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|Nine Inch Nails - Live - Beside You in Time|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
LIVE: BESIDE YOU IN TIME 122 minutes total running time, 24 songs from the LIVE: With Teeth 2006 Tour, including: "The Hand That Feeds" "Only" "Closer" "Head Like A Hole" "Hurt" "Wish" "Terrible Lie" "March Of Pigs" ... more »
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A Great Set Delivered by a Great Stage Lineup
D. R. Jeanclerc | Brunswick, OH USA | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Beside You in Time" is a live DVD compiling performances from the 2005-06 "With Teeth" arena shows. The performances showcase the current visceral Nine Inch Nails lineup, mostly focusing on the energy of the band members rather than effects and stage theatrics - this is a contrast from the "And All that Could have Been" DVD that chronicled 2001's Fragility tour. The addition of Aaron North on guitar and Josh Freese on drums make this the most immediately gratifying NIN lineup ever, i.e. most of the sounds that you hear are actually being generated by the five men on stage. North in particular puts on a one-man show of hyperactive fury while never losing his touch with the guitar duties. The DVD presentation purposefully adds very little to the performance, opting to let the intensity speak for itself. It's a very worthwhile chronicle of a Nine Inch Nails tour that was both familiar and also subtly unique.
PERFORMANCE - 5 stars
Reznor's voice immediately stands out as much improved over the Fragility tour; his newfound sobriety suits the performances very well. He holds sway over the crowd on both high-energy classics like "Wish" and "Gave Up" as well as heart-rending ballads such as "Hurt" and "Right Where It Belongs".
The backing band is arguably the strongest to ever bear the Nine Inch Nails name, primarily due to the addition of Aaron North on guitar. North struts, jumps, flails and kicks while never losing a single note of his licks. Jeordie White manages to finally make the bass line heard in a NIN live show, something that his predecessors never could do. Alessandro Cortini is a bit of a step down from Charlie Clouser; he quietly manages the samples and sequences while sometimes letting entire synth lines go unheard ("Only"). Josh Freese plays drums like he'd recorded the studio tracks himself, even though he was a mid-tour replacement. He displays a comfortable confidence with the material that allows him to put his own mark on the show with some unique fills.
The setlist is a great mix of new and old tracks, and even the oft-played ones get new treatment. For instance, "Closer" is mashed up with "The Only Time" to great effect. The middle portion of the show performed behind a projection curtain is mesmerizing; the visuals add a real haunting relevance to "Eraser" and "Right Where It Belongs" in particular. The complete setlist is:
01. love is not enough
02. you know what you are?
03. terrible lie
04. the line begins to blur
05. march of the pigs
06. something i can never have
09. gave up
10. eraser *
11. right where it belongs *
12. beside you in time *
13. with teeth
16. the big come down
18. the hand that feeds
19. head like a hole
* includes options for alternate angle viewing
VIDEO - 5 stars
A word of caution - the picture is 5 stars provided that you take the time to use the "video optimizer" special feature. Otherwise, it will likely alternate between looking too dark and too washed out. Once set up for your TV's settings, the result is startlingly real, even in the standard-definition DVD format.
As was the case with "And All that Could have Been", there was an emphasis on cameras not interfering with the actualy shows. So, there aren't a whole lot of close-ups to enjoy. But overall, the camera work is solid in a documentary style.
One minor gripe is that each song is titled on-screen, which seems unnecessary for most fans and makes the production look a bit "made for TV".
AUDIO - 5 stars
The disc offers both a 5.1 and a DTS mix. Both sound very good, with fine separation. The mix of the performance itself is terrific, often distinguishing each performer's contribution to the sound even in the most chaotic passages ("You Know What You Are?").
EXTRAS - 4 stars
There are several tracks from the 2006 Summer amphitheatre tour, including ones that were specific to that leg, e.g. "Somewhat Damaged" and "Non-Entity". These performances were obviously relegated to the "Special Features" section because of the stage layout of that outdoor tour: the band performs sections of the show behind a metal fence/curtain that lights up. The effect is like a projected curtain from a distance, but shot from the close-up cameras, it simply looks like the band is obscured by scaffolding. The songs provided are:
01. somewhat damaged
03. help me i am in hell
The real treat here is the tour rehearsal footage. There are three tracks ("Love is Not Enough", "Every Day is Exactly the Same", and the elusive "The Collector") performed by the band in a warehouse in the round and the resulting footage is great. It looks to be the same setup used for the video for "The Hand That Feeds", including the final chapter of Jerome Dillon on drums.
Finally, the videos for "The Hand that Feeds" and "Only" (a clever piece by David Fincher) are included as well.
This is a must-have for any Nine Inch Nails fan. It's also a great introduction to the band for anyone interested in their future direction. The "With Teeth" material is perfectly suited to this lineup and the resulting show is definitely worthy of being chronicled. The picture and sound are very good and the extras just add more substance to the complete package."
Great Audio + Video Quality.
M.NINE | Hollywood, California | 01/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this at the preview party that was held in Los Angeles and the quality is great. I can't vouch for the extras, alternate camera angles, etc. But the video and especially audio mix are nothing less than you would expect from a NIN product. I personally saw this tour on 4 separate dates and can honestly say that this reproduction is right on with the live experience.
If you are a NIN fan you already know you need this, but for everyone else that is just curious I advise you to take a look."
Well Worth It
Mark A. Cartier | Portland, Or. USA | 03/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been going to concerts for over 35 years and the summer tour NIN show that I was able to attend was easily in my top five concert appearances of all time. The music, light show, showmanship and overall concert experience was amazing. I've seen many hall of fame acts (Zep, Stones, Who, Grateful Dead, Eagles etc etc.) live and this was truly exceptional stuff.
The setlist covers everything from "Pretty Hate Machine" through "With Teeth" (Head Like a Hole, Terrible Lie, Closer, Hurt, March of the Pigs, The Hand That Feeds, Wish, Only, The Big Come Down, Beside You in Time etc. etc.). My only wish is there were more from "The Fragile" on it (the show I saw had Into the Void, Somewhat Damaged and La Mer played). The setlist is outstanding however. Additional footage from the summer portion of the tour are part of the extras along with photographic stills and rehearsal footage. Even the credits in the movie are interesting/cool. Three of the songs have alternate camera angles.
This is an amazing DVD. The sound and video in Blu-ray really are stunning. This is easily the best concert DVD I own and most closely recreates any concert experience I've ever had. It's wonderful, exciting, vital stuff and I highly recommend it.
If you are a fan of the band/Trent and own a Blu-ray player you are going to want this.
New NIN DVD is Intense!
AngieZ. | MA | 01/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The new DVD, Beside You In Time [Halo_22] f'in rocks! It sounds incredible and was filmed amazingly with all different camera angles from right in front of Trent to the guitar to Alessandro pounding the keyboards to the crowd. It is very interesting watching the band play so close up. Trent's performance is intense and he looks good too! Hot leather pants and buff arms. The lights add so much to the experience. This DVD is going to be so intense on good av systems! I particularly like the views of the fans/crowd, it makes it feel like you're right there at the show. You can watch a new clip each week on the website until the release date. This is a must have-have for all NIN fans. It will be released on February 27th in the US. You can pre-order it here on Amazon.[...]"