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AC/DC: Church of Rock - The Bon Scott Years - documentary DVD / independently produced DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 2 stars
Featuring: AC/DC
  Distributor: Koch International
DVD release: 09 December 2008   Runtime: 60 min. (1 disc)
Format: NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English - Stereo), Digital discography, Interactive AC/DC gaming feature

AC/DC: Church of Rock - The Bon Scott Years is an informative documentary on the now-legendary rock band, as well as a biography of its most famous lead singer. However, for a major problem discussed below, I can only recommend this DVD to true hardcore fans of Scott and AC/DC (and even for them it might be a one-time-only viewing).

The documentary itself is broken up into three parts: a section on the formation of AC/DC, a section on Scott's career prior to joining the band, and a final (too brief) section on his glory years leading the band before his untimely death.

The documentary is quite informative in detailing the early stages of AC/DC. It uses rare footage and photographs as well as interviews with acquaintances and former band members to document how the band was formed by Malcolm and Angus Young, as well as how Angus came to wear his now iconic schoolboy uniform.

For the Scott section, it also does well following how his career began with a '60s pop band, moved to a "The Band"-type extended jam band, then how, while recovering from a motorcycle accident, he by chance found himself as the new lead singer for AC/DC.

Now for the bad news: since this is an unauthorized documentary, there are no AC/DC songs in it, nor are there any interviews with current members. Obviously, the lack of their music is a glaring omission and means the documentary doesn't tell the whole story. Again, I'd only recommend this DVD to hardcore fans of the band who are already familiar with the songs. For casual fans not familiar with the music, if they can't hear the music and understand what all the fuss is about, then what's the point?

In short, the documentary is informative (and there are some nice extras as well, such as an interactive quiz and a discography), but without the music, it's like buying a Jaguar with a Kia engine. What makes it special is missing. Buyer beware.
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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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