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The Jewel in the Crown: Unauthorized
The Jewel in the Crown Unauthorized
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004     1hr 48min

This complete unathorized DVD biography includes exclusive and previously unseen film footage and in-depth interviews with those that worked closely with Morrissey during his career, including interviews with Stephen Stree...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Morrissey & The Smiths
Studio: Mvd Visual
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Interesting....could be better.
V. Seah | 11/27/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Firstly, there are no Smiths/Morrissey songs or music in this documentary. Afterall, it is an unauthorized piece.

Secondly, expect lots of interviews. Can be quite boring at times, ie when Stephen Street and Vini Reilly going back and forth arguing who has the rights to the songs blah blah blah.

Thirdly, this documentary does cover up til You Are the Quarry. But only in the last 10 mins of the show.

Overall, it's an interesting piece but could be better."
An Unoffical Crown
General Breadbasket | 11/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Morrissey: The Jewel in the Crown" is a 108 minute unauthorized documentary on Morrissey's solo career, from "Viva Hate", album by album to "You Are The Quarry". It was a little rough in places, but it was a pretty interesting documentary.

Being an unauthorized documentary, there is no music from Morrissey or his former band the Smiths played in the film. Instead, there's some Smiths sound-a-like music that fills interludes here and there. It doesn't overwhelm the background, and isn't played all the time, which is all right. The interviews are pretty interesting, including producer Stephen Street, guitarist Craig Gannon, "Kill Uncle's" Mark Nevin, and a few music journalists and biographers. They discuss the making of albums and singles, various gigs, Morrissey's infamous "Union Jack" incident of 1992, and bandmember politics and legal woes. The discussions about that particular topic was a side to the British music scene, and of Britain itself, that I had never really thought about before. It's quite nasty in a subdued sort of way, all the bickering over who wrote what with Morrissey and how someone else is bending the truth. It's really hard to say who is, that's the strange thing.

It was curious the way the musicians talked about their encounters with Morrissey, too. Through their eyes, he is a man who is rather shy, whose prone to going red with embarassment when something unexpected happens. He's an unconventional songwriter, who doesn't do quite what his co-writers plan or would expect him to do. Morrissey's still really mysterious though, to me anyway. It's like there's always stuff that doesn't quite add up, and he's gone and hidden the calculators. There's an interview with Morrissey as well, taken from a British TV show around the time of promotion "You are the Quarry", but it's fairly short and at the end of the film. In it, he's pretty open and "mellow" (to quote Mark Nevin).

Special features include a Morrissey quiz and a discography, which is a little inaccurate ("You are the Quarry" is written in it as "I Am the Quarry", for instance).

It's worth a look for Morrissey fans, just keep in mind it is unauthorized. On that level, it's really pretty decent, great selection of interviews, even if they ramble on in that British way every now and then."
The best thing about this dvd is the picture on the cover
Stalwart Kreinblaster | Xanadu | 02/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I love Morrissey, obviously - or i wouldn't have watched this, but as a documentary this one is a sleeper.. Details from Morrissey's career are nice, but the reliance on the twitter-twatter of past producers and alienated bandsmen leaves us feeling that we are not seeing too much of the man Morrissey really is.. I do like the descriptions of how he lives his life - rearanging furniture to confuse guests and so forth - but with no actual footage or music from Morrissey - or at least interviews with him - we feel like we are learning nothing..."