Funky Monks Review

artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers date: 08/18/2007 category: dvd

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks
Released: February 22, 2000
This DVD is informative and fun to watch the band members interact with each othera and having fun whilst recording the album with their producer.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 8.5
 Production Quality: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.5
Funky Monks Reviewed by: UtBDan, on september 28, 2005
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: 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. // 10

Content: 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. // 8

Production Quality: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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? // 10

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overall: 9.3
Funky Monks Reviewed by: Kartman, on august 18, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: I found this DVD not only interesting but entertaining as well. Seeing the band members discuss the recording and sound of the album is interesting to me not only as a musician, but as a teen interested in Audio Engineering. I was very pleased with the black and white cameras, I think it gave the video a very "vintage" feel. Just as warning, I don't think too many non-musicians would enjoy this as much as musicians. // 8

Content: This informative DVD chronicles the bizarre recording of Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 Super-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The Peppers take the viewer inside The Mansion for an in-depth and very spiritual view upon the making of the album. All the members get camera-time, not just Anthony and John. This DVD isn't just about the Chili Peppers: there's footage of Rick (Rubin), tour manager Lindy Goetz and other person ell. One of the things that really interested me was John Frusciante. When comparing the aloof, subdued John of today to the early-20's John of '91, it's quite amazing that they're even the same person. Everything from speech patterns to appearance has changed. This DVD shows John as a cheery, young, flamboyant musician who loves his music. It's amazing to see this transformation to John of today. On a completely off-topic note, this DVD display's drummer Chad Smith's uncanny ability on the piano. He's an amazing pianist. One complaint: I wish the DVD included full performances of songs, not just snippets. Not a big deal though. // 9

Production Quality: The production couldn't be more appropriate: a Black and White film about a lo-fi raw album. Does this make the DVD any less enjoyable? Absolutely not, I actually believe quite the contrary. I think it gives the documentary artistic credibility, as well as something different from most DVDs. There are no errors, no problems with syncing or camera, everything sounds and looks great. Just so people know, this DVD probably isn't for someone who is really bothered by Black and White film. // 10

Overall Impression: This DVD doesn't fail to impress, entertain and inform anybody who has an interest in recording and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As stated earlier, it would be nice if the DVD included full song performances, but all the interesting scenes make up for the lack of music. I'm not going to say what I would do if someone stole it, because I'll make sure it's in a safe place to ensure it's safety. // 10

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