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Product Details

  • Directors: X
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: Feb. 28 2012
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,697 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late 70s and 80s and focuses on the group that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television commercials which help to illustrate X's uphill struggle against the music industry. Their story rings true even today. Bonus interviews and more. First time ever on Blu-ray!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
BEWARE: chopped/modified from its original aspect ratio May 8 2012
By Tothar - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
(NOTE: The low rating is for this particular 2011 Blu-Ray edition, not the movie itself.)

I'm enough of a fan of the X movie to have bought it no less than THREE times over the years -- Laserdisc, DVD, and now on Blu-Ray. I consider it one of the absolutely greatest masterpieces of the rockumentary genre. It went beyond making me fall totally in love with the band to also encompassing cultural meaning and history far wider and deeper than the scope of the band itself.

So I have to ask, WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING to crop the top/bottom off the movie to make it faux "widescreen"?!? For anyone really familiar with the movie, this totally butchered the frame composition. Furthermore, IMO, "Cinemascope" really doesn't fit the rest of the punk aesthetic of the film as well as the 3x4 aspect ratio did.

Yeesh, the movie's short enough, couldn't they have included two versions if they had to have a chopped version for whatever reason?

To compound the problem, the Amazon product description improperly cites the aspect ratio as 1.33:1. (Maybe that's how the release was originally planned/announced?) The outer case doesn't bear any warning that "this film has been modified from its original format to fill a widescreen TV" either. If this sort of thing matters to you, buyer beware.

Fortunately I still have my old Image DVD. It looks like that earlier DVD edition is even still available through Amazon. I'd personally recommend that fans get THAT version instead before those copies disappear, even with its arguably muddier transfer and standard-def resolution.

I'll have to watch it further to see if the bonus materials make the Blu-Ray worth keeping. Otherwise, my copy is quickly headed for the second-hand market. :-(
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
It's About Time, It's About Space Dec 13 2011
By T. J. Bell - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm thrilled that X - The Unheard Music documentary has finally been re-released on DVD, cleaned up, restored, and includes bonus interviews, and footage. I've been waiting for this since its lackluster 1986 VHS release, which was missing footage. I saw it in the theater in Seattle when it was first released, and remember seeing footage that was NOT included on the VHS release. The subsequent DVD release was basically a copy of the VHS tape. It took a while, but worth the wait. Let's face it, one of the greatest bands ever, and certainly the greatest band to ever come out of Los Angeles.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
25 Years Later - X The Unheard Music is a Lasting and Fascinating Documentary Jan. 6 2012
By Catherine Cook - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
I used to own X: The Unheard Music on LaserDisc about 20 years ago, and I remember it being one of my favorite documentaries ever. Not just because I really like X, or that type of music (Punk/New Wave), but also the interviews and the way the interviews are heard while watching interesting things like Exene Cervenka working on her journal which looked like a highly creative scrapbook (but now that I've seen the bonus materials included in this new release is more likely one of the X Songbooks.) I also dig the music video-type footage that gives you a gritty sense of the time this music was written in and the 'story' developed about a female fan who thought the music was based on her life illustrated by a letter she wrote to Slash records featured in the movie. You get to see John Doe and Exene working out some harmonies and talking about their unique harmony style, which I love. You see some Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake in their natural environments. You see some interesting personalities of the music industry of the time (early 80s) including Rodney `On the Roq' Bingenheimer and you hear some behind the scenes stories of that time and the music scene in L.A. or lack thereof. And of course you see the band performing and it is super cool.

This new release on DVD and Blu-ray also has some bonus materials including interviews with John Doe and Exene Cervenka on the 25th anniversary of the movie, as well as an interview with the filmmakers (Angel City) recorded when the film was released. You also get the original theatrical trailer, a performance of Some Other Time (Live Outtake), and The Unheard Music Songbook (stills of pages with handwritten lyrics and drawings/layouts by John Doe & Exene Cervenka).

Watching it again all these years later, it still was a great music documentary and John Doe sums it up nicely in his recent interview in the bonus materials, "Well, it's pretty broad, ya know, it gives a pretty broad picture. It's not just a concert film, it's not jut a studio film, or a making of the record film or a this or a that and that's kind of rare in music documentaries."

Exene goes on to say, "It's not a movie about a band, it's a movie about the circumstances that we're all living in where you're up against it."

I say, "It's a movie worth watching, whether your 14, 44, or 74, enjoy!"

The Chapter List includes:
The Fan
Los Angeles
Year One
The Masque
We're Desperate
State of Mind
Because I Do
A Different Sound
Beyond and Back
Come Back to Me
Sounds Like Murder
Soul Kitchen
White Girl
The Once Over Twice
Radio Broadcasting Today
Motel Room in My Bed
The Unheard Music
Real Child of Hell
Johnny Hit & Run Paulene
Lennon Remembered
I Must Not ThinkBad Thoughts
The World's a Mess; It's in my Kiss
The Have Nots (End Credits)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Movie Documentaries Ever. May 11 2013
By Kenneth Jarecke - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Everything about this movie is splendid. The (unheard) story of one of the most influential punk bands, "X" is riveting. The camera work, the images, the sound, the personal interviews and of course the music, is unforgettable. Viewed through a filter of what, twenty-five, thirty years? This film is now a time capsule or a largely forgotten time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
X - The Unheard Music - MVD Visual Blu-ray Jan. 25 2012
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Some time during the eighties, my cousin invited me to a concert at the California State University at Long Beach. I don't remember if it was a freebie or if we had to pay, but the band which was playing was X, and it was a truly eye-opening experience. That concert and that night was my introduction to punk rock. Watching the fascinating "X - The Unheard Music" brought me a smile and great memories of that day. It is a sincere and satisfying film, which introduces us the band during its peak years.

The movie is really a collage of many things: interviews, images from the city of Los Angeles, live performances, recording sessions, and more, all delightfully glued together by director W.T. Morgan, who was also the writer. We meet the original band members: John Doe (singer, bassist), Exene Cervenka (singer), Billy Zoom (guitarist), and DJ Bonebrake (drummer). They are interviewed at different locations and talk about the band's origins, their Whisky aGoGo concerts, their families and influences, the LA scene, and they show clips of home-made movies. There is also an interview with Ray Manzarek (legendary keyboardist of The Doors), who produced X's seminal album "Los Angeles." A lot of time is spent in making the point that the band's music was a hard sell to the public, and the major record companies did not want to sign them, so they went from label to label, trying to find the best distribution and success. We even see them signing records at a Music Plus (record store chain that went out of business) for their album "X - Under the Big Black Sun." There are also interviews with music executives that speak about X's not being "commercial for most masses' demographics," as well as Tommy Hadges, program director of KLOS-FM, and Jello Biafra.

The film is also loaded with performances, including "The Unheard Music," "Los Angeles," "The Hungry Wolf," "Year One," "Soul Kitchen," "Come back to me," "We're desperate," and more, taken from the albums "Los Angeles," "Wild Gift," "More Fun in the New World," and "Under the Big Black Sun."

Believe me, if you haven't seen or heard X, you are missing part of music's history. It is said that this band "established among the first wave of American punk," and that their albums "Los Angeles" and "Wild Gift" were among Rolling Stone's magazine 500 greatest albums of all time. "X - The Unheard Music" was originally released in 1986. This new, awesome Silver Anniversary Blu-ray edition includes new interviews with John Doe and Exene Cervenka, outtakes, The Unheard Music song book, and more. One more thing: I still remember watching Billy Zoom stance while playing his guitar during that 80s concert. The man never moved during the whole show! You'll see that in this film, too. (USA, 1986, color, 84 min plus additional material)

Reviewed on January 25, 2012 exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for MVD Visual.

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