|Review: Autopsy - Dark Crusades|
Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 133 min.
Review online: October 11, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)
With this DVD, one thing Autopsy cannot be accused of is doing false advertisement. With comments such as "A high point in low fidelity!", "all home video recordings and hand held audience footage.... drop outs, tape stretches, pixelation, distortion..." In other words: This DVD does not contain professional recordings. The good news is that the material doesn't sound as bad as the warnings on the back of the case may led one to believe.
Disc 1 contains a 23 minute home video of the band rehearsing in one of the members' house, including kids crying and girlfriend bitching. I expected this to be dreadful, but the sound is OK and the person filming actually moved around, so you get shots from various angles. Next is a show at the Hong Kong Cafe in Los Angeles in 1993. That place looks more like a basement than a proper venue. Things are rather boring until the person filming moves from the left of the stage and slightly farther back in the audience. This is an alright show but it lacks some atmosphere, a lot of it having to do with the venue. Overall good quality - the image and sound are clear.
Disc 2 contains two shows and some extras. The first show is at The Stone in San Francisco in 1993. Already this is much better - this looks like a real concert venue - dark with stage lights and the stage is more than one feet off the ground, unlike the Hong Kong Cafe. This is also filmed from farther back, giving a better view of the band. Very good quality this time around. Similar things can be said of the show at the Ruthless Inn in San Francisco, which also happens to be the last show the band ever played. The extras contain some backstage/road footage of the band on tour - some funny stuff in there, as is usual with that kind of footage. There's also footage of two songs, again in bootleg form and of not so great quality.
One thing I noticed is that you can't skip from song to song while watching the shows - you have to fast forward just like you would watching a video tape. The menu is a bit on the weird side - when you select an option from the main menu, it brings you to a second menu, but rather than having the first feature highlighted and ready to be played, it's the link back to the main menu that's highlighted. Oh well. :) Anyway, with rather low quality (by professional standards) this is definitely one for fans only - and incidentally, that's exactly what it says in the accompanying two-page booklet. Speaking of which, it contains an interesting little biography of the band, which I must say is much easier to read than the on-screen biography we usually get on a DVD!
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