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We Are X Blu-ray Review

We Are X Blu

“We Are X” is a surprisingly emotional documentary film.

For those that are fans of the Japanese metal band X Japan, “We Are X” may cover a lot of familiar ground. If you’re like myself and are unfamiliar with their music, however, the documentary film will likely prove to be an emotional journey of learning about the globally successful band’s triumphs and tragedies.

The film (which leads up to major concert performance at Madison Square Garden in the year 2014) is essentially a look at the past and present of X Japan. We (the viewer) get footage of their deeply passionate fanbase, a plethora of archival footage all the way back to their early years in the 1980’s, behind-the-scenes concert footage, an exploration of the band’s breakup and reunion, and up-close-and-personal interviews with the drummer/pianist/leader Yoshiki (who is marred with physical and mental pain), the vocalist Toshi (who was brainwashed by a cult), guitar players Pata and Sugizo, and the bassist Heath. Large portions of the film are also comprised of archival footage of former bandmates Hide and Taiji who both tragically committed suicide.

As previously mentioned, I knew next to nothing about X Japan and I knew even less about “We Are X.” Imagine my surprise then at how moved I was by director Stephen Kijak’s documentary film. Like many documentaries about bands, this could have easily been a puff piece about the band’s influential members and their music, but it’s not. The film is a fascinating glimpse at the complex members of the band, the band’s troubled past, and the challenging process of creating art. You don’t have to like the music to appreciate the film’s deeply personal story about people.

Now, of course, the movie isn’t just all about the dynamic of the band. We do get insight into the fandom, their flashy and visual shows, their strive to make it in America, among other things. While all of this material is very interesting, it’s the personal dynamics between the band members that make the movie so rewarding.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A bright and colorful hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the metal music to the intimate interviews, this track rocks.

Extras:
* Magnet trailers.
* 19 ½ minutes of deleted scenes.
* Deleted interviews with Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata, Heath and Sugizo.
* Performances of the songs “Forever Love” and “Kurenai” from the Last Live Performance.
* A fan video featuring the song “Born To Be Free.”
* “Yoshiki On We Are X”- He talks about his feelings of the film, why it was important, fans, songs, artists and more.

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May 11, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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