Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kiss Loves You|
Director: Jim Heneghan
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Ten years in the making, KISS Loves You is a film that began back in 1994 when the band KISS was at a career low and KISS fans around the world were starting tribute bands, uniting at unofficial KISS Conventions and growin... more »
AlleyCat Advocat | Sparta, NJ USA | 09/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I say that as a compliment: this expertly edited and "come full circle" document of a group of KISS fans, their trials and tribulations with the outside world and with each other- is filmed so deftly, and it is absolutely hilarious. The satire is not lost, even for someone who might not be a fan of the band, but anyone who is a fan and has waded these waters might see themselves in the film.....I hope we see more from this filmaker- highly reccomended.*****"
Amazingly well done
Poor White Trash | 12/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this video is very well done. It is, basically, a circular review of the tribute bands (Strutter, Hotter Than Hell, etc.) AND, most importantly, how the original Kiss members, despite the rhetoric of "we'd do anything for the fans," ends up being, truthfully, requoted as "We'd do anything for the fans. . .as long as their is a dollar in it for US." Be forwarned, when you watch how Kiss goes to one of the conventions, and, in front of everybody, starts to take back "their" stuff, throwing it in boxes, claiming it was stolen from them. While that is true, couldn't they have waited until the closing of the convention, and gone in, with the police, after hours, and stocked up on the stolen goods INSTEAD of doing it in front of the fans--who didn't know it was stolen? When Paul is given a plaque by a little 4 year old boy, and then leaves the wooden plaque behind, on the sound board, it looks REALLY bad. . .You will no longer see Kiss for the super-heroes they want people to believe they are. . .but sadly, you see them as fractured humans, in love of money and fame, whose real drive is not music, nor the dream they gave hundreds of fans of "believing in themselves" but whose real drive is the almightly dollar. There are no more loyal fans than Kiss fans; this video is VERY well done. . .but beware: poetic justice is served to all of us fans on a BIG FAT PLATE of arrogance. Sad. . .but MANY Kiss fans, who in one way or another, have felt jilted by the band, will identify with the contents of this video. Remember, they are human, too, and to look-up to 4 flawed humans, will only deliver spoiled pie. Well done. 5 stars out of 5 Stars."
Julian A. Schulz | Boston, MA | 02/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Purchasing this DVD, the subject matter seemed intriguing, but i had low expectations, overall.
However, after viewing, i came away extremely impressed with the film & 8th grade films.
The footage of Todd Youth in his Hell's kitchen (literally), and Dick Manitoba were worth the price alone, yet this well paced & thought out documentary provided so much more.
The rivalry between two top KISS tribute bands was fascinating & mirrored the fractured relationships in the actual KISS.
Ace Frehley fanatic, Baker, had an interesting story of his own, with his real life bond with his hero & the subsequent rejection he endured.
Simmons & Stanley raiding an innocent Kiss convention like the NYPD illustrates just how much these members truly cherish their beloved army of followers.
All in all, a great viewing of the troubled relationships between fans & their heroes, and the connection that binds them together.
The extras are loaded on the DVD, as well, with some rare 1976 footage of Kiss tearing it up in their heyday.
Not like "Trekkies" with KISS
Mel Zorro | 03/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary gets some emotion out of you, that's for sure. I bought it expecting to laugh at crazy KISS fans, but really it created the opposite reaction.
Maybe I'm too close to the source material, being a semi-fanatical KISS Army member myself, as I found this to be a real downer. But a very well done and interesting downer, with a few funny moments.
Here were the high/low points:
-The "KISS Family" was pretty wacky, it seemed like the Dad was the ring leader and the rest of the family was being dragged along for the ride (or brainwashed, in the case of the Paul Stanley obsessed son). Even non-family gets roped in when "Felix" as Vinnie Vincent joins up.
-The "War of the Tribute Bands" is interesting and has a nice wrap-up, although the drummer/roadie for Hotter Than Hell looks so road weary at the end, you just feel sorry for the guy.
-Bill Baker's story really shows the dangers of idolizing your heroes. He got to live the dream of being "friends" with Ace-but ended up being "dumped". Really though, Bill appears to just have an obsessive personality, as he quickly moves on to idolizing Elvis-a hero that can't hurt or let him down.
Other highlights include:
-"Nerdy Gene" at the convention who seems to take no pleasure in being a KISS fan, apparently it's serious business.
-Hearing that the "Paul Stanley Kid" is now 13 and listens to Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
-The silent 8mm footage of a Hotter Than Hell/Dressed to Kill show.
I recommend this DVD to even the casual KISS fan, as it really places the role of KISS in perspective. KISS rocks, KISS is fun, but maybe not the best thing to build your life around.
Buy it and shed a tear or two...or not.