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Metallica: Year and A Half Parts 1 & 2 Reviews

Metallica: Year and A Half Parts 1 & 2

Part 1 of A Year and a Half captures the band working in the studio on their Grammy-winning album Metallica and features the videos “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven” and “Nothing Else Matters.” Part 2 covers the saga of Metallica on tour as it unfolds through concert performances, jam sessions and daily adventures in locker rooms, hotel rooms and arenas around the world.

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12 responses to “Metallica: Year and A Half Parts 1 & 2 Reviews”

  1. Lajita says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Year and a Half of More Hair
    Since seeing Some Kind of Monster, I gained a new level of respect for a band that I’ve loved for 20 years.

  2. Denis says:

    I am a musician and filmmaker, and I'm extra picky about music documentaries. This stands as one of the best visual images I have ever seen what it is like as a musician.
      Sure, it's shot on video, so you do not expect that the glorious black and white photography by U2's Rattle and Hum or the lush fullness of Martin Scorsese's “The Last Waltz. Sure, the camera is often shaky. But what director Adam Dubin is not so good in this piece is to capture intricate details of recording an album, in Part 1. The setting was ripe for such exploration: This image was captured during the decisive phase, when Metallica, then known as one of the most uncompromising bands in the music, was first paired with ACE-producer Bob Rock, known for its productions and its crystalline rock – hard tenacity. The resulting conflict between the band members and producers is endlessly fascinating view. Part 1 exhaustively examines all aspects of the same recording Metallica's “Black Album” (of course, you get much more from this documentation, if you know the album well). Highlights include Kirk Hammett's frustrating search for a solo in “The Unforgiven”, the battle between a sore-throated James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, vocals, and a meeting in which you are intensely aware of how much editing is required, together to take a perfect song. If you love music, but never in the middle of this process, it is very enlightening – it points out that you like the music will come into contact. Plus you get three videos – the casual-Studio Performance pieces “Nothing Else Matters,” “The Unforgiven”, a beautifully photographed expressionist piece under director Matt Mahurin's lyrical, matt treatment and the classic “Enter Sandman”, a manic romp that stands as a director Wayne Isham, the coronation.
      Part 2 is a little more for the fans. With his numerous live performances and less coherent structure, this part appeals to longtime fans of Metallica who want to see how the band works if the size of their fan base tenfold suddenly. There is still a fascinating bit for Casual peruser: The tensions between the Metallica / Guns N 'Roses camp, when the two bands together for a massive, easily driven tour, an after-show meeting where the members discuss Metallica changes and critiques another, and backstage material from the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. The two official video, “Sad but true” and “Wherever I May Roam”, are walkable, with almost interchangeable materials and a distinct lack of character.
      me to put on my old VHS copy of Part 1 every few months only, in the terrific in-studio interactions by Bob Rock and Metallica. The release of the two volumes of this video on DVD was a pleasant surprise for me, and anyone who wants to know more about the process, a professional musician (and star) should be made. After seeing the amount of hard work in every phase of the band the music, you might be less inclined to crucify Metallica for the fight against Napster.

  3. Ulani says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best music related documentries from any genre.
    I am a huge music fan from Bach to Zappa and from Tom Waits to Slipknot. Music quality aside (even though it’s amazing) the way this documentary was shot and edited together is…

  4. Dennis says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Ultimate Music Rockumentary
    This DVD is a classic, i must have watched these two parts over 30 times on the old 2 part VHS tapes i had but both tapes were kinda f*cked up so the picture would be terrible in…

  5. Taban says:

    WOW! Ever wondered what it's like to produce an album? … Or tour with a heavy metal band? Then it's this one. In Part 1, see Metallica and Bob Rock, the hit “Black Album” and watch how the songs that form in the studio … Error, pranks, and all the masterpieces. (Very true!) In Part 2, tour with the band around the world, including appearances at the MTV Music Awards, the Grammys, and a special farewell concert for Freddie Mercury of Queen, where James Hetfield sings with Queen and other legendary Rock Stars. See what the band is not in their leisure time. It is one of the best DVD's in my collection. IT ROCKS!

  6. Anonymous says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica you are the best in my heart !
    when i was senior high school,my school band always played Metallica songs. I truly admire Metallica, especially Kirk Hammet in his maestro killing thrash metal melody guitar.

  7. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    metallica:year and half parts 1 & 2
    I love this dvd because it shows you what it is like to be a heavy metal rock star from the recording an album to being on the road (the good and bad )and meeting and dealing with…

  8. Zesiro says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Classic Metallica. Better than some kind of monster.
    Two documentaries one making the album, the other touring it, just as they were becoming the biggest metal band in the world. If you like Metallica you’ll love this.

  9. Ivi says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    best music video ever
    all the reviews point to “some kind of monster”. good, but cant hold a candle to this. the making of, and tour of, one of the greatest albums ever.

  10. Galilhai says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must for any Metallica Fan
    This DVD is a must for any true Metallica fan it rock’s from start to finish!!!

  11. Xenos says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica Early On
    Being a Metallica fan, I did rather enjoy this trinket of Metal Music History. The early 90’s proved to be a crucial time for Metallica as documented in this movie.

  12. Neil says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metallica – year and a half
    Cool dvd which follows band over the period when they wrote the black album then toured

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