'We Are Twisted F**king Sister!'
(Twisted Sister / Blu-ray / R / 2016 / Music Box Films)
Overview: 'WE ARE TWISTED F**KING SISTER!' is the mesmerizing, wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band's legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans.
Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, I hadn't heard much about / from Twisted Sister for a long ol' time so to catch up with them in this fashion - albeit flashback style - was still a real delight - for a big hair lovin' metal band freak from the 80's like myself, of course.
'We Are Twisted F**king Sister!' showcases an earlier time in the bands history. A time when they were quoted as being the "World's Greatest Bar Band' and Dee Snider got away with wearing fishnet stockings (albeit on his left leg only! But that was life back then in the mid-1970s. For Dee and his Twisted Sister band mates claimed glitter rock for their own, cross-dressing their way to headlining every club within 100 miles of New York City, from New Jersey bowling alleys to Long Island beach bars.
With gigs six nights a week, they were the most successful live bar band of suburban New York, selling out 5,000-seat shows fueled by their no-holds-barred stage presence and aggressive metal set lists. But by the early 80s, they found themselves balancing on a double-edged sword, hugely popular with local audiences but without a national following or a record deal to speak of.
When Twisted Sister finally got their big break in 1983, they would (obviously) go on to become one of the biggest glam rock bands of the decade, their over-the-top live shows drawing sell-out crowds and their music videos defining an early MTV network. To anyone who knew the hard-fought battle they had won to get there, the band that killed disco was no overnight success.
Ala 'We Are Twisted F**kin' Sister!' for it is, in my mind, a worthy documentary on the roots of a band that almost everyone knows today, but perhaps have no idea where they came from (or what they had to do) to be successful. Ergo, I’m glad that there’s a Twisted Sister doc finally made and even though some hardcore fans will most likely know all this stuff, I think its rather wonderful for those not in the know to catch up on their heroes in this manner too.
Indeed, there were a few things about the line ups before Dee joined that I didn’t know. There's also some silent footage of the early TS before Dee. At over two hours long, I'm glad for that as if it had been a 45 minute affair that wouldn't have done this band any real justice. Often considered glam metal for their image, something that the band themselves have rejected down the years, Twisted Sister are also ranked No. 73 in VH1's 100 greatest artists of hard rock.
So check out this incredible, highly revealing documentary today for yourself and reintroduce yourself and others around you watching to the acorn that grew into the metal machine known as Twisted Sister! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of over nearly five (5) hours of twisted bonus material including a wealth of outrageous stories from the band's early years, wild onstage appearances, and a feature audio commentary by director Andrew Horn.