Funky Monks [DVD] review by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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  • Released: Feb 22, 2000
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (23 votes)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks [DVD]

Sound — 10
This DVD is not a display of RHCP's music so sound really isn't a factor. It's a look at the making of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Pepper's album that made them bigger-than-big. It tells many stories, shows you how John was right before he quit the band and even how weird all the band members are. It's designed for the hardcore fans who want to know more than the sound, and hey: it worked out for me.

Content — 8
No extra features, but its not a music DVD! This is a documentary. There is no set nor a songlist despite how the chapters are all named after songs. No extra stuff does make it lose some points, but basically it's a very rare find on DVD so I didn't care that its just the video on DVD.

Production Quality — 10
Very good production quality; it's done in black and white on purpose to make it look like an old school documentary and at this point, that's just what it is. There are no real "tricks," but something different about this DVD is that it doesn't start at any menu, it goes right into the film and when the film ends, it goes to the chapter selection menu. I thought that was kinda cool (there are no menus other than chapter selection due to 1 audio track and no extra features), but I don't know if everyone would. I'm not a fan of clicking through 9 menus just to hit play so it was good for me. Audio and video come through crystal clear.

Overall Impression — 10
It's not for everyone. Its not a starter's kit for future Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. But convinced you have to know all about the time Flea shat in the fart contest? Or the girls Chad likes in his pornos? How about who won the mutton chops contest (Flea vs. John)? This DVD is for you if you said yes to any of that. Interesting, (obviously) real characters star in this documentary; with meaningful lines spewed out by the members of the band and some heartfound moments throughout it. If you're obsessed with RHCP, this DVD will be your favorite. If you're not obsessed, you'll throw it away on a shelf and rarely watch it again. You probably can relate to it if you're in a band either way. However I'm in a band and obsessed with the Peppers, this DVD is one of my favorites. I'd buy it if I lost it. I would pay $50 for it if I lost it. It's worth a lot to me, it is a classic to me. Is it for you?

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    RHCP's colorful personalities make the band fun to watch....they're talented too....