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Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch [Blu-ray]

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Motörhead singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister has spent the better part of the past four decades as the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle. Four years in the making, the critically acclaimed documentary 'Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitch' gives fans an unprecedented and completely surprising look into his world. Directed by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, the film reveals Lemmy as never before and has already taken critics by storm, premiering to raves earlier this year at SXSW and screening at film festivals worldwide.

Boasting a star-studded lineup including Metallica, Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Jarvis Cocker, Joan Jett, Billy Bob Thornton, Slash, pro wrestler Triple H, and members of The Clash, Guns N Roses, Jane's Addiction, and more, the film offers a rare and revealing look at Lemmy's life with candid at-home interviews, studio sessions, and priceless live concert footage. 'Lemmy rocks,' raves Variety, while Mojo calls the film 'an unflinching and deeply humanizing portrait of one of modern music s truly iconic figures.'

The DVD, a-two disc set with 4 hours of bonus features, will available on regular DVD and as a BluRay release. The American version of the film will include more bonus material than the versions in every other country in the world. The extras include outtakes from everyone from Dave Grohl and Metallica to Alice Cooper and Slash (as well as all the other famous musicians featured in the film).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lemmy Kilmister
  • Directors: Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Megaforce
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GMYGTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'Icon, noun: a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life.'

The dictionary definition above perfectly describes Lemmy. His single-minded tenacity in pursuit of the Motörhead cause has led to him becoming, rightfully, a heavy-metal icon. The only other rock stars who rival him as icons are dead ones. And they cheated. Lemmy, on the other hand, earned his iconic status the hard way: by living and staying true to himself at all times. He is a walking, talking, drinking, pill-swallowing, smoking, war-obsessed, bass-rumbling, gravel-throated monster. So that's Lemmy the man...what about Lemmy the movie?

I hoped this documentary would offer fresh insights into Lemmy the human being, perhaps exploring his softer side and showing facets of his personality that haven't been publicised. (What do you mean he doesn't have a soft side? We all have one...in some people, though, it's deeper down and better hidden.) Rush's 'Beyond the Lighted Stage' and Anvil's 'The Story of Anvil' are spellbinding due to the undiluted emotion they capture, which allows viewers to connect with the artists on a deeply emotional level. With Lemmy, however, displays of emotion don't happen. Some moments in the film approach poignancy, such as when Lem talks about finding the only woman he ever truly loved dead in a bathtub, the victim of a heroin overdose. He dishes out sage advice not to do heroin, but the viewer can sense that there are undercurrents of emotion beneath Lem's heavy-metal-robot shell. If I were the film-maker, I'd have explored that avenue more. During scenes where Lemmy and his son are together the awkwardness is palpable, as if neither father nor son is fully comfortable around the other.
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I ordered this from the UK and watched it for the first time this weekend. The documentary itself is thoughtful, balanced, often funny and well-edited. It doesn't produce any Oprah moments, for which we can probably all be grateful, but it certainly shines a pretty harsh light on Ian Kilmister, who recently had his 65th birthday. All in all, you'll take away from this a picture of a complex man, a product of hard times in the post-1945 UK, who has literally done it 'his way *and* the highway'. Anyone who thinks that being a musician is a soft life should watch this carefully--it's serious hard work and the fact that he can still, so-to-speak, get it up on stage is little short of astonishing. I saw Motorhead last month and my wife, who saw them for the first time, said she didn't totally enjoy it but she did understand the fascination: as wrestler Triple H puts it in a very lucid interview here, you've either never heard of Motorhead or you love them and follow them obsessively...and this documentary goes a long way to showing why Lem [I like that his intimates all shorten his nickname] is still going forward and making original music.

All in all, this doc works well on two levels. If you have only a dim knowledge of modern music, you could still find this a compelling account. Although it doesn't have the rather contrived dramatic dimensions of *Anvil: the story of Anvil* [will there be inayone in the audience in Japan?] or *Metallica: some kind of monster* [will they break up...how much is Lars gong to get for his art collection?], there is the implicit question.....how long can he keep going, is this the last tour, the last record? Well, as the lyric goes on Ace of Spades, 'I don't want to live forever....but apparently I am'.
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Lemmy seems to know a little bit about and have an opinion on everything. The bonus features did an even better job of illustrating that. His intellectual views on religion and history are great. I've read a lot of books on philosophy and he's said some statements that will really make you think. Especially his views on Reincarnation.

Also a very humble and nice man. While he may come off as brash to some, he gives credit where credit is due. Whether it be to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or Little Richard.

Just a great, great film. The bonus features did not let down. Well worth the price of admission. I'll prob watch this movie 20 times.
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Okay, I'd been waiting for this in the post since I ordered it a month ago.

As most have said in their reviews - not much new if you're a big motorhead fan and not much emotion shown throughout the documentary.

However - I think you get the best perspective of everyone interviewed and the extras included on the second disc.

The stories, the backstage antics and the shear determination - it's all there. Lemmy definately has a unique take on life and situations.

One thing that was a bit disappointing was they had interviews with everyone except Phil "Filty" Taylor - a real shame as the guy was always entertaining. But theres interviews with the who's who in the metal world - Sebastian Bach, Dee Snider, Scott Ian, Metallica, members of Hawkwind, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl to name a few.

One of the funniest moments is Lemmy in daisy duke shorts and Scott Ian telling the story - a very un-metal moment, but funny non the less. And to tell the truth - Motorhead isn't a metal band - they're a great rock'n'roll band! It was also good to see the actual Motorhead road crew playing "We are the road crew"

A must have for any Motothead fan
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