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Unusual or interesting DVDs, cult and classic films, movie reviews, genre overviews and interviews.

SONG OF THE SOUTH, a doco by Tom O'Dell (Sexy Intellectual/Triton DVD)

SONG OF THE SOUTH, a doco by Tom O'Dell (Sexy Intellectual/Triton DVD)

As with Jimi Hendrix, the great Duane Allman -- dead at 24 after a motorcycle accident in 1971 -- wasn't with us for a long time. But what a mark he made in just those four years from when he first became known. He had only played guitar for 10 years and only in the last three of his short life had started playing slide guitar to create the sound he is synonymous with. It was a short... more >>

Little Martha

UTU REDUX, a film by GEOFF MURPHY

UTU REDUX, a film by GEOFF MURPHY

New Zealand landscapes lend themselves to the visual and emotional language of film: the black sand shore of The Piano; the towering Southern Alps inhabited by horsemen and warrior orks in Lord of the Rings; the menacing glower of sky and mountains in Vigil; the glimmering beauty of the East Coast in films like Boy and Whale Rider . . . And landscape was a visceral character in Geoff... more >>

THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN; HYDE PARK LIVE  (Shock CD/DVD)

THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN; HYDE PARK LIVE (Shock CD/DVD)

Recently a music blogger asserted boldly the Stones had never done a decent version of Satisfaction live which – unless he'd seen the thousands of Stones shows since mid 65 – illustrates the folly of mistaking a live recording with a live performance. Which is why the two hour film on this double CD/DVD set is so important. It's not a live concert just a film of one, but... more >>

Paint It Black

REEL KIWI UNDERGROUND: Local films that make a noise

REEL KIWI UNDERGROUND: Local films that make a noise

The phone call from Simon Ocston is gratefully received because he was the guy who made that fascinating doco about New Zealand's Skeptics, Sheen of Gold. And when he says he is putting on a short film festival of similarly noisy features and footage in Auckland, we cannot help but take notice. Then he mentions the Chants R&B film Rumble and Bang by Jeff Smith, and footage by Jed Town... more >>

WAR OF THE WORLDS, a doco by CATHLEEN O'CONNELL (2013): A million to one, they said

WAR OF THE WORLDS, a doco by CATHLEEN O'CONNELL (2013): A million to one, they said

At midday on March 12, 1913 in Columbus, Ohio someone broke into a run down the main street. By coincidence a few other people happened to be running in the same direction. Within 10 minutes everybody was running. Someone heard the word "dam" and panic spread: the dam had burst. Run! According to James Thurber's book My Life and Hard Times, thousands joined in the stampede... more >>

THE POINT by HARRY NILSSON (MVDvisual DVD through Southbound)

THE POINT by HARRY NILSSON (MVDvisual DVD through Southbound)

Despite the very best efforts and intentions of critics and writers -- Elsewhere among them -- the wayward genius of Harry Nilsson still goes past most people. His work has been occasionally reissued (most recently a whopping 17 disc set of his complete RCA recordings) and certain albums are available cheaply, but still most people only know him as the Grammy-winning guy who had that hit... more >>

Think About Your Troubles

THE WICKER MAN, a film by ROBIN HARDY: The pagans in our presence

THE WICKER MAN, a film by ROBIN HARDY: The pagans in our presence

Paganism survived in Britain long after the arrival of Christianity. In the middle of last century when cleaners got to top of Exeter Cathedral -- which was completed in the 15th century -- they found some unusal carvings in the roof bosses which hols beams together. They were of a man with leaves for a beard and hair. This was the pagan figure of Jack O'Green, sometimes known as the... more >>

Willow's Song

EVA CASSIDY; TIMELESS VOICE: The songbird gone

EVA CASSIDY; TIMELESS VOICE: The songbird gone

She may have sold more than 10 million albums, but when she died of cancer in '96 at just 33, Eva Cassidy was virtually unknown outside of small circle who had seen her playing in clubs around Washington DC. The live album she recorded barely created a ripple and it wasn't until many years later – when a tiny record company pulled together a collection and managed to get a song... more >>

THE STORY OF FILM, a doco series by MARK COUSINS

THE STORY OF FILM, a doco series by MARK COUSINS

Some weeks ago in the New Zealand Herald their writer-at-large Peter Calder had an interesting column about movie theatres converting over to digital projection from 35mm prints. As he noted, the technology for film projection had been “fundamentally unchanged since the first public film screening in a Paris cafe in 1895: sprockets on a roller catch the film by holes along its... more >>

GARBAGE; ONE MILE HIGH, a doco by ERICA FERRERO

GARBAGE; ONE MILE HIGH, a doco by ERICA FERRERO

The thing I remember most about interviewing Shirley Manson from Garbage is that I just don't remember much at all. I have recently been told it was probably in '97 and I know that it was in Melbourne. But the rest is slightly foggy. The friend who reminded me of the year was there too and says I turned up at Auckland airport very late and hung over (me?) and because everyone else had... more >>

Queer (dub mix)

SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J, a doco by STEPHEN SCHIBLE

SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J, a doco by STEPHEN SCHIBLE

When Eric Clapton released his 2004 album Me and Mr Johnson – a tribute to Robert Johnson – it seemed rather belated. After all, from the time he was a teenager he'd been listening to Johnson's songs and transported a number of them into his various bands and albums over the following decade. Ironically then, when he went into the studio with his cracking band – which... more >>

THIS BAND IS SO GORGEOUS a doco by DUNSTAN BRUCE

THIS BAND IS SO GORGEOUS a doco by DUNSTAN BRUCE

There's certainly something about Western bands going to China that makes sense. Wham! going to China? Dance-pop and nice ballads? Yes. The Rolling Stones in China? Okay, legendary Western decadent rockers, check the set list and let them through. Yes. But, really? British punk band Sham 69 in China? The band – now in their 50s – that sang If The Kids Are... more >>

FOREVER a doco by HEDDY HONIGMANN

FOREVER a doco by HEDDY HONIGMANN

Because I was a bit of a fan -- but only a very small bit I have to admit -- when I went to Pere Lachaise in Paris, the famous cemetery, I visited the grave of Jim Morrison. It was a desultory experience but taught me a valuable lesson: never judge a music (or musicians) by the fans. Around his grave were a litter of young people, most in some strange state of deep melancoly that could... more >>

INSIDE OUT IN THE OPEN, a doco by ALAN ROTH (ESP-Disk DVD)

INSIDE OUT IN THE OPEN, a doco by ALAN ROTH (ESP-Disk DVD)

The problem with Ken Burns' excellent Jazz doco series for those who embrace the broad church that is jazz, was not what was included (that was largely unimpeachable) but what was excluded. Burns -- and perhaps more specifically his advisor Wynton Marsalis -- left out large areas of contemporary jazz. Marsalis was no fan of fusion, jazz-funk or free jazz (yet has rapped in recent times) and... more >>

Ictus

CROWDED HOUSE; LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (download)

CROWDED HOUSE; LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (download)

A little heads-up for Crowded House fans, a digital download is available (details below) of their appearance at New York's beautiful Masonic Hall Grand Lodge to celebrate the release of their Time on Earth album in 2007. Superbly filmed for the US public television series Live from the Artists Den, the show has Crowded House playing material from the album but also dipping in to what might... more >>

THE ROLLING STONES; CROSSFIRE HURRICANE a doco by BRETT MORGEN (Shock DVD)

THE ROLLING STONES; CROSSFIRE HURRICANE a doco by BRETT MORGEN (Shock DVD)

In a voice-over at the end of the new, officially sanctioned but nonetheless ragged and candid Rolling Stones bio-pic Crossfire Hurricane, Mick Jagger says in a voice between amusement and disbelief that where once they were hated, now they were loved. On the screen is the largest stage ever built for a live concert and a crowd of breathtaking dimensions – it's an outdoor show... more >>

Carol

CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, a doco by PETER WHITEHEAD (Abkco DVD)

CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, a doco by PETER WHITEHEAD (Abkco DVD)

As the Rolling Stones commemorate, celebrate and commercialise their 50th year, they are certainly being well served by books, the Grrr! compilation, and on film with Crossfire Hurricane and now the reissue of this, a long out-of-print doco about their lightning fast trip to Ireland in late '65, just weeks after the release of Satisfaction and it topping the charts globally. It is a... more >>

It's Alright

MARLEY, a doco by KEVIN MacDONALD: Mystic vibration still blowing

MARLEY, a doco by KEVIN MacDONALD: Mystic vibration still blowing

For many years – over a decade in fact – Bob Marley's Legend compilation was a massive seller in New Zealand, and many of those copies were on cassette. Lord knows how many copies were dubbed off during that time either. It's popularity on tape was because people could play it in a car or on the ghetto-blaster at a backyard barbecue. And of course because it was an... more >>

Soul Rebel (1969)

VINCENT VAN GOGH; PAINTED WITH WORDS, a film by ANDREW HUTTON

VINCENT VAN GOGH; PAINTED WITH WORDS, a film by ANDREW HUTTON

When Van Gogh's famous painting Sunflowers sold in 1987 for the then-record sum of US$39.9 million -- or as Robert Hughes noted, "in real money some 5.8 billion yen" -- it was read as yet another symbol of the vulgar commodification of art as a commercial investment. The private consortium had bought more than a painting, it had bought cultural cachet. Buying famous art --... more >>

PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN, a doco by FRANCIS HANLY

PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN, a doco by FRANCIS HANLY

Sir George Martin's career will always be defined by the eight years he spent with the Beatles, but there were years before that 1962 audition and many decades after their final sessions in 1969. A young and aspiring classical musician, he had been inspired the Warsaw Concerto ("I wanted to be Rachmaninoff II"), served in the airforce in the Second World War and won a place... more >>

She Loves You