Sublime: Stories, Tales, Lies and Exaggerations
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 17, 2001
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The Movie:

Being a fan of ska music from bands like the Specials to the Bosstones and even some newer bands like Reel Big Fish, I was looking forward to seeing a documentary about Sublime, the 1990's ska/rock group that broke up tragically early when lead singer Brad Nowell died.

"Stories, Lies" is a documentary feature that takes a look at the band in and around 1995 when they played on the Warped tour. We see a mixture of both clips of the concert footage as well as thoughts from the band and their friends (such as the band No Doubt) about the origins and ideas behind the music.

The interview footage is occasionally amusing and somewhat informative as we find out more about the band's history and evolution - as well as their gaining popularity. There's only a few complaints about it all - songs really aren't allowed to play out fully and usually simply fade out as they go to the next interview. The other concern is that the presentation generally seems to be filmed on home video, which makes the image quality hazy and the sound quality less clear than the band's CDs.


The DVD

VIDEO: The video quality varies, although never does it look like anything else besides something that was done on home video. Much of it has a soft, sometimes hazy and murky quality, looking grainy and occasionally showing some pixelation.

SOUND: The stereo audio is definitely lacking; for such enjoyable music, it deserves at least a more well-produced sound for the concert footage, which sounds decent at times, but often rather muddy and slightly distorted - I personally think their CDs have better sound quality than this presentation often does. Although the interviews are usually clear, if anyone isn't talking up, it becomes somewhat hard to hear what they're saying.

MENUS:: The menu remains pretty basic, although I like the option to jump to individual songs.

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Final Thoughts: Although "Stories" as a documentary does a nice job showing the band's history and gives fans a decent look behind-the-scenes, it's too bad that the video and audio quality is fairly weak. Still, those who are fans of the band will find a lot to like and can probably overlook the presentation quality - for them, it's worth checking out as a rental.



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