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Nirvana, Soundgarden, more featured in grunge documentary reissue
A documentary about the musical movement that came out of Seattle and came to be known as "grunge" is getting its first release on Blu-ray and an updated DVD reissue 20 years after its release.
The movie, called Hype!, was directed by Doug Pray and features rare performances by Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana -- including footage of the first live performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- along with many other acts. Also included are interviews with members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, numerous other acts and both label and management personnel involved in that seminal scene.
The new home video editions of the film are out on September 29th and will include a new audio commentary with Pray, vintage interviews and performances, outtakes, and a new featurette featuring some of the original artists in Hype! two decades later.
To this day the "Seattle scene" has had an impact on rock music. Pop Evil singer Leigh Kakaty spoke a while back about recording the band's last album in the same studios as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden: "There's something special about Seattle, man. There's something special about those places that just brought -- I think it just raises your level of excellence. You don't want to be slacking when you know all those great bands that put out such great music in these studios. So you want to, like, bring your A-game, so to speak, and I think that's what's special. There's so much support."
Hype! chronicles the history of the grunge movement from local bands playing for their friends to Sub Pop Records cornering the market on the "Seattle sound" to Nirvana hitting Number One with "Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Hype! premiered in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival and went on to receive wide critical acclaim and international theatrical distribution.
It was listed at Number 10 among the top 25 music DVDs of all time by Rolling Stone, and one of the top 50 best music documentaries of all time by Vulture.
Did you know?
Pray's most recent project is HBO's four-part series The Defiant Ones, for which he was executive producer, writer, and editor. The Defiant Ones chronicles the rise of rap artist and mogul Dr. Dre and music industry executive Jimmy Iovine.