Stephin Merritt, Magnetic Fields Documentary "Strange Powers" Now on DVD
Strange Powers, the documentary that offers an intimate portrait of Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, is now available on DVD. The film, ten years in the making, was directed by Gail O’Hara and Kerthy Fix. Special features on the DVD include previously unreleased deleted scenes of the band in the studio, on tour, and backstage; official music videos for “Strange Powers” and “Born on a Train”; the official film trailer; and a commentary track with Merritt and band member Claudia Gonson.
The New York Daily News gives Strange Powers four stars. “(T)his enjoyable film … underscores Merritt's life-long commitment to shielding his vulnerabilities in arch language, delivered with a superior yawn," writes Daily News critic Jim Farber. "That quality—mixed with an alarming wit and a prolific aptitude for tunes that jangle and ache—has made Merritt one of the greatest American songwriters to emerge in the last two decades."
The Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: "After seeing this engaging documentary, you'll likely become a huge fan of [Merritt's] exceptional music."