Shot in five weeks, Bruce David Klein's fawning backstage documentary chronicles the rocky beginning of 1970s sensation Meat Loaf's ambitious 2007 tour in support of his album Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose. But a surprisingly unvarnished picture of the performed emerges despite Klein's uncritical approach.
Feb. 17, 2007: Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday), 59, and his band begin rehearsals in Burbank, Calif., for an 18-month tour under the direction of longtime bassist and music director Kasim Sulton, who's known "Meat" for 30 years. Both Meat Loaf and his once richly melodramatic voice are thinner than they used to be. He limps noticeably offstage...