In 1966, producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafaelson come up with the idea of creating a TV show that would feature the American answer to the Beatles, The Monkees. Eventually, four young men are chosen for the roles, Mickey Dolenz the former child TV star, the stage actor Davey Jones and the musicians, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. With the aid of a successful music producer and able TV promotion, the Monkees become a sensation. However, that success is tainted, to the chagrin of the band, as they find themselves labeled as talentless phonies. This film covers the band's frustrating struggle to prove their detractors wrong as they struggle to earn some artist legitimacy. Whether it's by learning to excel as a band or experimenting with wild ideas for their show and film, Head, nothing seems to work. Meanwhile the band have their internal tensions as various members struggle to decide what is really important to them, simple material success, or having real artistic respect for their ... Written by
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As a movie, <i>Daydream Believers</i> seemed rather hastily put together, especially in terms of the script. This is, perhaps, not the most informative or accurate bit you'll ever see about the Monkees. However, the movie succeeds in telling a good story and championing the Monkees for their talent as entertainers <i>and</i> as musicians, as well as explaining with clarity some of the things about the Monkees that are commonly misunderstood. It receives bonus points for very good casting, and for prominently featuring “All of Your Toys,” one of the Monkees’ great “lost” songs (and among the first the Monkees recorded together as a real band).
Where the movie is good, the DVD is great—not for any spectacular audio/video presentation, but in the extras. Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork each have their own commentary tracks, on which they discuss various points on Monkee history from their own points-of-view. These are very revealing and informative, and bless the movie for providing the platform for the Monkees to comment on the types of things that never come up in interviews. But if you want interviews, the DVD also delivers rather lengthy ones by the three participating Monkees. New Concorde should be commended for getting Monkee participation on this disc. It transformed a somewhat inconsequential (albeit entertaining) movie into something really worthwhile.
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