Where is the Chesterfield King?

Overview

This shot-on-video comedy starring garage rock revivalists the Chesterfield Kings arrives on DVD in a release that confirms home video is the ideal vehicle for this purposefully goofy bit of fan fodder. Where Is The Chesterfield King? has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The image has been overlaid with film scratches and emulsion spots to give it the look of an old movie, but that doesn't prevent the material from resembling a home video or a public access television project ...
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Overview

This shot-on-video comedy starring garage rock revivalists the Chesterfield Kings arrives on DVD in a release that confirms home video is the ideal vehicle for this purposefully goofy bit of fan fodder. Where Is The Chesterfield King? has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The image has been overlaid with film scratches and emulsion spots to give it the look of an old movie, but that doesn't prevent the material from resembling a home video or a public access television project more than anything else, though in context it often lends the proceedings an endearingly amateur vibe that meshes with the goofball humor. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1; the musical sequences sound fine, though the dialogue recording is occasionally just as clunky as the photography. The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Bonus material featured on this edition includes four songs culled from live performances by the Chesterfield Kings, a music video for the song "Where Do We Go From Here" featuring former Paul Revere and the Raiders vocalist Mark Lindsay (the same performance appears in the movie proper, but in black and white), a trailer for the movie, and footage from the movie's premiere screening. Fans of the Kings will get a chuckle out of this (and enjoy the live stuff), though others will probably find that the charm wears off quickly.
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Special Features

Chesterfield Kings live in Spain; Music video; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Joe Viglione
Having a movie soundtrack to go along with the music of beloved bands is a superb concept and with a group as accessible and fun as The Chesterfield Kings such a film should be easy to make. Just string a bunch of performances together like an episode of The Monkees and add any type of silly storyline to connect that music together. Alas, what our heroes do with this video adventure is exactly the opposite, they put great music next to a script which rivals Plan 9 from Outer Space, and add some strained Three Stooges madness that falls flat. Watching it is...painful...even when Mark Lindsay makes a guest appearance. The grainy texture to the DVD is actually quite appealing, and all the elements for an underground smash are in this bow, it is just that the arrow misses the mark. The original 2001 Motion Picture release comes with extras that are so cool you will find yourself watching them instead of the flick. Those extras include a manic and psychedelic low-fi couple of 1997 performances from The El Sol Club in Madrid, Spain, "Rock n' Roll Murder" from the Bilbo Club in Spain that same year with the boys sounding like The Gizmos on bad acid, while the 1999 "Freak Out" from Rochester New York is definitely your Saturday night fly-on-the-wall camera having convulsions. There's a great music video of "Where Do We Go From Here" featuring Mark Lindsay, thirteen minutes of footage from the world premiere of the feature film held on September 30, 2000, and a trailer to the movie -- which is all the fun stuff Chesterfield Kings fans are really looking for. The promo says "It's Ed Wood meets A Hard Days Night and, sadly, it leans more towards the Ed Wood end of the spectrum. The songs sprinkled throughout the movie have that Flamin' Groovies sound which is one of their key selling points, and that is where the group truly shines. If only they had more performances and shorter vignettes, but that's OK, Where Is The Chesterfield King?!?! gets a B+ for effort and let's hope Greg Prevost and the boys try it again...only this time with a real script.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • UPC: 022891446590
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Mvd Visual
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 95,574

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Where Is the Chesterfield King?
1. Countdown [:11]
2. Flight to Earth [:50]
3. Titles [1:56]
4. True Story [:42]
5. Can I Help You? [4:13]
6. Magic Door [1:16]
7. The Plan Revealed [:47]
8. The Serfs [1:06]
9. Combat [1:23]
10. Where Do We Go From Here? [3:17]
11. Captured! [:43]
12. Inside the Evil Lair [3:50]
13. Sick of Waiting [1:16]
14. London [5:06]
15. Intermission [:47]
16. Wrong From Right [2:55]
17. Part Three, Later That Day [1:11]
18. The Law Around Here [1:21]
19. Give Me Hairpiece! [:52]
20. Hawaii [3:14]
21. Hong Kong [2:20]
22. Where's My Vehicle [1:06]
23. So Simple [:27]
24. Santy Claus [:57]
25. Liquored Up [:49]
26. Bubber O'Reilly [:33]
27. Record Label [2:43]
28. Niagara Falls [2:58]
29. Telepathic Powers [2:19]
30. Shelby GT 356 [2:41]
31. Mod-a-Go-Go Space Threads [1:23]
32. Goofball in a White Suit [:34]
33. World Famous Director [3:17]
34. Untie Me! [2:14]
35. I Walk in Darkness [2:49]
36. Epilogue [1:30]
37. Credits [3:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Where Is the Chesterfield King?
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Live With the Chesterfield Kings
         Johnny Volume
         Somethin' Else
         Rock N' Roll Murder
         Freak-Out
      Music Video - Where Do We Go From Here?
      From the Film Premiere at George Eastman House, Dryden Theater
      Movie Trailer
   Audio
      Stereo
      5.1 Surround
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great B-movie for the Garage Rock scene

    Imagine a movie in the tradition of "A Hard Day's Night" or the Monkees television shows but with a different group and a whole lot of attitude. That's this movie. Shot around the world in various exotic locations and their hometown of Rochester, NY, the Chesterfield Kings light up the (small) screen with their own take on B-grade scifi rock n' roll movies. While the visual quality of the acting segment seems a little low budget even for aficianados of the genre, this is offset by the quality music videos interspersed throughout. The visual style of each musical segment is based on the different forms that early music video took at that point in time.

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