Actor, performer, and multi-platinum rock icon Meat Loaf reveals surprising shades of himself - and a fertile creative mind in constant flux - in this intimate and highly-entertaining theatrical feature documentary. The time is early 2007, one of the most stressful in Meat Loaf's career, when he is about to launch his most ambitious tour ever: an 18 month long marathon to support Bat Out of Hell III, the final album of the legendary "Bat" trilogy (first two albums had combined sales of over 55 million- two of the biggest selling albums of all time). His exhausting - and often poignant - journey takes him from Burbank, California through the first leg of his tour through Canada. Along the way, an unexpected media controversy erupts over the staging of one of his songs - a controversy that raises questions about his art, his age, his relevance - and brings into focus the drive (and demons) that have fueled his over-the-top stage persona for almost 40 years. MEAT LOAF: IN SEARCH OF ... Written by
There have been many videos and DVD's like this, usually about a legendary performer doing shows or interviews. This film is about Meatloaf as he prepares to embark on an 18 month tour with his band. You get the meet him, and you have to admire his drive and dedication. His band, which includes former Utopia bassist Kasim Sultan, is very professional and give little insights into him. The man itself is 59 when this film was done, and he looks pretty good, but the shows understandably exhaust him (they even did in the 70's, he is that kind of performer). Obstensibly, though, this is for fans. I would have liked to see more music, thats what people go to see. This is not really a retrospective, because if it was they'd probably try to get Todd Rundgren (producer of "Bat Out Of Hell") and the Loaf's former partner, Jim Steinman. I am not a big fan, but I respect the man, and he really cares about his music. He deserves the success he has had, and this is a pretty good documentary of him. I saw it in High Definition, which is recommended.
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