Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

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Director: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

Cast: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, Metallica, James Hetfield

     
 

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Award-winning filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (of the Paradise Lost films on HBO) direct Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a documentary about rock stars in therapy. After 20 years of heavy metal, a few members of Metallica decide to hire psychologist Phil Towle to work out some group tensions during the making of their album St. Anger.…  See more details below

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Award-winning filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (of the Paradise Lost films on HBO) direct Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a documentary about rock stars in therapy. After 20 years of heavy metal, a few members of Metallica decide to hire psychologist Phil Towle to work out some group tensions during the making of their album St. Anger. Most of the therapy sessions involve drummer Lars Ulrich and singer/guitarist James Hetfield, with some input from guitarist Kirk Hammett. Also included are former band members Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and ex-bassist Jason Newsted. The band works through difficulties in group dynamics, personal demons, and relationship issues. The film shows recording sessions as well as therapy sessions, including the recruitment of bassist Robert Trujillo. The much-publicized controversies of Internet file-sharing and Hetfield's drug rehabilitation are also discussed. In 2003, Metallica released the album St. Anger on Elektra Records. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Metallica -- the most successful heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s, if not all time -- had begun fray at the edges in 2001. The band's 2000 lawsuit against Internet file-sharing service Napster did not sit well with many fans; bassist Jason Newsted left the group to pursue other musical endeavors; and the hard-partying lifestyle was finally catching up with the remaining bandmates. When the band began work on their first studio recording in five years, they hired Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky -- makers of the acclaimed documentaries Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost -- to film the creative process for a promotional video. What they got instead is a fascinating portrait of a band on the brink of breakup, struggling to renew the creative flow. Some Kind of Monster is an intimate, fly-on-the-wall portrait, and it took real guts on the part of co-founders James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich -- as well as lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and album producer/fill-in bassist Bob Rock -- to let their vulnerable, non-rock star sides be shown. As the filming starts, the band have just hired Phil Towle, a $40,000-a-month therapist, to help them work through their issues. Towle wears sweaters that would make Bill Cosby cringe and puts up little motivational signs around the studio. At one point, he brings in former guitarist (now Megadeth leader) Dave Mustaine, who admits that as successful as he's been since being sacked from the band, he's always lived in Metallica's shadow. Months go by as the band try to write and record new songs, and Hetfield checks into rehab for over a year. The band eventually finish the album, 2003's St. Anger, and it debuted at No. 1, affording the film a conclusion that celebrates the power of both rock 'n' roll and psychotherapeutic counseling. Some Kind of Monster should be required viewing for anyone who thinks the music industry might be a fun place to work, whatever one's musical tastes. That is, in part, because there's precious little performance footage in this very talky film, a sore point with some Metallica fans. The two-disc DVD corrects that, however, with loads of head-banging concert footage.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
VH1's Behind the Music became a hit television show by trivializing the problems of famous rock stars. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is just about as strong a reply to that series as one could possibly imagine. Having almost three years worth of footage (including material from intimate group therapy sessions involving the band members) must have made for a nightmare in the editing room; however, directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky are confident enough to take their time with the finished film. The viewer slowly learns the psychological makeup of each of the individual members. We see Lars Ulrich's self-absorbed perfectionism and learn how his relationship with his father colors it, Kirk Hammett's passive quest for calm, and James Hetfield's self-destructive qualities as well as his inner-strength in getting clean and figuring out how best to live his life. The genius of the film is how the audience gets to see how each of the three main band members interact with each other, and how they work together as a trio. The effect is so subtle that the viewer may not notice how much they know about the band until the point when Kirk Hammett subtly confronts the other two about how little they listen to him. Although it is a minor altercation, the audience understands how hard it was for Hammett to do what he does, and they understand what the other two are hearing when it happens. Although the psychological insights are the best reason to recommend this film, it also works as a look at how modern rock records are made, and as an endorsement for therapy. Some Kind of Monster reminds the audience that for all the goofy excesses (and the film certainly shows the goofy excess) of celebrity musicians' lives, they are fascinating and complicated three-dimensional people.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
Slate - David Edelstein
The band's implosion and reassembly makes for one of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
Dallas Observer
That he (Hetfield), and his band, still lives is astonishing enough; that you get to see how and why in a movie so painfully intimate is nothing short of extraordinary. Robert Wilonsky

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2014
UPC:
0856115004989
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
We're Metallica
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:46:00
Sales rank:
19,377

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Metallica: This Monster Lives," a new 25-minute short film; 40 additional scenes; Exclusive intimate interviews with Mettalica about the film; Hightlights from festivals and premieres; 2 audio commentaries by the band and the filmmakers; 2 trailers and a music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Metallica Participant
James Hetfield Participant
Lars Ulrich Participant
Kirk Hammett Participant
Robert Trujillo Participant
Jason Newsted Participant
Dave Mustaine Participant
Cliff Burton Actor
Bobby Rock Participant
Phil Towle Participant

Technical Credits
Joe Berlinger Director,Executive Producer
Bruce Sinofsky Director,Producer
Doug Abel Editor
Michael Bonfiglio Associate Producer
Rachel Dawson Associate Producer
Echobrain Score Composer
Jon Kamen Executive Producer
Metallica Score Composer
Miki Watanabe Milmore Editor
Robert Richman Cinematographer
Bob Richman Cinematographer
Frank Scherma Executive Producer
Cheryll Stone Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Metallica: Some Kind of Monster - Feature Film
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Chapter 2 [3:33]
3. Chapter 3 [2:03]
4. Chapter 4 [1:39]
5. Chapter 5 [4:19]
6. Chapter 6 [3:16]
7. Chapter 7 [1:53]
8. Chapter 8 [3:32]
9. Chapter 9 [3:14]
10. Chapter 10 [2:40]
11. Chapter 11 [5:31]
12. Chapter 12 [1:03]
13. Chapter 13 [4:12]
14. Chapter 14 [5:03]
15. Chapter 15 [3:14]
16. Chapter 16 [5:50]
17. Chapter 17 [4:01]
18. Chapter 18 [1:49]
19. Chapter 19 [5:26]
20. Chapter 20 [1:34]
21. Chapter 21 [3:20]
22. Chapter 22 [3:22]
23. Chapter 23 [3:04]
24. Chapter 24 [4:20]
25. Chapter 25 [4:58]
26. Chapter 26 [2:25]
27. Chapter 27 [5:40]
28. Chapter 28 [3:08]
29. Chapter 29 [5:56]
30. Chapter 30 [3:55]
31. Chapter 31 [3:12]
32. Chapter 32 [7:22]
33. Chapter 33 [3:08]
34. Chapter 34 [3:51]
35. Chapter 35 [1:57]
36. Chapter 36 [3:45]
37. Chapter 37 [2:48]
38. Chapter 38 [9:48]
39. Chapter 39 [:01]
Disc #2 -- Metallica: Some Kind of Monster - Bonus Features
1. Chapter 1 [1:19]
1. Chapter 1 [1:53]
1. Chapter 1 [2:35]
1. Chapter 1 [4:24]
1. Chapter 1 [3:36]
1. Chapter 1 [4:16]
1. Chapter 1 [5:01]
1. Chapter 1 [2:40]
1. Chapter 1 [:23]
1. Chapter 1 [3:00]
1. Chapter 1 [3:22]
1. Chapter 1 [2:43]
1. Chapter 1 [2:16]
1. Chapter 1 [1:45]
1. Chapter 1 [:48]
1. Chapter 1 [1:37]
1. Chapter 1 [3:17]
1. Chapter 1 [3:09]
1. Chapter 1 [:54]
1. Chapter 1 [1:48]
1. Chapter 1 [1:48]
1. Chapter 1 [3:47]
1. Chapter 1 [2:56]
1. Chapter 1 [1:55]
1. Chapter 1 [1:39]
1. Chapter 1 [7:50]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [5:33]
1. Chapter 1 [4:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:48]
1. Chapter 1 [10:47]
1. Chapter 1 [6:05]
2. Chapter 2 [:05]
1. Chapter 1 [4:13]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:41]
1. Chapter 1 [2:14]
1. Chapter 1 [5:32]
1. Chapter 1 [6:38]
1. Chapter 1 [10:07]
1. Chapter 1 [4:40]
1. Chapter 1 [2:14]
1. Chapter 1 [3:08]
1. Chapter 1 [4:13]
1. Chapter 1 [2:50]
1. Chapter 1 [3:29]
1. Chapter 1 [3:38]
1. Chapter 1 [11:43]
1. Chapter 1 [4:36]

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