Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster Coming to Blu-ray

  • Axl Rosenberg

sad batman phil towleIt’s been ten years since the release of Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster, and the documentary is still, for my money, the best thing the band has been involved with this century. Sure, it has its problems (the band comes off as being hilariously out-of-touch and spoiled, Phil Towle is a viable candidate for Biggest Gas Bag ever, Hetfield, Ulrich and Hammett insult a bunch of really talented musicians including Mike Inez, Pepper Keenan, and Scott Reeder, the narrative never acknowledges that 99.999% of the world hates St. Anger, etc.) But at least it’s actually, like, ENTERTAINING and INTERESTING, two words that seem to have been deleted from Metallica’s collective vocabulary. Which is probably because although the band funded the movie, they didn’t actually make it — the rightfully-acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky did.

So, good news: the movie will be released in the already-dying Blu-ray format, as well as the currently-thriving streaming-on-demand format, as of November 24. Now you will be able to see every thread of Phil Towle’s wonderful sweater collection in ultra-high-definition, like you’ve never seen it before!

Actually, it sounds like the most potentially-informative part of the release is this:

“The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, ‘Metallica: This Monster Lives,’ a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band’s second film, Metallica: Through the Never, which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.”

Which actually reminds me: Berlinger wrote a book called This Monster Lives about his experience making Some Kind of Monster, which has a lot of interesting stories in it, many of which really fill out episodes in the movie that have been simplified via the magic of editing (e.g., the bassist discussion). You can get that book here. It’s only eight bucks, and probably a billion times better than the new mini-doc will end up being (“This time, no one acknowledges that Through the Never was a failure!”).


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