I Need That Record!: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store

I Need That Record!: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store

Director: Brendan Toller

Cast: Brendan Toller, Ian MacKaye, Noam Chomsky, Mike Watt

     
 

Brendan Toller directed this documentary on how the changing shape of the music industry is helping to kill off the mom and pop record stores that have done so much to enrich the culture of pop music fandom, and it gets a worthwhile presentation on DVD from MVD Visual. I Need That Record!: The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store has…  See more details below

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Brendan Toller directed this documentary on how the changing shape of the music industry is helping to kill off the mom and pop record stores that have done so much to enrich the culture of pop music fandom, and it gets a worthwhile presentation on DVD from MVD Visual. I Need That Record!: The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The transfer is clear and well detailed, and while the film was clearly produced on a shoestring budget (and some of the found footage was clearly sourced from aging videotapes or on-line sources), most of the materials look quite good on this release. The audio has been mastered in uncompressed PCM Stereo, and while the location interview recordings are often short of flawless, the overall fidelity is good and at very least adequate. The interviews and dialogue are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. As a bonus, this edition also includes additional interview footage from some of the musicians who appear in the film, including Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Lenny Kaye, Glenn Branca and Patterson Hood. This DVD presents Toller's film in a simple but manner, and the extras will appeal to the sort of music fans who would enjoy this film most and enjoy hearing thoughtful indie rock icons chat at length about their musical enthusiasms.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
One of the best thing about the movie High Fidelity is how it documented the culture of the geeky record collector with impressive and hilarious accuracy, and if you ever wondered what guys like Rob, Barry and Dick would do if they didn't have a record shop in which to spend their days, Brendan Toller's documentary I Need That Record!: The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store presents a witty but sobering look at how the sad state of the music business is helping to strangle shops catering to those who love the stuff most passionately. Toller's film often has the feel of a sermon being preached to the converted, but it also illuminates the ills of the music business that are hurting small retailers with intelligence, detail and admirable concision (including Big Box retailers selling popular titles as loss leaders, overpriced titles from major labels, the rise of legal and illegal online music distribution and big labels run by businessmen with no interest in or knowledge of popular music). The film wisely doesn't point to a single villain, but it does profile a large number of victims, including store keepers who have lost their businesses, musicians who are looking for new ways to reach their audiences, and fans who whom a good record shop was not just a place to buy music but a hangout where they met friends and talked about an art form that gave their lives meaning. The animated sequences go on just long enough to wear out their welcome and some of Toller's interview subjects can speak with clarity about both art and commerce (such as Ian MacKaye and Glenn Branca) while others don't have much to say beyond "this album is cooler than that one," but nearly everyone in I Need That Record! addresses the camera with a genuine passion, and if nothing else it makes the point that any business that doesn't care about alienating customers who value their product this much is clearly being run by the wrong people.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
UPC:
0760137502005
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Mvd Visual
Sales rank:
50,426

Special Features

Interviews with: ; Ian MacKaye; Mike Watt; Thurston Moore; Legs McNeil; Glenn Branca; Lenny Kaye; Patterson Hood; Pat Carney

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Need That Record!: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store
1. Intro [10:04]
2. Opening Animation [2:12]
3. Art V. Commerce [6:18]
4. Radio Playola [2:03]
5. Telecom '96 [4:48]
6. MTV Blues [4:42]
7. Schnaat House Records [1:50]
8. Big Box [8:43]
9. CD Prices [3:13]
10. The Internet [8:39]
11. iPod Blues [7:50]
12. Vinyl [2:47]
13. Ride Into the Sun [10:12]
14. Credits [4:13]

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