If you order the DVD of Family Band, our Cowsills documentary on Amazon, you will receive a bonus disc with special features. Or, in days of yore when there once was a Blockbuster Video up the street, you could maybe have rented the Family Band DVD and enjoyed those special features. But raise your hand if the last time you attempted to pry open a DVD case was about four years ago.
Now, new fashioned trendies such as we can stream our enjoyment. Real life has become like a prolonged hotel stay! You get to click around and watch everything on demand without the embarrassing check outs. (“Oh, geez, they all know I watched The Chipmunks Squeakquel… twice.)
The flood of immediate entertainment possibilities is all so guilt inducingly hypnotic. I know I am not the only individual who is shamefully in possession of two DVDs which will never be mailed back to Netflix for fear that they will send me two more DVDs.
But still, as we bask in the afterglow of a Mad Men season well binged. We must ask ourselves, what fate will befall the dying art of the DVD special feature!? I don’t know. I’ll have to google it. They are still available somewhere right?) Like on HBO, right after Bill Maher but before Boxing?)
What I do know is that I am sitting on over 300 hours of Cowsills extra footage and I am not the only person who finds this interesting.
I have been told by many that Family Band is a movie that stays with you. Most of you who have watched it, have re-watched it numerous times and many of you have expressed unanswered questions. You want to know more about their Mom, more about their adult relationships with their parents, more about what may have happened to all of the money, etc. etc.
Telling a concise, streamlined, cohesively sound story is very tricky when you have seven siblings, each with his or her own truth, plus the arc of the band and a mom and dad who are no longer with us to share their perspectives. As you pull your story together, you have to make tough choices. We did, and some of them still haunt me a little bit.
This is where special features can be especially fulfilling. The filmmaker gets to depart from the expected constructs of documentary story telling and offer up more free form, stream-of-reality nuggets.
But now we’re back to the part where most of you are not going to purchase or rent the DVD. So, rather than just including the special features in that package, I worked with Create Space at Amazon to get them streaming. They are available now.
Clicking Here or on the photo above will bring you to the Amazon link for what we are calling our Extra Raw Features. They are 1 hour and 26 minutes, slam packed with Cowsill Goodness and they include:
On the bus with Susan
Bob with Shirley Jones
Backstage with Paul and John
Bob with Artie Kornfeld
On the Road with Richard and Barry
Going Home Again
The Anthem at Fenway
The Rain, The Park Music Video
River of Love Music Video
Click on over and let me know what you think. Oh, and hands down.