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Black Sabbath: Paranoid [Blu-ray] (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JMJ5SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The latest addition to the acclaimed & award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of one of Heavy Metal's greatest achievements: "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath. Released in the autumn of 1970, the band's second album is regarded by many as the finest Heavy Metal album of all time, is hugely influential and has come to define the Heavy Metal genre. The four original members of Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward talk us through the making of the album, together with the original engineer via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

Bonus Features:
Over 40 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.


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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best bits are in the bonus material July 15, 2010
By PJsc
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As a HUGE fan of Sabbath AND the Classic Album series - I would be lying if I said this wasn't somewhat of a disappointment. Overall, it seemed more like a "VH-1 Behind the Music" segment, than an in-depth look at a "Classic Album".

The first 10 - 20 minutes ran through everything true Sabbath fans already know, such as Tony's finger tips and Geezer's vision. There was entirely too much focus on the political climate of the time, with tons of footage from Vietnam and civil unrest of the late 60's - early 70's. While the era certainly had a bearing on the band's inspiration, the amount of time devoted to it simply robbed viewers of a comprehensive look into the production of an incredible album.
Segments where the producer isolated the recordings to showcase instruments and parts seemed rushed and very short, almost as filler to break up each main segment. For instance, Rodger Bain commented on a particular track and said something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing here) "This is my all time favorite vocal track from Ozzy. He sang this to perfection, so menacing and soulful". I just knew he would play the isolated vocal track. I mean - it seemed too obvious - but, nope - bam - right back to the VH-1 style presentation. When I found myself yelling at the TV - "Play the track!! let's hear it!!!!" I knew this was NOT what I was hoping for.

REDEMPTION (of sorts)
For those longing for more in-depth coverage of Geezer, Tony and Bill's incredible talents - rest assured - you will get your fix in the bonus segments. It's a shame the producers choose not to include this footage in the main feature. There's plenty of track isolation, demonstrations and live performances to satisfy. In fact, if it weren't for the bonus material - I would have given this review 1 star.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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The Classic Album series is one of the best in the business. From artists to producers to sound engineers to famous journalists, Classic Albums dissects the music that matters most. This time around they take on one of Metal's all time great releases, Black Sabbath's Paranoid.

The documentary features new and candid interviews with all four of Sabbath's original members including vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. Behind the board, showing off the original master tapes is none other than the future famous producer Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Judas Priest). It is fascinating to hear all of the parts separately and then put together as the classic Paranoid was being built.

Everyone involved tells the story of what it was like to be a member of Black Sabbath touring America and become both famous and infamous at the same time. This is a legendary album by a legendary band. Hearing the sounds and the stories behind "Iron Man," "War Pigs," Paranoid," "Fairies Wear Boots" and "Electric Funeral" will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of all!!! December 30, 2010
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Black Sabbath & Family Footage Archives : June 29, 2010 Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents Classic Albums: Black Sabbath's Paranoid. The documentary features new and candid interviews with all four of Sabbath's original members vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. To me the best part of this release is getting to see Iommi play Planet Caravan on the acoustic guitar. They really give this song some much needed attention. Its great to see Iommi at home playing the main riffs from the album. Geezer also plays some riffs on bass at his home. This starts with Paranoid live at the Caljam in great quality. It goes on to include footage from the Paris 70 concert and German TVs Beat Club. They also show parts of the Never Say Die dvd. The persons closes to Sabbath that are interviewed is former manager Jim Simpson & Studio worker Thom Allen. He plays isolated parts of the songs as well as some of the demos. (Demos can be heard on the deluxe editions 2009) Then he pulls out the orginial 4 track master studio tapes with his hand writing on the front. Also Henry Rollings gives some good fan perspective on the album. Stories include Iommi and his finger accident, name change of War Pigs, how Ironman, Paranoid, Faires Wear Boots came to be. Joe Smith from Warner Bros Records comes in to talk about the record company decision on various things about the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Portrait of a Timeless Heavy Metal Album December 29, 2012
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Black Sabbath, like all other bands of their genre were not well received by critics when they first emerged. One sociologist in this film said that critics during the late 1960's and early 1970's wanted musical artists who gave them hope. Obviously, Black Sabbath was not one of those bands. On their album, "Paranoid", they basically talk about certain problems through their songs, and leaves you, the listener, to draw your own conclusions. For example, 'War Pigs' as almost all of us know, discusses the effects of war on different countries. "Electric Funeral" talks about the dangers of nuclear weapons. "Hands of Doom" explains in detail, how individual soldiers have been affected by war as well as drug abuse. "Fairies Wear Boots" tells about a gang of skinheads physically and mentally abusing the band members as well as other hippies. "Iron Man" according to the band members is a science fiction tale of a man who time travels into the future and then trvels back to the present to discuss futuristic disasters which are likely to take place if we humans are not careful enough. Finally, there's "Paranoid", which talks about an individual experiencing mental problems, such as paranoia, schizophrenia, and depression.

These songs as well as others are discussed thoroughly in this outstanding documentary. We hear the band members: Tony Iommi, Terence "Geezer" Butler, Bill Ward, and John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne as well as engineer Tom Allom, talk about how they play their instuments for each specific song as well as how they mix each of them in the control room. You also hear commentaries from artists like Henry Rollins, who discusses songs like "Paranoid" and "Iron Man" (in which he talks about ascending and descending bridges in the middle of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sabbath are the Kings of Heavy rock!!!
Great review disc of Paranoid! Worth the price just for the bonus footage! Interviews with all involved,and some cool playing from Tony! Highly recommended!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mike C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great material
A good documentary, But could be a little longer and more detailed, I think.

And a major complaint is in the fact that there is Portuguese subtitles on it (and I'm from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Devil's Child
5.0 out of 5 stars This a must for......
This is Black Sabbath, so it's a must have for Sab fans. But also a must for anyone who is into the making of an album.
Published 14 months ago by craig h.
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Being a big time Black Sabbath fan this DVD is not give me any new insight of the band. NOT am must for a Black Sabbath fan.
Published 15 months ago by Renee Mahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars great music by a great band
pretty cool listening to Tony, Geezer, Bill and Ozzy talk about writing their songs and what was going on with them at the time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mike vFerdyn
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a joke
I purchased the one about the making of Cream disraeli gears and loved it, that having been said I had great expectations for this disc as I am a long time Sabbath fan but this dvd... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael E. Stoneburner
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting
I enjoyed the TV broadcast, but the additional material is a must-see. It's a chance to know the members in their relaxed environment, mastering their instruments, telling... Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Fabio Esquivel Ch
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is just an awesome documentary of one of the best and probably most ground breaking albums of all time.
Published on March 26, 2011 by D. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Never "got" Black Sabbath ? This DVD might help!
The mostly terrific Classic Albums series serves up another musically focused documentary - this time with Heavy Metal pioneers Black Sabbath. Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by Jim Stalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Sabbath Fans
If you like metal, then you love Tony Iommi who is clearly one of the most influential guitarists of all time. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by James Hinshaw
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You're right, you can't really take away any of those Sabbath members of the 1st Incarnation (The Ozzy Years) and still have the same quality mix, don't think so. I'm going to make every effort to get into these old Sabbath albums. I think DIO would've wanted it that way. R.I.P. DIO. Time to... Read More
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