Long-time DVD Review readers know by now that I am a sucker for rock'n roll movies. Whether it's the hunt for Bon Scott's grave, the antics of Spinal Tap, or a quest to get into a KISS concert, these films always bring back many of the aspirations I have had in my own days as a rock'n roller. It is a guilty pleasure and most of these films really aren't very good – but they make me feel good because I can relate to the stories and the characters. In "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny" we have more of that and I was eager to check this film out on DVD.
As everyone probably knows by now, Jack Black is not only an actor but also part of the rock duo "Tenacious D," a brutally offensive, sing-it-like-you-mean-it combo who aren't shy about anything they say or think. Here we have a story where Jack Black and Kyle Gass meet for the first time in Venice Beach, become room mates and live their common dream – to become rock gods. When things fail their eyes turn toward the Pick Of Destiny, a guitar pick carved from the tooth of Satan himself which is said to have the power to catapult anyone using it into rock superstardom – as witnessed by bands, such as The Who, Van Halen, AC/DC and others.
"Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny" has some truly hilarious moments that make up for some of the weaker moments in the film and overall found it to be a great feel-good comedy with some amazing music. Featuring cameo appearances by Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl, Tim Robbins, Amy Poehler and Ben Stiller the movie has cult appeal written all over it. Despite the fact that the language in the movie is truly at its foulest, it is hard to feel offended by it, because it is all in good humor and sometimes simply all too true.
New Line has prepared this release as a Platinum Series edition and offers up the movie in a great-looking anamorphic widescreen transfer. Absolutely clean and free of defects the transfer is vibrant and rich without noise or grain. Colors are strikingly vivid and complemented by solid black levels that ensure visual depth at all times. No edge-enhancement is evident and the compression is also without artifacts making for a pristine viewing.
In terms of audio the disc rocks away on 5.1 Dolby Digital EX as well as DTS 6.1 ES, getting the most out of the kick-ass music. Clean and clear the audio is free of distortion ands the wide sound field helps bring the action on the screen to life. Best of all however it adds punch to the music like there's no tomorrow. With an incredible bass extension and cool dynamics the music is the true highlight of the film making it almost more of a rock opera than a comedy.
There's a good number of bonus materials to be found on the release as well, such as a commentary track featuring Black and Gass. A separate commentary track by director Liam Lynch is also included as he tells his side of the story. The tracks are followed by 14 deleted and extended scenes. There's an interesting mix there between scenes - some of them funny and interesting, others not overly so. A number of featurettes are included as well, such as a fly-on-the-wall look at the studio sessions and a video journal style production featurette. It is hard to tell sometimes what is real, what is made-up, what is serious and what is just a joke, but I found that it doesn't matter, because in the end it's funny and entertaining in the sense that it gives you a more intimate look at the making of the film.
Tenacious D doing what they do best -ROCKIN & ROLLIN!
Ok, I'll admit it, I am a Jack Black fan, else I would not have givn the feature length music video a 4 / good rating, as a film it really was only a 3, maybe even a high 2 towards the end, as the tale's ending could have done with more of a climax.
However, it is Tenacious D at their finest, with superb musical arrangement and lyrics, which will have you rewinding back and forth to hear the machine gun spitting Jack Black's vocals, accompanied by the guitar genius that is Kyle Gass. Jack's vocal range is SOOOOO impressive, with spine tingling falsetto and booming baritone, he is a very versatile singer and Kyle Gass is his perfect guitar maestro counterpart, his chubby digits fretting at a speed previously thought impossible for fat fingered rockers!
Arguably, Jack Black has moved on and done better things, such as School of Rock and Nacho Libre, but the 'D' was where he shot to fame and where he was just coming into his own, after several years of bit parts and character acting amidst the stand up comedy he is reknowned for.
If you liked School of Rock, have a penchant for air guitar, like to mosh to Metallica on a Sunday afternoon, this is a must buy! If, like me, you like a bit of comedy, good music and occasionally swing your pants to Guns and Roses, it's well worth it for a few quid. The beginning features Meatloaf and is arguably one of the best bits in the film!
Great film with some hilarious moments
The film follows the path of JB and KG as they start up a band and try to become famous. It starts with young KG leaving home and going to Hollywood, he meets Kyle Gass and they go on a journey to get the Pick of Destiny to become the greatest band ever.
This plan works out with hilarious consequences, as they escape the police, break into a rock museum and have a great time.
The film is slightly weak at times, however overall makes for a good film; especially if you love Tenacious D.
4/5 - Ferari1990
The Pick Of Destiny tfollows young JB as he flees to LA, and teams up with metal od kyle and goes about stealing the guitar pick that will certainly guarantee the duo fame + fortune. The plot is only there to link the riotously juvenile and cheerfully crass setpieces and musical blasts.The highlights have got to be Jack Black flying with a Sasquatch as he is tripping on shrooms, Black dodging security lasers at the Rock 'n' Roll Museum and Jack rocking so hard that a punters head then blows up! He dominates the extras also, jumping the perfunctory Making Of and outbantering KyleGass on an unremitting yak track.
Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (DVD)
Jack Black is hilarious, "Kyle Gas" cracks me up. Everyone in the film is so good.
If you're at all prudish or upset by obsenities/profanities then I would recommend you don't buy it. However, for everyone else its brilliant. The kid playing the young Jack is amazing (only a short part but just sooo good).
There is quite a lot of swearing/rudeness in it but somehow it seems to work. Songs are fantastic. Nothing to dislike really as the bad, mad, rude side of it works well with the "rock" theme.
Music fantastic. I really love the micky take from Clockwork Orange.
Bought it on my son's advice (!) and becuase I really rate Jack Black for entertainment. Not one for the grandparents!!