used by them [but he still sells MP3s on his band's website]. He also talks about how fans complain when albums are too short - they expect 70+ minutes to an album and objects to negative reviews.

This was described as a "making of" documentary but it really isn't.

The second disc has 6 unreleased tracks from the Insurgentes sessions, excerpts from Bass Communion/Pig [another Wilson side project] live in Mexico [unsure why included except it was recording during the same period], Q&A session after the Denmark film festival premiere and an alternative ending [a bit strange for a documentary].
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Mind of a Genius November 8, 2010
Format:DVD
I really did'nt know what to think about this when I first got it. It was a surprise (not sure how) from a great friend that owns an independent record store in my neighborhood. He knew I was a giant fan of Steven Wilsons and pretty much devoured everything he put out. I tried to figure out what this was by the description, don't try - which only piqued my curiousity. To put it mildly, I floored. This is a must for any fan of Wilsons, Porcupine Tree, or music in general. It is oddly inspirational, so I definately recommend it to any musician that has trouble fitting-in in todays cookie cutter world. I really feel like, now I finally know the man who is Steven Wilson, and that alone is worth a million dollars. Maybe that's it, the inspirational part, I had elivated him to a godlike status and he turns out to be just like me or you. Funny how a film full of coffins and bleak landscapes can bring so much sunshine into ones life. GET IT! (By the way - Steven, I love you man!)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By anthony
Format:DVD
I've had a deep respect and appreciation for Steven's projects since I first discovered his talent with the release of Porcupine Tree's InAbsentia. Since then, I can say I have never been so impacted by a single musical artist as I am with SW. With that said, watching this for the third time last night (and with my wife in order to get an outside perspective) my thoughts have become clearer now on my opinion of this pseudo documentary.

Pros: historical insight about Steven Wilson with candid appearances from a few other artists like Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, beautiful packaging and cinematography by Lasse Hoile/Carl Glover, unreleased songs that are par for release on an official studio album, overall great release with plenty of quality extras.

Cons: as beautifully done as the surrealism was it certainly becomes overkill with the use of effects and footage-to me these visuals work best in small doses for such a long film but are brilliant for use in music videos (see Harmony Korine), therefore the darkness from that surreal footage overshadows the film and makes it loose its appeal to outsiders or even for me to want to view it again, would like to have seen more actual footage of Steven working in the studio, be aware that there are extreme ends of the spectrum with anything-Steven seems to come off as one sided on some issues however these points he communicates I believe truly come from a concern and passion for the fact that we as human beings are losing something special not only with the art of quality/soulful driven music but other things as well.

In the end Steven has some strong points and an untouchable talent for making/producing music. He has a keen and appealing sense of beauty when it comes to imagery. For me however this film is just too dark in nature to enjoy at its fullest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A rather disturbing film
Like many others, I have followed Steve and Porcupine Tree for many years, but this film is some-what disturing and could cause nightmares. Read more
Published 17 months ago by TPat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This movie is more like a biographical view of SW. But, is really well made and the colors are really beautiful.
Published 21 months ago by R. Erazo
5.0 out of 5 stars grrat
If you ever wonered were Steven Wilson came from, and what is in his head , get this dvd. It can be dark at times but so can Mr Wilson. A must for any fan.
Published on November 30, 2011 by Ron1414
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll destroy your iPod
Being a longtime fan of Steven Wilson, this review is going to be rather biased. I mean, the guy makes Thom Yorke of Radiohead (whom he openly admires) look like an amateur. Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Maj the Jaguar
4.0 out of 5 stars Docu-what-ery?!?!
Ok, so I keep seeing documentary being used to describe this movie. It is clearly not a documentary. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Bruboy1969
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary, worth every penny
If you like Porcupine Tree or have any appreciation for Steven Wilson, I highly recommend this DVD. I have always wondered what went on in Wilson's mind and this documentary shows... Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by DThomas
2.0 out of 5 stars As a huge fan of Steven Wilson's work....
I have to say this is quite sub par compared to SW's other DVD's. I'm a huge Porcupine Tree fan and I loved his solo album (which this is a documentary of). Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Mark S. Barone Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars There's no music here, just a bit of noise...
It's just a documentary about Steven life, and his particular way to see the evlution of music formats (Vinyl,CDs and MP3). Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Diego Oscar Berdini
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting with achingly beautiful cinematography
The DVD companion to this amazing album is a thoughtful discussion of music, the industry, SW's obsession with destroying iPods (and why) intermixed with scenes from the brilliant... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by D. Lalla
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