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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: Unrated

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is an ebullient rockumentary about an aging metal band, that's both hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:

Closed Caption; Commentary track with director Sacha Gervasi, "Lips" and Robb Reiner; Extended interview with Metallica's Lars Ulrich; Incredibly Heartbreaking deleted scenes!

This is a touching, uplifting and inspirational documentary about two Toronto best friends  - Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner who made a pact at age 14 to rock together forever. The success of their first album, Metal On Metal, proved to be a huge influence on the heavy metal scene, and the outrageous showmanship of lead singer "Lips" Kudlow ensured that their live performances were always memorable. In Anvil, they have just played Japan's Super Rock Festival before a stadium full of adoring fans. Yet unlike so many of their peers and imitators who went on to sell millions of records, they  somehow get passed over and left behind.

Cut to the present day, and Kudlow and Reiner are still at it in their fifties. They may have day jobs, they may have families to support, or who support them, but they are still pursuing the same adolescent dream of rock stardom in a band whose latest line-up includes two of their younger fans. British filmmaker Sacha Gervasi is himself a one-time fan who as a teenager in the Eighties accompanied them as a roadie on two of their American tours.

As he catches up with his former friends and heroes in this endearing documentary, they are going on a semi-disastrous European tour, and are reunited with their very first producer, Chris 'CT' Tsangerides, in the hope that he can bring back some of their glory years and give them the breakthrough they have been chasing for decades.

The Story Of Anvil,is a tale of mishaps, anguish and chronic rejection, as bad management and the advance of time all begin to take their toll on the band but thanks to Kudlow's seemingly limitless optimism and his enduring friendship with Reiner, it is impossible not to be charmed by his arrested development and to find yourself rooting for his eventual success even as you laugh at his many failures.

The greatest irony, of course, is that if anything is going to resurrect these dinosaurs of rock, it is this film. So expect a huge comeback some time soon from Anvil, the band that never quite went away.

            Anvil! The Story of Anvil with Steve "Lips" Kudlow: DVD Cover

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