Sound — 9
As the DVD starts you see an image of the upside down cross as Matt Skiba opens up the set with the awesome chords of their song "Hell Yes" a guaranteed crowd pleaser. All of their songs are flawlessly executed throughout the entire set. Minor word changes in some songs show a slight improvement. They even utilize the crowd in the song, "Nose Over Tail", pausing for a brief moment allowing the audience a chance to sing. Very good sound all the way to the ending with the striking notes of "'97" that sent them out in a cloud of smoke.
Content — 6
The DVD is a live concert recorded October 31, 2002 at The Metro in the Alkaline Trio's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. It is episode 4 in Kung Fu Films "The Show Must Go Off!" series. The set list consisted of 19 songs that would span all of Alkaline Trio's full length CDs up until that point and a couple that were not released in those albums. Bonus features on the DVD include a multi-angle video of "Mr. Chainsaw", trailers and previews of other Kung Fu Films releases, a photo gallery, other bonus footage, and band commentary. Although enjoyable, the commentary was disappointing due to the absence of Matt Skiba. There was a somewhat lack of good bonus features as well as subtitles on this DVD.
Production Quality — 7
The production was decent the audio quality of the concert was satisfactory although the video taping was literally done by amateurs. One of the cameras was smudgy and unclear the whole set. The video effects and lighting was well done. The footage editing was good also.
Overall Impression — 8
Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant come together on Halloween night 2002 for an amazing show in their home town of Chicago. Alkaline Trio fans would not be disappointed by their performance. Despite some minor flaws in the DVD itself Alkaline Trio: Halloween At The Metro is something a true Alk3 fan needs.