Thursday, October 16, 2014

DVD Review: New Videos Showcase The "Best" Of Youth And The Aged Experience Of Drivin' N' Cryin'

On September 23, Magnolia Home Entertainment released "We Are The Best!" on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie follows three teenage girls growing up in Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1980's. Their love for punk music and rebellion brought them together to form a band, without any knowledge of how to play an instruments or even own one. The film was screen written and directed by Lukas Moodysson and was filmed in their native language with English subtitles. The movie could be considered the blueprint of how many young band started out with a desire and a dream of performing music for a purpose. "We Are The Best!" is about the battle cry of youth for the Mohawk wearing Klara, spiky-haired Bobo and classically trained guitarist Hedwig. They continue to practice their rebellious music overcoming obstacles throughout the movie, with one day being allowed the opportunity to perform live. That part of this feature is the true "punk-rock" moment of the film and makes the whole adventure worthwhile. The subtitles do take a bit of getting used to and the European way of life is a little eye-opening to how others live. The youth of this movie brings you back to a young more rebellious time in your own life that you wish you'd follow that dream. To find out more about "We Are The Best!," please visit

Also, coming November 4th on Blu-ray and DVD is a documentary on the Atlanta rock band Drivin' N' Cryin' entitled "Scarred But Smarter." The video shows the history of the band through the eyes of one of the band's biggest fans Eric Von Hessler, who is the morning radio show host of "Regular Guys." He followed the band around for three years, trying to figure out why Drivin' N' Cryin' were not a more popular band, but through interviews with fans and fellow musicians, he discovered the band does have a huge following and an influence on younger music acts. The documentary begins with the foundations of the band coming together over their love for all different kinds of music like punk, country, folk and classic rock. Their sound developed into a southern rock vibe that record companies could not seem to market, which only drove the band harder to achieve the critical acclaim they deserved. Their song-writing at the time was unmatched as many of today's musicians claim that songs like "Straight To Hell" turned them on to the band. Many of the early days are shown through home videos by the band as the documentary moves from album to album. Von Haessler shows the good times and the bad without sugarcoating anything. "Scarred But Smarter" is one of the most truthful documentaries of a band that seemed content with never making it big, but struggling to make it through. It's great to hear words, straight from the mouth of founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen along with friends and fans like R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Hootie And The Blowfish's Darius Rucker, Collective Soul's Ed Roland along with TV personality and superfan Ty Pennington. The video's release co-insides with the band's 30th Anniversary which will take place in 2015. To find out more about "Scarred Buy Smarter, please visit

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