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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
This is an excellent series presented by Sam Dunn and shown on Sky Arts here in the UK. There are 11 episodes covering the history of hard rock and heavy metal and its fragmentation into various sub genres. Even a long series like this is hard pushed to be totally comprehensive on such a vast topic and there are one or two obvious omissions (presumably due to artist...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I hate this because it doesn't have Spanish subtitles, I understand English but it'sbetter for me if the blu ray comes subtitled.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series, 27 Nov 2012
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This is an excellent series presented by Sam Dunn and shown on Sky Arts here in the UK. There are 11 episodes covering the history of hard rock and heavy metal and its fragmentation into various sub genres. Even a long series like this is hard pushed to be totally comprehensive on such a vast topic and there are one or two obvious omissions (presumably due to artist availability). I'm sure everyone will also have a personal favourite that didn't make the cut for editorial reasons. Nevertheless I think the scope of the series is quite breathtaking and taken as a whole it is a considerable achievement. Perhaps most importantly, if you're a fan of rock and metal, it is an extremely enjoyable and often fascinating series. Running time is 8hrs 15 mins spread over either 3 DVDs or 2 Blu-rays. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Amazon.com reviews from the USA refer to this series being on DVD-R. This is NOT the case in the UK. These are proper authored DVD and Blu-ray discs in top notch metallic finish packaging. Both DVD and Blu-ray are region free and will play in the US too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Assembled by people who care for the genre, 25 April 2013
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Rock & Metal fans have had the mickey extracted out them in TV presentations especially in the UK..sly asides,little digs we've had to weather.We all have a good idea who these people are!
This is presented throughout with knowledge,love,dignity & passion.
Keep on Rockin'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable, 7 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Metal Evolution [Blu-ray] [2012] (Blu-ray)
Presenter Sam Dunn takes a scholarly look at heavy metal, frequently using terms such as "genre" and "sub genre" to explore the history and progression of metal. Yes, metal heads are ridiculed, but its music which has outlasted most other recent musical trends. Lots of memories of growing up with metal/heavy rock/whatever you want to call it, and something that can be watched over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing for any metalhead; fascinating for anyone else, 7 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Metal Evolution [Blu-ray] [2012] (Blu-ray)
I saw anthropologist and metal fan Sam Dunn's movie "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" a few years ago and loved it. In this series he's taken the 'Family Tree of Metal' he developed in the film to examine the genre, and set out to find out how each of its major branches (thrash, grunge, nu metal, shock rock, power metal, prog metal, NWOBHM and more) came into being. With a strong reputation as a sympathetic film maker, he was able to open a lot of doors and attempt to create a definitive history of metal. He's done a bang-up job. The sheer number of interviews carried out for the series is impressive (over 300), and most of the folks he talks to are able to cast light on different aspects of the music, the industry, and the people involved.

Metal is not known for its shy and retiring types or for its self restraint; even if you're not into the music you'll find it fascinating to see how metal's different stars have fared with the passage of time, as well as how they relate to Dunn and his film crew. The footage of Dunn setting up each interviews is telling - who makes eye contact, who doesn't? Who opens up, and who stays rigidly in their stage persona? Some, like Lemmy and Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton come across as affable older and wiser hands with a sense of perspective; others, like Maiden's Bruce Dickinson are able to chat to Dunn as an intellectual equal. And then there's Ted Nugent...

Highly recommended. If you know a metalhead, or someone with metal tendencies, make sure they see this series. They will love you for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and fascinating, 22 Sep 2013
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C Schalck "Carlos The DJ" (Denton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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An excellent, authoritative, and intelligent dissection of 'metal' - where it came from, where it's been, and where it's going. Quality interviews and lots of rare clips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for those who like their rock, we"ll review you, 7 July 2013
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sam dunn plays a blinder in this 3-disc set. Metal evolution is well researched and put together using all the sub genres of rock/metal to make an (encyclopaedia) documentary series to appeal to most tastes of this form of music. Good interviews with many protagonists who put metal on the map of modern music (Sabbath, motorhead, priest ,ronnie james dio, metallica,maiden etc). No ac/dc, ufo, lizzy though.
Would of liked to seen an episode about southern rock/boogie-skynyrd, 38 special ,molly hatchet- but maybe next time.
Overall if you are new to hard rock/metal this is a useful set to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This guy certainly knows his onions., 24 Jun 2014
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Bringing all the different labels of Rock together, this is a well worked documentary, loads of members of bands adding their comments, so whatever type of rock you are into, there will be something on these DVD's to interest you....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 13 Aug 2013
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bought this for my dad for his birthday but watched it a lot myself As it is a very interesting series, great for anyone who loves any kind of metal music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For ALL metal heads and music lovers out there!, 12 July 2013
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Have watched this series with my husband on Sky and we both found it to be one of the best music documentaries of all time. It was SO GOOD, that I decided to purchase this as a Farther's Day present for him... so now he (and me) can watch this over and over again ... JUST BRILLIANT! Everyone should have a copy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good set of documentaries, 4 July 2013
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Intelligent approach to the subject, with interviews with not all the usual suspects. I also learnt about some of the categories I was unfamiliar with.
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