23.9 C
New York
Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bob and the Monster Blu-ray Review

bob-and-the-monster-blu-ray-coverU.S. Release

– –

The Film



Filmmaker Keirda Bahruth spent six years following and filming Bob Forest, former frontman for the innovative punk rock band Thelonious Monster. The result is this candid and often shocking look into the world of rock and roll, self-destruction, and drug addiction. Bob and the Monster chronicles Bob Forrest’s rise to cult status as a critically-acclaimed rock hero at the head of Thelonious Monster, his eventual decline into alcoholism and heroin addiction, before rising out of the mire and, miraculously, getting himself cleaned up and becoming a drug counselor to other musicians desperately in need of help from others who could relate to their personal experience.

Bahruth as a director manages to stay out of the narrative and pretty much lets the story be told be Bob himself as well as the commentary of his former bandmates – some of it very unflattering – and friends like Flea and Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steven Adler, the original drummer of Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Courtney Love.

Some rather surrealist techniques are employed to depict the most graphic scenes of heroin use. Mainly, stop-motion animations and even some hand drawn animation. These are quite strange, but they do have the effect of taking you out of the documentary into a different mindset, much like drugs like heroin, meth, and cocaine are apt to do.

Video Quality



This may be Blu-ray, but hardly anything in this documentary actually looks like true high definition. Most of the footage is taken from old archival video and even some of the newer segments look very soft and filled with noise. The clearest, crispest imagery we get in this 1080i/60 AVC encodement are in the stop-motion animated sequences.

Audio Quality



We get a straightforward stereo LPCM 2.0 (48kHz/16-bit) soundtrack that presents clear dialogue and narration and also presents the rock soundtrack with lots of punch and dynamics.

Supplemental Materials



The two audio commentaries are interesting, particularly the one with Bob Forrest himself.

The supplements:

  • Commentary with Bob
  • Commentary with Keirda & Rick
  • ‘Making Of’ Claymation (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:03:50) – A montage of the stop-motion animation process.
  • Trailer (1080p/24)

The Definitive Word




Bob and the Monster is a powerful and unfiltered look into the struggle with drug addiction and the often unbreakable connection between it and rock and roll. Keirda Bahruth’s film is one of the best documentaries on either subject to come along in a very long time. Highly recommended.

Additional Screen Captures




















Related Articles

Join the Discussion on TheaterByte!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment "screeners" and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles