American Idiot is the Grammy award-winning album which cemented the superstar status of Green Day and transformed the group into global superstars capable of filling the biggest stadiums on earth. Featuring rare concert fo... more »otage and the reflections of the band along side the views of a leading team of music critics and studio insiders, this is the independent critical review of the album that rocked the world the how and why of American Idiot and how it works its magic.« less
"I thought a "critical review" of American Idiot would involve music critics and historians discussing the rock opera genre and where AI fits into it, the history of political protest in punk, the development of AI from Green Day's earlier work and how their musical influences are reflected or departed from in this album, etc. I got none of that from this DVD. It's five or six random people saying banal or idiotic things about the album. None of them seems more than vaguely aware that AI even tells a story, much less has anything to say about the characters or the narrative structure. They helpfully inform us that AI is "political". They identify Green Day's influences as the Ramones and the Buzzcocks (and that's it, apparently). Perhaps more to the point, half the performance footage of the band is from MTV's Storytellers and the rest is from random German and Italian MTV performances. There's nothing special about the footage and no original interviews. In sum: NO ONE should bother with this. Buy Bullet in a Bible. Or just set $15 on fire."
Not What I Expected
David C. Sloan | Denver, CO USA | 12/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's my fault, I'm sure, but I thought I was ordering a DVD with real concert footage and then people talking about what they saw. What I got was 5-15 seconds of concert footage of Greenday, footage of other bands playing old stuff, and a bunch of Brits talking about why they did or didn't like that part of the CD for minutes on end. It was very hard to even pay attention to the concert footage because of the way the DVD is edited (multi-screens showing at the same time). For me, I felt this was a waste of my money, but that's me.
Some of the good parts were seeing some rare footage of The Ramones and then guitar lessons, but other then that felt like I got ripped off on this one."
You are really looking for "Bullet In A Bible" not this wast
L. Cardenas | 12/26/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Misleading DVD. Should not even be sold by Amazon. If you want the Green Day concert DVD, buy "Bullet In A Bible".
This DVD is basically a DVD of Critics talking about the band with minimal concert footage. A waste of time and money. Bad gift for a Green Day fan."
The biggest waste of money
A. Fritsch | Corvallis, OR United States | 12/23/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Green Day fan, no... even half a Green Day fan. This poorly made, uninteresting DVD offers you no additional information or insight into Green Day or the albulm. Every piece of information can be extracted from Green Day web sites and interviews. It was pointless and the worst output of money I have ever done. I believe it is a concoction of some Brits who wanted to cash in on Green Day's fame."
Leave American Idiot to American Idiots!!
Melissa M. Conley | 01/06/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Ok dvd, a lot of performance footage. The critical review howerever leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the critics made sense, but I disagreed with what some of them had to say about American Idiot, which is one of my favorite albums of all time. And although I have nothing against the English, I feel very strongly that the review of an album about what it's like to grow up in America, should be left up to people who actally grew up in America."