Iron Maiden - Flight 666 FILM PREVIEW (2009)
What is a band of gracefully aging Brits to do when the global demand for their trade has no end in sight? Make a movie about it! The difference this time around is â€œFlight 666,â€ Iron Maidenâ€™s latest offering, is not just another straight-to-DVD depiction of the band basking in their live glory like â€œDeath On The Road,â€ (2003) â€œRock In Rio,â€ (2001) and â€œLive After Deathâ€ (1985), which are still flying off the shelves and inaugurating new metalheads in every corner of the world, not to mention. This new film not only has an edge over its predecessors, it will also likely set a new standard for the caliber of documentary filmmaking that a band with as lush a history as Iron Maiden should be aiming for at this stage in their career. Fans of the band have surely caught wind that frontman Bruce Dickinson also doubles up as a professional airline pilot; for those who have not, â€œFlight 666â€ is the revelatory document of that fact. The filmmakers behind this epic release are none other than Scott McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Productions, the same parties responsible for the recent cinematic mosh pit-friendly smash successes â€œMetal, A Headbangerâ€™s Journeyâ€ and â€œGlobal Metal,â€ so you know some kind of ground is going to be broken here. And on April 21st, Maiden loyalists around the world will get their crack at â€œFlight 666â€ when the movie debuts in cinemas in almost as many countries (a staggering 38) as the band covered on last yearâ€™s â€œSomewhere Back In Time World Tour.â€ The filmâ€™s public release follows the bandâ€™s victory at UKâ€™s renowned Brit Awards, where the journeymen edged out Coldplay and The Verve, among others, for â€œBest British Live Act.â€ The candid inquest into Iron Maiden and crewâ€™s lifestyle away from home is one of the numerous perks offered by â€œFlight 666â€ which previous Maiden DVDs did not offer. Without spoiling the surprise, a few must-see aspects of the rockumentary range from seeing the dry-witted boys from Leyton, England in a variety of awkward and inevitably hilarious situations from pre-bedtime to golfing, to experiencing in 2K HD digital brilliance the breathtaking aerial views of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Japan, among others. Whether Iron Maiden are pushing their own limits as songwriters as they most recently did on â€œA Matter of Life And Deathâ€ (2006) and â€œDance of Death,â€ (2003) or delivering their classics to worldwide audiences with a seemingly insatiable appetite for arguably the finest caliber of melodic heavy metal to ever exist, the bandâ€™s reputation is cast in stone...and flight.