Sound: With the Olympics there in Vancouver I thought I would do a review of one of the lost bands of Canada.
For the time, Anvil was that band you waited for with baited breath on what they would do with their next album, similar to a new flavor of Popsicle when you were a kid. The music itself was good but not great. However, they influenced so many musicians that copied and refined there work so this film and the band itself should counted as one of the forefathers of Metal as we know it.
This film is like the "Pumping Iron" of Metal movies. The story here is that Anvil is releasing a new album called "This is Thirteen"(2007), that they are self-producing and think it will be there best work to date. They have been leading regular lives as blue collar workers still working hard on there music in the downtime.
The music is still straight ahead old school metal but that it's the passion they put into the music that really makes this film. Just a quick note, one of my favorite Metal bands growing up was Slayer. Slayer is one of the bands that gives credit to Anvil for inspiration. This documentary was a solid inspiration of the human spirit and the that you can do anything is you put your mind to it. Faced with a lot of adversity they continue with the belief in their fans. // 7
Content: The film is a documentary with a lot of live events showcasing Anvil from the 80's and today and featuring many legends of the metal music industry such as Slash, Lemmie and Lars Urich. This is a sort of "best of" concert DVD for the band because it combines their former productions and the new album.
As for the features of the DVD, there are plenty. It actually only comes with one disk, but it is equipped with Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC and best of all the director Sacha Gervasi shot over 300 hours of footage of the band for the movie, so the DVD contains a ton of outtakes. The statements about the music industry are priceless. // 8
Production Quality: I would say the production of this film is very similar to the Michael Moore films in quality with Michael Moore stating himself "it's the best documentary I've seen in years." If your not a history channel buff, you won't really notice the difference from any other documentary. It is filmed with just a few cameras and a lot of passion. // 8
Overall Impression: My overall impression of the DVD is great. I think this was one of the better stories in Rock history. The London Times says it's possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll. So I would say it compared and is better than 80% of all rock films out there. The thing I liked the most about the film is there undying devotion to their art. At one point in the film, running out of money in Europe and sleeping in a train station. I didn't really hate anything about this movie, but maybe how the music industry treats it's bands. I would definitely buy this DVD again if I lost it in a train station or something similar. // 9