Great Industrial Line-up - Average DVD
frankenberry | Los Angeles, CA USA | 08/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK - I got my replacement DVD (the first one was defective) so here goes. This DVD compilation of 40 industrial band music-videos from CLEOPATRA is a cool compilation featuring such groups as Die Krupps, Einsturzende Neubauten, Spahn Ranch, Chemlab, Throbbing Gristle, Test Dept., Leaether Strip, Razed in Black, Clock DVA, Pigface and more. This DVD basically compiles ALL the videos that were on Cleopatra's earlier three VHS releases: Industrial Revolution Vol. 1, Industrial Revolution Vol. 2 and Gothic Industrial Alternative Visuals. The digital mastering of the DVD is average and I compared it side by side with the old VHS releases. In some cases the DVD looks sharper (although with some slight artifacts), but in other cases the VHS has much better contrast. Just compare the shot of the demon in Chemlab's "Codeine Glue & You" video....on the VHS it's crystal clear, but on the DVD you can barely make out it's face no matter how much you fiddle with the controls. Other videos suffer in the same way, but all in all, the DVD is definitely satisfactory. There is a simple menu where you can access each song (and if you do it manually by skipping you will find that the 40 videos are broken down into 3 separate sections --- from the old VHS releases --- and you will have to fast forward to get to the next set! --- very strange). There is also extra information on some of the bands listing other video releases that feature them. There is also no booklet. A bare-bones DVD, but if you like the old Cleopatra stuff, it's a good purchase and way cheaper than buying the 3 separate videos."
Fine music and videos; lame disk
audrey | white mtns | 03/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a collection of 40 music videos from a great selection of industrial groups -- Clock DVA, Chrome, Frontline Assembly, Einsterzende Neubauten, Psychic TV, Pigface, Die Krupps, Test Department, Christian Death, Rosetta Stone, Executive Slacks, etc. Not every video is brilliant but the music is consistently good.My problem with this dvd is the very lame formatting problems. There are some songs that don't allow you to advance so you have to fast-foward through them (and they seem to be the longest songs on the disk!) or go back to the main menu. It seems like they had to work at making this so lame! It would also be nice if you could check off the videos you want to hear and then have the disk play just those songs, but that is not a possibility. This is a great selection of industrial music -- you even see three examples of that rarity, blonde goths -- but you WILL be frustrated by the disk!"