DVD Review: Blood Into Wine
Blood Into Wine
Release Date: September 7, 2010
Running Time: 99 minutes
A Twinkle Cash Company / Semi Rebellious Films Production
in Association with True Story Films
Blood Into Wine is a documentary that focuses on Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski’s struggle to create a high-quality wine region in the harsh terrain of Northern Arizona while facing a number of obstacles including the state legislature, the wine establishment and curious wildlife. Produced and directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, Blood Into Wine has screened in over seventy-five cities since its Feb. 19 theatrical release. Keenan also announced that a Blood Into Wine soundtrack will be released simultaneously via Puscifer Entertainment. The film co-stars Milla Jovovich, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
Blood Into Wine isn’t exactly a traditional documentary. The film also gives Keenan and the directors opportunity to inject humor and irreverence into what could have been a dry infomercial for the burgeoning Arizona wine industry. The mock-interview scenes with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are especially funny with the duo’s idiocy in stark contrast to Keenan’s dead-pan sense of humor. However, it’s really the passion of Keenan and Glomski that carries this film and makes it so intriguing to watch.
The film is not an insight into Keenan’s personal life outside his passion for the daunting task of starting a vineyard and winery in Arizona. The take-away is an appreciation and an basic understanding of the challenges Keenan and Glomski face, including the investment in money, time, and hard labor required to accomplish their mutual goal of creating wine they like. The fruits of their labor begin to be realized when world renowned wine critic James Suckling pays a visit to Caduceus Cellars and offers some encouraging words.
The Blood Into Wine DVD will be loaded with bonus features when it arrives in stores on Sept. 7th. The DVD extras include extended interviews with Maynard James Keenan and vineyard partner Eric Glomski, Puscifer concert footage, and deleted scenes featuring Heidecker and Wareheim.
This is an enjoyable film. Whether your a wine enthusiast, or Keenan devotee, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.