Bad Company: Official Authorized 40th Anniversary
(Simon Kirke, Jason Bonham, Paul Rodgers, Zoot Money, Ian Hunter / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / MVD Visual - FilmRise)
Overview: Supported by Bad Company's major hit tracks, this candid film celebrates rock's hottest anthems in the company of the group's remaining three members: Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs, alongside contemporaries Brian May, Zoot Money, Sam Moore, Joe Elliott, Jason Bonham and many more!
Blu-ray Verdict: This is the story of the English rock group Bad Company from their early roots, through the breakup and reuniting and as much as it only runs 84 minutes, you should know that coming complete with the "officially authorized" tagline means that what you get here on this new Blu-ray is the most incredible, revealing and heartfelt look at one of the worlds greatest ever rock bands.
If we were not aware from the off, the documentary takes us by the hand and introduces us to the band formed in Westminster, London, in 1973 by singer Paul Rodgers and guitarist Mick Ralphs (later adding drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell).
We learn that Peter Grant, who managed the rock band Led Zeppelin, also managed Bad Company until 1982, which was news to me, so that was rather interesting to know.
We watch as all the success had by the band throughout the 1970s pours out onto our screens. Indeed, their first three albums, Bad Company (1974), Straight Shooter (1975), and Run with the Pack (1976), reached the top five in the album charts in both the UK and US.
And many of their singles/songs, such as the self-titled 'Bad Company', 'Can't Get Enough', 'Good Lovin' Gone Bad', 'Feel Like Makin' Love', 'Ready for Love', 'Shooting Star', and 'Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy', remain staples of classic rock radio even today.
Having sold 15.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the United States alone, through rare archive and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, Bad Company comes back to life before our very eyes here in this quite wondrous new Blu-ray from MVD Visual / FilmRise.
Furthermore, this first-ever authorized Bad Company documentary film exposes the truth behind the history of the band, including revelations about past management, sell-out stadium tours and the loss of bass player Boz Burrell and so much more.
With the band having "died" along the way due to one thing or another - due to both external and, as we find out here, internal issues - on December 4th, 1995 the four original members of Bad Company managed to come together for the first time in thirteen years to attend the funeral of their former manager, Peter Grant.
This would be a precursor of things to come, of course, and suddenly, slowly but surely, the Bad Company empire began to have new life breathed within it. Which led, as we all now know, to a full on reunion and their subsequent 40th Anniversary Tour.
Director Jon Brewer ('BB King: The Life of Riley') joins Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirks and Mick Ralphs on the road, and for the first time ever has chronicled this story as told by the band themselves, Bad Company.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
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