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Cliff 'Em All! (1987)

James Hetfield , Kirk Hammett , Doug Freel , Jean Pellerin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Metallica, Dave Mustaine
  • Directors: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Elektra/Asylum
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305633177
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cliff 'Em All!" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Songs Include: Creeping Death, Am I Evil?, Damage, Inc., Master Of Puppets, Whiplash, Four Horsemen, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), For Whom The Bell Tolls

Editorial Reviews

Cliff 'Em All, Metallica's first video, is a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton. James Hetfield describes it as "a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never used, but we've held onto, home footage, personal fotos and us drunk. But most important, it's really a look back at the 3-1/2 years that Cliff was with us and includes his best bass solos and the home footage and pix that we feel best capture his unique personality and style." 1987. 90 minutes.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tribute March 24, 2000
Format:DVD
"Cliff 'Em All" is the ultimate tribute to Cliff Burton, former bass player of Metallica. This video consists of 90 minutes of Metallica concert footage from 1983 to 1986 (Keep in mind that all of this footage was shot on early '80s VHS film, so the video and audio quality are extremely poor for DVD.) The video has been cleaned up somewhat from the VHS release of this title, but imperfections from the source tape are still easily recognizable. The audio is in mono, and isn't of the best quality, but it does come across a tad cleaner with DVD. However, this is a must-buy for hardcore Metallica (and possibly even Megadeth - Dave Mustaine plays on a few songs) fans simply for the fact that it captures the early vengeance of live Metallica, and is the ultimate tribute to Cliff Burton. Don't expect super hi-res picture quality or Dolby 5.1 surround; just expect raw, angry, intelligent heavy metal from the best rock band of all time.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD is RAW but this is definitely REAL! I was a senior at Castro Valley High in 1977. There was this shy, Quiet, long haired, red headed kid named Cliff Burton. He carried a Guitar case everywhere he went. I had no idea what an innovative musical bass master he was to become! His amazing talents are shown on this DVD, along with a personal side thats very cool! Dave Mustane also appears on some of the early show footage. We will never know what Cliff could have accomplished, due to his untimely and tragic passing. This DVD captures his and Metallica's early greatness! I for one miss Cliff Burton! This is your chance to see a truely great Bassist and Metal Band live and behind the scenes.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff forever April 14, 2003
Format:DVD
I saw Cliff Burton live twice. What an amazing talent. Such a shame he died so young. Unlike most rockers who die before they reach the age of thirty, it wasn't Cliff's fault. He was asleep on his tour bus when it crashed in Europe. That said, this DVD shows the REAL Metallica. Not that watered down, Poplica that we have been putting up with since the god-awful Black album.
I remember the old days. Those of us who wore our Metal up your ... T-shirts to high school were a special group indeed. No one knew who Metallica were except for a select few. They were underground, dangerous, and played the most kick butt rock n roll ever heard.
This DVD captures Metallica in all their glory with Cliff Burton, "The major rager on the four string mother ...." as introduced by Jaymz. Bass solos that will blister your ears, the greatest versions of 'Seek and Destroy' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls" you'll ever hear, and Cliff footage showing Cliff at his humorous best. Did you know ZZ Top was a big influence of his?
A lot of people complain that this DVD is no good because it's mostly bootleg footage shot from the crowd. I disagree, the poor quality footage and 'not so happening' sound only enhances the Cliff legend. Back in the days when you didn't know who Metallica was unless you bought an album or went to a show. They were against the establishment, against polished up MTV videos, and against everything that metal was that made itself a joke. Metallica was real and this was real, unmixed, raw footage. It's the Metallica we remember and love, and will never see again.
This is the only Metallica DVD worth buying in my opinion. It brings me back to high school parties when we were the bad dudes who dug Metallica.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great DVD February 16, 2000
By Shawn
Format:DVD
Some people have been complaining about the quality of this video. Something to keep in mind is that it's got "Home Vid" in the title. The most recent of the footage was shot in 1987 with camcorders. Nearly all of the footage is from bootleg videos. Don't expect a pristine, dolby surround sound experience. This is a video for true fans of Cliff Burton. Some of us didn't get to see him while he was alive, so this is the next best thing we have. It's just being released on DVD for people who have DVD players, not to show off the capabilities of the DVD format. For people who might just now be buying this video for the first time and not rebuying it (like myself), you might want to keep that in mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After I watched this I cried for 10 minutes. June 13, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Thats how much I miss the old Metallica.If you love bass guitar then you must own this or else youre missing out on something great and even if youre not that interested in the bass guitar you will be after watching this.From his dramatic appearance to his virtuosic bass playing Cliff Burton was all about his own sense of style.Ive never heard anybody play the bass quite that good.Hell most guitarists these days dont pour half the heart and soul into their lead guitar playing than Cliff did with his bass playing.You must own this.Now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
In regards to the 1-star review obviously didn't bother to read anything about this DVD before purchasing it. It clearly states in "EVERY" critical review that this is "NOT" a professional recording; it's a compilation of bootleg footage shot by Metallica fans during Cliff's 3 1/2 years with the band. Bootleg footage, almost by definition, is guaranteed to be sub-par quality at best. After everything I've heard about the crappy video quality, I have to say this DVD looks a helluva lot better than I was expecting, and it deserves nothing less that 5 stars!
But be warned: anyone expecting quality on par with Cunning Stunts or the S&M show should not buy this DVD. Anyone who loved the Cliff Burton era of Metallica, or just wants to check out Metallica in the old days, pouring their heart, and soul into every show should pick this up in a heartbeat.
To quote Jaymz: "The quality in some places ain't that happening, but the feeling is there and that's what matters!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool look back
I got the Cliff Burton book and immediately ordered this when I finished reading it. It's bootleg but any real Metallica fan will appreciate it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donnie Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Metallica
Back when Metallica was a fierce, ferocious, high octane, brutal, in your face metal band. A great tribute to Cliff with some of the coolest behind the scenes and rare, live... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DDD
3.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute
So fun to go back and rock to the early days of Metallica. Too bad the quality is limited on many songs but thank goodness it exist.
Published 7 months ago by Rocker Geeb
4.0 out of 5 stars metallicas early years in clips 1982 threw 1986/87 all pre- justice cd
I remember when I purchased this on vhs when only the truly old school fans were into them,////I bought this because well you saw them live or on this vhs or not at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by john F'n doe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I got this for my husband as a little gift and he LOVED it! Very happy with my purchase! Thanks a lot!!!
Published 12 months ago by Lora Ivanova
5.0 out of 5 stars CLIFF BURTON STILL LIVES!!!
I bought this DVD to replace the VHS I had scince 1990;all tghough I've seen it befor that(think I was in 5 or 6 grade). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Big D
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE!!!!
My boyfriend say's if you are a Metallica Fan then you have to own this video!! He said it is the Best!!
Published 18 months ago by ladyrider214
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This is a Must have for any Metallica fans! It contains the following Songs
1.Creeping Death
2. Am I Evil
3.Damage inc.
4. Master of Puppets
5. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Bought this dvd for my brother who loves Metallica, he loves it! This is a great DVD for the true Metallica fan!
Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Sigel
5.0 out of 5 stars the reason i loved metallica!
this was metallica in the day, no wussy sandman or fuel, cliff never would have played that garbage! in my strong opinion metallica died with cliff, and it is really sad. Read more
Published 23 months ago by the anti mormon, el demonio
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