DVD Review Round Up – July 2012

Swingers, Glastonbury, Kasabian...
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Read a round up of Clash's DVD reviews for July 2012 including 'Glastonbury The Movie In Flashback', 'Kasabian Live! At The O2', 'Rampart', 'Swingers', 'The Raconteurs: Live In Montreux 2008' and 'The Stones In The Park'.

GLASTONBURY THE MOVIE IN FLASHBACK
IN CINEMAS NOW / ON DVD IN AUGUST
(15) NOVEMBER FILMS



Capturing the sights (new-age hippies, DIY haircuts), sounds (The Lemonheads, The Verve, shamanic techno) and smells (cider, malfunctioning toilets), of the UK's premiere fest; this video diary doc beams us back to the heady summer of 1993. The trip has plenty to recommend it, with some neat editing techniques and sound mixing on show. What stands out most of all however, is how naive it all seems in contrast to the mega businesses that Glasto and others have become.

7/10

Words by ROBERT W. MONK


KASABIAN LIVE! AT THE O2
OUT NOW
(E) EAGLE ROCK



Emphasising close-up shots allows this document of Kasabian’s tour in support of ‘Velociraptor’ an intimacy that can easily be lost in the gaping chasm of an arena show. Complemented by a rich, beefy sound and a creative light show that reaches its full potential when utilising sci-fi influences, the live footage certainly lives up to expectations. The accompanying 30 minute documentary, I Hear Voices, focuses on behind the scenes footage, with the band’s force of personality coming to the fore.

8/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS


RAMPART
JULY 9TH
(15) STUDIO CANAL



Woody Harrelson gives a masterclass in understated menace in Oren Moverman’s compelling account of the real-life corruption scandal that plagued the LAPD in the mid ‘90s. Chronicling the downfall of a veteran cop coming to face the consequences of his chequered career, Harrelson’s depiction of a man of the brink makes for a fascinating character study. But while Moverman’s direction affords the film some impressive visual panache, the objectivity of James Ellroy’s screenplay negates any tangible emotional investment in its reprehensible anti-hero.

7/10

Words by PAUL WEEDON


SWINGERS
JULY 16TH
(15) LIONSGATE



Now debuting on Blu-ray, this blokey anti-romcom made a star of its coolest cat Vince Vaughn (Trent), while heartbroken lead Jon Favreau (Mike) now directs blockbusters. As stereotypically nineties as grunge, Swingers is a high class Los Angeles bar crawl hosted by a crew of sharp-witted but generally unemployed actors. A cautionary tale of how not to approach dating or a trip to Vegas (baby), the gang’s dialogue is some of the funniest of the era. In fact, it’s so fuckin’ money.

8/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS


THE RACONTEURS: LIVE IN MONTREUX 2008
OUT NOW
(E) EAGLE ROCK



A bizarrely timed release from Jack White’s rock outfit, this live set, filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2008, sees the group turn in an enthusiastic performance in support of their second album ‘Consolers of the Lonely’. It’s a decidedly mixed bag of tunes, with single ‘Steady As She Goes’ garnering the most enthusiasm from an otherwise passive audience. But while fans are bound to lap up what’s on offer, it’s unlikely to do anything for the unconverted.

5/10

Words by PAUL WEEDON


THE STONES IN THE PARK
OUT NOW
(E) NETWORK RELEASING



The Rolling Stones announced a free show in Hyde Park in the summer of 1969 to debut new guitarist Mick Taylor. What should’ve been a celebration turned far more sombre when Taylor’s predecessor Brian died just days before the performance. Now debuting on Blu-ray, this film intersperses roughly half of the set with brief interview footage. Featuring an energising guest appearance from Ginger Johnson’s African Drummers, this otherwise understandably reserved and under-rehearsed show certainly isn’t one of the Stones’ best.

6/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS

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