Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Arcade Fire, Ash, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Director: Drew Thomas
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Coachella, the feature length film based on America's premiere showcase for alternative, cutting-edge music, comes to DVD filled with one classic performance after another gathered from the 6-year history of the festival. ... more »
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Perry Farrell, why have you forsaken us?
Invisigoth | Minneapolis | 07/11/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"... Heck, I'd settle for John Popper and the return of HORDEfest.
Sweet Jesus, there are not enough words in the English language to describe how painful this DVD is. Apparently produced by hyperactive 22 year olds drinking caseloads of Red Bull, this DVD pretty much encapsulates what is wrong with the empty TV of MTV. Pandering to the ADD crowd, the camera never lingers for more than 2.4 seconds on any one scene. What the hell, were they paying their camera guys by the minute? Performances are interspersed with spoken interviews and the camera occassionally focuses on a concertgoer who is singing along with the band onstage ('cause, man, you know... everyone was having so much fun!).
If you've ever been to a concert and felt embarrassed for having something in common with your fellow concertgoers, then you should definitely not watch this DVD. Callous youth have never seemed so vapid. It would be excusable if these kids were stoned or drunk or under SOME chemical influence while making so many stupid comments but I'm sorry to say that they appeared quite straightedge.
As other reviewers have noted, this is the crux of the issue. The DVD attempts to give the crowd their fifteen minutes of fame rather than focus on the music performances. (People, it's about you! You're all stars! You have the power to make a difference and you're young and beautiful and edgy and fun! Now go buy a $40 t-shirt and a $10 bottle of Smart Water!)
Note to the girl dancing onstage during the Belle and Sebastian performance: you should really sue the producers for raping you of your dignity."
Save your money
Grant Macmillan | South Carolina, USA | 04/29/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this with much anticipation over what I had heard was a good music movie. This couldn't be more wrong. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when the first hi-speed images of stages being built came on the screen. That's pretty much the mentality of this film, it's unbelievably cliched use of tired music movie tricks. It may have well as been an Allman brothers movie or Garth Brooks, for that matter. The use of Woodstock-style split screen effects (which seem to be abandoned early on) are ridiculous. There are a few decent performances, most notably Bjork and Radiohead, but for my money, I'll buy one of their DVDs. Perhaps that's the only way I can avoid having to listen to burnt out morons like Perry Farrell wax philosophical about how music festivals can save the world. There's no need for footage of people in tents; it's not interesting. More footage of bands playing music is what we want. And that is the fundamental problem with this movie-not enough performances. So many good bands, what a waste."
In the days of the box set,
Jason L. Baucom | Sunrise, Florida United States | 06/09/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah it's got the mood there fella but really lacks the fullness I was looking for. A great video would have at least had 3 songs per performance. Morrissey's song was cut and that was dissapointing. I got the film to see that and it was like 2 min 25 seconds long. OK.
This video is really just a preview of what could have been and isn't. Rent. Don't buy."
How To Fritter Away An Awesome Music Documentary Opportunity
The Wasp | Australia | 05/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Pre-empting the imminent release of a film surrounding the awesome UK festival Glastonbury, California's music event most closely aligned with its English counterpart is here given similar documentary treatment. A lack of linear progression or narration means that the footage contains none of the flair that appearances from acts such as The Pixies, Radiohead and Morrissey should create. Songs are rarely featured in their entirety, unrelated genres are unsympathetically banked up against each other and the whole project becomes an aimless souvenir tribute that segregates against viewers who haven't experienced this festival held on polo fields in a man-made oasis. The Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner and The Arcade Fire try to lighten proceedings, but this is a scrambled opportunity.
The DVD extras include additional photographs, a colour booklet and interviews with bands such as Ben Harper, The Dresden Dolls and The Libertines, none of whom actually feature on the documentary itself. What a bloody waster."