Rufus Wainwright All I Want

Rufus Wainwright All I Want
Fans of Rufus Wainwright couldn't ask for more than this jam-packed collection. Filled with music from all periods of his career, the centrepiece is an hour-plus documentary entitled All I Want, which takes an A&E Biography/Behind the Music-like look at Wainwright's life and times. His days as a precocious, dramatic teen are lovingly rendered via cutesy home movies shot by his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, and his sister, Martha. Some of Wainwright's earliest musical performances are captured here and his penchant for drama is fostered through theatrical scenes played out with his sister. Wainright's struggles with drugs and alcohol as a star seem clichéd but what do you expect from a former resident of the stereotypically bohemian Chelsea Hotel? Wainwright's estrangement from his father, Loudon, carries more emotional weight than the stories about substance abuse, and Rufus seems genuinely affected speaking about his dad — perhaps the only notable figure in the singer's life who is not interviewed for this film. All told, it's a triumphant portrait of Wainwright through the eyes of the singer, his family, friends, and colleagues (Elton John, and members of the Pet Shop Boys and Keane, among others). The two extra hours of content include rare concert footage, interviews, videos and an exclusive track entitled "The Maker Makes." It really is difficult to imagine a more intimate look at Rufus Wainwright. (Geffen/Universal)