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Metallica - S & M with the San Francisco Symphony (1999)

James Hetfield , Lars Ulrich , Wayne Isham  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, Michael Kamen
  • Directors: Wayne Isham
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Digital Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Music Vision
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2000
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ZMNV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Metallica - S & M with the San Francisco Symphony" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Songs Include: The Ecstasy of Gold, The Call of Ktulu, Master of Puppets, Of Wolf and Man, The Thing That Should Not Be, Fuel, The Memory Remains, No Leaf Clover, Hero of the Day, Devil's Dance, Bleeding Me, Nothing Else Matters, Until It Sleeps, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Human, Wherever I May Roam, Outlaw Torn, Sad But True, One, Enter Sandman, Battery
  • The performance includes two new songs: No Leaf Clover and Human
  • Multi-audio options: Metallica only or Symphony only

Editorial Reviews

Metallica, never resting, never ceasing to innovate or amaze, returns with an extraordinary document of their concert with the San Francisco Symphony. Metallica's select favorites unfold like never before with the eloquent symphonic backing; they have never sounded more powerful or dramatic. The performance includes two new songs--"No Leaf Clover" and "Human."

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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Kamen and Wayne Isham are GENIUSES! May 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The direction is simply stunning.The director of Metallica's Cunning Stunts stretches more direction muscle here.The editing is also excellent.
*It's a Metallica greatest hits concert!
*The San Fransisco Symphony were amazing.I've never seen an orchestra play so fast.
*The lights,editing,direction,effects and the whole setting in general were brilliant.
*Jaymz' voice was so terrific.Sometimes deep(most of the time),sometimes touching(Nothing Else Matters,No Leaf Clover) and sometimes powerful(The Thing That Should Not Be,Master of Puppets,-Human).
*Why couldn't we see a lot of Jason in the beginning of "For Whom The Bell Tolls"?
*"Of Wolf And Man" shouldn't have been changed.It's the perfect Metallica song.
*James still hasn't perfected the part "sleep with one eye open,gripping your pillow tight---exit:light,enter:night".It's not the same as the original.In the original,the word "light" seems to be extended,like this :"Eeeeexit liiiiight!".
About the S&M documentary,it's outstanding.The pre-show and post-show doc's have always been so much fun.
My advice: watch the documentary first and then the concert. I regret watching the concert first. Don't make my mistake.
And about the memorable moments in my review of the S&M audio CD,I forgot to add to them Lars' staggeringly fast rolls in "Fuel", "Master of Puppets", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and a lot others.
By the way, was it just me, or was James having a blast performing "The Thing That Should Not Be"? I like it when he jumps.
Also, add to the phenomenal songs, "Battery".
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for the best CD ever! July 1, 2000
If you liked the S&M CD I guarantee you that you will like the DVD even more. If you have seen the VHS version or if you own it, you might just think it is the same thing in higher quality on DVD, but there is much more. This video has so many great special features. My favorite was the way you can filter the audio to hear only the symphony without Metallica, or only Metallica without the symphony. The first thing I did was listen to "No Leaf Clover" without the symphony. Another really cool feature is the angle changes that you can do on select songs. You can watch certain songs at 5 different angles. The first is the original edited camera views, but you can also watch these songs with the camera focused on one of the four band members, James, Lars, Jason, and Kirk. The DVD also features an excellent behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews with the band and with conductor Michael Kamen about preparation for the concert and how it all came to be. Even if you already have the VHS version, I would still get this DVD if I were you. The video quality and sound quality both greatly surpass that of the VHS version. This is a DVD that no Metallica fan should go without.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must January 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Having been fans of both heavier classical music and heavy metal for over two decades, it was positively astounding for us to see those two worlds merge into one in this great video. We have always been partial to The Call of Ktulu, Master of Puppets and For Whom the Bell Tolls, but watching them performed here shed an entirely new light on the musical structure, for the first time bringing to light what those songs actually contain. And the new song, No Leaf Clover - well, you will just have to experience it for yourself. Lastly it must be said that Metallica, in our view, have never in their entire career performed as they do here. They have always been good, on quite a few occasions terriffic - but this, ladies and gentlemen, this has simply to be seen to be believed. A word of advice: please view this on a powerful surround system and a big, quality monitor. To reap the full benefits of this performance, we believe it to be absolutely essential.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool special edition 2 tapes December 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
this is the LIMITED EDITION 2 tapes . one of them is the live concert and the other is special bonus featuring 40 minutes of behind the scenes footage , interviews with metallica and the symphony . Her you will find the bonus tape funy as hell especialy from JAMES ! must have for a Metallica fan .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Metallica Fan December 12, 1999
By Ricardo
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably one of the best videos of the year. It's Metallica at its finest. All of their songs that they sing sound a lot more powerful with the symphony. The behind the footage tape has lots of cool footage of the concert. Michael Kamen is simply a genious. This only proves one thing: Metallica will continue to rock.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica - S & M. June 15, 2000
By Neil
WOW! After watching Cunning Stunts & A year and a half in the life of...on DVD, I thought the boys had done it all. I bought S & M on CD last year and was amazed back then at how Metallica can take such a 'crazy' idea of mixing their music with the backing of a Symphony Orchestra. When I got the DVD, I was even more amazed. Seeing them all dressed smartly was a big shock too! They interact with the crowd as well as they always do, they treat the crowd as if they're all personal friends. Having seen them live in Milton Keynes in '99, I can relate to how the crowd must have felt. The sound is fantastic - 5.1 or 2.0 Band & Orchestra or 2.0 Band or 2.0 Orchestra. They way you can change to just listening to the Orchestra or the band is a brilliant concept and you can see just how much backing Metallica are actually getting. I have given this DVD 5/5 because it is to me, better than Cunning Stunts (altho I give that 5/5 as well!). The wait was definitely worth it. To all Metallica fans, I suggest you get this DVD.I know you'll all love it. One thing tho, turn it up LOUD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing!
Great to watch this concert. Would have been fun to be there. The extras with the making of the concert was good too.
Published 1 month ago by Scott Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Chris J. Putnam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Exactly as described, it only took a little long to arrive.
Published 2 months ago by Gladys G Morin
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this DVD is not in the correct format ...
Unfortunately, this DVD is not in the correct format for playback on my Blu-Ray. I am unable to view the disc since
this format cannot be decoded and played.
Published 2 months ago by James Wallen
5.0 out of 5 stars I think their best, polished work
I think their best, polished work. I know most won't agree, but I think at the top of their game. A 10.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Malkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 1 regret
I wasn't there. That's my only gripe with this video. I've watched the VHS version of this concert a lot and the DVD just makes it even better. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donnie Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica - S & M with the San Francisco Symphony
I bought this as a gift for someone for Christmas. He was so happy i got a huge hug & kisses. So i guess based on that....the DVD is excellent and the recipient VERY happy.
Published 9 months ago by kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd!
These is a great show. What other band would have the courage to play with a symphony and make it sound awesome. It is a great show mixing two types of music together. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gchild
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the symphony
Not as many songs as we thought. Love the music w/the symphony orchestra though. Nice to listen while cooking dinner.
Published 12 months ago by Charlotte Johnson
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