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The Replacements - Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements

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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091JJ24Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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I thought I would dig it because I really like The Replacements. Even knowing that they had no association. Even with Greg Norton and Grant Hart providing commentary and the tiny Husker Du section... I'd rather just listen to the Replacements than hear people talk about them for 2 and a half hours.
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How could a film about one of Americas most raucous bands be boring? Let's start with the fact that there's no Replacements or their music in this thing. Some have called this an amazing choice. I call it idiotic. You REALLY have to want to watch hours of people just talking about them to enjoy this. I'd prefer THEM telling us about heir careers. I'd have thought they could have licensed a few of The Mats better songs. They thought there was no need for music in a film about music. Figure that one out.
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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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When I read that this Replacements documentary was devoid of photos,films, and audio of the band, I thought, what a wasted opportunity, it must be incredibly boring! Boy was I wrong! Everyone interviewed in this love letter to Minneapolis's finest is as fanatically and devotedly attached to the history and memories of the Mats past as they are to their own. Gorman Bechard has the documentarian's knack of knowing exactly what to bring out in his subjects and what to leave out of the film as he so expertly did in his Grant Hart doc. Every Everything. It's fantastic to see old faces like Jim DeRogatis , Robert Christgau, and references to the greatly lamented Creem magazine, which like one of the interviewees in the film, I myself first read about this band who wore green shoes, orange slacks, and drank like champions in 1987. In fact because of these morons I probably partied away 5 to 10 years of my future, but it may have been worth it!
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