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Linkin Park - Frat Party at the Pankake Festival
Warner Bros./Warner Vision . R4 . COLOR . 50 mins . PG . PAL

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From seemingly out of nowhere, Linkin Park rose up and took the charts by storm, with their album Hybrid Theory being the biggest overall seller in the U.S. for 2001. With their major singles Papercut, Crawling and One Step Closer the band dominated both the Australian and American charts for the larger half of 2001, kicking their Ďboy bandí counterparts further down the lists. In what was shaping up to be the year of *Nsync, Britney and the Backstreet Boys it appeared quite strange that the overly dark and rappy tunes of Linkin Park stole the show.

To be terribly honest, Iím not usually a big pop-chart following sort of guy, and the overall demeanour of Linkin Park appeared to be terribly commercially driven, but who can blame them with the sort of money they were dragging in... better it went to them than make us endure yet another Spice Girls comeback! (With apologies to any Posh, Baby, Ginger, Sporty and/or Scary fans out there.)

For those fans of Linkin Park that actually want to know about this superb DVD than please keep with me, this review is going to get back on track now.

Titled Frat Party at the Pankake Festival this DVD does not involve fraternities nor pancakes, but it does contain an interesting 50 minute long documentary showing the band behind the scenes, live in concert, and hard at work on the road. This is basically as interesting as a rock documentary can be, and better still it's infused with film clips or live performances of all their major hit songs. Overall this an insightful and more importantly entertaining doco on the band and their music, and a must have for Linkin fans out there.

Tracklisting:
1. Papercut
2. Points of Authority
3. Crawling
4. Cure for the Itch
5. One Step Closer
6. In The End

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The video for this DVD is quite impressive, colours look vibrant and lifelike, shadow detail is fine at all times and artefacts of any variation are non-existent. All of the footage is fairly recent and as such looks almost faultless. The general sharpness level is quite good, although it isnít entirely razor sharp. The disc is dual layered, although no layer change was noticed.

The soundtrack on this disc is superb. Although only presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (missing out on the 5.1 remix that many new music titles receive), the music comes thumping out sounding clear at all times. There are two audio tracks available during the feature and for some of the special features. Both are encoded at 224Kbps with the secondary soundtrack being an Audio Commentary.

Surprisingly we are actually slapped with a reasonable array of extras on this disc, how lovely! In this 50 minute music feature there are six music videos, three of which were not released commercially in Australia. All these videos are accessible from the main menu and can be viewed on their own without interrupting the feature documentary.

There are also several mini-featurettes, which include an insight into lead singer Chester Benningtonís tattoos as well as a look at Mike Shinoda and Joseph Hahnís artwork. For the die-hard Linkin fans there are an extra two versions of Crawling on the DVD, including a live version with multi-angle access. The other version is a treat for fans, being a hilarious Bluegrass, country/western rendition of the song. The DVD also contains a 12 minute featurette entitled In The End: Behind the Scenes, which gives an inside scoop into the making of their latest film clip. There is also the stock-standard web link to the band's website.

The last of the extras are two non-album tracks, My December and High Voltage, which as real fans will know feature as B-sides on the Australian One Step Closer CD single. There are no video clips for these two tracks, so some well-rendered stills are flashed over the screen instead.

Overall this is a very well put together disc, with an interesting and humorous documentary as well as a good collection of film clips and some nicely arranged extras. If youíre a big Linkin Park fan then this disc is a must have!


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  •   And I quote...
    "From obscurity to chart-topping stars, this DVD documentary shows us Linkin Park behind the scenes and in the action... "
    - Nathan Clark
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