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Rage Against the Machine: Battle of Mexico City (2000)

Rage Against the Machine , Zack De La Rocha  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rage Against the Machine, Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Tim Bob Commerford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055XTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Bonus interviews and documentary footage
  • Photo gallery

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From the Back Cover

Outside Mexico City's Sports Pavilion, hundreds of young Rage fans rattle metal fences and throw rocks at the increasingly nervous police. Inside, a seething crowd of 5,000 lucky ticket holders cram into the cavernous pavilion chanting anti-government slogans and poking their middle fingers into the thick, sweaty air while waiting for Rage Against the Machine to storm the stage.

One of the greatest live acts in music history, Rage only affirms that fact with this show. Whatever club, theater, arena, or stadium they're in, the opening of each Rage Against the Machine show always feels like a grenade has gone off. But this night it was as if a truckful of bombs blew up as the band tore into the opening salvo of "Testify." Fans cascaded toward the stage like rippling waves stopping only to pogo up-and-down like jackhammers.

Longtime supporters of various political causes in Mexico, Rage were performing for the very first time in Mexico City. The connection between the band and the audience is electric. From the early "all hell can't stop us now" chant in "Guerilla Radio" to the blood-curling screams in the finale of "Freedom," there is an urgency at this show that is unrivaled. This is live rock & roll as it's meant to be heard: fierce, funky, uncompromising. This is Rage Against the Machine in their finest hour. 68 minutes. Zack de la Rocha, vocals; Y.tim.K, bass; Brad Wilk, drums; Tom Morello, guitars.

Songs: Testify, Guerilla Radio, People of the Sun, Calm Like a Bomb, Sleep Now in the Fire, Born of a Broken Man, Bombtrack, Know Your Enemy, No Shelter, War Within a Breath, Bulls on Parade, Killing in the Name, Zapata's Blood, Freedom.

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This video features Rage Against The Machine live in concert before a packed Mexico City Sports Pavillion. The 68 minute performance includes "Testify", "Guerrilla Radio", "Bulls On Parade", "Killing In The Name", and many more. DVD Features bonus inter

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Will Rage Against the Machine (RATM) go down in history as one of the greatest live acts ever? Only time will tell, but this DVD is testimony that they are serious contenders. And with recent news that lead singer Zack de la Rocha will be leaving the band, this may be the final testament of RATM at their peak.
The energy is nuclear in this concert. RATM does not hold back and the crowd is bursting at the seams of the enormous venue. Especially in the popular "Bulls on Parade", the roar from the crowd will send chills down your spine. You have not heard RATM until you have heard them live, but playing this DVD on a high quality sound system comes close.
Chances are, if you are reading this, you are already a fan. If you are not already a fan, this DVD is an excellent introduction to the Rage phenomena. Here, you can truly appreciate RATM as the speaker for an entire generation of angst.
There are two quirks to this DVD that may bother some viewers. First, snippets of political documentary are spliced in between songs of the concert footage. In these snippets, Zack describes his leftist political views in an abbreviated documentary-style format and one understands better the source of his piercing anger. If you are a strong-minded right-wing politician, you will hate this DVD even more than their studio albums. The inverse is true for left-wingers.
Second, there are two audio tracks that each have a shortcoming. In the high-quality 2-channel audio track, the energy of the crowd is very much evident, but the "F***" words are muted. In the lower-quality but enveloping 5-channel Dolby Digital track, no lyrics are muted, but the crowd noise is almost completely absent.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd March 3, 2001
three things keep this dvd from earning 5 stars. thing number one: censorship. rage is highly against censorship of any kind, so i find it very ironic that many of the swear words are cut from the dvd. while only slightly annoying, it does take away some from the performance. thing number two: the propaganda documentary. while i enjoyed these, i found it annoying that they were interspersed throughout the concert. i would have preferred to be able to watch these separately and be able to watch the concert as a whole without the documentary pieces. i also got the feeling that some songs may have been cut out, but i have no way of knowing for sure. thing number three: the dvd seems to be rather rushed together. while the editing and the picture quality were very good, the packaging is lacking. there is no real track listing anywhere. there is a song list on the back cover, but this does not include the documentary footage so you don't know what track number is what song without going to the menu and looking. also there is no insert in the case. while this is a very good quality dvd, i would have liked to see some extras.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good RATM DVD, But Not The Best!!!!! February 22, 2006
This is a very good DVD of RATM. The song selections are good. The video shots are clear and closeup. The song selection includes Calm Like A Bomb, Bulls On Parade, and Killing In The name of. I have just two concerns about this DVD, and I think that anyone who plans on purchasing it should be made aware. First, the DVD has "freeze frames" inserted periodically throughout the video. It is hard to explain but the best way I can try is that it looks as though the DVD is scratched and skipping. This does not effect the sound, it took a few times of watching to get used to. It's just some video trick used after production, a type of enhancement. It just doesn't work well with a live show like RATM. The second problem I have is with the sound on Bulls On Parade. All of the other songs except this one seemed to be mixed great. The vocals on Bulls on Parade are almost nonexistant and are what an engineer would call "at the back of the mix". In other words the music is way to loud for the vocals and therefore are drowned out. Other than that this is an good DVD. If I didn't own any RATM DVDs, I would suggest getting one of the others first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok DVD June 13, 2004
Rage Against The Machine are one of the BEST live bands ever.But there are many flaws to this DVD.The live concert is great,but why did they include the dreadful "Zapata's Blood" instead of "Bullet In The Head"?Also,every song with cussing except "Killing In The Name" is edited.The worst thing is the slo-mo shots.Zach and Tom are known for their stage presences,why put in slo-mo?Also,the docunmentary footage is in between songs.Why couldn't they have had this has a bonus feature?Also,there is absolutely NO connection between the band and audience.Zach talks to the crowd a lot on the other 2 DVDS,why not this one?The intro sucks to.They should should have shown the scene they describe on the back of the box.This is an OK DVD,but the other 2 are much better.The 3 stars is for the live show alone.Star with the Grand Olypmpic show,then get the self-titled one,then this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rage Against the machine at their finest hour February 11, 2003
This DVD/VHS is truly rage at their best. Perfect timing just with the release of The Battle of Los Angelas. Plus, it was their first show in Mexico. The documentary was great, and it helped with them doing a show in Mexico city. I admit the VHS picture was better meaning in the DVD, Zacks head is cut in half, you can't see Tom Morellos head and his guitar at the same time, same with Tim C. And Brad Wilk looks like he's not hitting the cymbals at all. The DVD may have all the extra bonus stuff, but if your a true Rage fan, you look for quality concert footage, so I recommend the VHS. But all and all this is one of the best concert DVDs i have ever seen. Rage is a great band and will be lodged in history of rock forever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars What's with the political BS?
After every song there is a political documentary about how the Mexican people are getting screwed. Who cares? If I want to hear about I'll turn on CNN. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance! Good DVD.
This is RATM at their best. What a show and what a crowd! This dvd has a letterbox aspect picture and has PCM 2.0 and Dolby 5.1 Surround sound. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by bjermaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle of Mexican Indigenous
I am only doing the review for this dvd and not all three that I bought, which they were all three of Rage's dvd's. Read more
Published on March 10, 2008 by S. borzone
4.0 out of 5 stars (RAGE?) against the machine
This is a good concert video however some faults included the band members' lack of energy (thus the reason for my headline), and camera tricks (freeze frame, in particular, being... Read more
Published on January 4, 2008 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I Am A Casual Fan
This dvd makes you wanna turn your surround sound to max, drink a beer, take your shirt off, and mosh with your cat. whenever i want to get crazy, i pop this dvd in. Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by William J. Gittens
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
This DVD truly highlights the skill that Rage Against the Machine had and only makes fans want the band to get back together. Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by S. Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Rage
RATM is one of the greatest bands ever. It's not even debatable. I miss them, their music, and their message. This is of course a must have for any Rage fan. Read more
Published on April 11, 2006 by Robert Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Live is Best
RATM fan or not, the intensity and energy this band gives off in their live performances is undeniable. Read more
Published on October 4, 2005 by Nate
5.0 out of 5 stars MEXICO CITY
RATM holds it down in Mexico! The dvd was dope because it has Professor Chomsky on it, explains the struggle of the People in Chiapas, and Globalization.
Published on May 29, 2005 by Pedro Flores
2.0 out of 5 stars Rage rocks, but not this DVD
Argg!! Rage Against the Machine is an awesome band and can kick the crap out of you any time you spin one of their albums. Read more
Published on May 21, 2005 by Harry
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