Metallica-Metallica (Classic Albums) (Warner Vision) (2001)
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-James and Lars Discuss Songwriting
Featurette-Drum Recording Techniques
Featurette-Kirks Guitar Solo: Wherever I May Roam
Featurette-Jason Talks About
Featurette-Bob Rock in the Desert
Featurette-The Mix, The Masters and the End of the Story
Featurette-The God That Failed
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||49:43 (Case: 93)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Matthew Longfellow|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I have been a great fan of Metallica for many years. Admittedly, I came in late on the scene around the time of their ... and Justice For All album. Since then, I have acquired all of their early albums up to and including Black. I am not a great fan of their more recent albums with the exception of S & M, an exceptional concert performance. This DVD is an excellent documentary-style look at the effort put in to the Black album and the changes that were required amongst the band.
This DVD is not a music DVD as such, more a musical documentary. It contains snippets of the most popular singles released with the Black album along with a behind-the-scenes look at the production and development of the album. If you are after a music DVD of Metallica then don't get this DVD. If you want an interesting, and insightful, look into the workings of the band and how they produce their albums, then get this DVD.
This is an excellent DVD that provides a lot of food for thought, combining brand new interview footage with archival footage to excellent effect. There is even footage of demos recorded for the Black album.
This feature is presented in the 16x9 enhanced ratio of 1.78:1.
Sharpness throughout the transfer is excellent. The feature has most likely been recorded on a HDTV format so there is excellent detail throughout. Some of the archival footage is not as sharp due to age and poor filming techniques. Mild grain is also noticeable in this footage.
Colour is perfectly rendered throughout with only slight problems in some of the live footage under stage lighting.
There were no MPEG artefacts noticeable in the interview footage. There are a few scenes taken from the S & M concert that contain mild aliasing. Film artefacts were non-existent - most likely due to the HDTV recording of the source material.
There are no subtitles on this disc, contrary to the packaging that states there are subtitles available in six languages.
There is only one English DD 2.0 soundtrack on this DVD recorded at 192kbps.
Most of this DVD is dialogue-driven given the nature of the musical documentary. Fortunately, dialogue is always clear and easy to understand throughout. Lip synch is fine throughout with no deviations.
The musical snippets presented throughout this transfer are of exceptional quality. It is just a shame we don't get to hear more of them. The snippets that are given leave you hankering for the rest of the song.
Due to the nature of the feature there is no need for surround activity. They consequently laid dormant throughout.
There is no discrete subwoofer channel in this transfer, but do not despair as the sub gets a hefty workout. Lars Ulrich going nuts on the drums is sure to have the bass thumping into your chest and the deep tones of Jason Newstead's bass guitar will get your windows rattling.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are very interesting, even though they are really a part of the main feature.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||RCA 80cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)|