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Alice In Chains: MTV Unplugged [DVD] [2002]

Jerry Cantrell , Mike Inez , Joe Perota    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley, Alice in Chains
  • Directors: Joe Perota
  • Writers: Jim Burns, Robert Small
  • Producers: Alex Coletti, Audrey Morrissey, Carol Donovan, Jac Benson II, Toby Wright
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Smv
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TXFX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,609 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This is the 1996 MTV New York show, which proved there and then that Alice's unique brand of dark existentialist metal (talk about being number one in a field of one) never needed wattage to convey that brooding intensity. There are plenty of classics here, including "Nutshell" and "No Excuses", although you won't get any of the earliest stuff and it's a pretty short set overall. While it would be fair to say that this disc could have offered a little more substance, no fan will want to be without it, and experiencing Layne Staley's menacing lisp in the stark environment of an acoustic set somehow returns the whole genre to its roots in the blues. Gnarly.

On the DVD: The extra features include a chronology which fearlessly (and with plenty of self-deprecating humour) lists the band's long history of near misses as well as their successes. Also included are some wonderful anecdotes, such as the famous occasion when guitarist Jerry Cantrell missed a gig because he forgot how many days there were in November. There's also a discography and three extra tracks which didn't feature in MTV's original broadcast. --Roger Thomas

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Intimate 23 Nov 2000
Alice in chains unplugged, i have been a huge fan of AIC for years and when i found out they were doing the "Unplugged" thing my heart sank.
From the start of the show to the final "i wish i could hug you all" ..."But i won't" the band were on top form, the music was beautifully adapted from their frenetic "plugged" live style to this extremely laid back unplugged setting. The sound is amazingly warm as is the camera work.
Highlight tracks ( althought all tracks are fantastic) are Nutshell, Brother,Killer is me,Down in a Hole)
This DVD is a must buy for all fans of the rock genre
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MTV Unplugged (1996.), an Alice In Chains concert DVD.

Alice In Chains' relatively short career (in terms of album releases) was a fantastically productive one. For me, they were much more than just a metal band or indeed a band that was pulled under the `grunge' moniker. Their three album releases and two EPs displayed both the bands ability as a heavy metal outfit but also one who added lots of acoustics and atmospherics to their music. Following the band's self-titled and final album release in 1995, they remained pretty low-key and out of the public eye. Then, a year later came along a concert to be remembered down as Alice In Chains took their turn to do an MTV unplugged set.

Theres something very unique about Alice In Chains' performance on this CD/DVD. The concert conveys so much. There's excellent musicianship and great chemistry between the band and there is also Layne Staley's performance, a voice sounding so tortured yet powerful. The band's performance is inspirational, yet there is an underlying feeling of tragedy and uncertainty to it. Layne Staley is clearly high on drugs during the performance, an addiction which would sadly lead to his unfortunate death in 2002. His performance is excellent, give or take the amusing moment where he forgets the lyrics during `Sludge Factory' but as many have said it is a tragic thing to see, especially now as we know how much more Layne would deteriorate in the following five years. The atmosphere is perfect on this concert DVD; a slightly gloomy but candle-lit setting and a great audience who are all clearly relishing this timeless gig. The band play a killer 13 song set that acts as a great snapshot of their overall career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High quality DVD, recommended for AIC fans 2 Jan 2003
As this show was filmed by MTV the production values are top notch and the dolby 5.1 mix is the best I've heard on a music DVD, which makes up for the limited extras on the disc. Alice's songs work really well in an acoustic format. This intimate, atmospheric set is well performed and the song selection is just about right, although it can be a bit depressing to watch following Staley's death. He looks worse for wear to say the least and its not suprising that this was the bands first performance for three years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotion, Pain......Layne 29 Mar 2006
The Alice in Chains Unplugged DVD....Well what can i say i saw the Nirvana one a few years before i saw this one and thought it was amazin and couldn't be beat.... but i was wrong.The amazin band strip down and perform like they have never done before to creatue what i think is a exemplary display.Layne Staley's vocals are heart wrenching at times as he appers to be struggling to sing but this adds to the emotion.Most of the great Alice in Chains tracks are represented here with maybe the exeption of the great "man in the box" but this doesn't hamper the display as the band sift through there work. Kicking of with the magnificent opening sound of Jerry's guitar on "Nutshell" as the band pour on stage with a great reception, Layne bringing the roof down on his entrance, moving through there tracks and hiting high points during the magnificent "Sludge Factory" "Down in a Hole" and "Rooster" the band display there undeniable talents.My personal favourite being "Frogs" comes closer to the end as the band play out and complete the gig we see the troubled man Layne Staley leave the set on what was one of his last public performances before he esculated further into his world of drug addiction.An unbelivable great live performance of a legendary band of our generation and should be missed at one's peril....Rest well our late friend....We never forget....
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best UnPlugged DVD... 13 Sep 2006
By P. Philips VINE VOICE
This was one of Layne Staley's last recordings, as after this set he would only play a few more shows with AIC and record a handful more songs. It doesn't feature anything from 'FaceLift' but there are tracks from all their albums and EPs from 'SAP' onwards. It's obvious that Layne Staley is suffering the effects of heroin use and may well have actually been under its influence while this show was being recorded. Even so, the band puts in an excellent performance and for the most part his vocals are fine. He does struggle on tracks like 'Would?'and sings the wrong verse in 'Sludge Factory' for example.

Standout tracks to me would be 'Brother' with some superb harmonising with Jerry Cantrell. Also 'Sludge Factory' for its interesting lyrics, 'No Excuses' surpasses the studio version, and 'Angry Chair' is also noteable since this is the only track on which Layne plays guitar.

I would give this DVD 5 stars for the music alone, but I personally found it a bit unsettling to watch at times as it was clear just how ravaged by drug use Layne had become by this time.

An example of this is when he stares blankly into the screen at the start of 'Rooster'. I'd still recommend this to any AIC fan though and to any fan of good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!! one of the greatest bands of all ...
Just awesome !! one of the greatest bands of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great just as expected
Published 1 month ago by mark ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best MTV Unplugged shows ever..
I have the CD copy and have listened to it so many times its almost worn out, but never realized that there was a DVD of the show too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Offermans
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - One of the best Unplugged Performances!!!
Being a big Grunge music fan and having seen Nirvanas Unplugged performance, I was eager to find out how it would compare and it does'nt dissapoint, its absolute magic, the vocal... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Nirvana, this is grunge's finest Unplugged hour.
Nirvana's 1994 Unplugged CD was certainly ground-breaking, and has many similarities with Alice In Chains' 1996 effort. Read more
Published 20 months ago by mkgm17
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Why are there no books (bar an awful unauthorised jumble in English-as-a-second-language) about Layne Staley? He was incredible and under-rated.
Published 21 months ago by Gavin Dytham
5.0 out of 5 stars Plug into Alice!
The DVD arrived quickly and was excellently packaged. The recording is very clear and I would recommend this product to friends. Thank you.
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Josie55
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto...
What everyone else says holds true. A great gig by one of the greatest bands of the 90s music scene. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional last Alice in Chains live performance
I just brought this DVD a few days ago and I have to say this is a truly great memorable live performance buy one of my favourite bands. Read more
Published on 4 July 2005 by Vin_21
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerablely Intense: The Final Say...
If there was one band that were truly grunge, it wasn't Nirvana, it wasn't Pearl Jam, and it certainly wasn't Soundgarden. It was Alice In Chains. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2003 by S. Wright
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