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

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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!'

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.

Product Details

  • Actors: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax
  • Directors: Not Specified
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 345 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZVL0UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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There is no question that this DVD absolutely kicks ass. All four bands sounded and looked great. These bands in their inception represented the underground movement of thrash metal in the 80's. They went on to kick some serious ass and in fact, carry the genre today. This disc is a perfect testament to those days. Joey Belladonna sounded just as I remembered him in the 80's, and the rest were excellent as well. Dave and Megadeth are probably the most solid of the bunch. There is the least variability in their sound, very impressed. Slayer sounded a bit more tired than usual, but this was due to Tom Araya's neck surgery. All things considered, they kicked ass as well. Metallica as always is just simply flawless and raw. Kirk never messes up, and the others, while messing up from time to time, give a heartfelt performance. There is no bologna with these discs; just pure kick ass heavy metal old school style. All four bands on the stage at one time singing Am I Evil? Need I say more? Video and audio are fantastic. Well worth the purchase
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