THE MUSIC, THE ARTISTS, AND THE HYPE THAT DEFINED A GENERATION!
Drop into the Pacific Northwest in the early '90s and watch a vibrant underground music scene explode into a global "grunge" media frenzy. Hype! follows the music from local bands playing for their friends, to Sub Pop Record’s brilliant exploitation of "the Seattle Sound," to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hitting #1 on the charts. Questions of money, authenticity, and fame arise as "grunge fashion" hits the runways and a mass migration of wanna-be Seattle bands saturates the city. The Northwest experience is one of humor, loss, and epic irony. With intense live performances by Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, and many more, Hype! rocks the definitive story of the world's last great local music scene.
"TWO THUMBS UP!" – SISKEL & EBERT
"THE MOST ACCURATE AND ENERGETIC LOOK AT THE SEATTLE MUSIC SCENE YOU'LL EVER SEE" – CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Why We Love It
"The landmark grunge documentary Hype! will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a collector's edition boasting outtakes, new interviews and more. The release also marks the first time Hype! has been available on Blu-ray...
The documentary notably contains footage of Nirvana's debut live performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," recorded April 17th, 1991 at Seattle's OK Hotel." — Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone
“Hype! is a beautiful encapsulation of youth culture, a time capsule that delights and entertains twenty years after its release and serves as an essential document of that confusing, bizarre, and oft tragic time.” – Joseph Kyle, Under The Radar
“It’s been just over 20 years since Hype! was released, and the film is as relevant as ever—a time capsule of what might have been the last small-city music eruption onto the global stage.” – Matthew Oshinsky, Paste
“The Seattle grunge phenomenon was tailing off by the time Doug Pray made his film “Hype!,” but it’s exactly that sense of a moment having passed that makes this an all-time great rock-doc.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
“While being a fan of the music certainly adds to the enjoyment of Hype!, it's not required to learn the cautionary tale it tells. Shout's Blu-ray offers a good HD experience and the Special Features do a great job adding to the story that continued after the film ended.” – Gordon S. Miller, Cinema Sentries
“hype! is a really cool look back at the grunge era in Seattle and its rise to commercialism at a time where it was still actually present (While on its way out). Shout! Factory gives this one a really nice video and audio presentation while presenting some great new extras to go along with some older ones. This is definitely a collector item for 90s music fans as well as the grunge loves.” – Brandon Peters, Why So Blu
- NEW “Hype! 20 Years After” – Featuring New Interviews With Members Of Mudhoney, Soundgarden, And The Fastbacks, Record Producers Jack Endino And Steve Fisk, Manager Susan Silver, And Photographer Charles Peterson
- NEW Audio Commentary By Director Doug Pray
- Audio Commentary By Director Doug Pray And Producer Steve Helvey
- Peter Bagge’s Animated Short, “Hate”
- Additional Performances (With Optional Director’s Commentary) By Mudhoney, Supersuckers, Pond, And The Gits
- Additional Interviews With Megan Jasper, Art Chantry, Tad, Leighton Beezer, Peter Bagge, And More
- Theatrical Trailer