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X - The Unheard Music [Blu-ray] (2011)

x , W.T. Morgan  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: x
  • Directors: W.T. Morgan
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Angel City Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IGVTJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blu-Ray pressing. X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late '70s and '80s and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television commercials which help to illustrate X's uphill struggle against the music industry. Their story rings true even today. Bonus interviews and more.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Tothar
Format:Blu-ray
(NOTE: The low rating is for this particular 2011 Blu-Ray edition, not the movie itself.)

I'm enough of a fan of the X movie to have bought it no less than THREE times over the years -- Laserdisc, DVD, and now on Blu-Ray. I consider it one of the absolutely greatest masterpieces of the rockumentary genre. It went beyond making me fall totally in love with the band to also encompassing cultural meaning and history far wider and deeper than the scope of the band itself.

So I have to ask, WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING to crop the top/bottom off the movie to make it faux "widescreen"?!? For anyone really familiar with the movie, this totally butchered the frame composition. Furthermore, IMO, "Cinemascope" really doesn't fit the rest of the punk aesthetic of the film as well as the 3x4 aspect ratio did.

Yeesh, the movie's short enough, couldn't they have included two versions if they had to have a chopped version for whatever reason?

To compound the problem, the Amazon product description improperly cites the aspect ratio as 1.33:1. (Maybe that's how the release was originally planned/announced?) The outer case doesn't bear any warning that "this film has been modified from its original format to fill a widescreen TV" either. If this sort of thing matters to you, buyer beware.

Fortunately I still have my old Image DVD. It looks like that earlier DVD edition is even still available through Amazon. I'd personally recommend that fans get THAT version instead before those copies disappear, even with its arguably muddier transfer and standard-def resolution.

I'll have to watch it further to see if the bonus materials make the Blu-Ray worth keeping. Otherwise, my copy is quickly headed for the second-hand market. :-(
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time, It's About Space December 13, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm thrilled that X - The Unheard Music documentary has finally been re-released on DVD, cleaned up, restored, and includes bonus interviews, and footage. I've been waiting for this since its lackluster 1986 VHS release, which was missing footage. I saw it in the theater in Seattle when it was first released, and remember seeing footage that was NOT included on the VHS release. The subsequent DVD release was basically a copy of the VHS tape. It took a while, but worth the wait. Let's face it, one of the greatest bands ever, and certainly the greatest band to ever come out of Los Angeles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I used to own X: The Unheard Music on LaserDisc about 20 years ago, and I remember it being one of my favorite documentaries ever. Not just because I really like X, or that type of music (Punk/New Wave), but also the interviews and the way the interviews are heard while watching interesting things like Exene Cervenka working on her journal which looked like a highly creative scrapbook (but now that I've seen the bonus materials included in this new release is more likely one of the X Songbooks.) I also dig the music video-type footage that gives you a gritty sense of the time this music was written in and the 'story' developed about a female fan who thought the music was based on her life illustrated by a letter she wrote to Slash records featured in the movie. You get to see John Doe and Exene working out some harmonies and talking about their unique harmony style, which I love. You see some Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake in their natural environments. You see some interesting personalities of the music industry of the time (early 80s) including Rodney `On the Roq' Bingenheimer and you hear some behind the scenes stories of that time and the music scene in L.A. or lack thereof. And of course you see the band performing and it is super cool.

This new release on DVD and Blu-ray also has some bonus materials including interviews with John Doe and Exene Cervenka on the 25th anniversary of the movie, as well as an interview with the filmmakers (Angel City) recorded when the film was released. You also get the original theatrical trailer, a performance of Some Other Time (Live Outtake), and The Unheard Music Songbook (stills of pages with handwritten lyrics and drawings/layouts by John Doe & Exene Cervenka).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Spunk! March 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
... No, really, this is a WONDERFUL documentary, of interest to people other than punk fans. Brilliantly edited, it tells the story of not only X's beginnings, but is a wonderful commentary on the state of the music industry, as timely now as it was in the early 1980's.But if you're looking for a "then we auditioned for a record label" kind of documentary, forget it. Their story is interspersed with sometimes hilariously insightful vintage film clips, and terriffic live footage.This happens to be one of my favorite movies about one of my favorite bands, a band that made some of the best music, with some of the most creative, "meaningful" lyrics, ever written.No John, Exene, Billy, & D.J., your music was and is not "unheard".Mesmerizing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real People Can Make Music Too May 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a fine look at a punk-rock band comprised of reasonably ordinary people (though Exene Cervenka seems a little out there at times). It is a documentary / commentary piece occasionally featuring performance and home-made music video interludes, and it presents the band members as real people. The part I enjoyed most was drummer John Doe by the stove in his kitchen, simultaneously knocking out three different rhythms with, respectively, his right hand, left hand and one foot -- and a close second to that is the "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline" video. Can you believe Exene was once married to Viggio Mortgensen, however you spell it, the guy who played Aragorn?
I wish I had seen this when I was about 12, and had realized that rock band folks were ordinary people before they became rockers. Such is life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for X Fans, Could have Used a More Brutal Editor
The bonus material interview is kind of depressing and there is a fair amount of forgettable stuff between the meat. It could have used a more brutal editor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Degroat
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movie Documentaries Ever.
Everything about this movie is splendid. The (unheard) story of one of the most influential punk bands, "X" is riveting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kenneth Jarecke
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad audio for BR release of The Unheard Music. X deserved way better.
Terrible audio transfer. DVD sound is better. What a shame they screwed up this great band's doc for BR. Disappointed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KKay Choco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "X" retrospective
I love X and this was really an informative and interesting look at the bands roots! Check it out, it was good!
Published 14 months ago by T. Padrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent band history
This is a great history of X. Cleverly put together, great live performances, everything a music doc should be. If you are a fan of the band you need to see this.
Published 23 months ago by Darin Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars X - The Unheard Music - MVD Visual Blu-ray
Some time during the eighties, my cousin invited me to a concert at the California State University at Long Beach. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Carlos E. Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gone, never forgotten
X was the _most_ important punk rock band in the L.A. scene. Everybody who saw them, knows that without a doubt. Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by M. T. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars X,X AND MORE X PLEASE
I HAVE WAITED 13 LONG YEARS TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS VIDEO AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT AS A TOTTALY OBSESSED X FAN, I WAS NOT DISAPOINTED. Read more
Published on September 7, 2003 by gillyzoom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best music documentaries ever
Not only is this movie an amazing tribute to an amazing band, it is one of the best documentaries on music/popular culture I've ever seen. Read more
Published on June 12, 2003
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