Cliff'em All Review

artist: metallica date: 03/06/2006 category: dvd
metallica: Cliff'em All
Released: November 23, 1999
Cliff 'Em All, Metallica's first video, is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never used, but we've held onto, home footage, personal fotos and us drunk."
 Sound: 7
 Content: 6.7
 Production Quality: 4.3
 Overall Impression: 7.3
 Overall rating:
 7.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 6.3 
 Users rating:
 7.8 
 Votes:
 46 
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overall: 5
Cliff'em All Reviewed by: EET_FUK_BASS, on december 15, 2004
2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Sound: I'll be straight with you. This DVD sounds terrible. However, it's not like professionals were recording Metallica, it's all bootleg except for one MTV special. The sound's ok for bootleg, and it's quite funny to hear drunk guys in the cround singing along (only a few parts), something you wouldn't get from a professional DVD. Cliff is pretty awesome, however, during a solo intro to For Whom The Bell Tolls (the rest of the song was cut off-grr), there's some massive high pitched feedback right when he launches into some low end awesomeness, and you can't here him. // 6

Content: The content is horrible. If you've already seen the VHS version, there's nothing for you here. The content certainly doesn't justify spending $18 for it. There are no special features (they didn't even take the photos and interviews out of the movie part and put them by themselves). There is no extra footage. Just 90 min of Metallica bootleg footage. Before I bought this I was under the impression that Cliff improvised his solos. He doesn't. It's all anesthesia, with a couple minor differences. Plus there's only four different solos - 2 anesthesias and 2 pre-bells solos, only one of which goes into the actual song. Plus there's three songs from some metal fest in Germany (or some European country, includes wierd Seek And Destroy 'music video') in 1984 yet only one from 'A Day On The Green (an MTV special)' which was clearly the best footage on the whole DVD. The content on this DVD is what disappointed me the most. For $20, couldn't you add some stuff to the DVD that wasn't on the VHS? Let's run through a hypothetical conversation: James: Hey dude, we should add some stuff to the Cliff'em All VHS and sell it as a dvd, showcasing even more Cliff live stuff. Lars: I got a better idea-all we have to do is transfer Cliff'em All to DVD, add a scene selector, and we can sell it for $10 (I have no idea how much the VHS cost) more. No work involved. // 4

Production Quality: They pretty much just added a scene selector-no extra footage, nothing. I said this above, but it's just like watching the VHS yet being able to select the scene you want to watch (i.e. the photos aren't taken outta the footage and placed in their own place in a 'special features' menu. The opening menu is pretty cool though, although I wish they would've had live footage of The Thing That Should Not Be as opposed to just the song during the menu. Plus you'd think they could've taken the feedback out of Cliff's pre-bells solo, but I guess they're too lazy. // 4

Overall Impression: I love seeing Cliff. He's what inspired me to pick up a bass and getting this sealed the deal for me (getting a bass wise). However, this simply isn't worth $18. Cliff plays the same solo over and over (well twice, but it's the same one that's on Kill 'em All). If this was stolen or I 'losted' it, I might buy it on Ebay or Amazon or half.com for $10. Don't make my mistake, don't pay more than $10 for it unless you are seriously addicted to Cliff, and ignoring all the other much better bass players out there. // 6

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overall: 6
Cliff'em All Reviewed by: unregistered, on february 10, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: OK, so the sound quality is not good. But only an idiot would expect a DVD full of 20 year old bootlegs to have good sound. What you hear however, is great. Metallica when they were young and unrefined. If your not much of a fan of early metallica and thrash metal in general, don't get this, get Cunning Stunts or S&M (also great DVD's). The quality of the recording is bad, but the band is awesome. // 6

Content: There really arn't any special features here, and yes it would have been nice if there were some. The Seek and Destroy chapter is odd. The footage of Metallica in slimely old clubs is great, James throwing the record to be rippped apart by fans. If you want to see Cliff, this is a great DVD. If you want to see good editing between band members and choose your own camera angles you won't get them here. IF you are a casual fan this probably isn't for you. But if you are a hardcore fan, and like me Was only a toddler when Cliff died and want to see how Metallica started, this is for you. // 7

Production Quality: Again, terrible. As to be expected with Bootlegs. Gives a certain charm though, like an old LP covered in scraches. // 3

Overall Impression: 8 is a little higher than the sum of the sections. But I feel justified in doing this. If what I have described above is what you want and are expecting, this is great. Live on Cliff in our memories and in this DVD which will help bring Cliff to Metallica fans that arn't even born today. // 8

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overall: 8
Cliff'em All Reviewed by: black_sabbath, on march 06, 2006
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Sound: Metallica's first video is a tribute to their original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in a tour bus accident. It looks at Metallica's three and a half years with Burton and includes some of his best performances and bass solos. Metallica saddened by the death of their bassist and friend Cliff Burton, released this video in 1987 as an ode, remembering the member of the Metallica family. It reminds me of what Metallica was at that time, raw, and full of energy. A great sound, sounding completely raw and unedited. // 9

Content: Tracks: 01. Creeping Death 02. Am I Evil 03. Damage, Inc. 04. Master Of Puppets 05. Whiplash 06. The Four Horsemen 07. Fade To Black 08. Seek And Destroy 09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) 10. For Whom The Bell Tolls 11. Metal Militia 12. No Remorse A great song list and equally great videos. Cliff Burton was particularly impressive in For Whom The Bell Tolls, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Master Of Puppets and Fade To Black. It is a live concert DVD, that makes the videos even more memorable. It includes footage shot for TV that was never used, home footage, and personal photos. // 9

Production Quality: Well, the production isn't that great. But it is a live concert DVD so that explains it. Keep in mind that all of this footage was shot on early '80s VHS film, so the video and audio quality are quite poor for DVD. The audio is in mono, and isn't of the best quality. Yet out of the hadcore metal lovers, I don't think anyone should complain much. // 6

Overall Impression: This remains a metal lovers DVD, for all metallica lovers, burton lovers, this is the DVD. With a great song list, and Cliff Burton's deadly bass solos and intros, this is the ultimate bassist's DVD. But don't expect high resolution display, it is more of an angry, highly volitile, metal DVD. // 8

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