AC/DC - Let There Be Rock VHS
Filmed at the 1980 Paris concert, the blazing heavy metal masters unleash 13 searing songs, including "Live Wire" "Highway to Hell" and "Let There be Rock." Year: 1980. Director: Eric Dionysius, Eric Mistler. Starring: Phill Rudd, Ronald Belford Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young, Malcolm Young.
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2nd - GREAT performance! Tons of energy and Bon Scott!
3rd - I'm surprised at how good the video quality is considering how old this is. The video quality is very good - surprisingly good although it is full screen only so you'll have a black area on each side of your screen unless you do what I do - I watch on an 82" screen and switch my TV's format to "zoomed in" so the entire screen is now the movie - no black areas - my TV's remote control has this simple option. This seems to work well and I lose very little of the video by zooming in.
4th - Apparently this is a documentary BUT there are menu options to play music only - this is the only way I have watched this and I have only skipped around the video and am yet to watch it start to finish.
I can say that because of the great price and wonderful video quality and the fact that this is w/ the original singer, Bon Scott, I may buy a couple more of these for gifts.
The case does NOT state that it has a DTS soundtrack (this being said, I typically prefer DTS over Dolby Digital)
The DTS soundtrack is very "centric" with very limited sound channel separation or distinction. It DOES NOT feel like a typical DTS "surround" experience. The audio fidelity and frequency spectrum (highs to lows) is, however, excellent. The original 4:3 aspect ratio of the video does not make for good "distance viewing" of the movie, regardless of how true it is to the original format. The combo of limited surround audio and narrow picture does not draw one into a pseudo "concert" feel. This is however, a very clean and important offering of AC/DC's history. It is obvious it was filmed with the production quality and intent of being presented as a feature film. I particularly like that the song "Girl's Got Rhythm" was on the set list, as I have never found it on any of the band's previous video releases. That fact that all songs are sung by Bonn makes it well worth the purchase price alone.
Still betting Bon didn't bargain on his pants ripping out THAT much more during the performance...
The one thing I will mention about the show is I forgot what a pleasure it is to watch Phil Rudd play the drums in his prime. I'm not saying he's Buddy Rich or Neil Peart, but the man CAN FLAT OUT PLAY. He's a machine. I know Angus and Bon get most of the camera time, and justifiably so, but I love watching Phil pound the skins. If you've seen this movie on VHS, you NEED to own it on DVD.
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