This 1991 documentary explores the ever-likable ghoul-rocker's history in the music biz, from the early days when Alice Cooper was, in fact, the name of a pretty good band (whose members are all unfortunately spoken of, ... more »even analyzed, here in past tense, as if they're all dead) to Cooper's elder- statesman status by the time this production was underway. Along the way, we see too-brief clips from more than 20 videos, all interrupted for reflections by manager Shep Gordon, producer Bob Ezrin, Slash, Ozzy, and the man-of-the-hour himself. The most welcome elements here are selections from the original band, including "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," and "Black Ju Ju." Solo material--"Only Women Bleed," "How You Gonna See Me Now"--is an interesting reminder of Cooper's somewhat altered direction by the late 1970s. Rounding things out is the real story behind that infamous urban legend about Cooper and a chicken. --Tom Keogh« less
If you have the VHS edition, don't bother with the DVD
reno64 | Whatever, TN | 11/01/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The VHS of Prime Cuts was frustrating to watch.I realized that the VHS edition had limitations as far as length of clips, but it was still hard to see just a minute of "Black Ju Ju" and "Dwight Fry" live with the original band.Longtime fans like myself want as much of the original band as possible in these compilations.Problem solved with the re-done DVD version, right?NO! These are still just clips, NOT THE FULL-LENGTH versions! Geez....who put this thing together anyway?The "Alice Cooper Virtual Jukebox" feature will have the full-length versions, right?No, this is just an direct access to the clips in Prime Cuts via a page designed like an old jukebox.Whoopee...Wait! Disc 2 has "Over 80 minutes of comprehensive supplemental material assembled specially for this DVD", that will have the full-length clips of the original band, right?No, it is an annoying, little game you play where you roll the dice on the screen to access different clips.If you land on square 100, you can watch the entire feature all at once.There has to be an easter egg for this but I haven't found it yet.It would be just like this stupid DVD not to have one.The feature is different interview clips of Alice, Mike Bruce, Neil Smith, Dennis Dunaway and Dick Wagner from the Behind the Music show on VH-1, I think. It's pretty good because it's ALWAYS good to see the original lineup, ya see.The incredibly stupid thing about it is that each clip leads into a FULL-LENGTH live song clip from the Brutal Live concert vid or The Nightmare Returns vid.They interview the original band ONLY (plus Wagner) and then feature the 1986 and 2000 lineups ONLY via the clips! Huh?These were fine shows (especially the Brutal vid), but why do they keep the material most wanted by the fans in the vault?Anyone that would buy this DVD already has Brutally Live and The Nightmare Returns anyway. Alice Cooper finally let some live material with the original band go on the Billion Dollar Babies 2CD reissue early in 2001.I sure hope he has plans to make more of the original band's live material available via CD or DVD.The Prime Cuts (Limited Edition 2-Disc Set) DVD release here is a big disappointment."
Prime cuts lacks song footage
Stormhit | Western Australia | 09/27/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Prime Cuts is a pretty good DVD if you want to find out about Alice Cooper as in interviews.....but apart from that it is very disappointing as you get hardly any song footage, as for the Jukebox its a waste of time as you start getting into the song and then it cuts off as you only get a taste of the song, which is very frustrating! I was pissed off.
The Coopergame is annoying and the songs you actually get to see in whole form are still made around interviews and the song footage is poor quality.
If you want to see Alice cooper in action do not buy this DVD buy Brutally Live.
I paid $60 Australian Dollars for this DVD as i expected to see all the songs featured as whole songs not clips! I feel ripped off!"
The best vintage Alice available
Stormhit | 02/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you need proof to give your friends that Alice Cooper was among the best bands in the world, this is it. The majority of this VH-1 style documentary is pre-1975 footage of the original band hammering out the classics live in a way that Alice has never really duplicated since. Todays Alice and the Alice Cooper band are different animals, and if you weren't there the first time around, you'll wish you were after watching this. Alice's interview segments are very funny and insightful, but my only problem was there was no interviews with the original band members. They are spoken of as if they're all dead! A small complaint, when pretty much all the classic tunes are represented in their original live forms. After watching this you'll never look at Marilyn Manson the same way again."
Worth The Purchase Price
moondog651 | St. Paul | 09/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's a reason it's called "Prime Cuts". The DVD focuses on Alice's best work - his early years. It gives an overview of Alice's career up "Trash." "The Last Temptation" is briefly discussed on the second DVD.While the song footage may be brief, this 2 DVD set is worth purchasing just for the complete videos of "Elected", "Department of Youth", "Poison", and "Lost In America".The last Alice Cooper album I purchased was "From the Inside". However, the video of "Lost in America" (found on the Cooper game) convinced me to give "The Last Temptation" a try.There's some good interviews and concert footage on the second DVD which is the Cooper game. However, the design of the Cooper game makes it difficult to watch because you have to play the game - you can't just choose "Play All." If you're looking for a concert video, don't buy this DVD. If you're looking for a documentary focusing on Alice's early years, this DVD is worth the purchase price."
Alice Cooper - 'Prime Cuts' (Image Entertainment)
Mike Reed | USA | 11/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first found out about this release,I thought it was to good to be true.A total of 23 snippets and complete songs from Alice Cooper's pre-platinum days to the early '90's.Starts out with a couple of snippets that should've been a tad longer,like some extremely rarely(if ever)seen before scenes from "I'm Eighteen","Black Juju" and "Levity Ball".Would sure like to have a copy of these tunes in their entirety.Remember the 1974 cult movie 'Good To See You Again,Alice Cooper' they used to show in drive-ins?There are four(4)songs from that unreleased film here,"Hello Hooray","Billion Dollar Babies","Sick Things"(with snake) and "Dead Babies".I also recall the "Elected" promo clip here on various late night television shows.A couple of his mellow ballads are included as well,"Only Women Bleed" and "How You Gonna See Me Now?"(from the 'From The Inside' comeback lp).Some clips I haven't seen in YEARS are "Cold Ethyl","Under My Wheels","Department Of Youth" and "School's Out".You get the idea.I would assume that some of these clips might have come from Alice's own private stash of maybe 8mm or 35mm film.The quality is good.Recommended for any and all Cooper fans."