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  • Actors: William E. Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FGGNAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From his early stint as the singer for the Smiths to his wildly successful solo career, alternative-music icon Morrissey has spawned a fanatical cult following that reaches from his native shores of England all the way to the United States. In this music documentary produced to find out just what drives Morrissey's loyal legions of fans, filmmakers trace the origins of the singer's popularity back to the days when such now-classic Smiths songs as "This Charming Man" and "How Soon is Now?" ushered in a whole new era of modern rock. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James S. on March 26, 2007
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What's strange, here, for one, is that the filmmaker set out to explore the Latino cult of Morrissey, but he doesn't limit his interviews to Latinos and a couple of his better interview subjects basically said it was blown out of proportion, since LA is Morrissey's biggest fanbase and LA is majority Latino, as well as the fact that, yes, Morrissey has Latino fans, but they are but one segment of his fandom. So, he kind of quickly loses focus there.

And unless you are an absolutely fanatical Moz fan, you will quickly lose patience with this documentary. The people who are interviewed are great [well, for the most part], but the doc is put together so badly that it's a struggle not to lose interest in it. Such as: NO music is used in the actual film, except for at the very end, which begs the question, if you can play a Smiths song over the credits, why couldn't you play any during the actual film? and if you couldn't play any due to licensing, etc., why not play some music by the Smiths cover band or have someone pick up a guitar or something or play some music, even Mexican music, that is evocative of Morrissey's?

Then there is the voiceover by Mr. Jones, who may be good getting people together for interviews, but he's not a terribly engaging fellow and his narrative is painful to listen to -- it's slow and plodding and his voice has no personality to it whatsoever. Then we get to watch him talk about how he found the Smiths, while he sllloooowllly flips through a few Smiths albums. And then, and then, he puts the records on, and ... nothing - no sound, no music, just the sound of people screaming. The interviews could have been better, as well.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aliasnevermind on July 22, 2006
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Is It Really So Strange? is a rarity: a documentary about musical culture that is not an advertisement for the music industry. The interviews, while "unprofessional" and rough, are intimate and touching. Jones cares enough about his subjects to allow them to speak for themselves at length, rather than relegating them to sound bites. All of the previous efforts to document the Morrissey fan scene have treated their subjects with a thinly veiled contempt, and Jones's film is a refreshing departure from "business as usual" in this regard. The voice over is spare and illuminating, relating many insights that have occurred to someone who has been listening to pop music for decades. Though the people in the film are a generation younger than the filmmaker, he finds a way to relate to them that does not smack of condescension. He hints that there is a darker side to this celebrity worship, and shows fans in various states of obsession and disillusionment. The project was obviously a labor of love, and bears witness to years of work. There is not a wasted word or image in the piece. Is It Really So Strange? is essential viewing for anyone who has an interest in contemporary Latino culture, the subculture of fans, or the sweet, sad passage from youth to adulthood.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Butch Sweaters on July 9, 2006
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I must admit I only made it about 15 minutes into this film before I had to turn it off because I was so bored. So I haven't actually seen the whole thing. It's a bunch of interviews with fans who really don't seem very knowledgeable or fanatical about Morrissey. They have trouble remembering the correct titles to His songs. One says he could never remember if "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is by The Smiths or Depeche Mode. As expected, there is no music in the film. Really a waste of time. Don't waste yours.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sasha Keen on December 9, 2014
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Bought as gift. Super quick service & shipping. Thank you. Highly recommended
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By robgotabingbang on July 14, 2010
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Ugh, painful to watch. Instead of an enlightening piece on Morrissey and his music, we get a bunch of interviews with dumb, monosyllabic fan kids plodding through half-baked speculations on Morrissey's sexuality, hairstyle and politics.
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