Sound — 8
The story of the making of the Black Album is told here via exclusive interviews, archive footage and performance, with contributions from preducer Bob Rock, band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted. There are some, previously never heard, demo recordings also featured on this DVD. The DVD is pretty awesome, good interviews. The sound, is ok. This is not an album dependent on the sound. It is more of a content based type of thing. Some highlights are Kirk's solo on wherever I may roam, watching them at the mixing boards playing around with the sound and hearing all the seperate guitar parts.
Content — 9
This is the best part of the DVD. In every DVD, the first thing one looks towards is the content and, the content featured here is great. There are alot of interviews, some of which were nothing new, but most of which were quite informative. there are interviews with all the band members and producer Bob Rock. You get to listen to previously unheard demo recordings, and the five singles off of "The Black Album" are on this DVD: "Enter Sandman," "Holier Than Thou," "Sad But True," "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters." As far as the interviews are concerned, it was very interesting when James Hetfield told the stories of when and how he wrote "Nothing Else Matters" and "The God That Failed." Hetfield also talked about how he and the band members in Metallica faced difficulties in their childhoods and how music was what guided them through all the tough times in their childhoods. I liked the content, found some of the interviews great, on the whole pretty good actually.
Production Quality — 9
Good production quality. Clear sound, even though the tracks are demo ones. I liked the production. The editing was perfect, there is no interview that begins to bore you or tend to drag. Great. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo sound is appropriately pummeling, even if there are only mere excerpts from the songs.
Overall Impression — 10
This is overall a very good DVD, and worth it. Lars, Hetfield and Bob do most of the taliking as far as the interviews are concerned. There are some stories, which were really new to me, so on the whole I liked. Actually speaking, there is nothing at all wrong with the DVD, yet I would've preffered some more songs. Nevertheless, a brilliant DVD and a must buy. Don't even think of comparing it to Cunning Stunts, Year and a half etc. because this is more of ducumentary. And a good one.