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on February 21, 2012
I'd like to start off by stating the following; I liked Black Sabbath more when they had Ronnie James Dio as their lead singer than Ozzy, however I do love Ozzy's solo work, but I also felt that Ozzy's reality show turned him into a pathetic cartoon caricature of his former self (and in my opinion the same can be said about Gene Simmons and Tommy Lee).
So thank God for this DVD. It is the redemption Ozzy Osbourne needed, and deserved. We, the viewer, get an unprecedented look at John Michael Osbourne's upbringing in the impoverished working class section of Birmingham, England, much of which is documented by his 3 sisters and brother. Throughout this DVD we also hear from Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward as they detail Black Sabbath's meteoric rise to the heights of rock and roll fame, and all the trappings, pitfalls and vices that followed.
It's only through the involvement of Ozzy's son Jack that such intimate moments were able to be captured by filmmakers Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli over a 2 year period. I'll bet that this is the first place most people will ever see Ozzy's son and daughter (Louis and Jessica) from his first marriage to Thelma Riley, or see his 'seldom seen in the media' daughter Aimee. Of course, it was Sharon Osbourne who stood beside Ozzy, through thick and thin, and has been in his life in one capacity or another since 1979. Sharon saved Ozzy's life and career. She absolutely shines in this documentary.
The best bits on the DVD actually come from the man himself, as a more intelligible (read clean and sober, inspired by son Jack's sobriety) Ozzy reminisces on old days through old photographs of a life lived bold as brass. The most touching moments come when Ozzy talks about the time his first wife asked for a divorce, how he wished he could have had a "man to man" talk with his dad before he passed away, Ozzy misses him dearly. His dad actually made the first Black Sabbath cross for Ozzy. You can also see the heartache and sense of loss on Ozzy's face when he talks about the death of legendary guitar player and close friend Randy Rhodes. This is an Ozzy we've never seen before-the one Jack wanted to reveal in this documentary film.
There's a cool sequence in the film (at the 12 minute mark) shot in Halifax at Ozzy's Metro Centre concert, with great clips from die-hard Maritime Ozzy Osbourne fans. It's pretty neat to see this. The DVD's extras include a question and answer session with Ozzy and Jack; a look at this film's debut at the prestigious Tribeca Film festival and some footage not seen before in the original theatrical release.
I love documentaries, especially "rockumentaries" and this truly is the best one I've ever seen. Ozzy Osbourne always seemed to bee a larger than life character, a living legend; in this film we see a man who is a down to earth, contemplative soul. God bless Ozzy Osbourne!
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on July 21, 2014
Great look at the life of Ozzy. Got to see some stuff that other videos never addressed.
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on January 21, 2015
c'est du Ozzy :o)
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