Best Music Movies of 2001
A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig undergoes a personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.”
Save the Last Dance
After the death of her mother, Sara moves to the South Side of Chicago to live with her father and gets transferred to a majority-black school. Her life takes a turn for the better when befriends Chenille and her brother Derek, who helps her with her dancing skills.
A wannabe rock star who fronts a Pennsylvania-based tribute band is devastated when his kick him out of the group he founded. Things begin to look up for Izzy when he is asked to join Steel Dragon, the heavy metal rockers he had been imitating for so long. This film is loosely based on the true story of the band Judas Priest.
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 New York City revue show by Michael Jackson. It took place on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001. In late November 2001, the CBS television network aired the concerts as a two-hour special in honour of Michael Jackson's thirtieth year as a solo entertainer (his first solo single, "Got to Be There", was recorded in 1971). The show was edited from footage of two separate concerts Michael had orchestrated in New York City's Madison Square Garden on September 7 and September 10 of 2001. The shows sold out in five hours. Ticket prices were pop's most expensive ever; the best seats cost $5,000 and included a dinner with Michael Jackson and a signed poster.
U2: Elevation 2001 - Live from Boston
1. Elevation 2. Beautiful Day 3. Until The End Of The World 4. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of 5. Kite 6. Gone 7. New York 8. I Will Follow 9. Sunday Bloody Sunday 10. In A Little While 11. Desire 12. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) 13. Bad 14. Where The Streets Have No Name 15. Bullet The Blue Sky 16. With Or Without You 17. The Fly 18. Wake Up Dead Man 19. Walk On Elevation 2001: Live From Boston captures the band's return to performing to indoor venues, making for a more intimate experience. The band had played mostly large outdoor stadiums over the previous decade on their Zoo TV and PopMart Tours. The film also showcases a more simplified, strip-downed stage design, free of the elaborate technologies of the previous two tours.
Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001
Drowned World Tour 2001 was recorded at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan on August 26, 2001 and was originally broadcast live on HBO as Madonna Live! Drowned World Tour 2001. Drowned World Tour was the fifth concert tour by Madonna in support of her seventh and eighth studio albums Ray of Light and Music, respectively.
Pearl Jam - Touring Band 2000
28 songs filmed entirely with handheld cameras by Pearl Jam crew members across 19 different cities from the bands' 2000 North American tour. Reflecting the time and composition of an actual concert set list, this video is, in the words of Eddie Vedder, "in some ways the visual equivalent of the bootlegs that have been released in the past year... a basic document of what may occur at any given Pearl Jam concert."
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party
Shrek and his friends enjoy themselves with some Karaoke partying.
Britney Spears: Live from Las Vegas
Have you ever had a dream that felt so real, you couldn't tell the difference between the real world and the dream world? On November 18, 2001, the world's biggest star, Britney Spears, brought her "Dream Within a Dream" Tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in legendary Las Vegas. Watch this defining concert, witnessed by millions of fans, as it was broadcast live on HBO.
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling
In this musical spectacular, the residents of Sunnydale find themselves bursting into song (and flame) when a demon named Sweet attempts to make Dawn his bride.
Enya: The Video Collection
Enya: The Video Collection is a visual anthology of Celtic new age recording artist Enya. This collection contains 13 promotional music videos highlighting her career from her self-titled debut in 1987 to her 2000 album, A Day Without Rain. Includes the tracks "Book of Days," "On My Way Home," and "Orinoco Flow." Also contains a biographical documentary called "Enya: A Life in Music," along with behind-the-scenes footage from the "Caribbean Blue" and "Only Time" videos.
Josie and the Pussycats
Josie, Melody and Val are three small-town girl musicians determined to take their rock band out of their garage and straight to the top, while remaining true to their look, style and sound. They get a record deal which brings fame and fortune but soon realize they are pawns of two people who want to control the youth of America. They must clear their names, even if it means losing fame and fortune.
O-Town: Live from New York
Exactly one year since debuting on J Records, O-Town is a full-grown supergroup boasting one of the year's bestselling albums. O-Town: Live from New York was captured on the last night of their sold-out summer tour at New York City's famed Hammerstein Ballroom show on October 10. Features songs: Liquid Dreams, All Or Nothing, We Fit Together, Baby I Would, Sensitive, Sexiest Woman Alive, Painter, Shy Girl, Love Should Be A Crime, Every Six Seconds and a surprise version of Girl.
Oasis: 10 Years of Noise and Confusion
Live coverage of British rock band Oasis performing at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of their 2001 10 Years of Noise & Confusion anniversary tour.
Raw Spice is a fly-on-the-wall documentary like no other. It charts the formation of a girl band in 1994, a group who would go on to be the biggest selling girl band in history, five girls who became... The Spice Girls. This footage was shot two years before the girls had their first hit single. We see them living together in a tiny house in Maidenhead as they rehearse day in, day out, striving to become a success. We watch their rehearsals; and we discover their very distinctive personalities that we all know help make up the band. This includes never before seen footage of the girls speaking of their ambitions and fears, as well as their trademark outrageous behaviour and some titanic bust-ups. This is the girls before blockbuster hits, weddings, babies, and bust-ups. This is before stylists, PR People and make-up artists. THIS IS RAW SPICE.
GWAR: It's Sleazy
That's right scum, Gwar's manager Sleazy P. Martini is back with his own fudge-packed talk show. Join Sleazy and crew as they welcome a host of ridiculous guests who exist only to be destroyed. The fur really starts to fly with the arrival of GWAR and nut-chinned mystic scumdog Scroda Moon. All this and less awaits you in It's Sleazy!
The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into.
The American Astronaut
Samual Curtis's first mission in this bizarre science fiction musical comedy requires him to take a cat to a saloon on an asteroid. There, he meets his former dance partner (the Blueberry Pirate) and collects his payment: a device capable of producing a Real Live Girl. Including music by alternative rock group The Billy Nayer Show, this film began life as a live show with a loyal following.
Pump Up the Volume
Few movements in music have gained as much critical mass as house music. Pump Up The Volume: A History of House Music is a fantastic 2001 documentary about one of the biggest music groundswells in history, which began in basements and ended up at the forefront of pop culture. The film traces house music from its early days as New York disco to its takeover of Europe’s dance scene through fascinating interviews with the people who propelled the movement and rare footage of the clubs where it came of age.
The Ladies Sing The Blues
See the "Ladies" who created an art form and sang their way into legend... Once in a lifetime, complete performances by the great American blues and jazz divas. Sixteen selections include Bessie Smith in her only film appearance, Lena Horne, Billy Holiday with an all-star band, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and more.
Dream Theater: Metropolis 2000 - Scenes From New York
The video contains "Scenes From A Memory" in its entirety from its final performance in New York City on August 30th, 2000. The contents of the Special Edition DVD is: 1. SFAM in its entirety from its final performance in New York City 2. Audio Commentary throughout SFAM by all five members of Dream Theater 3. Over one hour of bonus live material 4. Behind The Scenes Documentary 5. Metropolis 2000 World Tour Photo Gallery
Things Behind the Sun
A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.
Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks
An exclusive musical comedy event showcasing the antics of the entire cast and crew of the hit Broadway show The Producers. Includes exclusive candid behind-the-scenes footage, 14 song performances, and much more, all hosted by Mel Brooks.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits Video Collection
Released alongside The Smashing Pumpkins greatest hits CD "Rotten Apples", this video collection comes with all of the Pumpkins music videos (excluding "The End is the Beginning is the End"). It also comes with a live performance of "Geek USA" and "An Ode to No One" which is taken from their final performance at the Metro. There is also a hidden video for the never-before-released song "Untitled". All of the videos come with commentary from the band and some have out-takes and behind the scenes footage.
2001 video for Gallo's song Honey Bunny.
Riverdance: Live from Geneva
One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Wilhelm Furtwangler's reputation rivaled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification programme. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order to bear on an occupied Germany. An American major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing.
After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted.
Friends Forever (the band) never plays inside any rock clubs. Instead, they play inside their van outside the club to stunned bystanders. Nate (drums), Josh (guitar), Jen (their lighting girl) and three dogs don't think twice about travelling hundreds of miles across the country to play one 15-minute show in a loading zone. Friends Forever (the documentary) captures their smoke-spewing, generator-powered rock world, and the tour that has them crisscrossing the U.S. in search of the perfect parking spot. No audience is too small, or too baffled, to skimp on the performance when you're on "a mission to save rock."
Green Day: International Supervideos!
A collection of Green Day music videos from Dookie (1994) to Warning (2000).
Icky Flix is the title of a combined DVD and CD set released by the band The Residents as part of their 30th anniversary celebration in 2001. Where the DVD featured the videos and both original and re-recorded versions of the songs, the CD featured a number of the newly recorded highlights.
Massive Attack: Eleven Promos
Massive Attack are one of the innovative frontrunners within the world of Electronica. Credited with creating the sound of trip-hop, Massive Attack continue to develop new sound worlds with each successive release. Massive Attack has just as dstinctive a vision when it comes to videos as they do for their music. "Eleven Promos" compiles eleven videos from the mind of Massive Attack including such memorable tracks as "Unfinished Sympathy," "Safe from Harm," "Protection," and "Angel." Video directors represented are: Michel Gondry, Jonathan Glazer and Wiz among others. Other tracklistings: Daydreaming; Be Thankful for What You've Got; Sly; Karmacoma; Risingson; Teardrop.
Pet Shop Boys: Montage
1. West End Girls 2. Discoteca 3. Being Boring 4. Closer To Heaven 5. Can You Forgive Her? 6. Only The Wind 7. What Have I Done To Deserve This? 8. New York City Boy 9. Left To My Own Devices 10. Young Offender 11. Vampires 12. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk 13. Was It Worth It? 14. Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is) 15. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More 16. Always On My Mind 17. Shameless 18. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) 19. It's A Sin 20. It's Alright 21. Footsteps 22. Go West Footage recorded live at various concert venues in Dortmund, Germany on their 1999/2000 Nightlife Tour.
Fourth musical in the Nunsense series.
John Frusciante Plays and Sings
A visual representation of John Frusciante's album "To Record Only Water for Ten Days". Features the musician spinning around, kneeling, hitting a wall in a closed space, being hit by a car outside and several successions of action loops.
Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert
Promoting his 2001 jazz covers album 'Swing When You're Winning', English pop rock singer Robbie Williams fronts a 58-piece big band for a live show of crooner standards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 10, 2001.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Live!
This 60 minute DVD features 14 tracks such as "I Love Rock N Roll," "Crimson and Clover," "Roadrunner," "Fetish," "Cherry Bomb" and more! Also includes exclusive and rare bonus footage of Joan co-starring in a music video with Joey Ramone! She loves rock 'n' roll, and she inspired countless other loud, strong women to love it too! The leather-clad, black-haired Jett is truly one of the female revolutionaries of rock music, inspiring, among other female rockers, the Riot Grrrl movement. On LIVE AT THE ROCKIES, Jett is filmed performing 14 songs, including "Roadrunner," "Fetish," "Crimson and Clover," and her trademark tune, "I Love Rock N Roll." In addition to the live fun, their is a bonus music video which co-stars the late, great punk rocker Joey Ramone.
Barbra Streisand: Timeless, Live in Concert
Timeless: Live in Concert, recorded at her Las Vegas show on New Year's Eve 1999, takes as its subject the star herself. It opens with a dramatization of her first, amateur recording session, with young Lauren Frost playing a part described in the credits as "Young Girl," though Streisand later refers to her as "mini-me." Frost doesn't get too far before being joined by Streisand herself on a stirring version of "Something's Coming" from West Side Story. The rest of "Act One" traces Streisand's career from her club days to her movie performances. "Act Two" has less of a narrative structure, though it is equally autobiographical, with Streisand displaying and commenting on videos of herself performing with other stars and building up to the stroke of midnight with a combination of old, recent, and new specially written songs. At 57 that night, Streisand remains in good voice.
*NSYNC: Making The Tour
*NSYNC's Making The Tour is a sneak peek into the creation of the group's highly successful No Strings Attached Tour, from set design to rehearsal, featuring footage not seen in the original MTV broadcast!
Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story
A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.
Linkin Park - Frat Party at the Pankake Festival
Frat Party at the Pankake Festival is the first documentary DVD by Linkin Park, released on November 20, 2001 through Warner Bros. Records and Warner Reprise Video.
Verdi’s grand opera “Aida” is given an intimate treatment in Busetto, Italy, in 2001, in a staging with young singers, all coached by the legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi and staged by Franco Zeffirelli. The result is an astonishing musical and dramatic piece of theater, proving that with the right mix of ingredients, an opera can be staged in a small theater and still achieve a thrilling and moving effect.
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
"It was like the world went from black & white to Technicolor," says Keith Richards of the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-'50s, and this look at the King's first official album (the legendary Sun Sessions weren't issued in album form until well after the fact) backs up that claim. The one-hour program (plus 40 minutes of bonus interview material on the DVD) combines performance footage (the early TV shows are not to be missed), photos, and more to limn Presley's early days, when he combined country, blues, and R&B to forge a unique, galvanizing style. Sun producer Sam Phillips, author Peter Guralnick, Presley's musicians, and others are on hand to provide insight and background. But in the end, of course, it comes down to the music--and when you're talking about the likes of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Money Honey," and "Heartbreak Hotel" (a single that actually wasn't on the album), "classic" hardly begins to cover it.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert
In July of 2001, the concert edition of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway masterpiece, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, was presented at San Francisco's famed Davies Symphony Hall, with Patti LuPone and George Hearn starring. The world-class San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Rob Fisher, provided the accompaniment for this powerful, sold-out concert.
AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip Live
1. Newsflash 2. Stiff Upper Lip 3. You Shook Me All Night Long 4. Problem Child 5. Thunderstruck 6. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 7. Hard As A Rock 8. Shoot To Thrill 9. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 10. What Do You Do For Money Honey 11. Bad Boy Boogie 12. Hells Bells 13. Up To My Neck In You 14. The Jack 15. Back In Black 16. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 17. Highway To Hell 18. Whole Lotta Rosie 19. Let There Be Rock 20. T.N.T. 21. For Those About To Rock We Salute You 22. Shot Down In Flames The relentless power chords of AC/DC have ruled the likes of rock music and endured through all of its varying forms for nearly three decades. There's not a rock band on MTV or in the basement that doesn't bow before the masters of dirty deeds. Stiff Upper Lip Live captures AC/DC where they shine most--in front of thousands of their rabid fans.
Electric Light Orchestra - Zoom Tour Live
Since the early 1970's, England's Electric Light Orchestra has combined intricate, full orchestration with an underlying pop skeleton, becoming one of the most popular and influential "prog-rock" bands in history. After a long hiatus from touring the United States, ELO--led by Jeff Lynne--is filmed in a return to the American stage. Filmed at Los Angeles's CBS Television City, ZOOM TOUR LIVE has the group performing tracks like "State of Mind" and "10538 Overture" with their typical theatrics.
Facing the Music
Anne Boyd, one of Australia's leading contemporary composers, teaches music at the publicly funded University of Sydney. This documentary chronicles a year in the life of an academic department that's under the financial gun.
Eric Clapton: One More Car One More Rider
Clapton, live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on August 18, 2002, part of the sold-out worldwide tour that followed Clapton's 2001 album "Reptile." This concert DVD features live material spanning his entire career. Recorded in concert at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, August 18 2001, this performance spans Clapton's entire career and even throws in a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for good measure. Based around the album REPTILE, which had just been released at the time, this footage also includes the songs "Layla," "Tears in Heaven," "Sunshine of Your Love" and many more.