Must see for RATM fans, a great introduction for new fans
Orson Wang | Livonia, MI | 03/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Will Rage Against the Machine (RATM) go down in history as one of the greatest live acts ever? Only time will tell, but this DVD is testimony that they are serious contenders. And with recent news that lead singer Zack de la Rocha will be leaving the band, this may be the final testament of RATM at their peak.The energy is nuclear in this concert. RATM does not hold back and the crowd is bursting at the seams of the enormous venue. Especially in the popular "Bulls on Parade", the roar from the crowd will send chills down your spine. You have not heard RATM until you have heard them live, but playing this DVD on a high quality sound system comes close. Chances are, if you are reading this, you are already a fan. If you are not already a fan, this DVD is an excellent introduction to the Rage phenomena. Here, you can truly appreciate RATM as the speaker for an entire generation of angst.There are two quirks to this DVD that may bother some viewers. First, snippets of political documentary are spliced in between songs of the concert footage. In these snippets, Zack describes his leftist political views in an abbreviated documentary-style format and one understands better the source of his piercing anger. If you are a strong-minded right-wing politician, you will hate this DVD even more than their studio albums. The inverse is true for left-wingers.Second, there are two audio tracks that each have a shortcoming. In the high-quality 2-channel audio track, the energy of the crowd is very much evident, but the "F***" words are muted. In the lower-quality but enveloping 5-channel Dolby Digital track, no lyrics are muted, but the crowd noise is almost completely absent."
Very good dvd
kingvudu | IL, United States | 03/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"three things keep this dvd from earning 5 stars. thing number one: censorship. rage is highly against censorship of any kind, so i find it very ironic that many of the swear words are cut from the dvd. while only slightly annoying, it does take away some from the performance. thing number two: the propaganda documentary. while i enjoyed these, i found it annoying that they were interspersed throughout the concert. i would have preferred to be able to watch these separately and be able to watch the concert as a whole without the documentary pieces. i also got the feeling that some songs may have been cut out, but i have no way of knowing for sure. thing number three: the dvd seems to be rather rushed together. while the editing and the picture quality were very good, the packaging is lacking. there is no real track listing anywhere. there is a song list on the back cover, but this does not include the documentary footage so you don't know what track number is what song without going to the menu and looking. also there is no insert in the case. while this is a very good quality dvd, i would have liked to see some extras."
Good RATM DVD, But Not The Best!!!!!
James Shannon Bussey | Mississippi | 02/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very good DVD of RATM. The song selections are good. The video shots are clear and closeup. The song selection includes Calm Like A Bomb, Bulls On Parade, and Killing In The name of. I have just two concerns about this DVD, and I think that anyone who plans on purchasing it should be made aware. First, the DVD has "freeze frames" inserted periodically throughout the video. It is hard to explain but the best way I can try is that it looks as though the DVD is scratched and skipping. This does not effect the sound, it took a few times of watching to get used to. It's just some video trick used after production, a type of enhancement. It just doesn't work well with a live show like RATM. The second problem I have is with the sound on Bulls On Parade. All of the other songs except this one seemed to be mixed great. The vocals on Bulls on Parade are almost nonexistant and are what an engineer would call "at the back of the mix". In other words the music is way to loud for the vocals and therefore are drowned out. Other than that this is an good DVD. If I didn't own any RATM DVDs, I would suggest getting one of the others first."
An ok DVD
M. Puziss | Frederick, MD United States | 06/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rage Against The Machine are one of the BEST live bands ever.But there are many flaws to this DVD.The live concert is great,but why did they include the dreadful "Zapata's Blood" instead of "Bullet In The Head"?Also,every song with cussing except "Killing In The Name" is edited.The worst thing is the slo-mo shots.Zach and Tom are known for their stage presences,why put in slo-mo?Also,the docunmentary footage is in between songs.Why couldn't they have had this has a bonus feature?Also,there is absolutely NO connection between the band and audience.Zach talks to the crowd a lot on the other 2 DVDS,why not this one?The intro sucks to.They should should have shown the scene they describe on the back of the box.This is an OK DVD,but the other 2 are much better.The 3 stars is for the live show alone.Star with the Grand Olypmpic show,then get the self-titled one,then this."
Rage Against the machine at their finest hour
Anthony Douaihy | New Port Richey, Fl USA | 02/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD/VHS is truly rage at their best. Perfect timing just with the release of The Battle of Los Angelas. Plus, it was their first show in Mexico. The documentary was great, and it helped with them doing a show in Mexico city. I admit the VHS picture was better meaning in the DVD, Zacks head is cut in half, you can't see Tom Morellos head and his guitar at the same time, same with Tim C. And Brad Wilk looks like he's not hitting the cymbals at all. The DVD may have all the extra bonus stuff, but if your a true Rage fan, you look for quality concert footage, so I recommend the VHS. But all and all this is one of the best concert DVDs i have ever seen. Rage is a great band and will be lodged in history of rock forever."