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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
DVD
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  DiG! cinematronic
  director

Ondi Timoner

cast

Anton Newcombe, Courtney Taylor, Joel Gion, Matt Hollywood, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe, Brent DeBoer, Eric Hedford, Dean Taylor

year

2004

extras

Two-disc set; full screen; audio commentary by members of the Brian Jonestown Massacre; audio commentary by members of the Dandy Warhols; audio commentary by the filmmakers; over two hours of previously unreleased footage and deleted scenes; Link-outs, an interactive technology allowing viewers to watch the film with extended and deleted scenes; three Dandy Warhols music videos — "TV Theme Song," "Last High" (uncut version), and "Bohemian Like You" (uncut version); three Brian Jonestown Massacre live performances — "Anemone," "Oh Lord," and "Jesus"; Courtney Taylor and Anton Newscombe jam session; "Where are they now?" band member updates; behind-the-scenes look at the commentary track recording sessions; footage from Courtney Taylor's MTV2 "Subterranean" appearance; "DiG!" at Sundance — awards and interviews.

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  One of the greatest, most straightforward, warts-and-all documentaries ever made about the rock life, "DiG!" digs into the uneasy alliance of two bands — the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre — and the love-hate relationship between the Dandys' Courtney Taylor and the BJM's Anton Newcombe, observed over a period of seven years. Taylor and Newcombe are respectively the leaders and creative directors of their respective groups; they were fast friends, each expressing unabashed admiration for the other's music. But their different career trajectories — the do-it-yourself indie-rock route for the BJM and a major-label deal for the Dandys — and changing fortunes created tension, discomfort and jealousy. Despite their most fervent wishes, all parties learn that it's no easy task to revolutionize rock music and have fun while doing it. Filmmaker Ondi Timoner had the documentarian's equivalent of one of those all-access concert passes and the patience to chronicle the years. The resulting footage includes lots of music from both bands at recording sessions and live shows, inter- and intra-band squabbles, off-stage tour escapades, brushes with the law, music-business machinations and talking-head reflections by most of the involved parties. Extras on the two-disc DVD set include two hours of previously unreleased footage, three complete music videos by the Dandys, and three extra live performances by the BJM.  
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