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Metal Evolution (3 Discs)

Sam Dunn , Scot McFadyen Sam Dunn  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Dunn
  • Directors: Scot McFadyen Sam Dunn
  • Writers: Scot McFadyen, Ralph Chapman Sam Dunn
  • Producers: Scot McFadyen Sam Dunn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VH1
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007GFYC0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Metal Evolution presents 11 episodes based on the much-debated Metal History "family tree" originally shown in Headbanger's Journey. This 24 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal--from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, our host, metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, will crisscross the globe in search of the very essence of Metal, from bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals.

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show But Buyer Beware! March 24, 2012
As far as the show it self goes, it is a very worthy attempt to link the decades of Hard Rock and Metal back to its roots, and while another reviewer is accurate about some bands being glossed over or maybe even left out, this show is an important aspect in keeping great music alive and in the public eye by way of television. Outside of "That Metal Show" and a few random live concerts here and there most of our Music Televsion channels have gone the way of reality shows or cartoons as a primary focus instead of showing videos and other related musical content. At one time we had MTV, MTV2, VH-1, and VH-1 Classic, not to mention Fuse and CMT all showing 24 hour a day musical content, and there was enough to keep the programming flowing on every channel. Music channels are meant for music fans to see shows with music content, it's that simple, and this series is full of great musical content and pretty accurate with its history of linking one decade to another. So why the "Buyer Beware?" This series is being produced on DVD-R which at one time was considered "Bootlegging" and prohibited from being sold on Amazon. With that said, yes you will get the whole series in one set, but should DVD-R and CD-R content be sold as a standard? If this becomes acceptable, you will never know what you are paying for until after you receive it unless you notice the small warning on the item page. Anyone can create DVD-R and CD-R versions of anything, and although Amazon was more than willing to offer a full refund when I received an item similar to this, it should not [in my opinion] be acceptable to sell such items to the unsuspecting public on such a trusted site. Read more ›
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Content wise this 3 DVD set is great, but because it's a burn and not the real deal there are all sorts of glitches with it - sound and picture wise.

There's no reason this couldn't have been a bluray release with killer picture and sound.

I am watching it now and there are some sound glitches as well as picture glitches.

Not cool.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I WOULD buy if on standard DVD medium... April 18, 2012
This series was outstanding as my wife and I watched and enjoyed each episode on VH1 Classic, so this review would have been a 5 star if based upon content. I would have been MORE than willing to shell out a reasonable $25 or so for this series on standard DVD, but I refuse to even purchase it on DVD-R! Thank you to all who wrote reviews warning of this fact. I am very disappointed in all of the powers that have collaborated to allow such a good show/series to be produced on such an unacceptable and unprofessional medium of distribution to a paying public!

Shame on you VH1 and Amazon... two names that I usually hold in high regard and have much respect for!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I have to say that, like most comments here, I am VERY disappointed with the quality of the release. I'll echo what others have said regarding how this should have been a BLU RAY release with scores of additional footage and performances.

I will, however, disagree with some of the sentiment that Sam Dunn has "jumped the shark" on this program. You simply can't have an in-depth documentary on the evolution of Metal and all it's subgenres without a thorough examination of it's influences. The definition of metal is one that can certainly be debated and is definitely one that is clearly defined on an individual basis. Is Kiss metal?? Many would say no....many would say yes. Same for AC/DC...and so on.

That said, I have to say that the first season (it implies there will be more to come) did a pretty good job. Of COURSE King Crimson, Rush, Genesis, and Yes aren't "metal"...yet much of today's metal bands (such as Mastodon) would firmly acknowledge the influence of such bands in their overall arrangements, time changes, and dynamics. You wouldn't have a Dream Theater, Mastodon, and any number of prog/power metal acts without those earlier bands...hence Dunn's tip of the hat.

Metal didn't really start with Sabbath and Zeppelin. Those bands were the next logical stage of rock. Something slightly heavier than those who came before them. Look at The Who, the MC5, Blue Cheer, etc....That's why the show is called METAL EVOLUTION.

The only episode I thought seemed out of place here was Grunge. Grunge was the bastard child of indie rock, alternative, and punk. It wasn't at all any kind of metal and I can't really see it as an influence in today's metal. If it were..then it would be relevant.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A helpful tip - buy Canadian! June 17, 2012
I'm shocked to read reviews here about the US release of Metal Evolution being on poor-quality, glitch-ridden DVD-rs, not because (with all these no frills "archive collection" releases popping up) it seems so unusual or shocking, but because up here in Canada, we're being sold a much higher quality product for roughly the same price. The Canadian Metal Evolution comes on what sure look to me to be proper DVDs; they play just fine, with no glitches, either audio or video; there are no disclaimers anywhere on the packaging or the DVD labels about them being DVD-rs, with the words "DVD" appearing on each of the 3 discs, not "DVD-r"; they have properly printed labels; and even the case itself looks to be higher quality - an attractive metal box with very different artwork from what I see on the US box. There are still some disappointments with the set, like the complete lack of extras, but with 8-odd hours of Sam Dunn doing his thing, I guess that might be a bit greedy of me. There are still some minor disappointments with the series, which I hope will be remedied in subsequent episodes (because I'd love chapters on sludge, doom, death metal, black metal, Viking metal, folk metal, grindcore, and other genres not touched on here; there's almost no mention of Motorhead and no treatment at all of the Blue Oyster Cult, two important bands to the genre; and much more could be said about the tensions between punks and metalheads - an episode on hardcore and crossover would be more than warranted). Still, what IS here is consistently revealing and entertaining, particularly when Dunn holds his nose and ventures into genres (glam metal, nu metal, power metal) that he has some disdain for. Anyhow, those of you raging at being sold crappy DVDrs or holding out for a better release might want to see if Amazon Canada will ship to the USA, because we definitely have the better release of this. Maybe Dunn and McFadyen being Canadian has something to do with that?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this.
I guess true metal heads can much better assess this, but for someone like me who doesn't know a whole lot about the genre itself, it's very good as a "starter kit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice product. Would recommend this seller.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Beigler
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
My brother wanted this movie. Not sure if it is good or not due to I had never heard of it before. He was happy to get it though.
Published 8 months ago by Annette S. Gast
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough Metal Documentary
This is by far the most thorough Documentary I've seen on the history of Heavy Metal. It's broken down into each us catagory and explains how each happened. I own this baby. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Djrider
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not very thorough.
The documentary leaves out some very important bands and types of metal. Also, too much time is spent discussing bands who are already familiar to metal fans or even ordinary... Read more
Published 9 months ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars gift item
This was a gift. It was a gift list item. Wanted for a long time, and watched by my boyfriend often.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Dvd-r really
Loved this series, but seriously where is the Blue Ray? I will not purchase this crappy version. Get it right people.
Published 10 months ago by Brandon Dino
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and professional, but a bit dull
After the success of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey," documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn expanded on the subject through the VH1 series "Metal Evolution," each episode... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cody Richeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Evolution
Great stuff, classic footage and compiled very well. I like the chronological order the story is told in. Lots of fun.
Published 11 months ago by Daniel Bellanca
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal History For The Metal Fan.
My dad was surprised to have gotten this for his birthday. Been a huge fan since before I was born. He saw it on a commercial on VH1 and said that he wanted to get it and he did... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chelsea Walker
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