After lying dormant for ten years, the creative machine that is Skinny Puppy began to pulse on all fronts. In tandem with the new recording (2004?s The Greater Wrong Of The Right) began plans for a new live show and extens... more »ive touring. Pre-production for the live show began and also plans to capture the experience of Skinny Puppy live in a way that had never been done before. On the second leg of the incredibly successful North American tour, two live shows would be recorded. The infamous Spectrum in Montreal and Koolhaus in Toronto became the venues of choice paying homage to Puppy's Canadian roots. Seven cameras and a mobile audio truck were rolled out to capture the event. The images were recorded in Hi-definition video and multiple layers of microphones were placed throughout the room to capture the elements which would form the basis of a killer 5.1 Dolby surround mix. The result is an incredibly true representation of what it is like to have the intense experience of witnessing Skinny Puppy live. The production value of the live show is outstanding in all respects and the set list is the best of the best of Puppy's prolific catalogue. Skinny Puppy fans are fanatical when it comes to collecting anything to do with the band as evidenced by the large number of bootleg videos which circulate in the bitstream. This DVD will fill a great void for the fans who have always wanted to see and hear the show in all its frenetic glory. The special features make the disc a must have as they will go down in history as the quintessential reference for any hardcore Puppy follower.« less
"Disc 01: The Greater Wrong of the Right tour live at Montreal & Toronto November 2004. Encore: first brap, convulsion, testure, brap, smothered hope
Disc 02: Information Warfare by William Morrison Eurotrauma: Skinny Puppy Live in Europe 1988 by DRG Last Rights: Archival Footage Too Dark Park: Archival Footage
Technical Features: Widescreen, All Regions, 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Director: William Morrison Audio Mix: Ken "Hiwatt" Marshall Cover Art: Fredox Cover Design: Steven R Gilmore Inside Cover Photography: Austin Young
Technical: 5.1 Surround Sound & Dolby Digital live content. Dolby Digital Stereo only disc 2. SPV USA version is NTSC. SPV.de version in PAL format
"" The second disc holds the 30 minutes segment titled "Eurotrauma" which revisits Puppy on tour in Europe in 1988. Culled from tapes shot primarily by the late Dwayne Rudolph Goettel and compiled and edited by ogre himself, this thirty minute segment is a day by day log of the tour from the bands point of view. Everything from life back stage and in the hotel to the band confronting the Berlin Wall before it was torn down. Along with a lot of highly entertaining footage of the band is rare footage of the live shows themselves. Also included is a film by William Morrisson who hit the road in America and Europe to shoot this documentary called "Information Warfare". This documentary addresses the key issue behind the project. The butal result of American foreign policy. William visited former Attorney General Ramsey Clark in N.Y.C., he travelled to Capitol Hill in Washington to speak with the Gulf War Veterans resource centre and enlisted the help of Iraqi filmmaker Duraid Mujanim who travelled to Iraq with camera's after the recent occupation began. He travelled to Paris to interview Medicine Sans Frontiers and Kutna Hora near Prague to shoot the famous Bone Church at Sedlec. And finally there are a few more film segments which showcase footage of two more legendary Puppy tours. "Too Dark Park" and "Last Rights". These shows were filmed in 16mm by Jim Vanbebber (Charlie's Family and "Spasmolytic" video clip). """
These Guys Have Balls
TheAgitator | 10/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 2004 this group became infamous in online blogs and political message boards as people from a conservative boycott group called PABAAH launched an attack against the band for some controversial onstage antics. It's interesting to see that SP didn't shy away from what they did during this show on this DVD release. The staged decapitation is here as well as the singer pointing that toy gun at the video of the president as he stepped off the plane. Because of what they did during this tour homeland security started watching them. In Atlanta someone from the homeland security taskforce left them a card. When word got about about the boycott group and the e-mails stared being sent out to radio stations several college stations decided to put their catalog in heavy rotation in protest. It's nice to see that this PABAAH group have the complete opposite effect of what they intended and that free speech is still alive and well here in the good old US of A. If you want to see what the fuss is about and you like confrontational Industrial music similar to the group, Nine Inch Nails, I suggest you pick this up."
Skiiny Puppy fans . . .the long wait is over.
S. Rodger | Seattle, WA United States | 10/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful 2 dvd set of the band we all love.
Disc 1 is the full concert from 2004's tour. I had the privilege to see the tour, and the dvd does a good job of capturing the band's live act. The 5.1 sound is excellent quality. Very impressed. One thing to mention: if you were one of the fans that were a bit disappointed with their last albums sharp and clean production, they make up for a lot of it live. The songs tend to have a breath of new life in them live, and it makes the tracks more listenable then the actual album versions. I will not say anything about the sync issues everyone keeps mentioning, because frankly I could care less.
The show is good, and the sound is great.
Disc 2 is the disc I enjoyed the most. "Information Warfare" is a very interesting, disturbing documentary about the gulf war, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, chemical warfare, free will and the decline of a democracy. I only wish they would have put a few website links to more of this type of information, because it is important(at least in my mind) and it would have been a nice addition. In their defense the websites are quite easy to find on the net if you are not feeling lazy.
The Eurotrauma footage is wonderful. Its always nice to see a band behind the scenes. Very entertaining, and to see Dwayne running around and being generally happy is a great thing. Its nice to see the band during the 88 Vivi tour before all hell broke loose during the next decade. R.I.P Dwayne.
The "Too Dark Park" and "Last Rites" footage was good. It is shocking to know that there is really not that much footage of the "Too Dark Park" tour out there. I was expecting a bit more from this part of the dvd, but i guess we should be thankful we got anything. Sadly, the tour looks completely amazing. Damn it!
The "Last Rights" footage is the same. Very limited on the dvd, although if you are like me you have probably TRADED for 4 or 5 shows from this tour by now. No problem finding full shows of this tour. Let the dvd wet your appetite.
All in all this is a very nice set that will not let down any Puppy fan. Even if you've seen them live, have a stock of bootlegs, and own the other dvds, this is still a great addition due to the documentary, lost footage and the 5.1 mix which is truly one of the best 5.1 mixes of all the music dvds out there. Skinny Puppy works well in the 5.1 realm.
This fan is very happy that there is finally a decent Puppy dvd out there."
One of my favorite DVD concerts that I have seen in a while.
Xander Xavier Xymox | Frederick Co :( | 06/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually am only writing this review now to answer the question of some reviewers about the hidden track. Wait till the end of Eurotrauma, and leave it on and the video will come on. The Pro Test video is the only part of the DVD that I hate. It has a very MTV feel to it. All it is is a bunch of Goths and Jocks break dancing. Skinny Puppy have made so many great music videos in the past. Convulsion, and Warlock are classics. Anyways the actually concert is top notch. It starts off not bad, but it ends up brilliant. Even if I wasn't a fan this would still be a entertaining live show. VX Gas Attack has to be one of my favorite parts. It is really awesome to see a band that focus's on real political issues instead of all the phony left vs right crap. If you read the screen during that song you will learn more about what is really going on than if you were to watch 5 Micheal Moore documentaries. Aside from that every song has a awesome theatrical show going on. I have only been a puppy fan for maybe 6 months, so I had no idea that they were so good live. The whole show reminded me of a Cradle of Filth concert. Only I still think that Cradles "Heavy Left Handed and Candid" is a better DVD. The bonus features are also top notch. The documentary is good. If Skinny Puppy doesn't show it the corporate controlled lap dog mass media wont. The Eurotrauma footage is great. It was shot on a hand held video camera. Aside from that it was my first time to see the late great Goettel before his untimely demise. Pretty much the whole time they are getting stoned at hash bars in Amsterdam. I don't blame them. The footage of Last rights and Too dark park is almost as good as the live concert itself."
The Bonus Features were the best part
EerieVonEvil | The Rabbit Hole | 10/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The live show from last year that is on disc one does have its editing problems and that is a disappointment. But I am glad to have gotten to seen it either way(even though I saw them live on this tour). I dont believe for a second though that they lip sync. You would have to pay extra attention to the fact that the audio doesnt quite sync up with the video cause for the most part it is on key. They are for the most part a very professional, if not theatrical act. The real treat was the footage from the Last Rights, Too Dark Park, and ViViSectIV tours. That was great. Lots of travels and backstage stuff...the boys also knew how to party heh. It was good to see Dwayne Goettel too before his untimley passing. Skinny Puppy was a trio, and it was good to see the original band playing and touring together so this footage was much appreciated...aside from all the camera spinning/time warps, but I attribute that mostly to the fact that they were partying most of the time(I mean come on, they were in Belgium, Amsterdam, and such so they had the opportunity heh). But yeah enough of that. Bottom line, this performance was nowhere near as good as Aint It Dead Yet, so if you dont have any Puppy DVD's yet then start with that cause that show is a gem. That and I really wasnt fond of their latest album and hearing the songs live from The Greater Wrong Of The Right wasnt all too impressive...the rest of the song selection was good though, a lot of songs from ViViSectVI, and even two from The Process. All in all a great performance and a welcome return to the forefathers of electronic/industrial. Buy it if you have their other two DVD's. Skinny Puppy are still a great band even today and I hope to see another album done in their classic sample-ridden distorted glory!"