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Smashing Pumpkins - If All Goes Wrong
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The two disks in this set are totally different, so I'll comment on them separately.
Disk one is a documentary. It does feature a few songs and some snippets of songs, but for the most part it's interviews. It's not something that I plan on watching again (unlike the concert disk!), but it was very informative. I've been a fan of the Pumpkins since I was old enough to be a fan of anything. And although most Pumpkin fans all miss the glory days of Siamese Dream and the like, I can't help but to have a lot of respect for their willingness to change .. or, should I say, Billy Corgan's willingness to change. Personally, I'm still not sure what I make of Zwan, The Future Embrace, and Billy's decision to break the band up only to reunite it again seven years later. But what I do know, and what this documentary helped me to understand, is that Billy Corgan is the essence of the Smashing Pumpkins, and he's on a journey that will never stop evolving because he as a person will never stop evolving. He explains a lot of struggles he has dealt with, from therapy to trying to understand the fans, and how that has affected his artistic direction. What comes across most to me in this documentary is that Billy truly does want to keep on keepin' on with the Smashing Pumpkins. He wants to give us what he's always given us -- thoughtful songs, beautiful melodies, and superb musicianship.Read more ›
Packaging was top notch.
Just as a side note, I notices that there wasn't *any* css protection on the DVD which made ripping a little too convenient. This makes me kinda wonder if this is a wink-wink-nudge-nudge from the band there. Or their content distribution people are just incompetent.
Bottom line, even if you're not a die hard Pumpkin Head, this is a great concert and interesting documentary.
Smashing Pumpkins Chronicle Reunion on DVD
If All Goes Wrong is a double-disc affair. The first disc features the titular documentary, which chronicles the band's reunion and live residencies in San Francisco and Asheville, North Carolina last year through interviews with band members, fans, journalists, and other musicians. Also on the disc: a featurette about Pumpkins fans called Voices of the Ghost Children and, inexplicably, an interview with the Who's Pete Townshend.
The second disc of If All Goes Wrong features The Fillmore Residency, a collection of live performances from the band's residency in San Francisco. Also included are five bonus tracks lumped together as Live From the Floor of the Fillmore, which are just that. All told, the second disc of the DVD contains seven different exclusive new tracks.
Coming Home Media will release If All Goes Wrong on November 11.Read more ›
If All Goes Wrong (Documentary) - It's interesting following the Pumpkins and seeing what they went through after they reformed and and performed for the first time. The DVD shows what inspired Billy to write some new material. It also gives a new insight into Billy, which I appreciate as a fan. I was a little disappointed at how little attention was paid to the new band members, but they must have been shy anyway.
Interview with Peter Townshend - I enjoyed this feature very much as he talks about the psychology of artists, fans, and how they interact.
The Voice of the Children was just some fans talking about the band with the following depth: "I excited to be here. Broke, but excited." It was just a nonsense of excitement.
This disc is live performance of some of the new material that was written just after they reformed. Half of it is acoustic and most of it is slow pace, lacking much energy or emotion - that is to say that there is no surrounding sound expression as in how the Pumpkins previously sounded. The Heavy Metal Machine version here sounds much different than the original - I'm not fond of it. The two standouts are the hard rocking Gossamer at about 30 minutes long, and Superchrist.
It was worth it alone for the documentary in disc 1 and Gossamer of disc 2 - I'm still waiting for the mp3 of that song.
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Great inside look into the pumpkins! The doc was really entertaining with lots of live footage. I wouldn’t recommend this to any brand new pumpkins fans but if your a hardcore to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vince
Not the best rockumentary I've seen, but it's an interesting insight to some of Corgan's perspectives. I've always had a strange fascination with Corgan. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Daniel
the initial biography of smashing pumpkins coming back was interesting, you get some insight to corgan. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by FRANCO
This is a great Documentary with great performances of the Band during this time and its a must for any smashing pumpkins fan like my self.Published on July 15, 2012 by Damian A. Messina
cant watch this on any standard dvd player ive tried it on. hope its really fkin great, but at this point ill never know.....Published on July 14, 2012 by what?
i just recieved my second purchase from amazon. the first was written in french and i cant read french and now the above dvd cant be viewed in australia because of region... Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by jamie
DVD came in a timely manner, and was in good condition. The DVD has a great combination of interviews, and live performances.Published on January 17, 2012 by Sean
I'm a big fan of smashing pumpkins and i was trying to get this dvd long time ago.
i think this is a good item to get for a SP fan, on the dvd story they show you what Billy... Read more