Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The 61-minute documentary Music Box Biographical Collection: Ozzy Osbourne compiles archival footage from around the world that recounts the rise to fame of the titular goth king -- from his early Black Sabbath days with Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, to his subsequent release of Blizzard of Ozz with the help of wife Sharon Osborne. Throughout it all, the program relays the controversy Ozzy worked so hard to earn, with his occultly lyrics and macabre stage shows that mirrored Alice Cooper and anticipated Marilyn Manson, and his bizarre stunts -- such as the supposedly accidental incident in which he bit off the head of a live bat on-stage and was rushed to the hospital for a rabies vaccination, and his successful attempt (while drunk) to sign with Epic Records by biting off the head of a dove. The program also traces the musical highlights of Ozzy's career, such as the release of the critically-championed Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman EPs between 1980 and 1981, 1983's Bark at the Moon, 2001's Down to Earth, and the many releases in between. It also covers Ozzy's unlikely turn as an MTV television star, at the dawn of the new millennium.