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Metallica

Out of the Loop DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This documentary showcases the history of one of the most influential metal bands of all time. That said, there are some definite strengths and weaknesses to the film. On the plus side, the insights in the early period of the group with photographs, clips and interview with those who were on the scene are excellent.

It really gives a lot of insight into the formative era of Metallica. The downsides include the fact that because of the short length of the film the later segments of their career seem rushed over. Noticeably missing is any reference to 'Tallica's legal battles with the file sharing community.

Also, since this is an unauthorized documentary there is no Metallica music. However, short sound clips of fairly unknown artists playing music similar in style to Metallica really work well to create and maintain the mood.

I found the insights on the Bay Area metal scene from which Metallic emerged to be very insightful, but I would have liked to know more about the later periods in their career, too. The DVD includes a discography and trivia quiz (I need to practice at that last one, as my score was bad).

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2005 Year Book Volume 3 at https://garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2005.

 
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