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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (Blu-Ray)

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Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Directed by acclaimed film maker Brett Morgen, who expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, neverbeforeseen movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends.

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  • Actors: Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic
  • Directors: Brett Morgen
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: UMe
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2015
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00WFU3YFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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but very creatively and comprehensively put together documentary. Kurt left a major trail of music, lyrics, artwork, home movies so there was plenty to work with. But then we are confronted with the infamous John/Yoko conundrum - if you want to keep hearing about Kurt, you also have to put up with Courtney. Who I don't care about, but obviously Kurt does so they become a package deal. Things also end rather abruptly, but I guess that's fitting since it's also the way Kurt ended his life. Tough to watch in places but enlightening.
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Montage of Heck is a strong documentary that Nirvana fans will likely get a lot of enjoyment from, though it has some flaws that hold it back from greatness. I do love that the film is made with a great deal of empathy and respect for Kurt Cobain and his life, while never feeling like a fanboy account; it’s willing to examine him, warts and all. At 132 minutes, though, the film runs a little long and could have been tighter; the first half is terrific, but there are many long stretches in the second half that focus on his relationship with Courtney Love and while the information is interesting, it grows a little repetitive and monotonous. In case you didn’t realize that they both engaged in many unhealthy behaviors, don’t worry: Montage of Heck will remind you again and again.

Additionally, the film is a little lopsided in what it chooses to focus on; Nirvana’s Nevermind-era music is covered in great detail, but the treatment of In Utero and their MTV Unplugged set is very brief. The film also fails to have any interview footage with Dave Grohl, who is noticeably and curiously missing. On the other hand, the stylistic approach (a combination of interviews, journal entries, audio recordings, and animation) is terrific, and it never feels like style over substance; it seems to be in service of understanding Kurt Cobain and his art instead of being a mere technical exercise.

I liked the film best when it focused on Kurt and his problems with fame; Nevermind was a huge and unexpected cultural phenomenon, but Kurt’s ambitions were always to make great music.
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I was suprisingly very moved by this Documentary. I watched it a few times when it was on HBO & each time I appreciated it more & more. I had a visceral response which for me was suprising. I appreciated the long & painstaking work & time that was put into this film by Brett Morgen. I remember when Nirvana hit the big time in the early 90's I liked the music they created & I appreciated their game changing brand of music. I did not, however, become obsessed with the band itself. I knew very little about Kurt Cobain & the frenzy he caused by expressing through his music, his clear contempt for anyone who did not get the message he was trying so strongly to convey. Having said all of that, I was so taken by the man behind the curtain. Who is by far more interesting then his iconic persona. A plethora of emotional experiences was my take away. Whether you were part of generation X or not it is very revealing and expose's his heart breaking vulnerability & his suprising, self deprecating sensitivity. Thank you Brett Morgen & Courtney Love & Cobain's family. for making this exceptional 'Rockumentary'. Montage of Heck presents a 'fly on the wall' insight. No documentary this far can compare to its barefaced, revealing, sometimes repulsive & often Heart wrenching vantage point that you'll not often experience about any other misunderstood life of a legendary Icon
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I do not feel this movie portrayed Kurts REAL life. I think it portrayed the life COURTNEY wanted us to believe before she had Kurt killed. This case needs to be reopened. https://www.change.org/p/seattle-police-department-reopening-the-case-of-kurt-cobain-s-death
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A sad story about a person with a messed up life that too many put on a pedestal as their god and too many people need to live their own lives instead of following celebs over the Clift I feel sorry for his life and all but everybody has problems !!!! And once again an example to never do heroin just look at Kurt at the end of this documentary !!!!!
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By james on January 23, 2016
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lame. "soaked in bleach" is the real movie to watch
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By Craig on June 21, 2016
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The movie tended to drag and although the animation was visually interesting, it was too abstract and unfortunately dominated the film. There were some very interesting interviews, especially the ones with Kurt's family and Krist Novoselic, but the home movies with Courtney Love could have been toned down a LOT. If the video was free, I would have turned it off after about an hour, but since I paid for it, I watched it all the way through. Not the worst music documentary I've ever seen, but certainly not the best.
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This film provides a very insightful portrait of Cobain: his parents seemed like phony, wooden dolls--the quintessential middle american wasp parents whose lifestyle was a constant disappointment to Cobain. And yet at the same time, it was heartbreaking to see Cobain try to form a stable family unit with Courtney Love, who irritates me to no end. I'm not blaming her for Cobain's choices, but she is one sick individual and the film makes it very clear that she was poison for Cobain. She is a narcissist, all about herself all the time, where Cobain is all about art. As Cobain slipped deeper into his depression, Love was seeking sex with someone other than her husband. Sickening.

As Tony Bennet comments in the excellent Amy Winehouse documentary, "Life teaches you how to live it if you survive long enough to learn." Cobain couldn't find the understanding and help he needed--he made a fatal choice when he got with Courtney Love.
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