Best Music Movies of 2001

1.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

5.5
7.7/10

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.”

Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Alberta Watson, Gene Pyrz, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Maurice Dean Wint
Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell
Release date: 2001-07-20
2.

Rock Star

4.7
6.3/10

Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called "Blood Pollution" by night.Internal struggles between the Steel Dragon band members culminate with the firing of the lead singer, Bobby Beers and the starting of recruitment sessions to find a new vocalist. Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Release date: 2001-09-04
3.

Save the Last Dance

4.6
6.2/10

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Starring: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr, Terry Kinney
Directed by: Thomas Carter
Release date: 2001-01-12
4.

Elevation 2001 - U2 Live from Boston

4.2
8.4/10
Elevation 2001 - U2 Live from Boston
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.
Starring: The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2001-06-03
5.

Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert

3.6
8.7/10
Robbie Williams: Live at the Albert
Experience the triumphs, the tears, the traumas and the trousers when Robert Peter Williams blows into London Town for one night only. Rub shoulder pads with a star-studded audience as Mr Success and his 58 piece orchestra serenade you with the songs that make the young girls crazy. Recorded on 10th October 2001 in the Royal Albert Hall.
Starring: Robbie Williams, Jon Lovitz, Jane Horrocks
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2001-10-10
6.

Songcatcher

3.5
7.2/10
Songcatcher
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.
Starring: Janet McTeer, Michael Davis, Michael Goodwin, Gregory Russell Cook, Jane Adams
Directed by: Maggie Greenwald
Release date: 2001-03-01
7.

Dream Theater: Metropolis 2000 - Scenes From New York

3.5
9.1/10
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
Starring: James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, John Myung, Jordan Rudess
Directed by: Mike Portnoy
Release date: 2001-04-21
8.

Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party

3.5
7.0/10
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party
Shrek and his friends enjoy themselves with some Karaoke partying.
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Christopher Knights, Guillaume Aretos, John Bisom
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Release date: 2001-01-01
9.

*NSYNC: Making The Tour

3.4
6.2/10
*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!
Starring: Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick
Release date: 2001-02-13
10.

Aida

3.4
8.0/10
Aida
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.
Starring: Adina Aaron, Kate Aldrich, Scott Piper
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 2001-01-27
11.

Sweeney Todd: In Concert

3.3
8.5/10
Sweeney Todd:  In Concert
Starring Broadway legends Patti LuPone and George Hearn with the San Francisco Symphony under Rob Fisher. Sondheim's Sweeney is based on playwright Christopher Bond’s stage thriller Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The music and lyrics for Sweeney are by Stephen Sondheim and the book is by Hugh Wheeler. Adapted by Christopher Bond and originally directed by Harold Prince, the Philharmonic performances of Sweeney was directed by Lonny Price and conducted by Andrew Litton. The New York Choral Artists also participated in the program.
Starring: Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Neil Patrick Harris, Victoria Clark, Davis Gaines
Directed by: Lonny Price
Release date: 2001-01-01
12.

AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip Live

3.3
8.5/10
AC/DC: Stiff Upper Lip Live
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. [Tracklist:] 01 Newsflash 02 Stiff Upper Lip 03 You Shook Me All Night Long 04 Problem Child 05 Thunderstruck 06 Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be 07 Hard As A Rock 08 Shoot To Thrill 09 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 23 Credits
Starring: Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd
Directed by: Nick Morris
Release date: 2001-12-04
13.

Classic Albums: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

3.1
7.6/10
Classic Albums: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The worlds of glitz, glam, and pop-rock fused immortally on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, born of the formidable partnership of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. This 1973 double album may well have been the peak of their collaboration. Ranging from perennial favorites like "Candle in the Wind," "Benny and the Jets," and the title track to more ambitious compositions like "Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)" and everything in between, Goodbye is unmatched in its depth and scope. This entry in the Classic Albums series of DVDs documents the often tumultuous writing and recording sessions for that masterpiece through vintage clips of the musicians in the studio and new interviews with Elton, Bernie, producer Gus Dudgeon, and the band members. We may never know how the John-Taupin team achieved their magic, but this release offers a both a peek at the process and a few reasons why the album endures today.
Starring: Gus Dudgeon, Rick Frio, Paul Gambaccini, David Hentschel, Connie Hillman
Directed by: Bob Smeaton
Release date: 2001-11-06
14.

Animusic

3.1
8.0/10
Animusic
Animusic draws you into its reality like no place you have ever been. You encounter new dimensions of sight and sound as you experience seven unique visual concerts. From the robotic laser-precision of Future Retro and rapid-fire ball bearings of Pipe Dream to the serene acoustic beauty of Aqua Harp, each animation is an intricate melding of music and visuals.
Directed by: Wayne Lytle
Release date: 2001-01-01
15.

Kylie Minogue: Live in Sydney

3.1
8.0/10
Kylie Minogue: Live in Sydney
Hot off the heels of her 2001 World Tour, Kylie Minogue graces the stage for one final performance in her homeland of Australia. Filmed in Sydney, this theatrical extravaganza spans Kylie's 15-year musical evolution, including hits like "I Should Be So Lucky," "Better The Devil You Know," and the Top 10 smash, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head." From the catchy opening number, "Love Boat," to the sultry interpretation of Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," Kylie's energy never slows down
Starring: Kylie Minogue, Sherina White, Lurine Cato, Germana Bonaparte, Milena Mancini
Directed by: Hamish Hamilton
Release date: 2001-10-01
16.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Off the Map

3.1
8.5/10
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Off the Map
Released in 2001, the four brothers of funk known as The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Chad Smith) had this 25 song concert released. It was taped two years after the release of their seventh album "Californication". The concert includes songs from the bands' storied history and the from the landmark "Californication".
Starring: Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Flea, Chad Smith
Release date: 2001-01-01
17.

Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds

3.1
8.4/10
Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds
Filmed over two years in India and the USA, Mark Kidel's award-winning documentary brings together archive footage spanning seven decades of Ravi Shankar's performing life, and provides a definitive account of the late sitar maestro's unique musical career.
Starring: Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Uday Shankar, Bikram Ghosh, Tanmoy Bose
Directed by: Mark Kidel
Release date: 2001-08-31
18.

Alegria: Cirque du Soleil

3.1
8.6/10

A far cry from the dialogue-free circus performances Cirque du Soleil is known for, Alegria chronicles the fate of a small boy who has been forced into slavery. Eventually, he learns that in order to free himself and the other children, he must defeat a fire-breathing or an equally tough but decidedly more philosophical inner dragon.

Starring: Ebon Grayman, Tamir Erdenesaikan, Batmuhkh Batjargal, Piotr Matula, Kristina Ivanova
Directed by: Nick Morris
Release date: 2001-11-19
19.

Genesis - The Genesis Songbook

3.1
8.3/10
Genesis - The Genesis Songbook
When Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford joined forces in the late sixties, their intentions were not to be recording artists but rather songwriters. That initial plan soon fell by the wayside when they secured a record deal and became Genesis, progressing from the underground scene with such albums as "Trespass" and "Nursery Cryme," to become household names with the addition of drummer/singer Phil Collins and such chart topping albums as "We Can't Dance" and "Invisible Touch." By talking to the individual members of the group, discover what they consider to be their favorite Genesis songs, and why certain songs have a special place in the Genesis story. Song include: I Can't Dance, Invisible Touch, Follow You Follow Me, The Musical Box, Supper's Ready, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Afterglow, Misunderstanding, Turn It On Again, Mama, Land of Confusion.
Starring: Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford
Directed by: Bob Smeaton
Release date: 2001-09-25
20.

Billy Joel: The Essential Video Collection

3.0
7.6/10
Billy Joel: The Essential Video Collection
Songs: Piano Man, All for Leyna, Tell Her About It, Honesty, Sometimes a Fantasy, The Night Is Still Young, Pressure, My Life, Keeping the Faith, A Matter of Trust, You're Only Human (Second Wind), Everybody Loves You Now, Uptown Girl, You May Be Right, Big Shot, The Longest Time, Allentown, Los Angelenos, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, Baby Grand. Bonus videos: She's Right on Time, Goodnight Saigon (Live), Leave a Tender Moment Alone (Live), James.
Starring: Billy Joel
Release date: 2001-11-20

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