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  • The direction is simply stunning.The director of Metallica’s Cunning Stunts stretches more direction muscle here.The editing is also excellent.Pros:*It’s a Metallica greatest hits concert!*The San Fransisco Symphony were amazing.I’ve never seen an orchestra play so fast.*The lights,editing,direction,effects and the whole setting in general were brilliant.*Jaymz’ voice was so terrific.Sometimes deep(most of the time),sometimes touching(Nothing Else Matters,No Leaf Clover) and sometimes powerful(The Thing That Should Not Be,Master of Puppets,-Human).Cons:*Why couldn’t we see a lot of Jason in the beginning of “For Whom The Bell Tolls”?*”Of Wolf And Man” shouldn’t have been changed.It’s the perfect Metallica song.*James still hasn’t perfected the part “sleep with one eye open,gripping your pillow tight—exit:light,enter:night”.It’s not the same as the original.In the original,the word “light” seems to be extended,like this :”Eeeeexit liiiiight!”.About the S&M documentary,it’s outstanding.The pre-show and post-show doc’s have always been so much fun.My advice: watch the documentary first and then the concert. I regret watching the concert first. Don’t make my mistake.And about the memorable moments in my review of the S&M audio CD,I forgot to add to them Lars’ staggeringly fast rolls in “Fuel”, “Master of Puppets”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and a lot others.By the way, was it just me, or was James having a blast performing “The Thing That Should Not Be”? I like it when he jumps.Also, add to the phenomenal songs, “Battery”. “Devil’s Dance” and “Enter Sandman” were also very cool.By the way,I changed my mind:I think that Hammett’s original “Of Wolf And Man” solo was better than S&M’s.(I said the opposite in my cd review)If you ask me what’s THE most memorable moment of the concert,it’s definitely that part of “Of Wolf And Man” where James says “…so seek the wolf in thyseeeeeeeeeeeelf!” with the symphony building up.And the best part in this part is Jason’s background scream.What a rush!Bottom line:this is one unbelievable epic.I can’t recommend it higher.

    Posted on December 18, 2009