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Angels and Airwaves: Start the Machine

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Editorial Reviews

Start the Machine is a film the Chronicles the genesis of rock band Angels & Airwaves and the recording of their first CD We Don't Need To Whisper in 2005. The DVD runs 72 minutes in length and was shot mostly in the studio as the band recorded. The film addresses the break-up of Tom Delonge's former band Blink-182, the backlash from his boastful statements in the press, his addiction to prescription medication, and showcases epic Angels & Airwaves live performance pieces from their first headlining tour in 2006. Live performances from their triumphant San Diego show are featured throughout this disc. DVD also includes 2 music video and 4 short films.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Angels & Airwaves
  • Directors: Mark Eaton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Rocket Science
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197X1U4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three and a half stars

I have to admit that this documentary is something of a disappointment. Let me backtrack a second. There seems to be three types of music fans over the last three years. Those who love and worship Angels and Airwaves, those who absolutely hate Angels and Airwaves, and those who don't know who the hell Angels and Airwaves are. Unfortunately, it appears that most of the population in the world fits into the third, but I undoubtedly, undeniably and proudly fall into the first. Whisper and I-Empire are two of my favorite albums of all time and are in constant rotation on my i-pod and cd player. I regularly check forums, fan sites and Mod-Life to see what the band is up to. You can only imagine than that I was seriously looking forward to this documentary which has been talked about for for so long to finally come out. Today was that day, and I was first in line (ok, so there was no line) to pick it up (after failing to find it at three other stores first). I'm not sure what I was looking for in this film, but it was much more than what I got. Start the Machine is hardly more than any other "making of the album" special on VH1 or "Classic Albums" DVD that has been released in the past few years. The band is followed from the breakup of Blink (very briefly covered) and through the hype and eventual release of their debut album, We Don't Need To Whisper. The thing is, during the filming... nothing really seems to happen. Perhaps the aspect of this film that fans were looking forward to most (obviously aside from some Blink stuff), was Tom's reaction to the way he hyped the record and his addiction to painkillers. While this stuff is pretty interesting, we don't get to hear too much from the other band members on it.
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After all the hype and wait for the Angels & Airwaves DVD "Start the Machine" it's finally arrived and depending what you're looking for this is either a pleasant surprise or a disappointment.
This DVD is basically a look at Angels & Airwaves as they created the "We Don't Need To Whisper" album. And for this purpose the DVD delivers great insight. You get a great look at the inner working of the band within the studio experience. You get to see what Tom Delonge was thinking and where he wanted the Band and the Music to go. I think if you're a musican or a producer, this DVD will be very interesting to you.
If you are looking for something more along the lines of "Behind the Music: Motley Crue" then this DVD is not for you. While there is some discussion about the Blink 182 breakup, Drug use and other outside factors this DVD does not deliver these all that thoroughly or in great detail.
The Special Features aside from the interview with Tom Delonge where he speaks about the Blink 182 break up which provides some interesting insight but only lasts 5-10 minutes, are not anything overly interesting and you've probably seen them before online.
All in all this DVD does a great job of giving you a birds eye view of the recording of the album, but it lacks some of the back story elements that could have made it great. I give it a 4 out 5, and strongly recommend it if you're a musican or producer and interested in taking a look into the studio while a band strives to start something new and exciting or if you are just a Angels & Airwaves fan.
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I honestly don't know where the negative reviews are coming from. I thought this DVD was amazing! It goes into the dissolution of blink-182, Tom's addiction to prescription drugs, and the point to their music overall. It's awesome to see the songs being constructed as the DVD goes on. They explain all sorts of little things that are really cool. Gives you more of an insight into the band and the first album. And the live performances are like, breathtaking. They are so epic.
The special features are pretty cool. One is just more from the studio, where you basically see them putting together "The War" piece by piece, which is fun to watch. Another is a more detailed explanation of blink's breakup. Then there's an inspiring performance of "Distraction" live. The rest are music videos/short films for the songs. The last piece is just seeing some of the reviews, which last for about 30 seconds to a minute.
The commentary is just kinda funny. Tom is the only one taking it seriously, so he's trying to hold a serious commentary while his bandmates are just messing around. I highly recommend this film for any of their fans. It is awesome.
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I could not finish the movie. Every time I begin to watch it, I feel very angry and resentful towards Tom and the blink-182 mess. I'm sure it is a fine movie after he stops blabbering on about how none of it was his fault. (Not saying I blame him 100%, he just needs to take 1/3 like Mark and Travis did)
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If you like Angels and Airwaves then you will enjoy this documentary. It is from right after the first album We don't need to Whisper but right before I-Empire was released. It follows the band at Tom's house I believe in 2006 when they came together and Tom tells the story of what he is trying to accomplish with this band and also what caused the break up of Blink. I love this band so for me this was awesome but if you are on this page I am sure you feel the same. Buy it and enjoy there is some nice live footage as well.
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