Metallica: S&M

Metallica: S&M

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Thrash metal pioneers Metallica are one band who've never been afraid of a challenge, but in 1998 they tried an experiment that surprised both fans and casual observers -- they performed a special concert with the San Francisco Symphony, in which the group and conductor/arranger Michael Kamen brought together the group's raw guitar firepower with the dynamic range of

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Thrash metal pioneers Metallica are one band who've never been afraid of a challenge, but in 1998 they tried an experiment that surprised both fans and casual observers -- they performed a special concert with the San Francisco Symphony, in which the group and conductor/arranger Michael Kamen brought together the group's raw guitar firepower with the dynamic range of a full orchestra. A camera crew was on hand to record the event, and Metallica: S&M captures the full 150-minute concert in its entirety. The band performs two new songs, Human and No Leaf Clover, as well as eighteen classics from their back catalog, including Enter Sandman, The Call Of Ktulu, Master Of Puppets, The Thing That Should No Be, Sad But True, and Until It Sleeps.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Glenn Kenny
Mixing heavy metal with classical instrumentation has been a frankly terrifying prospect ever since the bad old days of Deep Purple in Rock. Frankly terrifying and, truth be told, kind of funny -- but not, once you examine it close, a bad idea per se. Look at Frank Zappa, or consider that Russian modernist composer Alfred Schnittke, a dude to be reckoned with, incorporated rock instruments into some of his '70s symphonies. Critic Robert Christgau once pointed out that one-time speed-metalers Metallica excelled at compositions rather than songs, and their oeuvre is pretty thrillingly heavy on riffs -- or what classical musicians might call "themes." So to answer your first question, this in-concert melding of Metallica's already pretty majestic-sounding two guitars, bass, and drums lineup with a very lavishly equipped orchestra does acheive, sonically, a grandeur that could very well be called über-Wagnerian. If the arrangements had been in the hands of someone a little more imaginative than soundtrack maestro Michael Kamen (X-Men), things could conceivably have ventured into Stravinsky-esque territory. Still, one should be grateful for what one gets. And while it may have been better if this lengthy event had been shot on film, director Wayne Isham's deft camera placements and editing do eventually give this double-disc set a furious momentum that's entirely apt. The behind-the-scenes documentary is kind of weak, mostly rehashing a lot of "grunge meets black tie and-everybody gets along" clichés, but the four songs with multi-angle features are cool -- see if you can outdo Isham's own favored cuts -- and the separate audio tracks isolating the band and the orchestra take imaginative advantage of the DVD medium.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2014
UPC:
0856115004958
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Blackened Recordings
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
4,210

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes: ; 41 minute; documentary, featuring a look into the making of S&M, inclucind behind the scenes footage, interviews with Metallica micahel Kamen, the SF Symphony, and much more!; Two additional versions of "No Leaf Clover" ("Slice & Dice" video version & "Maestro Edit")

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Metallica: S&M
1. Chapter 1 [3:14]
2. Chapter 2 [9:30]
3. Chapter 3 [8:54]
4. Chapter 4 [:40]
5. Chapter 5 [4:21]
6. Chapter 6 [4:21]
7. Chapter 7 [4:21]
8. Chapter 8 [4:21]
9. Chapter 9 [4:21]
10. Chapter 10 [7:22]
11. Chapter 11 [:13]
12. Chapter 12 [4:21]
13. Chapter 13 [4:21]
14. Chapter 14 [4:21]
15. Chapter 15 [4:21]
16. Chapter 16 [4:21]
17. Chapter 17 [:09]
18. Chapter 18 [:08]
19. Chapter 19 [5:08]
20. Chapter 20 [5:39]
21. Chapter 21 [5:03]
22. Chapter 22 [5:53]
23. Chapter 23 [9:01]
24. Chapter 24 [1:18]
25. Chapter 25 [:01]
Disc #2 -- Metallica: S&M
1. Chapter 1 [8:04]
2. Chapter 2 [4:29]
3. Chapter 3 [4:51]
4. Chapter 4 [4:42]
5. Chapter 5 [7:23]
6. Chapter 6 [10:10]
7. Chapter 7 [:22]
8. Chapter 8 [5:43]
9. Chapter 9 [5:43]
10. Chapter 10 [5:43]
11. Chapter 11 [5:43]
12. Chapter 12 [5:43]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]
14. Chapter 14 [:02]
15. Chapter 15 [:02]
16. Chapter 16 [:02]
17. Chapter 17 [:02]
18. Chapter 18 [7:49]
19. Chapter 19 [:25]
20. Chapter 20 [:05]
21. Chapter 21 [:05]
22. Chapter 22 [:05]
23. Chapter 23 [:05]
24. Chapter 24 [:05]
25. Chapter 25 [7:00]
26. Chapter 26 [7:00]
27. Chapter 27 [7:00]
28. Chapter 28 [7:00]
29. Chapter 29 [7:00]
30. Chapter 30 [3:36]
31. Chapter 31 [9:46]
32. Chapter 32 [3:22]
33. Chapter 33 [:01]

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Metallica: S&M 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Tauftastic More than 1 year ago
I watched this when it was on TV live and watching it now is just as amazing. Metallica did an amazing job with the orchestra.
Girlie5oh More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for a Metallica fan!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best videos I own. The sound of the symphony with MetallicA is just amazing...and being able to see it makes so much better! If you are a MetallicA fan this is a must!
ROCKAHOLIC4_EVER More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE HOTTEST LIVE PERFORMANCE EVER!!! THE SOUND IS INCREDIBLE! THE RIFFS ARE GREAT,VOCALS ARE GREAT.WHEN I LISTENED THE ALBUM FOR THE FIRST TIME I ALMOST FAINTED.THE SCORE IS FLAWLESS,IT TOTALLY BLENDED WITH THE BAND. MY FAV IS NO LEAF CLOVER!!! I LOVE METALLICA AND THIS DVD IS FENOMENO.
Metalheart More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I picked this up. It is worth having in my library.