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Classic Albums: Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell

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Since its release in 1977, Bat Out Of Hell has gone on to sell an estimated 30 million copies and has become one of the top five biggest selling albums of all time. Released during the days of the disco boom and the advent of Punk Rock, Bat Out Of Hell totally bucked the musical trends of the day, yet as Meat Loaf recalls is Â"more honest than 99% of all records released.Â"

The remarkable story of Bat Out Of Hell is told here by its leading contributors, including Meat Loaf himself, composer Jim Steinman, record producer Todd Rundgren, and backing vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla De Vito, together with others who helped in the construction of Bat Out Of HellÂ’s Â"Wall of SoundÂ".

Featuring archive footage, interviews and live performances, plus many of Bat Out Of HellÂ’s finest songs, including Paradise By The Dashboard Light, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), Heaven Can Wait and Two Out Of Three AinÂ’t Bad; this is the compelling story of the making of one of rock musicÂ’s finest hours, a true Classic Album.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Karla de Vito, Ellen Foley, Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5XD0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Lyda on November 14, 2004
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I picked this gem up at Walmart on a whim. I convinced my wife to watch it with me...and 58 minutes later we were both overcome with good feelings. There is not one boring or dull moment on this CD. Listening to all the folks who made this wonderful album was a joy. I've now sat through it 4 times...and it just gets better. Many of the poor ratings are because this DVD does not provide full renditions of any of the songs from the album. What it does provide is the inside story from the wonderful people who created the music. Put this together with the original album, and you have it all. This disc reminds me of why Rock and Roll is so great.
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Awesome dvd for anyone who's owned & loved Bat for years and wants to know more about it. If you're looking to "see and hear" all the songs in their entirety, go elswhere (Hits Out Of Hell Or BatII Picture Show for example). As an avid Meat Loaf / Jim Steinman fan for years and thinking I knew just about all there was to know, I was expecting the usual tired stories I've heard a hundred times before... but what a pleasant surprise! The fresh look at the album was offered by producer/guitarist Todd Rundgren. I especially loved the way both Todd and Meat tinkered at the mixing desk, isolating tracks on the songs to hear just guitar segments, or just backing vocals. Also, the great Ellen Foley/Karla DeVito controversy is addressed (I never knew there was one!) Oh, and Karla looked great on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test' clips, and equally great today! This may not be on the "must buy" list for all of the 34 million of you that bought the LP/tape/cd, but for those who are curious to dig deeper it's a highly recommended purchase. Keep an eye out for more dvds in this series featuring other classic albums - on the strengh of this one, I'll be buying more.
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This is a really fascinating documentary about the making of the classic album. It's one of the real gems of the Classic Albums series, which are all pretty good (at least the ones I've seen). If you're a Meat Loaf fan, and are interested in the creative process behind an album, then this disc is really a no-brainer.

If you're looking for a concert or for video performances, then there are other Meat Loaf DVDs that will fill the bill. (The concert with the Melbourne Symphony doesn't have the greatest video transfer, and has a slight glitch in the DTS track, but is otherwise excellent.) Note that all the poor reviews of this product are from people who were disappointed that it wasn't a song collection. As a behind-the-scenes look at a piece of real rock history, this is a really great disc.
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Right off the bat, so to speak, I have to say that I do not think you can do a documentary on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as a classic album and not at least talk about Phil Rizzuto, even if the man himself, now not only a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame but its oldest living member, does not appear on camera. We hear Phil doing the call on the radio broadcast for the bridge of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" ("Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!") but how on earth they got him to do this and what he thinks about his bit of rock 'n' roll immortality are never broached. But even without the Scooter, there are enough memories and video clips to keep fans happy with a look at one of the great rock albums of all time.

Although some of the tunes were apparently originally written for a modern musical version of "Peter Pan," most of what appears on "Bat Out of Hell" were written specifically for Meat Loaf to sing by Jim Steinman, in a perfect marriage of singer and songwriter that proves itself to be one of those occasions where two perfect halves find each other. "Bat Out of Hell" only made it to #14 on the Billboard charts but that is because it was one of those albums that sold for years (14 million in the U.S. alone). "Rolling Stone" has it at #343 on its list of Top 500 Album of all-time, but anybody reading this is going to think it is too low. This megabomastic album represents the epitome of operatic rock as far as I am concerned. The only other album that comes to mind would be Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies," so apparently you have to make up a weird name for your lead singer when you do music this theatrical, but while they share gothic and Grand Guignol elements, this 1977 album is a lot more epic.
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This gives you the whole history of how this truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime album, came about. If you are a "liner-note-reader" like me, you will love this DVD. If you love " the-making-of" extras on movie DVDs, you love this too. I wish they would make one of these for every favorite album of mine.
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All Meat Loaf anf Jim steinman fans should love this 'making of' DVD. Interviews with all the people involved.

It's a Joy to watch!
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Expecting all the songs of the album in full I was disappointed that most songs were broken up and used around commentary. However, the information about the history of the album from concept to birth and beyond was very interesting. Worth renting but I wouldn`t recommend anyone to buy it if expecting more of the music.
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