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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 (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Grant Hart, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, Tom Arnold, Brian Fallon
  • Directors: Gorman Bechard
  • Format: 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 (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091JJ24Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,550 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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43 of 49 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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17 of 20 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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11 of 13 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh well September 18, 2013
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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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Replacements Here December 9, 2012
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No Replacements music (not a note). No Replacements (not one single band member represented). No photos, no nothing, just a bunch of yappers talking about how much they were fans. Bar none the lamest "documentary" ever made. Crap.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring December 11, 2012
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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. Just Terrible December 11, 2012
A string of lame interviews offering content and opinions from early fans that could be drawn from any place, or anywhere at any time. Absolutely minimal substance on the band or members except from Stinsons wife and the actor? talking about how their shows could be great one day and a disaster the next. The best part ironically became laughing at the contrived backdrops and poses that accompanied the interviews.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars No music, no band footage, no band participation at all
I don't blame the filmmakers for this. Obviously, not many people truly associated with The Replacements wanted to take part in this doc. Read more
Published 15 days ago by craig
2.0 out of 5 stars OK if your really bored, and have a BIG interest in The Replacements
Love the Replacements, This was marginally OK. I knew going in, there were no band members,Live shots, etc...It got very boring!
Published 22 days ago by Rob Legge
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of documentary
I used to be a huge 'Mats fan back in the day. This was a really enjoyable documentary in my opinion, mainly because it concentrated almost solely on the fans and the band's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Might be the most original music documentary ever made!
Watched this after seeing one of the directors other films and even though I'm not the biggest Replacements fans, I love the passion on display during the interviews. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IndieLover
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-done "oral history" of the Replacements
Thoroughly enjoyed this doc. It's an overview of the 'Mats entire career from the perspective of fans, producers, managers and others who were there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Treanor
3.0 out of 5 stars Minus the Replacements
Would have been more interesting if they had featured any of the musicians or at least some songs from the group. Kind of strange to do a bio on a group you can't hear or see.
Published 2 months ago by K. Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars A great oral history
The director chose not to include any Replacements music. In the special features section of the DVD he attacks those who criticize his choice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Bissinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Zero Footage of Keanu Reeves Playing Football
While I concur with the notion that some early live footage and interviews with band members would have been nice, I think a lot of the reviewers here are being overly harsh. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brent Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars severe lack of content
no pictures of the band or its members, no archival footage, no music, no interviews with the band or its members. nothing but people talking. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brad daugs
3.0 out of 5 stars A little misleading but informative
I didn't realize this was a program about Replacements fans and not really the band themselves. Once I got over that it was still a great look into fandom and the music of the 80's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven M. Barrett Jr.
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