American filmmaker Doug Pray is responsible for capturing the beauty of grunge music and its surrounding culture in the Seattle rock scene in his 1996 documentary Hype!
This year marks as the 20th anniversary of the film’s debut, which lends extra cause for celebration with the upcoming September 29 release of a special collector’s edition DVD. The collector’s edition will also be available on Blu Ray for the first time, and will feature new interviews, outtakes, and exclusive director commentary from Pray.
While the film was also released in 2004 via Lions Gate to include extra bonus features, the anniversary edition is set to include the CGI short film Hate by comic artist, writer and Harvey Award-winner Peter Bagge (Neat Stuff).
Produced by Steven Helvey, Hype! was originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 1996 and was released to the general public in December of that same year. The film famously features rare footage of the April 1991 OK Hotel debut performance of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Other footage focuses on interviews by known names such as Gas Huffer, Hovercraft, TAD, Coffin Break, Mono Men, Love Battery, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Gits, 7 Year Bitch, Seaweed, Zipgun, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Flop, The Melvins, Fastbacks, and Supersuckers.
Winning Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Hype! Has received two thumbs up by Siskel & Ebert, and earned a spot on Vulture’s list of best music documentaries of all time. Rolling Stone has marked it as number ten “among the top 25 music DVDs of all time” (via BLABBERMOUTH.)
The DVD and Blu Ray is available for pre-order now through Shout! Factory.