Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Prodigy - Their Law - The Singles 1990-2005|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Live at Brixton Academy, December 20, 1997. This singles DVD includes live footage, music videos ("Firestarter", "Poison", "Smack My Bitch Up", "Spitfire", "Everybody In The Place" and more), behind the scenes footage, and... more »
RIP-OFF!!!! EDITED VERSION OF "SMACK MY BITCH UP" VIDEO!!!!!
Magpie | NH United States | 11/16/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Do not buy this DVD if you are expecting the "Smack My Bitch Up" video that was aired only a few times on MTV in the '90s or on MTV2 around 2001 when they had a Controversial Videos countdown. This DVD contains an EDITED version of the video, specifically it is missing a shot of the main character shooting up in a bathroom stall, a shot of the character hitting a pedestrian on the street with a car, and the entire sex scene with the prostitute is toned down. I compared the DVD version with the version that I recorded off of MTV2 and it is DEFINITELY edited.
Why in the world this video would be edited completely escapes me, especially where the DVD cover has a Parental Advisory sticker. But it is misleading the buying public (since I would guess most people would buy this DVD for this infamous video). In any case, I have no idea when the record companies are going to wake up to not selling substandard product, and that contributes more than anything to the bootlegging problem. In any case, send a message to Prodigy, their record company, and whoever else was involved with this mess, buy a bootleg of the video and make sure not a penny goes to Prodigy or their record company. Don't be a sucker like I was and waste your money on this DVD."
An Enjoyable Trip Down Memory Lane
Lina | Singapore, Singapore | 11/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Prodigy try to salvage what mass audience they have left to release a compilation of their heydays - and after numerous disappointments recently, they couldn't have released this compilation at a better time. Their Law reminds the listener of the glory days: when the band was able to produce gems like The Fat Of The Land - until Liam Howlett began to lose his touch and released "Baby's Got A Temper" in 2002. And that was officially the start of The Prodigy's imminent downfall (although 2004 album Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned contained some excellent tracks, it had - unlike any of their preceding albums - many tracks that were just simply fillers).
Their Law starts with "Firestarter" - the song responsible for putting the boys from Essex at the forefront of the British dance music scene in the mid-nineties. This track is without a doubt the band's most successful single to date. And why wouldn't it be? The controversy surrounding the song and the music video was enough to send millions of young people dancing around in public sewers whilst it made old people run scared to the opposite direction. "Their Law" follows next - a song that inspired the name for this compilation. The naming is possibly a tribute to this song as it was purportedly meant to be released a single from Music For The Jilted Generation, but was eventually declined. The rest of the tracks proceed very nicely as we are taken on a journey through the bands triumphs - undeniably most of the tracks on this compilation - and tribulations - an example being the third release off Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned, "Hot Ride", which failed to break even the UK top 40 chart.
In short, Disc One has basically got a nice mix of selections from their four studio albums, and gives us snippets of the best of the band's music through the fifteen years that they've been around. The tracks quite obviously missing from this otherwise quite complete collection has got to be "Fire" and non-album single "Baby's Got A Temper". I am not quite that surprised that the latter has been decided to be left out of this pretty much perfect list of punk electronica: it is heavily muted and under-produced as far I am concerned; a single best forgotten to have ever existed. "Fire" on the other hand leaves a large hole in the compilation. It was without a doubt one of the best releases from the Experience LP, apart from "Out Of Space".
Disc Two offers some new material, live tracks and some fairly interesting mixes. The new tracks are nothing to shout about - they are yet again examples of the band's failure at producing fresh exciting songs they once seemed to dish out effortlessly. Metal scratches across tarmac floors and electronic sound warps however all fit quite nicely together in the mixes. Nonetheless, there is still something missing from the mixes that leaves much to be desired. In fact, it will probably have most listeners wondering if much effort has been put into them at all.
I would recommend this dual disc edition to any serious fan of the band, just on the merit of the band's decision to include new (yet mediocre) tracks - which makes it a must-have for any serious collector. But for the rest of us, the single CD edition should do just nicely as it includes most of the band's top tracks.
All that's left for us to do now is to dance to this compilation of re-hashed numbers whilst we wait and see where the band heads to next after this. And we certainly all wait with much anticipation."
JBizzle | Under A Rock | 06/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has got to be the absolute best DVD for a band EVER!!! Not only do you get all The Prod's video's (even the banned in the US "Smack My [...] Up") but also live concert footage, behind the scenes of their video's production & other goodies. I've got all their albums and most singles already, & I picked up both the best of CD & the DVD, I'm not at all sorry. Worth every penny(though I coulda done without the naked guy running around in the beginning of the live footage... You'll see)the DVD absolutely captures the intensity of the bands raw energy, couldn't ask for a better interpretation. Anyway, don't hesitate if you've ever been a fan of dance music ever, you'll definately love both the CD & DVD."
JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU | Weston Hills, FL United States | 09/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man, what a treat ! I was hooked on this band upon the release of their much acclaimed ¨The Fat Of The Land¨ album so as soon as this dvd was launched I knew I had to get myself this visual document. I already had a dvd of a show of a TV broadcast of a festival in Phoenix in 96 but this dvd is in a totally different league. Main feature is concert at the Brixton Academy in 97; why such an old concert when there are tons of gigs of this bands recorded with good quality ? Because this one is the best of them all; they were at their peak/heyday and presenting ¨The Fat Of The Land¨,so half of the setlist is from that album, which is great, and there also are 3 more tracks from Glastonbury 95, RedSquare in Moscow 97 (watch the ruskies going crazy over ¨Their Law¨ -priceless-) and another one at Pinkpop 2005. All this makes for like 1 1/2 hour of concert with KILLER perfect PCM 2-channel stereo sound, no 5.1, and 4:3 crystal-clear picture feauturing mega-fast MTV-styled editing .13 tracks in all.
The video section features 15 videos of their singles and runs for another 1 1/2 hours. These are super-cool and in incredible stereo dolby digital 2-channel(Spitfire realy put my speakers to a test); it features THE most amazing bottom end I'v e ever heard on a DVD). Most of the videos are in 4:3 aspect ratio which will annoy owners of 16:9 tvs.
On my edition, which is a rare region 5, russian made dvd, each feature is recorded in a separate title that is oddly numbered ¨63¨or ¨69¨ when there aren't that many on the dvd but there are no chapters; every song is tracked but the display won't show it, you have to go to the menu and select from there. I didn't have a problem with that save for the fact that you don't get any info on how much each track lasts, elapsed time, nothing.
All in all a must-have for fans of this band, even the casual ones like me."