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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For the Fans - Almost...., 27 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Saxon - Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie [DVD] (DVD)
I can heartily recommend this rockumentary to any rock fan, not just the Saxon crowd out there. I could - almost - suggest that non rock fans who like a good music based documentary give this a view because it really is a very good example of the genre.

Saxon of course have been around since before the NWOBHM and in many ways along with the successful - Iron Maiden and Priest as well as those who fell by the wayside such as Diamond Head defined what traditional heavy metal really is and was. Saxon inhabit a space all of their own, never having made it huge like IM and Priest but fared much better than many others, at least enough to keep putting out records and touring.

This DVD covers everything Saxon, warts and all, good, bad and ugly. In that its following on from Some Kind of Monster and Anvil in that there is little attempt to cover the cracks. It makes compelling viewing.

There are plenty of clips along the way as Saxon developed their sound, lots of anecdotes and of course Biff, who proves to be a bit of a racantour - and a tough cookie as well. No messing with Biff or you were out.

We have included a classic concert as well on this two disc effort. Well worth a watch because one things for sure Saxon haven't been around as long as they have because of their looks and image....

Overall a great history of probably the truest NWOBHM band to have stayed the course over the last 30 odd years.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 17:54:20 GMT
Is this DVD ever going to be released? It's release date keeps getting pushed back! It was supposed to come out on Monday, but now it won't be released till April 25th!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2011 22:35:30 BDT
Snerdle says:
And it's just been put back yet again!
That's about four times now.

Posted on 19 Jul 2011 19:23:00 BDT
Snerdle says:
And with a week to release as expected it has just been put back yet again.
Surely this is some sort of joke?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2011 17:01:59 BDT
ravenheart says:
I wouldn't fret too much. It's almost guaranteed to be a let down. All band-made documentaries contain no new information, and just end up containing at least five items from the following list:

* Sped-up shots of roadies running around and stages being built
* talking heads saying how great the subject artist is
* shots of fans saying something cliched and/or stupid
* incredibly boring back-stage clips where nothing actually happens
* someone sleeping on a bus or plane
* incomplete live clips, probably shot from the side of the stage by a roadie, with awful sound
* clips from a studio showing lots of half-riffs and snippets of conversations, providing no actual insight into the recording process

If nothing else, the claim to fame that it comes from the produces of the appalling Ian Gillan documentary 'Highway Star' tells you all you'll need to know.

The special edition might be worth buying for the promised two complete concert films. At the right price.

Posted on 6 Sep 2011 14:16:48 BDT
Nicko says:
Not even released yet, for the umpteenth time, so how can an accurate review be given!!!???

Posted on 27 May 2012 22:51:11 BDT
Francesco says:
"We have included a classic concert as well" What's with the 'We'? Bit of a giveaway there? Reviewing your own product perhaps?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 08:12:55 GMT
Having bimbled back this way I'm a bit surprised at those saying I'm reviewing a DVD that is not released yet. I can assure you it is. I pre-ordered this from the get go, partially to get my name on the end credits as stated on the website and partially because I'm a real fan. The review is of the actual DVD as I received it recently.
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