Directors: Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli
Starring: Ozzy Osbourne
Distributed by: Eagle Rock Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 135 minutes
Overall Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Growing up listening to Ozzy Osbourne definitely changed the way I appreciated music in the 80’s. Ozzy has always been one my favorites. This documentary takes an honest look into the life of one of the most iconic figures in rock and also one of the founding fathers of heavy metal. If you are an Ozzy lifelong fan like myself or just discovering this music…this is the documentary to watch. “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” covers his from Black Sabbath through through his solo success. It also goes into Ozzy’s extreme drug and alcohol issue due to his fast rise to the top, to his appetite for biting the head animals to the tragic death of Randy Rhoads to the reality TV show “The Osbournes” to the sober-still rocking Ozzy today.
The film is packed with new revealing/up close and personal interviews with Ozzy and his family. There are also new interviews from members of Black Sabbath, Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Henry Rollins, and others. I did really enjoy that the film wasn’t just covering the positive of his career and really delved into the negative as well. Honestly Ozzy looked really good and better than we have ever seen him on this film. Most people just remember him MTV’s exploitative “The Osbournes” but he is in shape and seems very stable mentally (or at least for Ozzy). He spends a lot of the film reflecting on many different aspects of his career and it just seems very real and brutally honest.
The video on the Blu-ray is good and the archive footage looks decent. The sound is key for a music Blu-ray and definitely is solid. The concert footage definitely sounds great. The bonus features are decent overall. First off we get a pretty cool Q & A with Ozzy and Jack Osbourne. There are eight deleted Scenes, some included are: Ozzy fighting with the film’s directors, there is a tattoo PSA and an alternate ending. Lastly there is footage from the Tribeca Film Festival.