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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pearl Jam: Twenty DVD Review

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Pearl Jam: Twenty DVD Review

Synopsis: In honor of Pearl Jam s twentieth anniversary, Academy Award®-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe created a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage. Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band s formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely seen and never before seen footage spanning the band s career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

Review: Pearl Jam is one of the few bands to survive the 1990s and the grunge movement.  Eddie Vedder has been a source of controversy many times in his career and this has really kept the band more interesting.  They were very outspoken during the Bush administration and about their feelings on the war and have stayed relevant against all odds.  This documentary, done by the great Cameron Crowe and it shows!  The documentary is in-depth, personal and intimate.  Its a great look at the band with a wonderful mixture of their music and backstage moments and interviews.

DVD includes the feature-length documentary plus 26 minutes of never-before-seen bonus features.

Interest Range: Music