"Considering everything you get - 17 tracks of live music (3 with 5 additional camera angles to choose from), 14:30 of interviews, 5.1 Dolby Digital sound (the Amazon info doesn't say it's there, but it is), and an additional hidden track for the controversial "Stripped" video (as previously mentioned here, hit 23, then Enter on your remote at the main menu) - fans of Rammstein can't afford not to have this DVD.The "Buch Dich" track has been edited out of the DVD version, but this is not a censored DVD; it's just the only one available, at least in Region 1 NTSC format. The only way to see "Buch Dich" is by picking up the VHS tape. If you're trying to decide between the two formats, I'd say the DVD is tops, hands down. I have both, and since I've gotten the DVD I haven't picked up the VHS even once. The video and audio are superior to that of the VHS, and the VHS doesn't have any of the additional features you can find on the DVD.Speaking of video and audio, they're both pretty good, but not great. There's some minor artifacting in the video due to the onstage smoke effects combined with the fact that this is just a single layer disc. The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound seems to be a bit lacking in bass (though the band never has been all that heavy on it) and the rear channels mostly only play crowd noise. But again, this DVD is definately the best way to enjoy a Rammstein concert, aside from actually being there."
Even if you have the VHS version.....
Betsy Koenigsberg | Seattle, WA USA | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"....you should definitely consider purchasing this concert on DVD! This version contains some additional treats NOT included on the VHS version. However, in all fairness, there is one song missing from the DVD - "Bück Dich" has been omitted. This song is included on the uncensored version of the VHS (USA release and Euro PAL format). The following is a summary of some of the special inclusions on the DVD version:Multi camera shots of the individual members of Rammstein for the songs "Tier", "Du Hast" and "Rammstein". An interview is included (translated sub-titles) with clips from all Rammstein videos. A contest to challenge your Rammstein knowledge (consisting of 140 questions) is playable from your CD-ROM using Windows. As a bonus track, the entire video for "Stripped" is included.Convinced? I hope so. Because if you have never experienced Rammstein Live - this is the next best thing to actually being there!"
Mein Herz Brennt
Erin Stong | Williamsport, Pennsylvania USA | 01/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Because I live in a place where concerts, especially those by European bands, are virtually impossible-- I had never seen Rammstein actually performing before I watched this video. I have no cable, and I have no MTV. At this point, I have been able to acquire music videos...but Live aus Berlin was my first experience beyond a CD. And I think that I fell in love the night that I watched it. Rammstein is a lot of things, but one thing they are not is boring. It is a great shame that a lot of American music fans cannot appreciate this video because the intelligent lyrics are lost on those who do not understand them. The music is good-- yes-- but not surpassingly so. It is indeed moving and deep, but it's the lyrics, the fact that much of them are in archaic languages and rife with allusions to great poetry and culture; and, of course, the intensity with which they are performed that makes Rammstein truly great.Firstly, I do not find them at all offensive. Even their sexual antics on stage are silly at worst, not upsetting, and they generally are amusing and witty. The lyrics don't strike me as unpleasent. Yes, they sing about unusual themes that are not generally accepted by the fragile norm. People don't like to be rattled into thinking a little harder. People don't like the suggestion that aesthetics can also lie in what they themselves find disturbing; like pain, fire, and yes, even death. But we all need a little disturbing. We have grown too static in our thinking. Our only disturbances are typically of the annoying-- yowling bands that spit youthful anger and hate at us-- not deep, macabre suffering tinged with irony and dark humour. Sometimes what is misunderstood about Rammstein is that a lot of Rammstein's songs are sarcastic social commentaries; not personal opinions. Weißes Fleisch is not promoting rape or assault-- it's expressing the horror of such mindless violence. After all, the mere mention of it in a song unnerves people! The problem is, so much time is wasted in attacking Rammstein for daring mention what people don't want think about on their own...that time could be spent in doing something about the very real issues of violence, rape, and racism. It doesn't go away if you ignore it.Rammstein claims to want to cause a little trouble, but I don't think that that explains everything about them. My own mother (yes, I'm one of the restless 17's) dislikes them because she finds them frightening. But fire is an expression not just of destruction, but of passion; and also of love. It is the raging of unstoppable, immense emotion-- like the sun, it can warm the heart or it can burn down to the bone. And I am not comparing Rammstein only to the other goth bands and rock bands and metal bands of this era, but also to the bombastic glory of Beethoven, the youthful madness of Wolfgang Mozart; and even to the melancholy operas of Verdi. All these things are not Rammstein-- but Rammstein do share one thing with the masters of music: majesty."
Almost as good as being there, almost
Diluted Acid | Sydney, Australia | 07/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seeming Rammstein is one of my favourite bands and i had just gotten a dvd player I though i'd may aswell buy this dvd, and what did i get??? I got the best metal dvd performance you can get!!!The dvd contains 17 tracks from their albums Herzeleid and Sehnsucht(done live)and the extra features you get the concert with german subtitles and you get a multicamera mode for the 3 songs Tier, Du Hast and Rammstein. With the multicamera mode you get a choice of 6 angles which lets you decide what you would like to mostly see e.g. directors cut, guitars, drums, bass and keys, wides and vocals. Another extra feature you get is a 14:30 interview with the band. The interview allows you to have a choice of subtitles including English, Spanish and French, and if your computer can read dvd's you can insert this dvd and you view a rammstein trivia fan contest containing 140 questions.The performance was great. Rammstein perform with a great deal of colourful lights and mist and there is a great use of fire at the concert. The dvd lets you see all the action including the violence and as a special treat for the fans, rammstein use explosives, flame throwers, flaming arrows and fireworks and the main highlights of the dvd are the tracks Rammstein were Till Lindeman(singer) performs on fire(using safety clothesing) and another highlight is Engel were the guitarists daughter plays as the girl in the cage with fire. My favourite performance is Du Riechst So Gut were Till Lindeman(singer) shoots flaming arrows at the beginning of the song. Another great thing about the performance is that Till Lindeman(singer) didn't just stand there and sing, he sang while acting like that people can understand the message he is trying to get across.The crowd is good aswell, they are very loud. They jump up and down or nod their heads for most of the time and they join in on the choruses and before and after every song they show their respect by clapping or whistling, so if you like metal dvd's with big crowds then this is for you.The subject of the songs are mainly about various types of love(even says in interview) and there are a few songs about religion. The disturbing songs about love include Du Riechst So Gut which talks about stalking and Spiel Mit Mir talking about gay love(in an explicit way which is why its bad). Ok, now onto the the nondisturbing songs about love. The nondisturbing songs about love include Wilder Wein which is about love including a bottle of whine. The songs about religion include the song Engel and Asche Zu Asche and yes Rammstein do include violence in some songs including Weisses Fleisch which is just about mindless violence, so if you have a faint heart and are thinking about getting this, i suggest you not look at the lyrics translated which may put you off.Ok, i've basically told you a fair bit about the dvd, so now i shall chucck in some reminders. The song Bueck Dich is censored from the dvd seeming people thought not only the lyrics but the performance was explicit, though in my opinion i though the performance was silly and in the dvd there is a hidden track called stripped, i hav'nt tried it, but i hear you press 23 at main menu and you then press enter. Overall thankyou for your time reading this review. I hope it gave you more of an idea of the dvd and hopefully you may buy it."
Rammsteins World & Translation Mistakes
S. Dirks | NRW, Germany | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hi, I am german and since the beginning a fan of Rammstein. When you know Rammstein better from some Interviews, you will see, that they make a show when they stand on the stage but in real life they are very funny guys and worlds apart of their life on stage. I love their music and that they have a very good sense of sarcasm and irony. In the music and on stage they create their own world - the dark cornors of life.
And know to the translations:
Du hast can mean both you hate and you have. It's the same word in german and so even germans doesn't know, what is meant. Heirate Mich = Marry Me"