A Band Called Death - Drafthouse Films - Blu-ray and DVD
Director: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett
Cast: Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, Henry Rollins, Alice Cooper
To quote my interview with the stars of this fine film: "A Band Called Death has one of the best stories you'll see in a movie this year. Or next year. Or any year. It's almost too good to be true, but it all really happened."
It's pretty common for documentaries to knock you off your feet, though most of the time that happens when the subject matter is just plain depressing. That's not the case here. This is an incredibly uplifting, wondrous story about a trio of brothers who were well ahead of their time musically. But it's way, way more than that. The story of the band's roots and what happened to them after they failed to make it big is plain ole awesome. And best of all, you don't need to have any kind of knowledge of music to appreciate it.
Special Features: Commentary with directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett; Commentary with the Hackney family; "DEATH Live at SXSW 2013;" "Q&A Live at the Vermont International Film Festival;" deleted scenes; ”Let the World Turn” music video
Read our interview with the stars of A Band Called Death.
Other Notable New Releases
It's a pretty eclectic week for new releases, offering a little something for everyone. On the action front we've got Olympus Has Fallen, the first of this year's double bill of movies that blow the White House to pieces. By most accounts it's a lot of fun and makes great use of its R rating and absurd premise.
The U.S. finally gets The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec this week, which should be a big deal if you're a fan of The Fifth Element director Luc Besson and have been waiting for this since it hit France in 2010. It's a pretty funky, energetic movie about an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer who gets caught up in a wild plot involving dinosaurs and mummies from ancient Egypt, and should appeal to those who like quirky movies that don't take themselves very seriously.
Next we have two films that got warm receptions on the festival circuit, the brilliantly titled thriller Errors of the Human Body, and The Company You Keep, directed by and starring Robert Redford. And if you want a complete and total departure from any of these films, you've got the straight-to-DVD flick The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Camryn Manheim and Virginia Madsen as a bunch of middle-aged women who challenge a local team of high school girls to a basketball game. Yep, this is a real movie.