“Hype!” follows how Sub Pop and the Grunge scene exploded. Somewhere between the live performances and the new interviews in the special features, the truth is found. This documentary is an ever-evolving portrait of when an area becomes tied to a scene. It’s weird to watch lively musical acts in the documentary, then cut to them in 1996 and then in 2017. The Northwest experience mirrors very few movements in Rock. Yet, it feels alien now.

I’ve been watching a ton of documentaries and material about Grunge recently, so it feels like some sort of weird undercurrent pushing this material out there. What’s weird is that I remember this documentary getting buzz upon initial release, but I felt done with grunge. Time has a way of changing you and your feelings to things. I still can go awhile without feeling the need to put on Mudhoney. But, I love these stories.


  • Commentary
  • New Interviews
  • Vintage Interviews and Performances
  • Animated Short


  • 1.85:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track


  • 94%
    Video - 94%
  • 94%
    Audio - 94%
  • 97%
    Supplemental Material - 97%
  • 93%
    Film Score - 93%

The Plot Thus Far

It’s been just over 20 years since Doug Pray’s (HBO’s The Defiant Ones) Hype! was released, capturing the story behind the organic rise of the influential movement that would come to be known as grunge. Debuting on Blu-ray on September 29, the release includes a new audio commentary with Director Doug Pray, vintage Interviews and performances, Peter Bagge’s animated short “Hate”, outtakes, and a new featurette with interviews and insights from some of the original characters in “Hype!” two decades later. Hype! gives a deft depiction of Sub Pop Record’s brilliant exploitation of “the Seattle Sound,” and showcases rare performance and interview footage of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana (their first live performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is here), Mudhoney, Supersuckers, The Young Fresh Fellows, 7 Year Bitch, and many more.


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