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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

 -  Documentary | Music  -  30 July 2004 (USA)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

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Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica's making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process. The directors shot over 1200 hours and followed the band around night and day for over a year to create this documentary. Written by Mathias Nielsen

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$46,359 (USA) (9 July 2004)

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All the footage for the film was comprised of 1600 hours of footage and was cut down to 2 Hours and 20 minutes. See more »

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Kirk Hammett: So what's Jason's role in all this?
James Hetfield: What? Who?
Marc Reiter: OK, fine, I mean... But I don't think Jason has any role.
Cliff Burnstein: He lost his icon status when he left Metallica.
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By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by Creeping Death Music (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music (Canada) Ltd./Mahina Hoku Publishing (SOCAN),
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Great documentary - but it hurts
6 April 2005 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

This is probably the first documentary about Metallica that didn't make you feel good. All of the older documentaries show a band that was personable and fun-loving, rocking like no one else can. They showed us the Metallica we were proud to call ourselves fans of. But with Some Kind of Monster , we see a band full of weather-beaten rock stars, burned out (an understatement), tired, desperate, and aggravated. It broke my heart to watch this, but it was a damn fine documentary.

Frankly, I'm glad this was released. Because the average semi-informed fan of Metallica (like myself), has only seen the headlines over the past ten years - which served to make the band look like they were becoming complete pricks. I love Metallica. But the wall of negative stuff that was thrown at us in the past decade has tainted our view of the band. This documentary straightens some of it out. While I don't believe that was the goal of the film, it is a fortunate side-effect.

I know the Metallica of the 80's is gone - beer flying, 9-minute epic metal songs, and the long hair - but hopefully, our favorite rockers still have the fire within to bring us a few more great albums. Metallica showed the world that heavy metal (and I mean *heavy*) didn't have to use gimmicks and make-up to be mainstream. All it needed was the right attitude and talented musicians to play it. I've seen them live nearly 20 times. Nobody can do it like Metallica. Nobody.


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