Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Dir En Grey
Director: Hiroyuki Kondo
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
DIR EN GREY, who recently landed at the top of Billboard's Heatseekers chart, have planted their roots firmly in every region they have traversed, reaching out of Japan to the rest of the world and participating in world c... more »
Could've been better...
Shinde Kudasai | Des Moines, WA United States | 03/05/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The release date was set for Feb 3rd, then it got pushed up because of a "Manufacturing Error," well I finally got my hands on the DVD (bought it for $13 at Hot Topic), watched it all the way through... let's just say, it left ALOT to be desired. Nowhere on the box is there an actual tracklisting of the SONGS (which would've been helpful in determining whether or not it was a worthy purchase).
Excluding the 3 extra and UNNECESSARY repeats of "Dead Tree" (and the 30 second teasers) there are only 11 full songs on this DVD. It also focuses mainly on their album "The Marrow of a Bone," (with a little Vulgar and WtD thrown in) but it stupidly omits the two BEST songs from it; The Pledge and Namamekashiki Ansoku. Also, Obscure is on there, but it's just a snippet. The sound quality varies from GREAT to "omfg, the distorted fangirl screams are going to destroy my effing speakers and my eardrums!"
Oh well, what can you expect of a DVD that is mainly composed of Fan Club material? My advice (unless you're a srs bizniss hXc Diru fan who absolutely must have EVERYTHING they put out or you'll feel like a failure as a fan) is to save your money and wait for The End Records to sell a cheaper U.S. re-release of Diru's "The Rose Trims Again" japanese tour DVD, it has 25 songs on it, plus 2 bonus discs.
Oh what's that? They're only releasing it through TheOmegaOrder as an $80 import? Well that sucks, maybe someday they'll get around to recording an actual U.S. concert DVD with a good setlist and good sound. I'm not going to hold my breath of course."
Outstanding Live DVD Release from Diru
Toefoo | 02/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching my DVD of A Knot Of, and boy is it a beast. If you've ever wondered how Diru sound/look live, now is the perfect time to pick up this DVD.
The DVD chronicles concerts from all over the world, from numerous tours starting in 2005 and ending in 2007. The songs used in the DVD are their albums Vulgar, Withering to Death, and Marrow of the Bone, but I noticed a majority of the songs came from the first two albums I listed (which is a good thing for most). The footage is intense, with Kyo running the gamut of his wide range of emotional antics and vocal styles. You'll also see Toshiya, Shinya, Die, and Kaoru rocking out hard, but of course most of the antics belong to Kyo.
The content itself is 85 mins, so it's not that long of a DVD and obviously doesn't show entire setlists (sometimes even songs get cut off). This would be a major problem if the footage was boring or uninteresting and more expensively priced, but the majority of the fans who will buy this DVD will already know what they're getting into with this purchase.
My only two complaints about this DVD are the varying qualities in both video and audio. I obviously can't fault them too much for this, since the footage is from dozens of shows and obviously it will all look and sound different. I'd be lying though if I said the changes in audio and video quality weren't noticeable, because they definitely are.
In the end, if you're a big fan of Diru and have never had the chance to see them live then please support the band and buy this DVD. If you're a fan and have been lucky enough to catch a live show as I have, I would still recommend this DVD because you get to see the various ways they have performed throughout their years as a band (at least a tiny glimpse, through the VK-style of Vulgar to the industrial style of Withering and the grunge of Marrow).
Overall a 5-star DVD that I unfortunately will knock to 4 due to the varying audio and video quality. Everything is still audible and easy to see, but it does become a distraction."
Better to rent than to buy
pink spider | 01/15/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this one through netflix and I was not impressed. The music itself was great, the band brought their A Game, but Kyo couldn't seem to keep it together; he kept dropping notes big time, if he ever managed to hit them in the first place. Sometimes you couldn't even hear Kyo over the music, like whoever was mixing the concert pushed his mic too far back. (Granted I've only really heard Withering to Death-which I love- and the sound track for Death Trance) Several songs were repeated throughout the video, which just gets boring. I was also disappointed that there was no real backstage footage to speak of. Don't get me wrong the stage performance was awesome, which is I guess the point of a DVD, but the music was seriously lacking."