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The Replacements - Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

Grant Hart , Robert Christgau , Gorman Bechard  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Grant Hart, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, Tom Arnold, Brian Fallon
  • Directors: Gorman Bechard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: What Were We Thinking
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091JJ24Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you'll be ready to run home, gather some 'Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own. The deluxe two-dvd set includes 19 deleted scenes, full interviews with Grant Hart, Robert Christgau, and Greg Kot & Jim DeRogatis, behind the scenes interviews, two commentaries, and four trailers.

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
I will tell you the one problem I had with the film at the end of this review. I will start by saying that this has become my favorite documentary ever!! Now, unlike everyone who appeared in this film and unlike most viewers or fans, I wasn't alive when The Replacements were in their prime. I'm only in my early 20s and I discovered the band back in 2008 from a friend of mine. They have become my favorite band, to the point of obsession.

I won't go on about how there is no music or interviews from the band in the film. I will just say that this was the best way to tell the band's story. The Replacements were sort of that band that you herd about, you knew the name but you didn't know who they were completely. They seemed to be this legend that people had told. It was something that a lot of people had talked about but somewhere in the place of rock history, they were left out when The Beatles, The Velvet Underground or R.E.M. are mentioned. You just knew from what you had heard that they were an important band and you were either curious to listen to their songs or just simply not interested. But my point is, you knew or heard something about them and that is their legacy. The band that no one knows of was simply the greatest band of the 80s or the pioneers of Alternatvie rock.

Was the band that great? I am here to say that yes, they were!! Maybe the only important band to come out of the 80s underground. This film is amazing!! So much insight, humor and heart are in these interviews and it shows what it means to have passion for anything. You don't have to be a fan, even if you're not a Mats fan, you know what it means to have something touch you, make an impact and shape you into the person that you are today. That you're not alone and there is something out there for anyone.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An open letter to Gorman Bechard January 14, 2013
Gorman - I've seen how much you have/are defending this movie and as a Replacements fan, I guess I understand a bit why you made it...but I feel that maybe you aren't completely understanding why people are disappointed. I agree that too many reviews focus on the lack of music, but I don't think that you should focus too much on that being the only flaw that viewers are finding here.

I knew about the movie and the whole fan-funding, grass-roots movement to get it made before I saw it. I knew it didn't feature any music or interviews with the band members before I saw it. I heard early bad reviews before I saw it. I eventually broke down and saw it in Austin, TX when you presented it at The Alamo. The group of about 10 friends that I ended up with universally felt it was a waste of time. Even going in with really low expectations, we were disappointed.

Personally, my biggest problem is how pretentious most everyone comes off. It's like a bunch of fans trying to out-hipster each other. After reading Jim Walsh's excellent "All Over But The Shouting," I was thinking you might actually be able to capture some of that magic in a documentary...and that is where the movie fails for me. Maybe growing up in the Midwest (Wisconsin), seeing a ton of Replacements shows (from Stink through the final shows at Summerfest & Grant Park)...and hearing much more interesting vignettes from almost any friend or drunk at the corner bar makes the stories in your film seem trite.

Unfortunately, I don't really have much in the way of remedy or constructive criticism to offer - It's too late anyway. Maybe less industry/wannabe camera time. Maybe a few more "Joe Average" stories. Maybe more of a "friends telling each other stories" vibe.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much like the band, such promise thwarted. January 26, 2013
Less a study of the history of a band and more the psychological profile of fans, a term with roots, it is too often forgotten, in the word fanatic, implying an absence of logic replaced by blinding emotion. If you're looking for a docco on one of the better bands to emerge from Minnesota in the 1980s, keep looking.

Otherwise, in keeping with the spirit of the band, the "Color Me Obsessed Drinking Game!"
Do a shot every time you see:

* Someone in the skinny indie glasses talking.
* Someone with a beard (bonus points for beard and glasses) talking.
* Someone who the only skinny aspect about them IS their glasses talking.
* Someone mentions alcohol impairing the band's performance and yet to them IT'S STILL GENIUS.
* Someone declares the band dead when Bob was kicked out.
* Someone declares the band dead when they signed to Sire.
* Someone declares the band dead when Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don't Tell a Soul and/or All Shook Down came out.
* Someone mentions the cover versions they attempted.
* Someone refers to the band members as their best friends even though they never met them. Ever.

Or if you'd rather skip spending the night in casualty, let me just sum up the film in three words: "Fans. They're Creepy."
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical music documentary September 19, 2012
I've seen this film several times now and it is extremely well done. It's not your typical documentary in that it doesn't feature the band or the band's music. Rather, it is a funny, candid, and sometimes poignant recounting of stories about the band by fans and friends.

This really is a must-see for Replacements fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very little actual material from the band themselves.
Published 22 days ago by Douglas Litowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time for fans
Pros: observations from people who were there.

Cons: no soundtrack or anything from the band.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Mats
Simply outstanding as stand-alone documentary. There are no photos, songs, or interviews with the members, yet if you are a fan of The Replacements, this is the only weapon you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RGS
4.0 out of 5 stars For the true fan
I wouldn't have expected to enjoy a band documentary that shows no live footage, uses none of the band's music and barely shows images of the band at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric G. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars First Concert Was The Replacements...
i was 15 in '89 when my mother, (who worked for the local rock station in Santa Rosa, CA), came to me with tix to some band called The Replacements, playing at the Luther Burbank... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I enjoyed this documentary a lot but it feels like it drags on a bit towards the end when it addresses the last two albums, which were the least interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Elwyn Y. Chow
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I wasn't a huge Replacements fan when I purchased this dvd, but I love the Goo Goo Dolls and since they were influenced by the Replacements, I figured why not??? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for any fan
Despite not having any members of band in film, it's a very good story through the eyes of fans and friends...
Published 4 months ago by Greg Malecki
4.0 out of 5 stars A music doc without the music.
Gorman Bechard’s has created a unique type of music doc here, telling the story of cult-favorite Minneapolis-based rock band The Replacements exclusively via talking heads... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jack Criddle
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