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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | September 2004 (USA)
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The video contains old footage of Metallica concerts as well as a performance of the song in Metallica's San Francisco headquarters which is included in its entirety on the St. Anger DVD.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Metallica ... Themselves
Lars Ulrich ... Self
Kirk Hammett ... Self
Robert Trujillo ... Self
James Hetfield ... Self
Echobrain Echobrain ... Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ansaldo Michael Ansaldo ... Self
Eric Avery Eric Avery ... Self
Uwe Bradke Uwe Bradke ... Self
Cliff Burnstein Cliff Burnstein ... Self
Cliff Burton ... Self (archive footage)
Crazy Cabbie Crazy Cabbie ... Self
Martin Carlsson Martin Carlsson ... Self
Stefan Chirazi Stefan Chirazi ... Self
Knut Claussen Knut Claussen ... Self
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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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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,359, 11 July 2004

Gross USA:

$1,222,708

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,980,444
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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According to 'James Hetfield' Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) was originally to be a 6 part mini-series for VH1 inspired by the success of MTV's The Osbournes (2002). However, after seeing much of the footage the band felt this was not a direction they wanted to take their careers and bought out VH1's rights to the material and made the film as you see it today. See more »

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Jason Newsted: At that time, the managers suggested that we have a psychotherapist come in. A man that meets with pro ball teams, you know - big-ego, big-dollar guys that can't get along, but have to make some kind of entity flow, so everybody else and everybody can make the money. And, uh, I actually said, "I think that this is really fucking *lame* - weak - that we cannot get together. Us! Look - the *biggest heavy band of all time*! The things we've been through and decisions we've made... about squillions...
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Some Kind of Monster
Performed by Metallica
Written by James Hetfield (as Hetfield), Lars Ulrich (as Ulrich), Kirk Hammett (as Hammett),
Bob Rock (as Rock)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Published by Creeping Death Music (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music (Canada) Ltd./Mahina Hoku Publishing (SOCAN),
© 2003
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We are left with a business partnership reviving its product.
9 July 2004 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

The debate over whether or not Michael Moore's `Fahrenheit 9/11' should be called a `documentary' won't be heard hovering around Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's (`Brother's Keeper,' `Paradise Lost') `Metallica: Some Kind of Monster' because it is a documentary, an accurate rendering of the rock group's long struggle to create its latest album, `St. Anger.' Although sex and drugs play no role in the film and the groupie adulation is almost non present, making even the most out-of touch viewer skeptical, the battle of frontman James Hetfield with alcohol and the group with dysfunction has the feel of authenticity. We are left with a business partnership reviving its product.

By engaging `performance-enhancement coach' Phil Towle for $40,000 a month, Metallica puts its money where its mouth is-a serious effort to preserve the magic of a group that sold 90 million albums, so much a product of delicate personality bonding that the full time therapist had a real challenge to preserve the indefinable chemistry. Beside Hetfield's demons, drummer Lars Ulrich's Napster battle takes energy from the group, so Towle is probably a small investment in its survival. If heavy metal is not your thing, seeing this group psychodrama would be worth the admission.

Not seeming to fit the overall clinical activity of the film is a scene of Ulrich selling his art collection. Critic Ed Gonzalez gives an insightful explanation:

`There's a moment in the film where Berlinger and Sinofsky force a fascinating correlation between the paintings that hang in Ulrich's home and the music the band makes, calling attention to the relationship between art and the spectator and the way that art is consumed. This scene has absolutely nothing to do with the psych sessions between Metallica and Towle, and it's a great one.'

This kind of organic unity makes it a documentary of artful proportions. I still prefer classical and folk music, but I have to admit to a new interest in a musical genre I can share with my musician grandson Cody.


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