Metal-Headbangers Journey

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Sam dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of guatemalan refugees. Recenly he has decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year old: the culture of heavy metal.


Studio Warner
SKU 202286770
UPC 012569805750
UPC 14 00012569805750
Format DVD
Release Date 1/2/2007
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Editors Note
Note Professional anthropologist and rabid heavy-metal fan Sam Dunn devoted himself to making the most complete portrait of the heavy metal scene every created; the result, METAL, A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY, is a resounding success. Mixing his academic eye with his personal love for the genre, Dunn travels from the clubs of Sunset Boulevard to the dark forests of Norway in an attempt to understand the ongoing phenomenon of metal music. He tackles subjects of sexuality, religion, violence, and death, and talks to some of the superstars of the metal world, including Tony Iomii of Black Sabbath, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Lemmy of Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and the members of Slipknot and Cannibal Corpse (whose albums have been banned in Australia). The highly engaging film provides fascinating history and insight for viewers unfamiliar with metal music while simultaneously offering up essential viewing for metalhead fanatics.
New York Times "[S]incere....Mr. Dunn and his colleagues dig up some interesting information during their inquiry..." 04/21/2006 p.E16
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Metal fans will love it, though actually liking the music certainly isn't a prerequisite to finding A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY engrossing, horrifying and -- yes -- funny." 06/01/2006 p.46,4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rarity: a heavy metal doc that resists the temptation to mock." 09/01/2006 p.103
Los Angeles Times "Canadian anthropologist Sam Dunn conducts a first-rate tour of musical metallurgy in the documentary METAL..." 04/14/2006 p.E9
Sight and Sound "[METAL] makes a strong case for treating this enduringly popular, remarkably resilient pop subculture with more respect....Dunn applies both critical discipline and partisan passion to the subject." 06/01/2006 p.54
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Through live clips, a genealogy classifying its subgenres and interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper, Dunn parses all aspects of metal's culture." 06/29/2006 p.79
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n energetic and enthusiastic audio and visual experience, that's as entertaining as it is enlightening." 09/01/2006 p.211
Sam Dunn
Scott McFayden
Jessica Joy Wise
Name Dunn,Sam
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alice Cooper - Featuring
Brendan Steacy - Cinematographer
Bruce Dickinson - Featuring
Jessica Joy Wise - Director
Mike Munn - Editor
Rob Zombie - Featuring
Sam Dunn - Producer
Sam Dunn - Director
Sam Feldman - Executive Producer
Scot McFadyen - Director
Tom Morello - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 80575
UPC 00012569805750
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource Chicago Tribune
Review It's a sharp contrast to the American softies, who, while they try to out-evil each other on the billboard charts, are really just a bunch of soft-spoken, witty, former outsiders--the kind of guys to take home to mom, if only they didn't look like that.So maybe Dunn's right. Maybe this whole metal scene is misunderstood. Discussing their controversial album, "God Hates Us All," members of the band Slayer admit, "He doesn't really hate us. It's just a great [bleeping] album title."
Reviewer Allison Benedikt
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Austin Chronicle
Review Dunn, a metalhead since the age of 13 who currently holds an advanced degree in anthropology, makes for an immediately ingratiating host, traversing the globe in search of answers like some scrawny, long-haired Indiana Jones. What he discovers will likely come as no surprise to headbangers - or punks, for that matter - but the mission of this smart and revelatory doc is broader than simple reportage: He wants the uninitiated to understand what all the fuss is about, too. And like the anthropologist he is, he succeeds in spades (and, yes, aces as well).
Reviewer Marc Savlov
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Dunn,Sam
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ken Eisner, Variety Superbly crafted documentary is strong enough to make believers out of non-metalheads...
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times ...the film is a carefully organized and thoughtful argument for the merits of metal.
Kyle Smith, New York Post It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly ...stacked teased-hair high with wicked performance footage.

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