DVDs of Note
The Sub-Pop Video Network, Vol. 1 DVD was released on Tuesday. Originally issued on VHS in 1991, the collection includes videos from Nirvana, Mudhoney, and (of course) the Afghan Whigs.
Mudhoney-Here Comes Sickness
The Fluid-Black Gloves
Mark Lanegan-Ugly Sunday
The Walkabouts-Ahead of the Storm
Beat Happening-Hot Chocolate Boy
Afghan Whigs-Sister Brother
Seaweed-One Out of Four
The Headcoats-Girl of Matches
A Decade Under the Influence, a documentary film released by IFC, was the last work of director Ted Demme. Demme directed several Afghan Whigs videos as well as the movie Beautiful Girls, which featured the band. In addition to a professional relationship, Demme was a good friend of Greg Dulli. Much of the new Twilight Singers album, Blackberry Belle, is a response to Demme’s passing.
The DVD was released on September 30 of this year.
A summary, from All Movie Guide, can be read in the extended entry.
In the late ’60s, American culture experienced a period of change as the youth movement challenged conventional attitudes about politics, sex, drugs, and gender issues, while the advancement of the Vietnam War found many citizens questioning the actions and wisdom of their government for the first time. As American attitudes continued to evolve, so did the American film industry; as costly big-budget blockbusters nearly brought the major studios to the brink of collapse, smaller and more personal films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, and Five Easy Pieces demonstrated there was a ready audience for bold and challenging entertainment. As the ’60s faded into the 1970s, American cinema moved into an exciting period of creativity and stylistic innovation, which led to such landmark films as The Godfather, MASH, The Last Picture Show, Shampoo, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown, and Taxi Driver, and new freedom for directors and screenwriters. Ironically, however, it was another pair of big-budget blockbusters directed by students of the new wave of filmmaking — Jaws and Star Wars — which brought the studios back to power and put an end to Hollywood’s flirtation with offbeat creativity. A Decade Under the Influence is a documentary which explores the rise and fall of new American filmmaking in the 1970s, and features interviews with many of the key directors, screenwriters, and actors whose work typified the movement, including Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Roger Corman, Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight, and Julie Christie. A Decade Under the Influence received its world premier at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and an expanded version of the film was later shown on the premium cable outlet The Independent Film Channel; the documentary was the final work of co-director Ted Demme, who died shortly before the film was completed. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide