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Ozzy Osbourne's four decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in secrecy, until now. Featuring never before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is the first documentary to take viewers inside the complex mind of rock's great icon. Emerging from a working class family in war torn England, Osbourne and his neighborhood friends formed Black Sabbath and invented heavy metal. Plagued by self doubt, Osbourne the solo superstar went on a binge that lasted 40 years. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne will relive the highs of his triumphs as well as his journey to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment.

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    • Author: dermeco
    This is a great combo of awesome ozzy music, from the early sabbath days right up to current solo ozzy, and the story of his life.

    It outlines ozzy's youth, the formation and his later sacking from black sabbath, and his amazing comeback as a solo artist. It makes you really realise how amazing it was that he was able to make such a comeback after such a low point in his life.

    The movie also gives the story behind ozzy biting the heads off bats, the death of randy rhoads,his attempted murder of sharon and his addiction (and eventual recovery).

    I was enthralled the whole time.

    Not sure if people who are not ozzy fans would enjoy it, but I absolutely loved it.
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    • Author: Frostdefender
    Some of this isn't new, let's get that out of the way. Many of us know that Ozzy "John" Osbourne came out of dirt poor beginnings in a suburb of Birmingham and had little choice with his life but either work at a factory or become a rock and roll star, so he chose the latter. But as a child with dyslexia and a crippling level of insecurities, he went to drugs and alcohol - LOTS and LOTS of em (he could arguably be one of the only people to go head to head with Keith Richards as far as famous British rock Gods on substances) - and yet kept on with being a major figure in Black Sabbath and his solo years from 1980 onward. He continues, against all odds and some common sense perhaps, to tour to this day.

    The documentary, co-produced by Ozzy's son Jack, is flattering on some levels (if nothing else about his stature in the industry and his legions of fans), but it also is absorbing because it shows all of the darkness that he had. And, more importantly (or concurrently), the loss that he had to endure: his first wife and set of kids after a harsh divorce, the passing of his father, the still shocking passing of guitarist Randy Rhodes, and that loss translated into a sense of self-worth. The film is in praise of the man because, despite ALL that he did, including what should have been unforgivable acts against his family (one story involving his wife Sharon shocks me now more than when I first heard it in the Behind the Music special), he kept on going, trying to sober, but never quite getting there - till his kids intervened in the best and worst ways.

    I won't say you'll get anything mind-blowingly revelatory (then again this is a shorter cut than what is available elsewhere, i.e. Argentina has a 2 hour version), but it moves at a great pace, uses Ozzy on tour and his own mixed feelings about that as a backbone for the rest of the main story, and of course some of it by its sheer outrageousness is very funny. But some of the things in the film, mostly about the TV show the Osbournes, I was most happy were kept in the film. I like when a documentary can give a whole different perspective on things, and what seemed like a fun if sometimes odd show like the Osbournes was really a horror show when the cameras were off (or were on, as Jack says there's hours of footage of Ozzy as a full-blown alcoholic). If the show ever comes on TV again, and you watch this film, you won't be able to look at it the same way. That's something special.
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    • Author: watching to future
    God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is an extensive piece of work that sheds light on the Prince of Darkness himself. Ozzy Osbourne is a cultural and musical icon, pioneering heavy metal with Black Sabbath in the late sixties, introducing an explosive solo career, along with a reality show and raucous tours that fans say will never be matched. The documentary puts Ozzy's success in the background, while his personal troubles, demons, and hardships are placed in the foreground.

    John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born in 1948 in the working class neighborhood of Aston, Birmingham, England. As a teen, he had very few options; go to work in a factory, go to the army, or go to prison. The choice was his. He could never hold down a job and cringed at the thought of working decades in a factory. Like many teens, Ozzy formed a band with his friends, who would later get a small record deal with Warner Bros. to form the band Black Sabbath.

    Like mentioned in the documentary, listening to Black Sabbath now, it sounds rather ordinary because all the tricks have been copied over and over again, but in the seventies, it was some of the hardest, roughest, and most engaging rock music ever heard. Ozzy married young and had two kids, Jessica and Louis, both who agree that he was a bad father, distant, unkind, and very, very deranged.

    After his divorce, he finally married Sharon Arden, and had three children, Aimee, Jack, and Kelly who would later become the stars of the MTV reality show The Osbournes. Sharon states that living with Ozzy is a roller-coaster. He never seemed to be a fully functional father, always being away on tours, binging on alcohol and drugs (things he has had untold troubles with), not to mention just putting his musical work in front of his family.

    Once he was released from Sabbath, Ozzy pursued a solo-career, one of unmatchable talent. He became the "Prince of Darkness," hosting tours that were dark, eerie, and unpredictable, and began releasing heavy metal records that were unique and stylistic.

    One thing that is frequently brought up in the documentary is how insecure Ozzy truly is. He was the clown character of Black Sabbath, and Sharon states he acted that way to try and cover up his insecurities. It too seems that his erratic drug use is a response to all his regrets and missed opportunities in life. The series The Osbournes may have been funny to watch, due to it being rather all over the place, but as said by Jack Osbourne, it truly tore the family apart. Everyone began using drugs.

    As of today, Ozzy is stone cold sober. He has himself together, he is working on resurrecting his solo career (his latest album Scream is a definite winner), and he is trying desperately to be the real father to his children, all of which, even Jessica and Louis, he maintains a healthy relationship with. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, which was produced by his son Jack, is a nicely composed documentary, but I have a feeling that this is nothing eye-opening to a lot of Ozzy fans. For me, someone who thought they knew more about the man than they did, it colored things in and even took me outside the lines, but hardcore fans of the prince may find it to be obvious, repetitive, and unnecessary.

    Starring: Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne, Jessica Osbourne, and Louis Osbourne. Directed by: Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli.
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    • Author: Saberdragon
    A heavy metal fan I'm not, the only Ozzy song I know is Sabbath's "Paranoid" and I didn't see a single episode of "The Osbournes" and yet somehow you feel you know this massive personality very well. Broken into two lots pre- and post- his days with Black Sabbath, this bio-documentary covers a lot of ground and does so entertainingly. Even though it's co-produced by his son Jack, it pulls no punches in its true telling of Osbourne's long journey of near self-destruction before he at long last kicked his various habits in his 60's.

    Yes, he seems somewhat shambling, even ridiculous at times as he warms up his voice before a gig, but elsewhere, as you'd expect, the man himself is brutally honest in his self-assessment, as indeed are almost all his coterie of family and friends. Of course much of the early scene-setting material comprises celebrity endorsements from members of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica and even Sir Paul McCartney, before the story goes back to his post -war Birmingam roots and takes us chronologically through his larger-than-life and times.

    As you can probably tell there isn't much originality in the techniques used to bring Ozzy's story to life, even the act of taking him back to his childhood haunts, which recalls nothing so much as the well-known re-election Party Political Broadcast by the then Tory Prime Minister, John Major. Yes some of the over-the-top segments seem apocryphal, even by Osbourne standards and sure, the relentless loud HM music blasted way over my head much of the time. All his well-documented vices, particularly drink and drugs, are aired without much shame or regret and yet you do believe he's turned the corner himself.

    Looking at him today, rather like the other best-known "dead man walking" Keith Richards, you wonder just how he is, to paraphrase Elton John, still standing, but, sanctimonious title apart, this was an intriguing and watchable insight into the life of an old warrior who may just have found peace in his own time, in the nick of time.
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    • Author: Halloween
    The only other review (at the time I'm writing this) sums this movie up quite well, but I'll try to add just a little in the form of a different perspective. To start off with, I'm not an avid Ozzy fan, I have and do still enjoy several of the classics like paranoid and crazy train on occasion; so yeah I think people who aren't big fans may enjoy this movie, I sure did.

    The movie has a nice balance of the musical background and home/family/party/everyday life. There is a lot about the struggles Ozzy dealt with throughout his life. The drug and alcohol abuse is confronted head on, and really gives the viewer a unique insight. Ozzy truly seems to be one of a kind.

    I found the part about The Osborne's show particularly interesting. It made me think of the show differently. ...Trying not to give away any spoilers. I'm sure many people already knew what I didn't. The part I found interesting is the comments made about how the outside viewer may say or think that Ozzy's actions and behaviour on the show was 'cute' or 'funny', but really it was quite 'sad'.

    I have much more respect and empathy for Ozzy and his family after watching this. Though I admit it's not going to make me more of a fan of the music.
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    • Author: Samutilar
    I think this one needs only a short review. We have here a lifetime overview of the legendary musical icon that is Ozzy Osbourne. Granted all other major music icons are exceptional musicians, Ozzy was more just a great lead singer in the seminal and ground-breaking Black Sabbath, for Ozzy it was more his character. His fellow musicians in Black Sabbath were the genius of the band and Ozzy was the great lead singer who helped put the cherry on top.

    This documentary shows Ozzy from the start as a wild man, after Black Sabbath, again as a wild man, and then as the self-destructing father.

    It's a great insight without being too crude. It's entertaining as well as interesting. There is hope as well at the end. There's a lot of humour along the way, and Ozzy you will love a lot.

    A good viewing.
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    • Author: Kalv
    I really enjoyed reading Ozzy Osbourne's biography "I Am Ozzy" and found this movie was a great companion to that book.

    Due to reading his biography, I didn't encounter anything new or that I didn't already know about him. If that great book was to be made into a film, then this would be the logical one to be made.

    Ozzy Osbourne is a lot more intelligent than most people would realise, which firmly comes across in this movie. Many would be forgiven for thinking this is another "sex, drugs, rock n roll" music doco, but it's more a triumph over adversity tale with great soundtrack! How a bunch of long-haired hoodlums from working-class Birmingham made it big as musicians and pioneered an entire musical genre is inspirational in itself. His resultant battles with addiction and subsequent triumph over these also provide inspiration and unique insight behind the myth.

    The crazy rock n roll stories of Ozzy are of course here also, which both add large doses of humour and after a while, sadness and somewhat sympathy.

    A must-watch for Ozzy Osbourne and rock music fans!
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    • Author: Darkraven
    God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2011)

    *** 1/2 (out of 4)

    Very good documentary on the life and times of Ozzy Osbourne who is certainly one of a kind. The film covers Ozzy's early days growing up poor and follows him to Black Sabbath, the fame, the drugs, the partying, the solo career and of course his comeback, which itself had many highs and lows. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE is an appropriate title because if you know anything about the madman then it's really amazing that he survived the 70s. The documentary uses behind the scenes footage mixed in with both past and present interviews as well as news footage. All of this is perfectly mixed together and in the end you really get a great idea of who Ozzy is and why he did some of the crazy stuff that he did. The majority of the running time deals with the craziness, which of course means a lot of wild pranks, drugs and alcohol. There's no question that all of these stories are used for entertainment because as sad as it might be to see a father neglect his children, the crazy lifestyle Ozzy was leading just puts a smile on your face because he survived it all. Had Ozzy died then it's doubtful these same stories would have been as amusing as they are today. We get interviews with his family, friends and fellow musicians who all tell their stories of what Ozzy means to them. At just 91-minutes the documentary goes through pretty much every stone leading up to the musicians current state.
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    • Author: Tygolar
    A documentary charting the life of rock star Ozzy Osbourne; his early days with seminal heavy metal band Black Sabbath, his solo career, his notorious party lifestyle and his life-long battles with drink and drug addiction.

    John Osbourne, aka Ozzy, is that rare breed - a rock-and-roll survivor who has somehow managed to outlive the most outrageous excesses of showbiz, maintain a very successful career in music for forty years and produce an incredible body of work. As he admits in this film, he should be dead many times over, but somehow he's not only very much alive but still a great musician and songwriter. This is a fairly conventional documentary; it starts at the beginning, with Ozzy's working-class childhood in Aston, moves through the Sabbath years, talks to his friends and family. There are the expected lurid anecdotes of drug-fuelled craziness and some sharp moments of honesty (at one point, he's unable to remember what year his daughter Jessica was born), but unfortunately for me there's very little discussion of his music. This is a man who's made (at the time of writing) eighteen outstanding albums, who has a unique voice, and is a truly gifted lyricist. I want to ask him things like how did you work out the melody for Crazy Train, or what inspired you to write the beautiful words to Spiral Architect ? But no, it's always about why did you bite a bat on stage or how much coke did you snort in '85. There's a long section towards the end dealing with his battles with booze, but it isn't nearly as informative or eloquent as when he sings (in the song Demon Alcohol), "I'll wash away your lies / And have you hypnotised / There'll be no compromise today / I'll share your life of shame / I think you know my name ... ". The movie deals with the (many) low points of his life, such as the heartbreaking death of the brilliant young guitarist Randy Rhoads in 1982, but is oddly uplifting towards the end, showing Ozzy's sideline in painting and his determination to pass his driving test. For someone who has led such a screwed-up life, he's philosophical, articulate and non-judgemental. I didn't like (or watch) the MTV show The Osbournes, which, while it may have been a canny promotion tool on his wife's part, embarrassed me in its peepshow depiction of one of my rock heroes as a bewildered clown. This film goes some way to redressing that image, but not far enough. It's informative and balanced but to get to know the real Ozzy, buy any of his records (I'd suggest starting with Master Of Reality or Diary Of A Madman), turn your TV, phone and all the lights off, and crank up the volume - that's really what he's all about.
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    • Author: Brol
    "True Feature Doc Filmmaking is a dying art-form! That is; "To be completely and remain middle ground in your perspective of your subject matter. "In other words, to tell the whole story even if it means negative publicity! The way I see "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" is that it had a better chance if you titled it: "God Damn Ozzy Osbourne". The A-Typical rock star sex-drugs and rock & roll abound without us really getting inside and knowing anything more about this person than what is easily found already in the media. That is sad because Ozzy narrates well and tell his side of each life-changing event. But we are left empty in the end. Its not a narrative on Drug Abuse, its not a narrative on making millions in a heavy metal band and rising to the top and it most certainly is not a narrative about the demons that can affect all of us with too much fame and fortune. That is what the Filmmaker set out to make I'm sure and totally fails at doing so. Instead we end up with a family produced video that looks like a reality TV show. I was totally disappointed but I'm still happy that Ozzy is now sober and drug-free and quite frankly looks great! Lest to say for this Film, sorry to say.
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    • Author: BOND
    I had seen bits and pieces of the MTV series The Osbournes, and I have been interested to see more about the past of the rock star known as the Prince of Darkness, and this documentary was a good opportunity to see that stuff. Basically this film, which uses four decades worth of stock footage, gives us an insight into the ups and downs of the life of Ozzy Osbourne, the world famous rock star who found fame in the band Black Sabbath, and solo. He started as a regular young man in Birmingham, England, and grew up to become a tearaway, and then of course he entered the music industry, and during the 1970's and 1980's he was one of the biggest names in rock. Ozzy also found happiness when his manager Sharon and he married and had three children together, Aimee (the one hardly anyone knows), Kelly and Jack, but of course his personal life was difficult when he delved into the seemingly impossible to escape world of drugs and alcohol. With his addictions becoming increasingly addictive, he found himself unable to remember his actions, and worst of all he would become dangerously violent, to the point where he was arrested for attempting to kill Sharon. Finally though, with the help of rehabilitation and his family's support, Ozzy managed to get away from the drugs and alcohol, and has been clean for years, and with a good happy life, and this documentary sees him celebrate his 60th birthday. With interviews from Ozzy himself, Sharon, Aimee, Kelly, Jack, Tommy Lee, Paul McCartney, Louis Osbourne - Ozzy's brother, Paul Osbourne - Ozzy's brother, and Ozzy's three sisters. Good!
  • Credited cast:
    Blasko Blasko - Himself
    Brandon Boyd Brandon Boyd - Himself
    Mike Brodin Mike Brodin - Himself
    Geezer Butler Geezer Butler - Himself
    Tony Dennis Tony Dennis - Himself
    John Frusciante John Frusciante - Himself
    Ross Halfin Ross Halfin - Himself
    Gillian Hemming Gillian Hemming - Herself - Ozzy's Sister
    Jessica Hobbs Jessica Hobbs - Herself
    Tony Iommi Tony Iommi - Himself
    Iris James Iris James - Herself - Ozzy's Sister
    Tommy Lee Tommy Lee - Himself
    Paul McCartney Paul McCartney - Himself
    Billy Morrison Billy Morrison - Himself
    Colin Newman Colin Newman - Himself
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