The Filth and the Fury

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The Sex Pistols were in their time, the single most rebellious and riotous musical performers and as such, they won over a massive audience and also upset the authorities and older crowds. But regardless of who liked them and who hated them, The Sex Pistols were what they were and refused to change for anyone. If a record label didn’t like approve of their antics, they were fired rather than change and didn’t give a second thought to the process. This happened more than once to them, but it never phased them in the least. Even when their music topped the charts, they weren’t given the credit they deserved, as a massive blank space was seen where their collective name should have been. But this didn’t surprise nor bother them, since they were well aware that they were hated and couldn’t care less about things like that. The Sex Pistols were just one cog in the machine that changed the face of music forever, but they still made it happen and played no small role in that process. This is the story of the band, their music, the punk movement, and the era in which it all happened.

I am not a fanatic for this (or any) type of music and as such, I am not the target audience for this film, but I was entertaining by the film and found it to be very informative. This documentary deals with the musical aspect of things to be sure, but it also glances at the social aspects and surroundings of the artists too. This allows the documentary to take on a wider scope and that’s good news in the end, as this stands up well to even those not enthralled with the subject matter. The interviews provide a lot of insight into the motives behind the music and overall tone of the movement, I liked them a lot and I believe they served as the film’s highlight for me. To hear the artists speak about their music and why it is what it is, that’s what this type of film should be all about. Also included is some excellent live performance footage and a wealth of information on the total picture of the era that surrounded this movement. I am very impressed with this documentary and so much, that I will revisit this title down the road. If you’re a fan of punk rock, The Sex Pistols, or just love a good documentary, then The Filth and The Fury is a disc you should look into.

Video: How does it look?

The Filth and The Fury is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Given the nature of this documentary, this is an impressive transfer, but the older materials show their age and pull down the overall quality somewhat. Still, I think New Line has done the best they could with the materials and that stands for something to be sure. So while this isn’t perfect and the older footage looks rough, you can’t expect perfection from this type of release and this is a more than acceptable visual effort. Some grain and debris is evident, but on the whole the image is good and shows natural colors and well balanced contrast.

Audio: How does it sound?

This is a documentary release and as such, the included stereo mix is more than adequate. I do wish the musical sequences could benefit from a full surround track, but the rest of the movie plays out well. The interviews sound clean and show no distortion or harshness, vocals emerge in crisp form at all times. The performances sound good and better than I expected, but again lack the depth a full surround track could offer. Even so, this is a nice and effective mix for a documentary like this, which is all I could ask for in the end. English subtitles have also been included, in case those accents get a little too thick.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer and a rather dull audio commentary from director Julien Temple. He has little to say about much of anything and when he does speak, he trails off and leaves massive spaces between comments. Also included is a never befoe seen documentary, “Un-Defining Punk” that shows the Sex Pistols and their influence on other Punk Rock bands here in the states. It’s pretty interesting, and another nice touch to see on a disc like this (as the movie itself is more like a documentary). I was looking forward to this track, but I came away with a sense of total disappointment. Still, it is nice to see New Line secure a commentary track for a release like this one.

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