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Drive Well, Sleep Carefully - On the Road with Death Cab for Cutie
Drive Well Sleep Carefully - On the Road with Death Cab for Cutie
Actors: Benjamin Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Chris Walla
Director: Justin Mitchell
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005     2hr 7min

Gibbard Tunes Up — What Filmmaker Justin Mitchell captured in Drive Well, Sleep Carefully is a hybrid concert film and meditation on the strange loneliness and lure of touring. In the spring of 2004, Death Cab for Cutie wer...  more »


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Actors: Benjamin Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Chris Walla
Director: Justin Mitchell
Creators: Jesse Burden, Justin Mitchell, Andrew Dreskin, Chris Ronis, Gary Hustwit
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: Plexifilm
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/26/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 07/26/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent, thoughtful DVD
C. Mackey | Somerville, MA United States | 07/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not many "indie" bands get to have their own DVD, especially one of this quality. From start to finish "Drive Well, Sleep Carefully" is a joy for any fan of Death Cab or indie music. The interviews are very insightful (and often times funny) and the music is just awesome. Death Cab sound a lot different live than on record (read: heavier), and it is really great to watch such a finely tuned band play with eachother, giving new dimensions to their songs(new & old alike). Definitely worth a purchase!"
Drive Well, Sleep Carefully
DrumJ8 | 03/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had a Death Cab for Cutie phase, so this DVD was perfect. If you're only semi into them, or only like a few songs, you might not like the DVD. If they're at the top or near the top of your list of good music these days, I'd recommend it."
Why you'd want to watch this
ebmAddikt | Portland Oregon | 12/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Every rock band needs to make at least one tour video like this! Drive Well, Sleep Carefully portrays an honest and humble perspective of the band playing at sell-out venues accross the country. What I find really great about this film is, for one, the live songs are not from one single showing, and the track listing on the back cover tells you which city the song is played in. Another is that throughout the video you get to see and hear the band talk about life as a rock band, or life in general, and they may sometimes comment about the song they're about to play or tell you which up-coming movie they're excited to see - it's very fun to watch the band just be themselves having fun and admitting that they're just ordinary people like everyone else.

In addition to this, there are plenty good extras to burn your time away for 41 minutes. One of my favorites is the band practice for Stability - anyone who's ever been in a band can relate to just zoning out and getting lost in a few good measures of music played in a seemingnly endless cycle... that's now captured here on video! :) Altho obviously cut short (10 minutes), Im sure the band carried on for at least another hour.

I Did Not Know Who They Were When I Watched This
volto | MN, USA | 07/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this last night on the Encore channel and am looking this group up for the first time. So in a sense I'm reviewing this film purely, with no previous notion of who they are. I thought it was a very honest portrail, and showed a beautifully unpolished side of this group, a group which I've only heard as hit songs on the radio until last night. I was struck by how different they sound at live shows. More grinding, organic and when I listened to deeper songs than what I have heard on the radio, their rhythems are really interesting, especially to a musician like me. It's a great thing when I can hear many different layers of things going on in a song. They play loose and tight at the same time. I was impressed with their character too. They seemed very gratious, for example, saying several years ago they couldn't have imagined that they would go from having a little van to a giant tour bus, let alone a need for a bus. I was encouraged by discussion about their song "We Looked Like Giants", how when you are a kid your opportunities seem unlimited and as we get older some of those opportunities become less and less. I was glad someone else felt the same way. I like how the film goes back and forth between songs and interview. And like a previous review said the film matches some of the tour footage really nicely with songs.

Well, this film was good enough to a) stop me from flipping through channels and watch it till the end, b) look up their songs on the internet the next morning, c) write a review about the film. So with that considered i'd say it's a great film, especially for anyone who wants a little more depth in their music. I think I'm going to have some fun now discovering the different songs I liked from the film, this morning I had the song "Transatlanticism" in mind to look up, because I liked the distant drum beat."