Once in a while, a director makes a film documentary that really reveals the emotions and the camaraderie (if any) in the events and the people inside it. Stacy Peralta has done it twice with Dogtown & Z-Boys and Riding Giants. Likewise Jeffrey Blitz with Spellbound and even Kevin MacDonald with One Day In September.

Gpod has torrented Doug Pray’s Scratch, another documentary in that league.

“This energetic, insightful film, which was a big hit at the 2001 Sundance Festival, traces the birth of “turntablism.” Directed by Doug Pray, Scratch documents the ongoing history of today’s turntablist movement and features many of the DJs who gave birth to the hip-hop movement and continue to reinvent it. This exhilarating film features such charismatic figures as Qbert, DJ Shadow and Mix Master Mike in full-blown exhibition of their powers.”

My, but it’s fun to watch again. Regrettably, no-one has tried to do the same with the metal genre. Will Spinal Tap remain its de facto documentary due to the lack of anything else to take its place. Or is it just too big?