Phish - Bittersweet Motel
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Affable singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio is the focus of most of the nonmusical scenes, trying to explain the band's cult appeal, or griping about lunk-headed critics who are all too dismissive of the band's often-stellar virtuosity. It's clear that wearing the mantle of the Grateful Dead--especially since the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia--is a mixed blessing for Anastasio, who bristles in one interview about Dead comparisons. Phillips, who directed the fascinating but discredited documentary Frat House and the Tom Green vulgarfest Road Trip, does have an eye for the absurdly comic, especially evident in the few scenes he features of stoner Phishheads, who follow the band from show to show. Bittersweet Motel may not earn the band any new converts, but fans will find more than enough to satisfy those long dry spells between tours. --Anne Hurley
- Deleted footage
- Full-length versions of "Punch You in the Eye," "Big Black Furry Creature from Mars," "Maze," and "Lawn Boy"
- Text interview with director Todd Phillips
Top Customer Reviews
I thought this film was great. It captured the scene, the band, the music the personality. Plus it was majorly cool to see the Great Wendt and remember what it was like to be there (that was actually my first Phish concert and my life was never the same afterwards.)
If you don't know Phish and are curious, check out this film.
If you are so hardcore that you argue about which was the best version of My Sweet One, then you'll probably complain about this film.
For any phan, buying this DVD is a no brainer. The film itself is excellent, and the extra scenes (including four complete songs from Rochester '97) are great.
My only gripe is that the extra tracks are only in plain 'ol 2.0 stereo, no surround sound. So, while you get a great version of "Punch You in the Eye" and Page singing "Lawn Boy," the sound is a disappointment after watching the film.
The disc is full of music, all good. One of the best scenes features the band developing the song "Birds Of A Feather" into what ended up on the recording "The Story of the Ghost". There isn't alot of focus on the process, though, since it's mostly live performances in Europe and the East coast of the U.S. My interest is in the personalities, and there are some tantalizing scenes featuring backstage antics.
One of the most fascinating things about the band is that they almost transform when they go on stage. Their off-stage demeanor is somehow completely different and during downtime Trey doesn't resemble the man on stage with the guitar- at all. When being interviewed, The group's frontman is depicted as a defensive 17 year old explaining why he's so minunderstood. Between musical feats of magic and rehersals, He's shown setting up pranks (which seem as improvised as anything the band does) and executing them with childlike glee. A scene in Spain in which Trey buys a bullwhip and proceeds to crack it after a few steps out the door is supremely telling. ...Or is it?
Honestly, there is no way to tell anything concrete from the band as the interview/candid segments are few and far between, and approximately half of all screen time is given to Mr. Anastasio. I think the director lack of familiarity with the band ultimately creates the feel of The Stillwater T-shirt from Almost Famous; one guy is in focus and the rest are blurry and faded.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
who doesn't like this? I wish it was longer or Todd Philips released a longer, uncut version of raw footage.Published 10 months ago by John A.
Great glimpse into the phish world. Good choices for music snippets without going into too much jam for the non-phish fan. Read morePublished 18 months ago by iamsoangry
If you haven't experienced phish live ever in your life, I suggest you go on fall tour. however this documentary gives a great down low on the band and their personalities. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by olivia georgetti
C'mon... If you like Phish, you'll like this. A peek into the world behind mid-90's phish. Boy, Man, God Shit.
...I was required to write four more words.
great dvd. if you havent seen it yet and call yourself a phan then you fail. troy anastasia for lyfePublished on February 11, 2013 by Tom
same thing as my doctor who order, i have not recieved anything in the mail. please contact me as soon as possiblePublished on December 18, 2012 by Ryan West
love this flick. watch it monthly, even if just in the background while doing things around the house or paper work. phish 4 ever :)Published on October 10, 2012 by zHarpua
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