This DVD features the full-length film that was made by the band to showcase the album Halber (or ) Mensch, was released in 1986. Basically a full-blown promo for each song on the audio release, "1/2 Mensch" is a stunning... more » work of visual art, bought to DV« less
"This DVD is still from Stevo, now coming out under the Cherry Red label. Which means the band, Einstuerzende Neubauten will likely get no money for it from Stevo, who in the past never paid them any money for their major albums of the 80's under his previous label, Some Bizarre. Stevo ripped off many bands (Coil, Michael Gira) in like style and still profits from their music years later. Any of Stevo's discs, I consider worthy only to clean dead bugs off my windshield!
If a sense of fair play, concerning artists (not corporations) deserving proceeds for their expression, is not enough to sway you, consider that the EN authorized version has a DVD of the film plus an additional audio CD of remastered live music from the film. Specifically included songs are: 1. Armenia 2. Sehnsucht 3. Abfackeln! 4. Zerstörte Zelle 5. Die Zeichnung des Patienten O.T. 6. Der Tod ist ein Dandy Check out Neubauten.org for further information on the band and their remastered releases, put out by EN after winning back the rights to their music in a court case against Stevo. Far superior in sound, content and packaging to previous Some Bizarre releases they are well worth the extra inconvenience and the money goes to the band. Wow! What a concept!
After all that is said, Habler Mensch the film, deserves 5 stars as it exquisitely captures EN in 1985, just as they are gathering confidence in the full power of their expression. Raw, physical and spontaneous yet elegantly balancing beauty with fury; EN is like no other band and this video portrays them at what I consider their performing peak. Sogo Ishii was a great choice as director, echoing EN's sonic blasts with equally surreal imargery. This is a real deal film portrayal of a Band whose authenticity is their hall mark."
Buy the official version from amazon.de
Alan | Wales, UK | 09/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I urge everyone to avoid this version. The vastly superior official edition is freely available from amazon.de. Not only is the technical quality better and the artists receive payment, but it also comes complete with a bonus audio CD of the live recordings from the movie. A far better value purchase than this shoddy rip-off version."
The band-released version is superior, but unplayable on mos
H. Forbes | 01/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As everyone here has stated, the 'official' band released DVD is a superior package. But even though it is region-free it is still in PAL format, so it is unplayable on most North American / NTSC televisions. If you can view European / PAL format DVDs then you should seek out the band-released version, but if you are in North America and don't have a multi-system DVD / TV this is the only way to see this incredible film."
This is not official or band approved version.
Mr. Daryl A. Cumming | East St.kilda Vic Australia | 09/17/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased the official version from German Amazon which is a superior version. That item includes a digitally remastered sound track cd along with the dvd . Remember if your a supporter of the band , they don't not get any money from the sales of the Cherry Red version . So buy the band sanctiioned one from the above -mentioned information . One does ask the question ,why the official one is not for sale in no other Amazon websites except in Germany?"
Mic Finger | Gomel, Belarus | 02/22/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It is absurd that this abominable immatation is being circulated. It does a considerable injustice to the consumer and to the artists who labored to see it into existence. Amazon.com should remove it immediately and offer instead the authorized and region free version which contains valuable bonus material on audio CD."