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GOOD VID WITH SOME QUIRKS
on 2 March 2007
1984, the Flag captured by the Visionary Video team at the Bierkeller in Blackpool. One and only officially released video of this legendary californian HC band, and as such, a must have for all of their fans !! A short ( 55 ')but intense and frantic set of 14 songs with HRollins in maniacal mood. Superbly well shot and edited, you get to see a lot of everything all the time, with an emphasis on, of course, Hank. This is a tough one to review though so I'll split it into :
1- Video : It's a clean but direct transfer of the VHS that you can still obtain from the label. Resolution is OK only, not very sharp but picture is fine albeit colour is a little faded, just adjust your TV control. It has some very minor and sporadic video glitches like lines and dropouts that really don't detract from the excitment.
2- Audio : Almost an afterthought on this dvd, I'm afraid. 2.0 but you don't get but VERY little audio from the left channel, I had to switch the setup to mono, crank volume, bass and treble controls to the max to get barely decent sound and still the voice is excruciatingly high in the mix ( soundboard )
But.....the show is smashing, Hank interacting with the brit crowd is priceless and the overall result is a document I just had to own in spite of having read about all of these flaws BEFORE I bought the dvd.
If you love this band, you HAVE to get this, believe me.