'Lords of Chaos: Uncensored Director's Cut'
(Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, et al / Blu-ray + DVD / NR / 2019 / Cleopatra Entertainment - MVD Visual)
Overview: A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.
Blu-ray Verdict: Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating 'true Norwegian black metal' with his band Mayhem.
He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur.
Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.
For my money, 'Lords of Chaos' is not only a solid piece of film, but an engaging, darkly comical but at times tense drama film based on actual true events that took place within the uprising of Norwegian metal music in the late 80's and early 90's; revolving around bands Mayhem and Burzem.
Having said that, the rest is really best to allow to unfold before your very eyes for it will leave an impression on you, one way or another, that's for damn sure!
The script and pace work is great and there's never a dull moment - despite a few sequences that deal with a more earthly subject matter - such as suicide, murder and religious retaliations.
The acting range of the leads in both Rory Culkin and Emory Cohen are both together on screen and as one in their own pockets of Gothness, stirring and provoking.
The tenseness of the third act is a massively wondrous pay off, whether you know the full extent of said ending (in real life) or not, whilst director Jonas Åkerlund helms from his past experiences with metal bands flawlessly.
Chock full of surprisingly more darkly toned humor and brutal moments of violent crimes than I would have expected, and whilst being based on the biographical book of the same name, 'Lords of Chaos' was a delightful surprise to me and an unexpected two thumbs up at the very same time (from all who viewed it with me last night).
Overall, and playing Devil's Advocate, sure, it's far from a perfect movie, but for what it tries to relay, for what it attempts to signify within both the musical community and those that "live" within it, well, it's sense of sadness entwinned with bouts of entertaining, yet brutal and emotional experiences makes this one highly worthy cinematic venture. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Limited Edition Bonus Features of:
11 Director's Teasers
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