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    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Funky Monks

    Warner Vision/Warner Vision . R4 . COLOR . 60 mins . M15+ . PAL


    They do what they want, don't they? The Chili Peppers find that piece of funk in all manner of places and turn it into a song. It's a talent, that's their job, they become rich.

    Funky Monks takes a look at the making of their Blood Sugar Sex Magik album that launched their mainstream career. Looking back on the album itself and this DVD, there really is an obvious argument to strive for success. When Anthony Keidis talks about how his life turned from drugs to becoming the lead man of one of today's biggest bands, you get chills around you and some semblance of inspiration as well.

    This documentary shows us a side of the Chili Peppers that fans don't usually see, even with the on stage antics of Flea and the gang.


    It states on the back of the super jewel case that this is a color presentation when in fact it's totally black and white footage. Nope, not the stock but rather the 'style' that was used.

    The problem here is that the effects used to create this style may be a detriment to the transfer process as a lot of video noise is purposely added to give a very gritty look.

    We deal with two extremes here, deep blacks and bright whites with the dynamic range in-between being very abrupt. At times you feel like you're watching animated line-art, it's that abrupt.

    I wasn't expecting anything different to the VHS release as this doco wasn't intended to be recorded for DVD so we basically get a digital version of the earlier VHS release that will last forever. Don't expect anything more.


    This disc is presented with only a two channel Linear PCM soundtrack. Given the signal that a PCM track can produce, this is a pretty ordinary soundtrack that only excels in the shots featuring the original recordings.

    Fidelity in some scenes is ordinary. Examples of which are when we filming inside the bathroom. The cold, harsh sound the room produces doesn't translate too well onto the recording giving the impression of a dated audio recording device strapped to this home video recorder.


    Riddle me this, How many Oscars did Episode 1 win this year? The same as the amount of extras on this disc...


    Having not heard the Blood Sugar Sex Magik CD in a looong while, I found myself singing along to a lot of the songs as the DVD played through. For DVD fans, it's an excellent companion to that great album and with the advent of DVD-Audio appearing soon, it would be great to include the actual album as well on these discs.

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      And I quote...
    "Shows us a side of the Chili Peppers that fans don't usually see..."
    - Steve Koukoulas
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