Live At Donnington [DVD] review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Nov 11, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.4 (83 votes)
AC/DC: Live At Donnington [DVD]

Sound — 10
I am a big fan of AC/DC and consider them to be one of the greatest rock bands ever. And this DVD is a testament to that. This is nothing short of what AC/DC is all about, with the big inflatable Rosie, Hell's Bell, and the infamous canons. This concert was performed and filmed on the 17th Of August 1991 in the middle of their Monsters Of Rock tour alongside the likes of Metallica and Motley Crue. The sound quality of this DVD is excellent for a live concert, where you can barely hear the crowd when you're not supposed to, and can hear them loud and clear when you are.

Content — 10
This DVD is a film of their 1991 Donington show. It has the actual performance in full, it has a special "Iso-cam" version where you can choose among a few select songs, where the cameras are only focusing on one of the bandmembers throughout the whole song which is a pretty cool feature. It also includes a commentary from the Young brothers on the show (which generally lasts as long as the concert) The set list would probably all of AC/DC's greatest hits, songs picked from as many of their albums as possible, stretching back to the Bon Scott with songs like TNT and Highway To Hell. Now in a little more detail, it starts with of course, the build up of the intro songs, Thunderstruck. And almost every signatures by the members of AC/DC are in this. Malcolm with his Gretsch and missing Pickups, Angus and his many antics (strip show, the "Fit", his SG, and of course his playing), and Brian, with his Bell, his instantly recognisable voice, and the cap. If you're a big fan of AC/DC, or someone that wants a good example of AC/DC's live performances, this would be it.

Production Quality — 10
Again, the sound quality is excellent and the video is very clear. The audio, like all other AC/DC recordings, have angus' lead guitar playing on the right speaker/earphone, and malcolm's rhythm on the left, a trick AC/DC have always used. The band uses rows Mesa Boogies and Marshall stacks for their amplificiation. Generally, you can hear every bandmember very clearly, and this DVD has nothing short when it comes to production quality.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall, an excellent DVD! I'd have to say what I find most impressive about this would have to be the band's music, the band's stage presence, and actually being able to see their interactions with each other and their fans. It was everything a good rock concert was supposed to be, and I don't think there were any problems with it at all.

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