Super Duper Alice Cooper isn’t just the story of a rock god. It’s the story of an American hero, and his name is Alice Cooper. Don’t go see Super Duper Alice Cooper if you’re just looking for a documentary on Alice Cooper, the band and the man. This “doc-opera” is a film about a man who went head to head with his demons and won. Alice may be more about preaching and golfing than sex and drugs these days, but this film is the ultimate heroic tale about rock and roll’s original glam king, his struggles with dependencies, and achieving the highest glories rock and roll has to offer.
It’s not a normal documentary by any means. Cooper and most of the surviving members of the band, plus a few other key players in Alice’s life give more of an oral history, never seen but heard in the background, while a colorful montage of archival material sort of floats in and out. It does cover Alice’s growing up in Detroit to the time his family moved to Phoenix due to Alice’s health problems, meeting with the future members of Alice Cooper, going to LA and meeting Frank Zappa, and so forth.
There’s barely any mention of his classic songs or albums but they do appear throughout the film to help paint a picture of each new stage of Alice’s life. It’s not really a rock documentary; it’s more of a personal journey of seeing Alice fight the demons that came with all the success of being a rock and roll star. It is a well put together film that really stands out from any other music documentaries, and I would definitely declare one of the very best of the year.
I can’t rave enough about this film. If you’re a fan of Alice Cooper or a fan of the thousands of bands influenced by Alice Cooper, then you’ll definitely enjoy the ride into this man’s nightmare.
The film is available on Blu-ray, DVD & 4 disc Deluxe Edition photo book featuring the BD, DVD and bonus DVD and audio CD on June 3rd.
The DVD and Blu-ray version of Super Duper Alice Cooper includes bonus deleted scenes, Alice Cooper interviews from the VH1 Classic series “Metal Evolution,” and additional rare footage. The Deluxe Edition features not only the full film on DVD and Blu-ray, but also a second DVD of previously unreleased concert footage from Montreal University in 1972, and a CD of Cooper’s performance at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival, all housed in an LP-sized box with 60-page hardback photobook.
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Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.