Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise
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This is a documentary about the rehearsal stages and first several shows of a Meat Loaf tour through Canada to promote Bat Out Of Hell 3. The case is VERY misleading, as it lets you think you are going to see a full concert and even lists songs in the setlist of the concert as if you're going to see them. YOU WILL NOT SEE A WHOLE SONG. YOU WILL SEE SNIPPETS OF SONGS. The majority of the footage is Meat dealing with the various details of tour. There's quite a bit of attention paid to the Paradise On The Dashboard light controversy: the alleged indecency of him performing the number with Aspen Miller due to her perceived age. (She was 28 at the time of filming/touring.) Maybe even too much time is devoted to this. It honestly felt like this was the theme of the entire documentary.
We also see pieces of Meat's rituals before a show, and it shows the extreme level of perfection he demands from his crew, but mostly from himself. He is hardest on himself and never seems satisfied. This isn't the usual Rock Star ego trip, he continues to push himself to be better, louder, faster, and the best. He does so at a toll on his health, and we repeatedly see him pass out after shows.
I would recommend this to hardcore Meat Loaf fans, but casual fans or someone expecting to see a full or at least partial concert could easily come away disappointed.
As the film begins, we hear "Welcome To The Show," from Bullfighter Ballet by Wings of Fire Orchestra, and we see concert footage of Meat, singing, sweating, and giving everything he's got, just as he has been doing for nearly 40 years. The sequence is evocative of a bull charging into a ring, and we learn as the film unfolds just how apt a comparison this is. Concertgoers know how much heart and soul Meat puts into his show; they know his passion and his legendary ability to make an emotional connection with an audience; but they might not know just how driven he is to make each performance top the last one, nor the physical and emotional toll this takes. With his trademark red scarf and his need to relentlessly push himself up to and beyond his own limits, Meat Loaf is both the bull and his own matador.
It's a very candid film, and in turn depicts the honesty and hands-on approach with which Meat Loaf faces problems, such as the one of reviewers fixated on the age difference between Meat and Aspen. Both in real life and in making the documentary, he tackles the situation head-on. Evading nothing, he resolutely quotes the negative lines from reviews, and in so doing reveals their trivial (and even ridiculous) nature. He not only deals with the "problem", but does so in a very creative way. Taking the song "Paradise" out of the present and sending it back to the 70's was an inspired idea, and it worked! - the reviewers came around.Read more ›
Anyway, being a huge fan of Meat Loaf, I watched this anyway. I absolutely loved it! It was all I was expecting, and more.
If one could give a half a star, it would be 4 1/2 due to the sound not being synced with people talking. So, I am sticking with 5 stars for wonderful content. Anyone who is truly a fan of ML's will appreciate him and get into this man'a emotions and conflicts. Excellent!
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what can you say, Meatloaf still belts them out. I have been a fan sinc Bat out of Hell and Meatloaf still deliversPublished 14 months ago by Steven Christensen
I am a huge fan and this was a very nice video that really went behind the scenes to show how hard he works to put on a great show, Recommend to any true fan.Published on March 28, 2014 by R Brown
Love the DVD. It is classic Meatloaf. Intense and over the top. Hope to see a DVD of "Rocktailz and Cocktails" soon.Published on October 12, 2013 by Jodi
Excellent video for showing what it takes to put a tour on the road. Meat Loaf works at every aspect of the tour from music to lights to mixing, etc. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Sky
In early 2007 Meat Loaf began an ambitious 18 month Seize the Night Tour in support of hios long awaited Bat Out Of Hell III album. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
nicely done, just not what i expected.
would like a more in depth look at the early years.
nice to see this great man in his quest of paradise.
there is no one else like Mr. meatloaf.
this great,talent,person is the best. Read more
Not long enough, of course. For what it was, and how much I paid, not bad.
More concert footage would have been nice, instead of just little bits here and there.