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Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Joe Berlinger , Dan Braun (II) , Joe Berlinger , Bruce Sinofsky  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Berlinger, Dan Braun (II), Stefan Chirazi, Erica Forstadt, Mike Gillies
  • Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IIKS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,502 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Metallica - Some Kind of Monster" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 40 Additional Scenes
  • Exclusive interviews with Metallica about the film
  • Highlights from festivals and premieres
  • Two audio commentaries by the band and the filmmakers
  • Two trailers and a music video

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Additional Features

The bonus features included in this two-disc set are well worth the time and attention of any fan of Metallica or filmmakers Sinofsky/Berlinger. It contains 40 additional scenes, and while the film itself doesn't suffer for their absence, there are interesting perspectives to be gained. Standouts include James reminiscing about his difficult childhood, a Hawaiian-themed birthday party for Kirk, and a look at Lars's childhood haunts in Copenhagen. There are also scenes of the band promoting the film at various festivals, a music video (mostly comprised of footage from the movie), two trailers, post-film interviews with Metallica, and a thorough directors' commentary describing the hurdles this movie jumped on its way to the big screen. The band commentary track is a touch slow to get cooking, but the boys have already revealed so much that one can hardly blame them for having little left to say. --Leah Weathersby

Product Description

Featuring the most successful heavy metal band of all time, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER offers a revealing and exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the legendary band as they confront personal demons and their relationships with each other while recording their Grammy-winning album, St. Anger.

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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guts! July 9, 2004
I went with four people to see this film. Two (myself included) were Metallica fans and the other two were not. The film opens like some sort of MTV expo piece with James Hetfield riding in his tricked out vintage roadster and Lars Ulrich laying on his couch with his Basquiat hanging on the wall. Not even five minutes go by and it shows the group, minus recently departed Jason Newsted, in therapy discussing their concern that they have about embarking on recording their first album in five years. Little did they know that it would take two years to make. What you get is a riveting, profound and at often times very funny documentary.
What I really applaud the band for is this: They bought the rights to the documentary so that they could have a say in the final cut. Instead of glossing over scenes that aired the dirty laundry of the band, which is what you would think they would do in a case like this, they let it all out.
And not in a counter-culture, rebellious, grandstanding kind of way either. It's sincere and thats what makes the film work.
James Hetfields door slamming, Lars' watery-eyed confrontations and Kirk unable to make declarative sentences does not put them in the best light, but it makes them real.
They confront their demons head-on with therapist Phil Towle and producer Bob Rock tow. Die hard fans might roll their eyes and laugh at prospect of the band in need of a shrink. Trust me, stick with it and don't let it scare you away from the theatre. Most of the time it is hilarious and at the bands expense. Lars Ulrichs father is a scream and when one of the toughest metal bands try to communicate with one another in their new found "therapy lingo" it comes across as comical and awkward as you might think.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Shrinkman February 4, 2005
Format:DVD
During the first ten minutes I felt pretty much like turning it off, which, is pretty much how I've felt about Metallica for more than a few years. Something compelled me to stay with it and 15 minutes into it I was riveted by watching the inner machinations of a shattered phoenix trying to pull itself out of not ashes, but muck and mire.

Enter Shrinkman (sorry boys) in the form of a psychiatrist named Phil who starts opening doors the boys seem intent on keeping shut . . . indeed, James slams a few shut. Like voyeurs we're invited to watch egos dashed, pretension shattered, raw nerves at the fraying point and more than a little whining, self-pitying and prima donna posturing as the Metalliboyz grow older and are forced to cope with an ever changing music industry as well as life itself.

One of the most moving moments is a confrontation/reconciliation with Dave Mustaine. A misty eyed Mustaine lays out plain and simple the pain he endured in the years since he (literally) got thrown out of the band. Watching an uncomfortable Lars try to come to terms and his full comprehension and realization of that decision - for good or ill - is stuff that cannot be scripted, cannot be acted it is life.

To their credit they come out alive, stronger, wiser and full of hope, acceptance and promise. What this remarkable documentary captures is akin to watching the dead come back to life. This is raw, inspiring, powerful stuff, and in its own way, something of a miracle.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for fan and non-fan alike November 13, 2005
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Very good documentary that will appeal to anyone with a keen interest in the inner workings of a rock band. Equal parts redemption story and kitchen-sink drama, "Metallica - Some Kind of Monster" is an honest but self-indulgent look into the private world of multi-millionaire rockers who, at the end of the day, simply cannot communicate their love and respect for each other, and the band they have made so famous.

Band leader James Hetfield, fresh out of rehab, constantly locks horns with "I-just-wanna-play-rock-n-roll" drummer Lars Ulrich, and spends most of his time fretting over his self-imposed 4-hour per day work schedule, and whether he even wants to be in the band anymore. Ulrich meanwhile fakes interest in Hetfield's mental recovery, the farcical "lyrics-by-committee" approach to the new record, and seems happiest when his multi-million dollar collection of modern art goes under the hammer for record prices. Guitarist Kirk Hammett equivocates on most of the key decisions and discussions, but comes off as a straightforward guy just wanting the best for his band and his buddies. All of which, much to Metallica's credit, is captured mercilessly by the camera crew. This includes the most bizarre aspect of the film, in which an ever present middle-aged Dr. Eugene Landy-type, hired by the band for $40k per month to help guide and mediate their feelings towards one another, presides over most of the discussion, and hilariously tries to ingratiate himself into the band in a creative capacity. He is clearly a chancer, despised by Ulrich in particular, and living on borrowed time. The scene, in which even Hetfield himself has had enough of this pseudo-guru, and tries to fire him, is perhaps the most uncomfortable in the whole film.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, but........ February 9, 2005
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After watching a movie you really start to hate Lars. This movie is all about him. He shares his spotlight in the movie with James Hetfield, but overshadows James all the time.

If you'll be watching this movie, pay close attention to Kirk. He looks like he doesn't have any say in the band at all. But it looks like it doesn't really bother Kirk a whole lot. He just wants to play music, make money and enjoy himself. Now I really understand why Jason Newsted left Metallica. The movie does have some good parts in it with Jason, but they all get overshadowed again by Lars.

You can tell that Lars always acts in front of camera. The rest of the guys do a good job of being natural on camera. Lars is doing a performance of a lifetime. You can really tell that he has a Napoleon Complex. Being short, that man is so insecure with himself that he constantly has to prove something to somebody and that leads to being not natural on camera.

(By the way, I am not pounding Lars because of Napster. I totally support Metallica's actions against Napster)

James Hetfield on the other hand is shown as a very composed guy. It's definitely a new side of James that viewers learn from the film. I got nothing but positive vibe from James throughout the entire film.

But anyway, watch the movie. You'll enjoy it. I really don't understand why this documentary was chosen as a Sundance Selection. Being a huge fan of Metallica, I didn't find this film to be extremely good. It has its great and funny moments, but overall I give it 3 STARS. I liked "Metallica: Year and a Half Part I & II" a lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I've played in bands for years and this is just a cool insight into a band who has built themselves up but still have band issues. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Donnie Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like St. Anger, This might change your mind.
As a Metallica fan I loved it! Its nice to see how they made St. Anger which (surprisingly) is my favorite album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Penpraze
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movies the way it arrived was ok
I love the movie all around a great documentary. The only problem was when it shipped the case was broken and jagged. But the DVD was in good shape
Published 2 months ago by TylerJ89
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good documentary. Parts of it are slow but it really gives you an inside view of the "struggles" these guys face.
Published 4 months ago by JRome
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
This is a great documentary whether you are a fan of Metallica or not. You may love documentaries by itself as a whole. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jordan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called, 4 whiny, spoiled children
Metallica was a fun band when I was a kid. They're the kind of band you outgrow when your balls drop and you discover good music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Good Morning America
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative movie.
I liked this movie. If you love Metallica, this movie is a good watch. I found it interesting to see the trials the band went through during that time. A well done documentary.
Published 7 months ago by Ayako
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value!
Great Value! It was a really great and awesome movie and I couldn't find it any cheaper any where else.
Published 8 months ago by Winky
4.0 out of 5 stars Expected a little bit more, or something a little different
Great documentary for Metallica fans, although I expected there to be crazier shit shown on the documentary from all of the hype this release got, but this does give fans a better... Read more
Published 8 months ago by k32081
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this documentary....
Love the band! It was an interesting journey to travel with them. Very interesting!

six more words required to submit review...yaba daba do.
Published 9 months ago by Irene Fernandez
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