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Sadly overhyped while not delivering much in the way of new material.
on June 6, 2014
First off, this review pains me. I have been an Alice Cooper fan since I was a teenager and have seen him live which never disappoints. I am also a huge fan of Dunn and McFayden, having thoroughly enjoyed "Flight 666" and "Beyond the Lighted Stage".
Perhaps I just bought into all the hype that was sent to my email courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. I had missed out on the theater release of the film so I have been waiting months for it to come out on Bluray, in hindsight, it was probably better I did miss the theater release because I would not have bought the Bluray. From the Eagle Rock email hype I was expecting a larger than life story with new footage I have never seen, new interviews and insight to the band, Vincent and Alice. I was expecting the story and characters to come alive in the film but sadly that didn't happen for me.
Perhaps I am just too big of a fan, owning too many Alice bootlegs, buying the concert films over the years, reading a few biographies it seems I know the whole legacy inside and out already as I really didn't learn anything new from them but certainly noticed gaping holes in the story. There is no mention of Vincent's contribution to his local community/school theater or his radio show. I just think the whole story isn't told here, I found myself disappointed.
The most enjoyable and enlightening part of the Bluray for me was the bonus interviews, that is where I did learn some interesting bits and heard some different points of view I hadn't been exposed to before.
I ended up watching the film twice, the first time was kind of late at night and I fell asleep around the time of Special Forces so the next night I watched again and saw that after SF there wasn't too much more in the film, having the story end shortly after "The Nightmare Returns". Alice has had some great hits, darn good albums, fantastic tours since then but there was no mention of his successes.
Feeling empty after watching this film for the second time I went to Netflix where I have been watching some outstanding Rock Docs and settled in and completely enjoyed the 5 star films that are "Beware of Mr Baker" and "Muscle Shoals" which accomplished for those artists what this film should have done for Alice. In the end, I feel that if you really want to get the best insight to Alice and his contribution to popular music, get the DVD of "Welcome to My Nightmare" and watch it with the commentary track on.
I certainly hope Dunn and McFayden can return to excellent rock doc film making, they have a great knack for telling interesting rock stories but even with one of the greatest performers EVER, this documentary simply falls flat.