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With OK Computer, Radiohead created the classic modern concept album. Meeting People Is Easy is a band-commissioned documentary detailing the commercial and critical onslaught that ensued. The film expresses the alienation of five shy fellows coping with the capitalist, dollar-controlled world that so slathers them with acclaim. Punishing, existential montages display their inner turmoil. Mixed-media, artistically stylized segments present the band's disaffection. If things sometimes aren't focused, it's not a flaw in the encoding of the DVD; it's Radiohead's worldview. Whether the band is giving interviews or performing live, or director Grant Gee is inserting strange sound effects, the audio is a fine, moody mix. All in all, the sound is a bursting, surly beast, often disorienting, and always interesting. The Scott Walker song about 20 minutes into the film is a perfect example of the clean audio presented throughout. There are zero supplemental features, and anyone who has seen the band's minimalist product packaging probably can figure out why. On the main menu, viewers are told in large letters, "You are a target audience" -- a conceit worthy of Michael Stipe that continues the band-as-outsiders motif. This sociopolitical theme continues in the implementation of the DVD itself; it is one big chapter, making it very hard to find specific scenes in the film. Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy is an interesting, claustrophobic experience on DVD; if it puts viewers to sleep, it's a testament to the band's sensibilities.
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