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Secret to a Happy Ending (2011)

Drive-By Truckers , Barr Weissman  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Drive-By Truckers
  • Directors: Barr Weissman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1AGN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD document's the band and their congregation of fans as they explore tales of human weakness and redemption. Filmmaker Barr Weissman followed the band during 3 critical years (2003-2006) of touring and recording - years in which the band struggles to overcome the trauma of divorce and survives a near breakup. The documentary combines footage on the road and in the studio, along with legendary live performances. Reflective of the band's roots in Alabama and Georgia, the film explores the changing American South - its tangled past and strange beauty. This film is about the redemptive power of rock and roll. Included are full versions of songs and extra interviews.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best... February 9, 2011
By Ronin
There have been a lot of band documentaries over the years, but this is simply one of the best. You feel like a fly on the wall watching the Truckers and their families and friends (as well as fans), tell their stories. Barr Weissman has done a fantastic job putting this all down on film. If you are a DBT fan, you won't hesitate a second to buy this. If you have even a remote interest in how a band gets some success and deals with it and creates its music, watch this documentary!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Band; Mediocore Documentary March 31, 2011
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First of all, I should confess that I have been a DBT fan for over 10 years. This is somewhat depressing to admit, because it means I'm getting old.

This film was most interesting to me because of the subject: DBT. You can't go wrong here if even if you only have a passing interest in rock and alt-country music.

As far as music documentaries go, this film has its flaws. Its not terribly original, or original at all really. It follows a tried, chronological music-mentary formula. It has annoying cliche moments, like various people talking about how "special" the band and protracted shots through a rainy car window of "the South." Worst of all, there are recurring interviews with an obnoxious American Studies professor from Temple University (yes, Temple) who talks about how "great and political" the band is. The American Studies professor is very hard to sit through, I'll admit.

All that said, the subject of the band carries the film: Hood, Cooley and Isbell especially. An added bonus is some interviews with the artist Wes Freed, who I adore. Now, to be fair, I'll confess that I have always found Patterson Hood to be a bit obnoxious and annoying. This film confirmed that for me, but it also reaffirmed Patterson's considerable appeal as a frontman. Patterson is that now turned-man hyper-active chubby kid who continues to be overly critical about everything around him and driven by a desire to be seen as smarter than other people. Still, Patterson seems to have a good heart so I don't hold his considerable self esteem much against him. My attitude towards him is like what you may have towards some friends you grew up with. You see their flaws, but still appreciate them for who they are.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very good, very well presented, documentary, about the history & story, of the Southern, "Rock" &/or "Americana", Band - "The Drive-By-Truckers". This is truly a fairly lengthy, legetimate documentary as told by Patterson Hood himself, along with other band members, and Pat's Mom & Dad. During the documentary there are some samples of the band's live performances. This documentary is very interesting, it is not at all boring. This documentary covers the DBT's through about 2008. I love the way Patterson Hood, tells stories. His, and the other band members' story telling, legacies, continue, in this documentary, just like the stories, they tell,in their songs. This is a "must-have", for any DBT fan, and I am certainly a DBT fan.

I just read an article about this documentary dvd, in the current issue of "American Songwriter" Magazine, and they state, this documentary is "like a picture & story" of the DBT's up through about 2008. This covers back when band members, Jason Isabell & Shonna Tucker were married. They divorced, but the band survived. This dvd covers the whole story, about how the DBT's survived, hardships as well as triumpts. I was hoping to find out more about the song "18 Wheels of Love", from their Austin City Limits DVD, but somehow that part got left out, however, there is more than enough other information to make up for this. The things that are covered, are covered very well, like Shonna's & Jason's marriage & divorce. Plus, I loved Patterson's great story about the "Living Bubba", with actual footage of the "living Bubba", performing, not long before his death.

This documentary, not only covers the band's story & history, but also, it includes a good, socio-economic, story & history, of the "deep" American South, and how it has changed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truckers Fans Will Love It, Outsiders Might Not March 1, 2011
As a Truckers fan there is no doubt you are going to love this. Order it without question. For me, I am an avid doc fan and really enjoy music docs, even when I never heard of the band. Coming from the outside this does leave a little to be desired. The insert that comes with the DVD has vocalist/guitarist Patterson Hood explaining this is not meant to be a "Behind the Music" tell all, which is important to note before you buy. A majority of the doc explains Patterson's family roots in the music industry, shows Patterson with his family now, and has Patterson explaining what his songs are about. The other members of the band aren't as open. The Jason/Shonna divorce drama gets glossed over for instance. You will get a good understanding of the band, but most people who are going to buy this know a large portion of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive-By Truckers Always Over Deliver March 3, 2011
By Owen
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This DVD chronicles the ups and downs of the band from beginning(circa 1990)through 2008 at the release of their first post-Isbell album release, Brighter Than Creations Dark.

The film gives insights behind the stories told in the songs and takes a look at where each member grew up. (Muscle Shoals, AL)

You get highlights of the history of Muscle Shoals music scene, everyone from the Rolling Stones to Little Richard to Bob Dylan recorded albums there.

The Drive-By Truckers are admittedly my favorite band and I try to get my hands on every piece of material they release so I will always lean towards wanting to speak positively of them, however this film goes beyond just being for loyal fans as myself and is just a good Rock N Roll story.

I recommend it to people who love rock or documentaries or even American history because there's a little bit of all of it in this DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Drive By review
Nice doc film.
Published 1 month ago by G. Mauler
5.0 out of 5 stars Must view for DBT fans
Great documentary. If you are into the DBT you will love it. If you are kind of on the fence it will bring you on their side.
Published 5 months ago by PKR
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the more interesting music docs
By far one of the better music documentaries I've seen in years. It never felt like you were watching a VH1 special.
Published 5 months ago by Gregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times
If you like the Truckers at all this a fun film with some great live performances as well. Keep on Truckin'.
Published 6 months ago by Dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars DBT
This is a must see for any Truckers fan you feel like you know the band personally by the end
Published 6 months ago by Travis Weiland
5.0 out of 5 stars If you watch this you will instantly become a Truckers fan.
I was a big fan of The Drive-By Truckers before watching this but after watching this they become by far my favorite band. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Graham Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Doc
If you're a DBT fan, this is an incredible piece to add to your collection. Interesting look at the progression of the band. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CM
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A wonderful look inside one of the last true southern bands. Recommend it to any fan of The Rock Show.
Published 16 months ago by JLR
4.0 out of 5 stars great gift
I bought this for my hubby and he loves it! I kind of wish it had more concert footage, but overall a great buy!
Published 16 months ago by bethany stoddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the history and inner workings of America's most...
This documentary was shot and edited well, provides great insight into the band, their origins, what they've had to do and continue to have to do to keep it between the ditches. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Todd Clarke
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