Super Duper Alice CooperHD Closed Captioning
Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn & Reginald Harkema
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About the Movie
From Banger Films, the creators of “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” and “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, ” comes “Super Duper Alice Cooper” the story of Vincent Furnier, the preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the most outrageous rock star of his generation. This unique “doc opera, ” a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera goes from the early days of Alice as the frontman for a cutting edge rock band in the sixties through the hazy decadence of global celebrity in the seventies and on to his winking comeback as the glam metal godfather in the eighties. This is the tale of Alice and Vincent battling for each other’s souls. “Super Duper Alice Cooper” combines audio interviews with a wealth of archive Alice Cooper footage covering concerts, TV appearances, movie cameos, dramatic headlines and magazine spreads. All the highlights of his career are covered aided by contributions from some of the biggest music icons of all time including Iggy Pop, Elton John, John Lydon, Bernie Taupin, Dee Snider and of course Alice Cooper himself. This is the definitive, extraordinary story of the man and the myth that is uniquely Alice Cooper.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This enjoyable ride should appeal to Alice Cooper's original fans, as well as those who came to him via the performers he influenced.
Rotten: This competent but underwhelming portrait of the 70s/80s rock star sticks to the usual wave-graph structure of a thousand other rock bio-docs ...
Great Rock Doc
The film covers the timeline of Alice Cooper from pre-Alice years to his comeback tour in 1987. It has some personal stories from family, friends, and the 2 of the original band members, Dennis Dunaway (bass) and Neal Smith (drums.)
My only complaints are the lack of any mention about Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton (both of the original guitarists) but I assume that has to do with permission issues. But what you do get from Dennis and Neal are heartfelt stories that highlight the close friendship the band had when they were together.
Something unique about this documentary is that it discusses Alice's cocaine addiction in the early 80s, which has always been an avoided topic. Alice usually covers it up by saying "those years are my blackout years, I don't remember anything." But the film takes a good amount of time with the topic.
The directors did an especially great job using the timeline to tell the story of a protagonist who rises and falls and then is reborn from his ashes. For a man comes from Pheonix, Alice Cooper is much like the mythical bird.
Great film for fans...super fans may be a little irritated about messed up dates on some of the footage as well as the missing mentions of Glen and Mike. But I loved all the lot long lost footage, never before clips, and photos with a 3D effect are used to tell the story. All in all it was a very good movie.
Pretty Good Story
Watched this twice now and I would say it’s pretty well done. Some of the visuals throughout the story were kind of corny but those were few and far between while most of the film easily kept my attention and was very entertaining.
The history of the group and Alice himself from the very beginning through the breakup of the band to Alice’s very difficult years was decently structured with good information.
My only real critique is that the film didn’t concentrate enough on the musical success's of the group. Some of the hits like Eighteen and Schools Out are highlighted but there was nary a mention of anything else except Nightmare and that just seemed to be in passing. Ballad of Dwight Fry was placed very well in the story though with good relevance.
Cooper fans should definitely enjoy the film as a lot of the old footage and clips are extremely cool.
I enjoyed this film!!!! I enjoyed the storytelling and use of old photographs mixed in with the narration.
The only critique would be that it didn't cover a lot of the 1980's Alice comeback and beyond. It felt like it ended too soon.
I would also have liked to see Alice talking about his time on the muppet show!!!! That is one of my fondest memories!!!
If you like Alice you will like this!!!!