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Breaking A Monster DVD Review

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“Breaking A Monster” is a fascinating documentary.

The documentary film “Breaking A Monster” chronicles the rise of a heavy metal band comprised of a trio of Brooklyn African-American grade schoolers (Malcolm, Jarad and Alec) who call themselves Unlocking The Truth. While there is some archival footage here and there, the film is largely a behind-the-scenes fly-on-the-wall documentary that delves into the band’s YouTube stardom, record deal, manager Alan Sacks (who becomes a sort of babysitter at times), high-profile concerts, parental involvement, recordings, and more.

At first glance, Unlocking The Truth sounds like a gimmicky band, but, as this documentary shows, they are anything but. The members are clearly passionate about their music and they simply know how to rock as evidenced by their deeply impressive instrumental work. Yes, the vocals are uneven, but they are improving all the time. As amazing as this band and their real life success story is, however, it’s the backstage element of the documentary that really grabs your attention.

Thanks to the unprecedented access by director Luke Meyer, we get a real-time look at how the band is being thrust into an adult world/business world. Even though they are serious about their music, the members of Unlocking The Truth are still just kids who like to play games, skateboard, fidget, throw tantrums, etc. We’re seeing their lives and childhood change literally over night before our eyes. It’s really quite a transformative experience and a very up-close-and-personal look at the price of fame.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? “Breaking A Monster” is a sharp looking documentary film.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The dialogue sounds good, but it’s the music that really rocks on this track.

The only extras include RLJ Entertainment trailers, 5 deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.

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October 9, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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