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Editorial Reviews

This is a nearly two-hour document of the recording sessions for 2006's "You Are There", and the several world tours that followed its release. In addition to the dozen live songs documented in all their sweaty fury, the film captures the decidedly less glamorous aspects of being an underground rock band from a foreign country (Japan), expressing sentiments through body language out of necessity, and driving lots and lots of driving. Most effectively, the film displays the friendships that have made Mono's journeys enjoyable, and the fanatical dedication that has made it all possible. RIYL Explosions In The Sky, Neurosis, Mogwai, Jesu, High On Fire, Boris, and Isis.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Temporary Residence
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010V4VJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Mosley on April 21, 2010
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MONO is still in the "cult" and "avant garde" bin, if record stores exist anymore, and so it is not shocking that a "The Last Waltz" style film portrait hasn't been created. This DVD seems to have been created with high end amateur grade video equipment, as it is all hand held on the performances, and there is precious little editing. It would seem, from the filming, that there were no second cameras involved or alternate performances to edit to and from, and so everything is not only one-shot-live, but one view.

I never thought that a concert film could make me wish for a bolted down camera, but this one has. I forgive, gladly, the videographer's enthusiasm. I share it. However, the videographer had a crouch (except during one track from "One More Step and You Die," when he or she seemed to want to literalize the album's title by wandering through the band during a crescendo) on the side of the stage, and the sound seems to come from the stage. Why is that bad? Well, the sound on stage consists of monitors. Why is that bad? The bass guitar is fed "d.i." (direct impedance) into the house mains. That means that the bass is hardly audible out of the monitor speakers, and the vocalist, if there is one, is at "10," followed by the guitars. Watching the DVD, the viewer sees the audience members fired across the room by the bass and drums, but he or she hears the guitars.

I forgive all of this. I bless the DVD and am pleased with my purchase. I felt, though, that I was better off listening to my CD collection, as MONO is a disciplined, musically trained group, and so the stage performance is nearly note perfect the same in tempo, and the songs are so intricate that there is little room for bending the structures.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Monsanto on February 16, 2008
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Just like their music, this dvd can't be described with words because words will put a preconceived idea for the emotions and feelings that music can represent in a very subjective way. You just have to watch it, experience it...It's just amazing to see how music can touch people in such a way (look for all the audiences cameos), and be completely instrumental. If you know mono already, you know what I'm talking about and probably you know what to expect from this dvd. If you don't know them and consider yourselves fond of post-rock emotive greatness, this is a very good place to begin your journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike on September 1, 2009
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This dvd almost captures monos live sound,some bands just sound better live,mono is one of them,the only problem with this dvd is you cant just watch the music with out skiping the interviews manualy,very minor problem though,because it all flows very well.all their cds are good,but nothing copares to seeing them live.all to gether a great dvd that shows great live band in thier element.well worth the cheap price.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By riribungle83 on April 6, 2008
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Mono is just an excellent band...
I hope to see them one day.
Buy it...
=)
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