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Living Sacrifice is regarded as one of the most influential bands in the Christian metal music scene; they were indeed one of the first bands to play heavy, thrashy Christian Music. Since 1989 they’ve released seven full-length records and have toured the world numerous times. This DVD was filmed on August 15th, 2009 in Pomona, California and captures the band doing what they do best; rocking a packed house.

Portlandia is an IFC series that is written and created by Saturday Night Live alumni, Fred Armisen, Jonathan Krisel and Carrie Brownstien and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Shot entirely on location in Portland, Oregon the series is made up of a numerous short character-based sketches that are as quirky as they are funny.

I have never owned a Pretenders disc, but I’ve always rather enjoyed whatever tunes of theirs I’ve heard on the radio. Needless to say when I sat down to watch this disc I was unfamiliar with the majority of the 26 songs they performed live that night. “Lie To Me” kicks things without much pomp and circumstance and the rest of the disc follows suit. There are no bells or whistles and no eye-catching visuals at all; this is just the Pretenders flawlessly playing songs from their extensive catalog in the most unpretentious unassuming manner.

Filmed in 1978 during the Some Girl’s tour, this Blu-ray disc captures The Rolling Stones at what I feel is the top of their game. They’re young and full of attitude and swagger and in total command of the stage. Mick Jagger prances around relentlessly posing for the crowd while the band tears through their critically acclaimed record, Some Girls, as well as some older more classic Stones tunes.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is a documentary about the man, the myth and the legend that is Ozzy Osbourne. Directed by Ozzy’s son Jack, this is an in-depth look at the incredible journey of one of the most well-known hard rockers in the world. The intimate interviews with family and friends, including Tommy Lee and Henry Rollins, give the film a depth that allows the viewer a sneak peek behind the scenes.

I sat down to watch this movie with no expectations at all; I mean it’s difficult to expect much from a movie that bills itself as the “ultimate low-budget horror experience” and “the best worst movie ever.” So with all expectations thrown out the window I was able to enjoy this movie for what it is; a really cheesy, really corny “B” movie that had me chuckling on more than one occasion. The acting is bad… really bad, and is only topped by the incredible lack of any sort of special effects. The overall result, while not laugh out loud funny, is definitely comical and was enough to keep me watching.

We Come In Pieces captures the British alt rock act Placebo performing live in front of a packed house at London’s Brixton Academy. My exposure to Placebo has been very minimal; while I’ve heard of them and perhaps have heard a few of their songs, I really wasn’t familiar with their extensive catalog and their incredible live show. But this is a band that has sold millions of records and toured the globe playing to millions of people, so I figured it was about time I got acquainted with them.

Mindcrime at the Moore is an elaborate production and theatrical interpretation of both critically acclaimed Mindcrime albums. Performed back to back, accompanied by actors and guest vocalists, it eventually culminates in a confrontation between the main characters Nikki and the illusive and mysterious Dr. X played here by the late, great Ronnie James Dio. Capped off by two classic Queensryche songs “Jet City Woman” and “Walk in The Shadows”, this Blu-ray is really top notch.

After the collapse of one of the greatest bands the world has ever known, all of the individual members of The Beatles went on to solo careers with varying degrees of success. Paul McCartney and John Lennon arguably had the most notable and successful careers post Beatles and this DVD takes a look at the pairs distinctly different, yet equally as interesting careers; McCartney with Wings and Lennon with The Plastic Ono Band.

Electronic music came into prominence in the early ’80s and Depeche Mode was the band spearheading the movement. No one could have known at the time, but the band would eventually go on to sell over 100 million albums on their way to becoming the most popular electronic band ever; with forty-eight songs charting on the Singles Charts and No.1 albums in the United States and Europe.

On Saturday, September 24th the film “Lloyd The Conqueror”, staring Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Brian Posehn, will premiere as part of the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Theatre at 7:00 PM. Century Media’s 3 Inches Of Blood has a cover of the classic Rush song, “Anthem” featured in the film and directly following the premiere, will be performing at the official after party. A sure sell out, the event begins at 9:00 PM at Dickens Pub.

In advance of the Wednesday, August 24th and Monday, August 29th nationwide screenings of ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’, producer/filmmaker Jack Osbourne and Eagle Rock Entertainment will host a special private preview of the documentary Monday, August 22nd at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood that will benefit the MusiCares MAP FundSM. ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ will relive the highs of his triumphs as well as his voyage to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment.

This movie is vulgar, rough and not for the faint of heart, but I feel it also serves as a poignant character study on the devastating effects of grief and the loss of a loved one. I found the offbeat story line to be right up my alley and the acting was terrific. Set to a sound track that consists of Motorhead and Metallica this is really a good film that I would recommend without reservation.