Cliff 'Em All [DVD] review by Metallica

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  • Released: Nov 17, 1987
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (47 votes)
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All [DVD]

Sound — 9
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.

Content — 9
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.

Production Quality — 6
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.

Overall Impression — 8
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.

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    hit the lights
    if you like Metallica's first 3 albums (who doesn't) and don't really mind some not horrible but pretty listenable sound, and also if you don't mind sorta bad visuals, get this, i did, and i love it
    Steven Jack
    Cliff 'em all is kick ass. after you watch this you'll be livin in the 80's (and that isn't a bad thing)
    i don't care about the sound quality it makes u believe more that u are they watching them in the 80's...cliff was amazing!!!
    The Dvd was made when Metallica put out an add to all Metallica fans to send in the footage they had caught over the years. All of the footage sent in was on tape, so they had to hire people to convert it to a dvd, so you can imagine how bad the quality would have been from old tapes. If I have time, I'll write up a review for this dvd.