Alice in Chains are one of the most highly regarded heavy metal artists of their era. Although they never experienced the long term or repeated success of bands like Metallica, Pantera or Megadeth, they were still well respected in the industry at the time and are renowned for their variety of styles and amazing live performances.
Formed in 1987, it took the band only two years to secure a major record deal and they have since released a slew of albums and successful singles. Unfortunately the band members went their separate ways in 1999 after a decade of songwriting. This DVD encapsulates 17 of their greatest music videos as taken from their Music Bank collection. The DVD also has a brief look behind the scenes and includes a five minute documentary and seven minutes of home video footage which have been slipped in between the film clips.
There isn’t much that can be said about this disc. If you’re a heavy metal fan and more importantly a fan of Alice in Chains then this it is hard to look past this disc. It features a comprehensive and impressive array of film clips which would make a worthy addition to any music buff's collection.
We Die Young (Art Institute of Seattle Version)
We Die Young
Man in the Box
Sea of Sorrow
Home Video Footage
What the Hell Have I
Down in a Hole
I Stay Away
Heaven Beside You
Over Now (MTV Unplugged)
Get Born Again
This disc is stuck with a full screen transfer which is how the clips were originally produced. The video detail varies with the age of the clips and is highly dependent on the source material. The newer film clips obviously look far sharper than those of old, but all are of an impressive standard. Ignoring the faults with the source material, the transfer itself is almost faultless. Film artefacts are to be expected but MPEG artefacts are not to be seen, and colours are well rendered throughout. Despite its age, the video quality on this DVD is overall at a satisfactory level.
The audio has been wonderfully mastered with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Linear PCM 2.0 soundtracks. The linear PCM sounds fantastic and is of a very high quality, however it is the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that really shines on this disc. The heavy metal music thumps through all channels, especially the surrounds and more importantly the subwoofer.
The soundtrack has been well remastered without any clicks and pops and the audio synch is fine throughout. Considering the age of some of the clips the soundtrack has come out sounding great, this really is how heavy metal should sound.
Extras are limited, bordering on non-existent. Included are some nicely rendered animated menus and a discography for the band. Amongst the film clips are two separate chapters, one a documentary of the band and the other some home video footage from behind the scenes. I’d be reluctant to call these extras as they are instead a part of the feature, breaking up the monotony of clip after clip.
Re-released in Sony's great value 'Now See Hear' series packaged with the compilation CD of bits and pieces Nothing Safe - The Best of the Box, this is an absolute must have for the fans out there. New material from Alice in Chains is something you won’t hear any time soon, so this commemorative ‘Best Of’ DVD contains exactly that, the best of their film clips presented on a well constructed and brilliantly transferred golden disc of joy. This is how long hair and heavy metal is supposed to be and has been produced without fault, Alice in Chains fans should look no further!