Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pearl Jam Twenty - The Extras

Finally received my 3-disc blu-ray limited deluxe edition, which has long been sold out, causing many shut-out Ten Club fans to petition for more copies to be manufactured. I hope they do, so as to prevent assholes from selling it on e-bay for more than a hundred bucks. I won't go into the film, as I've already done so two months ago.

There are a couple of extras-cum-deleted scenes on the first disc, all of which are eye-candy to the more-than-casual fan. After having viewed them, I'll probably won't re-watch it for a very long time, maybe except the 'Eddie Vedder House Tour'. He doesn't actually show us around his house entirely; it's mainly medium shots and close-ups. Though you can tell his place looks very cool, particularly inspired by Clockwork Orange and a bit like Luke Skywalker's Tatooine ranch. Not only does Eddie look fucking attractive offstage, there's also a uniqueness to the way he converses with Cameron Crowe that you just wanna pay attention to his every word.

The other band members' extra stuff: Mike McCready in his home studio talking about how Faithfull came about as he plays the lick on his Taylor acoustic. It's interesting for me as it's one of my favorite PJ songs -- McCready at his finest. Also Stone Gossard shows us a little of Seattle from his car and Jeff Ament goes back to his Montana hometown. Keyboardist Boom Gaspar is interviewed, talking about how he joined the band, but his clip is so short that Cameron might as well just have included it into the final cut, cause he's only covered for like a few seconds in the film. Finally Matt Cameron briefly describes to us how he conceived The Fixer; and I didn't know he could play the guitar!

There's this live footage from the mid-'90s where Eddie goes apeshit, smashing his mic stand against the stage floor, creating a hole big enough to go through. And then the band exits the stage through the hole one by one! The last clip is the band performing Come Back in Italy ('06), in memory of Johnny Ramone. It's one of their better ballads, very Otis Redding. Decent material overall. What I really would've wanted were longer interview segments with the band members, or a film commentary by Cameron Crowe (his Almost Famous Director's Cut commentary was fantastically insightful). These bonus stuffs are available on the single-disc edition.