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Metallica / Slayer / Megadeth / Anthrax: The Big Four - Live From Sofia Bulgaria (2010)

Metallica , Slayer , Not Specified  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
  • Directors: Not Specified
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZVL0UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary that gives you exclusive access to The Big 4 backstage at Sonisphere, including interviews and "Am I Evil?" rehearsal footage.

Editorial Reviews

When the 'Big Four,' Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax shared a stage together on June 22nd, 2010, in Sofia, Bulgaria, it was the moment their fans had waited decades for. That monumental show was beamed live into over 1000 theaters worldwide via satellite in a special HD cinematic event.

On November 2nd, 2010, this legendary concert will be available on DVD and Blu-ray through Warner Bros. Records. 'The Big Four Live From Sofia' includes full shows from all four bands on a two-disc set as well as behind the scenes and interview footage.

In addition to the two DVD set and the corresponding Blu-ray, there will be a limited edition 'Super Deluxe' Box Set including the 2 DVD set, five CD's with ALL 5 HOURS of music, a 24 page booklet, a two-sided poster, photos of each band, and a collectable Big 4 guitar pick.

These four acts broke out of the underground thrash movement in the 1980's to dominate the metal world, selling millions of records and packing arenas across the globe. Despite huge demand, these musical giants had never shared the same stage. The legendary June 22nd, 2010, concert from the tour's stop of the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria aired the same day in 79 movie theaters in the U.K, over 450 theaters in over 140 markets in the US, as well as being beamed into
theaters in Europe, Canada, Latin America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

In December 2009, the bands announced that they would be joining forces to take part in the traveling Sonisphere Festival for only 7 shows across Europe. This one-time only event, from the Sofia show, made it possible for fans far and wide to participate in what otherwise was a very limited run of dates.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica says of this historic show, 'Who would have thought that more than 25 years after its inception, thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around, be more popular than ever, playing shows together at stadiums all over Europe, and on top of that, coming to a movie theater near you in High Definition (for better or worse??!!). Bring it on!'

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, 'Damn, as if this Big 4 tour wasn't exciting enough, now we get to be on the big screen worldwide! Metal at the movies, two big horns up! It is unbelievably gratifying that this means so much to the metal community around the globe. Get your tix, grab some popcorn and get ready to bang your head!'

Declares Slayer's Kerry King, 'I can't believe someone didn't make this happen 15 years ago! The fans finally get what they want. I think it's awesome!'

Says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, 'The magnitude of this event hasn't really sunk in yet, and I am thrilled to know that people around the planet will be able to walk into a movie theatre and experience the greatest line up of Heavy Metal in the history of the world!'

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the music fan...RIFFS!! November 16, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
This is a review for the blu-ray 2 disc set. On the first disc you get Anthrax, followed by Megadeth and then Slayer's set. On the second disc you get the Metallica set and the bonus features. I will break down the setlists at the bottom of the review.

First the sound is amazing in my opinion, as is the picture. I thought the overall mix on all four sets was really good. I've read the one review about Mustaine's vocals, I didn't notice it, so can't really comment on whether it has or hasn't been remixed. It wasn't a concern for me personally.
The bonus features include a behind the sccenes documentary which includes interviews and a peak at the Am I Evil? rehearsal backstage which is just good fun. I like back stage stuff and interviews so I dig that extra feature.

So for the bulk features of this "product" I give it five stars, good picture, good sound, bonus features are nice added touch. I couldnt really find a reason to deduct any stars based on the product. The camera shots are typical concert fodder, close stage center, back stage left, over the crowd, close up floating over crowd and behind the band looks. I appreciate the traditional camera shots, I am not really a fan of the waving, roving camera techniques where you flashy, quick looks and can't follow anything. I like to get long shots of the guitar when there are solos etc. So , I was happy with the way this was shot.

Now for my personal opinions. I was very happy with the setlists for Megadeth and Metallica. Megadeth didn't waste time chatting, they went from song to song and really delivered.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrash metal primer March 7, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you want to induct someone into the world of thrash metal, you can't do much better than showing them this Blu-Ray disc. While it's true that the bands all show their age a bit, there are enough highlights here to recommend a purchase. The video is a bit soft, but acceptable. Sound quality is great. As for the performances:

Anthrax puts on a good show and vocalist Joey Belladonna acquits himself well, still managing to bust out a couple of air raid screams. Since it's Joey singing, the set is naturally heavy on the group's early albums. But a real surprise is when they play "Only" from their Sound of White Noise album; I was under the impression that Joey wouldn't sing any stuff from the John Bush era, but here it is. Plus there's a nice homage to the recently departed Ronnie James Dio when they suddenly break into Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" in the middle of "Indians."

Megadeth's set is tight, focusing on older tunes. I suspect that other comments here about vocal overdubs are correct; there are times when Dave Mustaine's mouth barely moves and yet his vocals are loud and clear. But musically, they're the highlight of the show. After watching the band shuffle through several guitarists after Marty Friedman left, Chris Broderick is a godsend - technically proficient but clearly having fun on stage, a great counterpoint to Mustaine's typically gloomy stage presence. And estranged bassist Dave Ellefson's back! Honestly, the band line-up in this concert is the best since the Friedman/Menza era and I hope it sticks together for a long time.

Slayer's set is... serviceable. Time hasn't been kind to them, and neither have all the twinkies and big macs they've clearly consumed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good concert January 16, 2011
Format:DVD
Having grown up during these bands' heyday, it's nice to see all of them still going strong (some stronger than others).

Anthrax put on an energetic set which was varied as far as the set list goes, well mixed, and flawlessly executed from a musical standpoint. Megadeth's set was ok, but Mustane seems to have lost something as a frontman...the band is really tight, though. Slayer...what can you say? It's hard to replicate the sound & fury of their live shows, but this video did a pretty good job of it. Dave Lombardo is a maniac and the drums were nicely placed in the mix, the guitar players put on a clinic, and Tom's vocal's sounded pretty good (as usual you couldn't hear his bass). This performance makes it worth the price of the DVD alone. I have mixed feelings about the Metallica set. Kirk played brilliantly, as did Robert Trujillo. James' rhythm guitar reminded why he's one of the best, his vocals were pretty good, too, and he had a nice rapport with the crowd. But Lars...I have no idea what happened to him. I know he's going for a more simplified drum sound lately, but it just looked like pure laziness at times (he didn't even try for the double kick rolls in "One", for instance). If Metallica had Lombardo, or Anthrax's drummer onstage instead it would have been an awesome performance. Regardless, it was a good set, happily with mostly classic tunes. Overall, a good show and worth picking up the DVD.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical, Must have for Anthrax alone November 7, 2010
By Ropy
Format:DVD
I was never a big fan of Anthrax, mostly because I never really listened to them back then but this performance has made me want to go back and take a better listen.

Anthrax:

In my opinion, Anthrax steals the show that night from watching this DVD. It's supposed to be a celebration of "The Big Four" but it left me wanting to watch more Anthrax. Mainly because they sound incredible and you know for a fact your getting the live feed without any trickery. Everything sounded like you were sitting right in front as it should. All the guys are having a blast and are on top of their game. What a shame they didn't get more time and at night but this is good enough because they schooled everyone else. Every song sounded great and it was a good even surprising mix of what I apparently never heard with the exception of I am the Law, Indians etc.. It was a good sounded diverse set with a hint of Punk from the bass player and a nice thoughtful and brilliantly played Heaven An Hell. I've watched their performance 4 times now and still love it.

Megadeth:

My favorite band out of the four put on a brilliantly played musical set. You can instantly tell from the Anthrax performance and sound quality that Megadeth had a totally different sound going on. More "tinny" Musically and sonically it sounded GREAT but Dave Mustains vocals RUINED the performance. I have seen a lot of Megadeth performances and he usually can pull it off.. sometimes he sounds great, sometimes not but this performance was AWFUL. He usually overdubs the official releases but apparently he didn't have much control over this one. I've read others who say the overdubs suck but unfortunate this is an overdub issue.. This is a vocal issue with Dave.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome item, if you are real fan of these bands, you must have it
Published 24 days ago by jorge
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality is not the greatest
The quality of this set is not the greatest. Don't expect a picture perfect clear production. Also the sound quality hurts especially with Slayer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cim
5.0 out of 5 stars rock the house!!
This disc rocks the house, felt like I was there. It's hard to get out to shows now a dayz so I blow up the house ,bang my head and rock on.!!)
Published 2 months ago by Edward Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Video is Amazing, Shipping sucked
One of the best concerts ever! I would have given anything to actually be there. Video Quality is great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jyllean Norlander
5.0 out of 5 stars And metal for all...
Great recopilation. The sound in 5,0 is amazing. The order of bands don't matter. Thrash metal for exploit your senses.
Published 5 months ago by Johan López
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Show
Great look on blu ray. Great show. Totally worth it if you can grab it for under $20. Lots of material. Audio is superb.
Published 5 months ago by Budlight72
5.0 out of 5 stars sweetness
I got this DVD for my girlfriends dad for Christmas and as soon as he opened it he put it right in and stated watching it he loved it we watched the whole six hours it this is a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I bought this for my son who is a young metal head. I am an old metal head and I thought it was totally amazing. These guys are wonderful to watch together.
Published 9 months ago by Sonya Carlan
2.0 out of 5 stars The Metellica Show... with guest appearnaces by...
I am a fan of the Big 4... en total. But lets get real. This DVD was nothing but a celebration of Metallica. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jimi the Gent
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the best Thrash ones
Just bought a 1000 watt bluray (and dvd) Sony Home theater, and this concert video and audio is great, you can listen all the guitar, base, drums and vocals very clear in 5. Read more
Published 11 months ago by BenHur Oviedo
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