Saw this film last night (my Karii Lynn bought me the DVD for my birthday!) It was really good, but I was just a little disappointed by some things with it. Before I get to that, let me share what I did like.
The way it was presented is remarkably well done. Like Walt Disney’s top notch film Waking Sleeping Beauty - ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ includes interactive pictures and archive footage, along with recent interviews WITH NO TALKING HEADS. The Alice Cooper music included in the documentary is also a highlight. Everything flows perfectly well, and tells the Alice Cooper story as honest as possible.
It’s also quite short (only 90 minutes of length), and covers from the early days to Cooper’s comeback in the mid-80s. Doesn’t cover all his weak albums during the 80s/90s, his various movie cameos (like ‘Wayne’s World’ or ‘Freddy’s Dead,’ or the recent ‘Dark Shadows’), and doesn’t have many inspired rocker’s saying how SUPER DUPER Alice Cooper is. I expected at least Rob Zombie OR Marilyn Manson to say something, since they wouldn’t exist without Alice Cooper. Instead, it’s a step up from a Behind the Music episode on VH1, but it still feels as lite as Behind the Music.
You compare this film to Rush’s ‘Beyond the Lighted Stage,’ this film falls short. I love Rush’s documentary. I own the Blu Ray, and have seen it many times. Not only that - it feels more complete as it dives into Rush’s career. It’s not complete by a long shot, but feels complete. It includes a reflection on majority of the album’s, and the rocker’s that were inspired by Rush has a chance to speak. I expected that from ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper,’ but no cigar!
The only aspect of ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ that’s better than ‘Beyond the Lighted Stage’ is the archive footage, and no talking heads.
If you are a Cooper fan, it is worth seeing. It’s still well done, and I hope to see more rock documentaries from the director(s) of these films. I would maybe rate this film 3.5 out of five.