Sound — 9
Critics take a seat, Motley Crue is back. Mixed in 5.1 Surround sound by legend Bob Rock (also the man who redifined the sounds of such bands as Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, and Skid Row) and Mike Gillies, this DVD is one for the ages. After a six year hiatus, the band returns in full force with a full cast with Nikki, Vince, Tommy, and Mick all making their return to the throne of rock n' roll. This "Carnival Of Sins" was shot live in the bowels of Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan in April of 2005 still in the early stages of this worldwide tour (which has now been extended into April 2006 due to insane success). This isn't your normal rock concert. Packed with midgets, exotic dancers, naked women, motorcycles, elevated drum sets, fireworks, spitting blood, drunk out-of-their mind fans, and fire, this DVD is a full out event let alone a concert. It has something for every generation of the Motley Crue fan including a great combination of old mega-hits like Girls Girls Girls, Dr. Feelgood, and Kick start My Heart, more recent hits off of the 2 disc compilation (Red White & Crue) like Sick Love Song and If I Die Tomorrow, and less known gems like On With the Show and Louder than Hell. Combined with the expertise from Bob Rock and company, Carnival of Sins will more than likely make you feel like you just returned from a Crue concert. Without being drenched in fake blood, of course.
Content — 8
Consistent with every show played on tour, this DVD begins with a claymation short film. The plot set out is that there is a large "Planatoid" hurtling towards earth and they are determined to stop it and play the loudest rock concert on earth. The concert then begins with a cartoonized-version of "Peephole" by System Of A Down and a midget in a large mask hopping around the stage. Two woman then (very sexually mind you) appear out of a box and to the appreciation of the male fans in the crowd, play around with eachother. The actual show then kicks off with a pyro-technic filled rendition of Shout at the Devil '97. The setlist is as follows: 01. Shout At The Devil (97') 02. Too Fast For Love 03. Ten Seconds To Love 04. Red Hot 05. On With The Show 06. Too Young To Fall In Love 07. Looks That Kill 08. Louder Than Hell 09. Livewire 10. Girls Girls Girls 11. Wild Side 12. Don't Go Away Mad 13. Primal Scream 14. Glitter 15. Without You 16. Home Sweet Home 17. Nikki solo 18. Dr. Feelgood 19. Tommy solo 20. Same 'Ol Situation 21. Shitty Cam 22. Sick Love Song 23. If I Die Tommorow 24. Kickstart My Heart 25. Helter Skelter 26. Anarchy In The Uk The second discs features a Motley "Docruementary" showing everything that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for this spectacle, Motley Crue's Greatest *its which is basically for the hornier of the Crue fans, "Meet And Great" which shows what you get when you buy a platinum package off the Crue website for a show, and a few other select features.
Production Quality — 7
Carnival Of Sins is directed by Hammish Hamilton (U2, Madonna, Peter Gabriel), recorded by Grammy award winning Jon Harris, mixed by Bob Rock and Mike Gillies, and was shot using 20 different camera and camera angles, and all in high definition widescreen format. My one main problem with this DVD is the insane amount of crowd shots. The other review hinted at it as well, and it can be very annoying. The random shots of people in the crowd don't do a whole lot for the movie. Tommy gets barely any camera time, Mick as well. I think the point in all the crowd shots was to give the viewer a sense of how intense it is at the concert, but it fails to do so. I personally have been to 3 concerts in the past year and one more in about 3 months and I can say from experience the only way to truly feel the intensity of one of these concerts is to be there. That aside, the camera angles are absolutely amazing. The dark colors presented give it a dark, spooky feel and it feels sort of like a haunted house you would see at an old fashioned amusement park. The random shots of women's breasts can be a little irritating as well, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder I suppose.
Overall Impression — 9
Nikki's keyboard solo I suppose is an acquired taste. It really takes a backseat to the woman shooting sparks out of her behind. Tommy's solo is about 5 minutes of actual drums, he then proceeds to fly up to two suspended drum sets and messes around on there for about 6-8 minutes. This DVD sets a new standard for the "rock concert." It will be a long time before you can find a live concert as visually outstanding as this one, which is why I recommend you head out and pick it up right away. Most people thought that these four guys would never make it through this tour without tearing their heads off or quitting the tour? most people were wrong. Possibly one of the last tours with the full cast due to Mick's deteriorating health, you aren't going to want to miss out on this show. One of the most outstanding and successful tours of the year, Carnival Of Sins will drop your jaw in a way you never thought possible. Whether you're a fan of the band's music or not, this is not something you want to miss.