Metallica – Through The Never

My buddy Craig bought the Blu-Ray of this movie. He’s a big Metallica fan, like the rest of us. Awesomely, he gifted me his included digital download code so I could see the movie too! THANKS, Craig!

This film is stunningly filmed, the images are so clear and crisp. I can only imagine what it looks like on a blu-ray and a great big, quality television. Since I don’t have either, I won’t know. But it looked damn fine on my iMac. Superb camera work! [Way better than that other concert DVD they filmed in a castle in France, with the camera on a track across the front of the stage, and every time it cut to that camera all you got was shaking nausea-inducing images because each bass drum kick rattled the rig. Yeesh.

I won’t give any spoilers, in case you haven’t seen it, but this is basically a Metallica concert intercut with a fairly silly plotline of an errand guy for the band going to retrieve something and going through hell to bring it back. As it unwound, my first thought was ‘ohg-dplease don’t let this be about zombies.’ Anyway. The music of the band in concert plays like a soundtrack for his adventures. As for what he’s retrieved, well, I just don’t know.

Metallica has their live show honed down to such a fine art, and they pulled out all the stops to make this as big a production as possible. It’s like watching WWF wrestling. Of course it’s all staged and pre-planned, but the fact that they do it (because they can), and it’s so over the top, is pretty fun in itself.

The other side of that coin is that I found the stage had too much space, and the band spent more than half the show with their backs to each other at good distances apart. I understand that it’s to maximize crowd-facing, and they do run over to be beside each other now and again, and I’m sure they’ve played enough shows on smaller stages packed closer together. It was just a little… cold. Distant. Proof there’s a downside of it being a business and a spectacle (see above) first and foremost, each player on an island unto himself. That was my impression, anyway.

I really should watch this film again, but differently… In fact, if you haven’t seen it I might recommend you watch it twice: once for the band performances, skipping the plot part. Second time through, keep your finger on the scan forward button and skip the band, and just watch the (probably less than half an hour) of the storyline. The two of them don’t really go together, and there’s so little of the plot line it seems like an afterthought.All deference to the work they went to to make it happen, of course.

Knowing only that this was recently released, I haven’t seen any of the marketing for this set. I hope they’re not trying to pass it off as a film. It’s a Metallica concert DVD, like all the others, but with a sideline this time to… what? I don’t know what, maybe give your brain something to do in case your attention wanders from the music? It’s all a bit distracting.

Anyway, it’s superbly filmed, and fun enough. I like Metallica so I’d still say watch it and be impressed. I just wonder about the way they tried to glue the parts together. 

My many thanks, again, to Craig for the opportunity to see this film!

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Posted on February 3, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. What happens during Sandman? On the CD they stop the song part way.

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    • I could tell you, but that would ruin your viewing experience, wouldn’t it? I know you’re gonna buy it in the super-deluxe cadillac version… 🙂

      This is also my way of saying I don’t remember. I’d have to go back and try to cue up that song and the download hasn’t got menus. If you really wanna know, I could do it for you, but I imagine you’ll own this sooner rather than later, if you don’t already, amiright?

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      • Yes probably. I do have CD which I enjoy as a live album, except for Sandman!

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      • OK I took pity on you. 😉 I got lucky and found it fairly quickly. Without giving anything away, that song is where the stage performance is affected by what the errand boy does, and the stage collapses. The song stops for ‘safety reasons.’ I believe they’ve done this in concert many times before.

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  2. Gimme fue gimme fah gimme dabajadazah! Ooh.

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  3. I only have the audio of this ..and it’s a great mix of material and sonically as well!

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