Landmark Grunge Documentary ‘Hype!’ Gets Collector’s Edition Re-release

The 1996 documentary Hype!, which captures the outbreak of grunge and the rise of the Pacific Northwest music scene, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the film will receiveĀ a collector’s edition featuring new interviews, outtakes, and more. This will also be the first time the film will be released on Blu-ray.

The new edition boasts new audio commentary from director Doug Pray along with bonus performances and outtakes, and the Peter Bagge animated short, Hate.

The documentary is notable for featuring interviews with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Melvins along with pivotal players like K Record’s Calvin Johnson and Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman.

It also features footage of Nirvana’s first live performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” record at Seattle’s OK Hotel on April 17, 1991.

The collector’s edition of Hype! drops September 29 via Shout! Factory. You can pre-order your copy here.


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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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