Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

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In this musical comedy-adventure starring self-proclaimed greatest band in the world Tenacious D, a pair of aspiring rock superstars attempt to convince the world of their true talents as they embark on a daring quest to acquire the supernaturally powered guitar pick that will finally allow them to fully realize their vast rock & roll potential. JB Jack Black is a naïve Midwesterner whose strict Christian parents view his burning passion for heavy metal as a mortal sin. After his dad tears down every poster ...
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Overview

In this musical comedy-adventure starring self-proclaimed greatest band in the world Tenacious D, a pair of aspiring rock superstars attempt to convince the world of their true talents as they embark on a daring quest to acquire the supernaturally powered guitar pick that will finally allow them to fully realize their vast rock & roll potential. JB Jack Black is a naïve Midwesterner whose strict Christian parents view his burning passion for heavy metal as a mortal sin. After his dad tears down every poster in his bedroom except for a Ronnie James Dio poster on the back of the door, the former Black Sabbath frontman instructs the aspiring young rocker to seek out his fortune no matter what the cost. Subsequently setting his sights on Hollywood and hellbent to take the world of rock music by storm, JB sneaks out his bedroom window and makes his way to Venice Beach, where he soon meets guitar-strumming slacker KG Kyle Gass. With a future of rock & roll superstardom now well within their reach, JB and KG harness the power of Satan to form hellfire hard rock duo Tenacious D and set out on a quest to achieve musical immortality by stealing the mythical guitar pick said to instill its owner with unprecedented musical prowess.
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Special Features

14 deleted/extended scenes, plus alternate ending and outtakes; 3 hilarious featurettes; "Jump-to-a-Song" feature; Music video
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Editorial Reviews

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Any devoted Tenacious D follower would probably expect the comedy rock band's feature film debut, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, to be the funniest and best movie ever made in the history of cinema. And that's fair. We expect greatness from those who've shown us greatness, and Jack Black and Kyle Gass have done just that in both their music and their HBO series, creating a devilish mix of clever satire, stoner humor, musical in-jokes, and awesome songs that could, by all accounts, succeed on their own if their lyrics weren't about mythical beasts and butt sex. Fans of the D can't really be blamed for setting the bar a little high. Unfortunately, Black -- being a husband, father, and blossoming serious actor -- just didn't have time to make this movie a masterpiece, and he can't really be blamed for that either. So, unable to use Pick of Destiny as a chance to make comedic history, Black and partner Kyle Gass did the next best thing and made a love letter to their fans. As a result, Pick of Destiny gets most of its humor from self-referential jokes, making it basically unwatchable to those who aren't pre-existing devotees -- though that's clearly not who the guys made it for anyway. The plot for the movie is still original, coming up with quality sequences that many a fan has probably fantasized about in the smoky aftermath of a D marathon. These ideas play off well, like showing JB praying to Ronnie James Dio as a child, and switching the dynamic in the band for a while so that KG becomes the asshole. The in-jokes are somewhat less reliable, and some are little more than rehashed bits from the TV series. These come off more as shout-outs than cop-outs, but they're still disappointing. Some references are added in clever and creative ways, though. The D's preoccupation with sasquatch, for instance, works its way into the script in a scenario where JB snacks on some mushrooms for sustenance and embarks on a psilocybin-fueled journey through the forest. This sequence is also a great illustration of how well the music from the D's corresponding album works in context. "Papagenu He's My Sassafrass" otherwise known as the "Sasquatch Is My Dad" song is enjoyable as anarchic madness when it appears on the CD, but performed by JB, dressed as a miniature Yeti while he clings to the back of his full-sized father as they fly through a drug-induced Sid and Marty Krofft-style landscape -- it's just so much more. It would have been nice if Pick of Destiny was a work of comedic innovation, showing mainstream America the genius that lovers of the band had been celebrating for years. What we got isn't half bad, though: two hours of Tenacious D doing what we love them for, wrapped up and presented with a card that -- in my fantasy -- reads: "Thanks for always being there for the D. Love, Rage Cage and Jables."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • UPC: 794043106989
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,606

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black JB
Kyle Gass KG
JR Reed Lee
Fred Armisen Security Guard #2, Security Guard
Troy Gentile Lil' JB
Ned Bellamy Security Guard #1, Security Guard
Ronnie James Dio Dio, Himself
Paul F. Tompkins Open Mic Host
Meat Loaf Bud Black, JB's Father [Uncredited]
Kirk Ward Car Chasing Cop, Gang Leader
Amy Poehler Truck Stop Waitress
Tim Robbins The Stranger
Dave Grohl Satan
Ben Stiller Guitar Centre Guy
Lara Everly Girl
John Ennis Gang Member
V.J. Foster Gang Member
Jay Johnston Gang Member
Colin Hanks Drunk Frat Dude
Stephanie Erb Al's Bar Waitress
Amy Adams Gorgeous Woman
Milos Milicevic Tattooed Biker
Molly Bryant Ecstatic Woman
Michael Rivkin Poopy Guy
Neil Hamburger Stand Up Comic
Patrick Walsh Exploding Head Guy
Bevin Kaye Fainting Woman
Evie Peck KG's Mother
Erik Walker Bully
Cynthia Ettinger Betty Black
Andrew Caldwell Billy Black
Laura Milligan Tarot Card Reader
John C. Reilly Sasquatch [Uncredited]
Mike Nowak Conductor
Technical Credits
Liam Lynch Director, Screenwriter
Maria Baker Art Director
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Juel Bestrop Casting
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Barney Burman Makeup Special Effects
Stuart Cornfeld Producer
Pud Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Kyle Gass Producer, Screenwriter
Andrew Gross Score Composer
Jack Black Producer, Screenwriter
Georgia Kacandes Executive Producer
John King Score Composer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Milos Milicevic Asst. Director
Steve Moramarco Associate Producer
Dayna Pink Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rennie Editor
Michael Scott Camera Operator
Cat Smith Set Decoration/Design
Ben Stiller Executive Producer
Tenacious D Songwriter
Elmo Weber Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Whist Production Designer
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
1. The Beginning
2. The First Meeting
3. The Rescue
4. The Training Begins
5. The Gig Simulator
6. The First Show
7. The Pick of Destiny
8. The Quest Begins
9. The Trip and the Party
10. The Infiltration
11. The Guitarway to Heaven
12. The Return Home
13. The Rock-Off
14. The End
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Deleted/Extended Scenes
         Play All
         Introduction
         Foot Massage
         KB Shows JB Maximum Overthruster
         Army/Navy Surplus Store
         Army/Navy Surplus Store Alternate Ending
         KG's Talk About Friendship
         Diner Scene JB Orders
         KG Gets Dissed by Fraternity Dudes
         "Shake Your Tushy It Will Fall Off" - Long Version
         JB Battles the Evil Fuck Monster
         JB in Air Duct - Long Version
         Lasers - Long Version
         Car Chase
         Brains Into Shit - Alternate Takes
         Alternate Ending
         About Lee's Car
         Outtakes
      Feature Commentary With Jack Black and Kyle Gass
      Feature Commentary With Director Liam Lynch
      The Making of Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny
      In the Studio
      The Making of the Music Video
      Music Video
      Jump to a Song
         Play All
         Kickapoo
         Classico
         Baby
         History
         Master Exploder
         Sasquatch
         Dude (I Totally Miss You)
         Break In City (Storm the Gate!)
         Car Chase City
         Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
         The Pick of Destiny
         The Metal
      Trailers
         Theatrical Trailer
         Teaser Trailer
      Sneek Peeks
   Set Up Options
      Audio Optimized for DVD, No Re-Equalization Required: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround Sound
      Audio Optimized for DVD, No Re-Equalization Required: DTS-ES 5.1 Discrete
      Audio Optimized for DVD, No Re-Equalization Required: Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Select a Scene
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very funny rocker movie!

    This is one of the sparse comedies that has a good and solid storyline and well thought out and developed characters. It is hysterical, but has some references that aren't completely appropriate for children, but you don't really have to worry about one entering the room. I also recommend getting the CD because the songs will be stuck in your head forever. The movie is about a band trying to make it big, and it stars Jack Black and Kyle Gass who are in a great band called Tenacious D -this is true both in and out of the movie- There are also a large number a cameo's including actors like Ben Stiller, and Tim Robbins, as well as Foo Fighter's drummer David Grohl as the devil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable movie, great DVD!

    Funny movie throughout, Jack Black carries his presence throughout the movie, pretty close to how he did in School of Rock. Actually, it is definitely a movie about the duo Tenacious D, so you'll get to see a lot of Kyle Gass in this as well. There are also great cameos by the likes of Amy Pohler, Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller (not to mention some band drummer who had his body painted all red). DVD extras include extended scenes, commentaries by the band and the producer Liam Lynch, and Online extras I haven't been able to try yet. The commentaries are particularly entertaining, but admittedly it is best enjoyed by fans of the band (lots of references to their HBO show and a few famous music videos).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what?

    Simple fart and private parts jokes abound in a rediculous musical made specifically for the enebriated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie KICKS @$$

    The D are the shizznit folks. Beelzeboss (played by Dave Grohl) was AWESOME. I'm so buying this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some laughs,but not a lot!

    Jack Black is a great actor and this movie was not bad.I was suprised that it was even good,but there is some scenes that weren't great.It is a movie about two guys who go find a ancient guitar pick that is suppose to bring them destiny and on the way they see strange things and go to weird places.As a movie it isn't bad,but isn't the best movie either.I think Jack Black is great in this movie,but he has done better things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Easily the best movie of ALL TIME!!!!!

    Everything you'd expect from The D is in this movie: Sasquatch, the devil, side splitting comedy, and, of course, the best music ever composed! Any fan of Tenacious D will have this movie in their house within 5 days of the release date, and all their friends and family, as well. it's that good!!! BUY THIS MOVIE!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS F-INGMOVIE! LADIES AND GENTS: TENACIOUS D!

    It's good. "really" good. The best musical of all time. I want to have the pick of destiny on dvd now!

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