Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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Cast: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti, Firas al Lateef, Faisal Talal

     
 
Filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi have crafted an intelligent, provocative and often moving documentary out what might seem like a rather absurd subject -- the struggle of Acrassicauda, Iraq's only heavy metal band, to play their head-banging music and wear Slayer T-shirts in peace -- and the DVD edition of Heavy Metal In Baghdad only improves on the

Overview

Filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi have crafted an intelligent, provocative and often moving documentary out what might seem like a rather absurd subject -- the struggle of Acrassicauda, Iraq's only heavy metal band, to play their head-banging music and wear Slayer T-shirts in peace -- and the DVD edition of Heavy Metal In Baghdad only improves on the original film. Heavy Metal In Baghdad has been transferred to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The film was shot using portable digital video equipment, but the image quality is surprisingly good despite the rough and tumble nature of the shoot, and the high definition mastering makes the most of the material. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1, and the standard stereo mix is decidedly punchier and more present than the five-channel version, though both are as well detailed as the difficult recording circumstances would permit. The interviews and performances are in English and Arabic; burned-in English subtitles translate the Arabic dialogue, but no optional subtitles or multiple language options are present on this release. In addition to the main feature, this DVD release includes a forty-five minute follow-up documentary, Heavy Metal In Istanbul, which follows the Iraqi musicians as they seek asylum as political refugees in Turkey, where they struggle to get by but also have finally discovered a measure of freedom and support. Also included are two deleted scenes, five additional sequences, three bonus live performances by Acrassicauda, and the film's original trailer. An accompanying booklet features an interview with the filmmakers and an article from Vice Magazine that inspired the film in the first place. Heavy Metal In Baghdad is a more thoughtful work than its premise and packaging might lead some to expect, and the bonus features on this DVD release thankfully add to its strength.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0829567049822
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

45 minute featurette: Heavy Metal in Istanbul - the documentary picks up where Heavy Metal In Baghdad left off; 7 additional and deleted scenes: 30 minutes of extra content including extended intervews with the band plus a meeting with the "Iraqi Godfather" in Syria; 3 live performances: Acrassicauda live! - Original Acrassicauda songs "Underworld," "King Without a Throne" and "Message From Baghdad" performed in 2006 and 2008; 8 page booklet: Including the original Vice magazine article "No War For Heavy Metal"; Movie trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddy Moretti Participant
Suroosh Alvi Participant
Firas al Lateef Participant
Faisal Talal Participant
Marwan Reyad Participant
Tony Aziz Participant
Mike Participant
Waleed Participant
Ahmed Participant
Gideon Yago Participant

Technical Credits
Suroosh Alvi Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Eddy Moretti Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Monica Hampton Producer
Spike Jonze Executive Producer
Bernardo Loyola Editor,Screenwriter
Brian Orce Associate Producer
Shane Smith Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heavy Metal in Baghdad
1. Heavy Metal Rules! [3:07]
2. The Band's Practice Space (November 2003) [3:43]
3. Setting Up a Concert In Baghdad (July 2005) [4:18]
4. The Youth of Iraq [3:49]
5. Acrassicauda Live In Baghdad [4:59]
6. Flying To Baghdad (August 2006) [3:01]
7. Gangster's Paradise [3:00]
8. Meeting Firas [5:17]
9. Death On the Road [2:13]
10. On the Edge of the Tigris River [3:38]
11. Firas and Faisal - The History of Acrassicauda [6:21]
12. The Bombed Out Practice Space [5:30]
13. Damascus, Syria (December 2006) [6:04]
14. Acrassicauda Live In Damascus [3:12]
15. Heavy Metal Refugees [6:43]
16. Tony and Mike [3:55]
17. Recording the Damascus Demos [5:02]
18. Homesick [3:32]
19. Watching the Movie With the Band [4:00]
20. Epilogue and End Credits [2:40]

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
I was told to watch this by someone I work with, and though it took me a long time to get to it, I'm really glad I was cued into its existence. Before watching this I had read Heavy Metal Islam (some years earlier); I don't remember if Acrassicauda is mentioned in the book but it's damn amazing and exhilarating to see and hear the idea of metal music in the Mid-East in action. EVERY metal fan on Earth should see the story of these guys from Iraq. Our daily troubles are NOTHING compared to the hell these dudes live through on any given day; they pursue their dreams literally in the face of death. Horns up, people. Acrassicauda got the attention of famous axeman Alex Skolnick and he helped them out to make an album. By all means, find a way to watch this!