Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2007, SPV
Rating: 2/5 (Just the DVD)
Over the years I’ve done a number of more ambitious series of reviews instead of simple stand-alone reviews. This is perhaps my most ambitious project yet. This series of reviews was born out of three seemingly dissimilar and unrelated components; my viewing habits, a stockpile and the global pandemic of 2020.
As a habit and personal preference, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I prefer to read and listen to music. Over the years whenever I have bought a CD, often it will come with a bonus DVD. I would listen to and enjoy the CD and because I don’t watch much TV I just started putting the CD’s with a bonus DVD in a pile, thinking to myself, “I’ll watch the DVD….‘someday’. Over time the pile grew and grew and grew.
Secondly, it has long been a personal goal of mine, and Metal-Rules.com, to review every Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVD on the planet. Over the years we have reviewed hundreds of stand-alone DVD’s, more than almost every other Metal webzine. However these little bonus DVD’s that come with CD’s are often, dare I say it, are largely inconsequential or ‘throw-away’ DVD’s, with not much substance other than a video or two, or maybe a brief ‘making of’ the album at hand. They are neat for the die-hard fans who want to shell out a couple extra bucks for the deluxe version of the CD but mostly they are not a big deal, very often there is not enough true content to release on their own.
At the tail end of March 2020, like many thousands of people, I lost my job due to lay-off’s precipitated by the global pandemic. In my first real full-week of self-isolation, it was April 1st in the evening, and I was sitting thinking, “How am I going to keep myself productive and occupied these next several weeks?” And there it was, sitting on my desk, staring me in the face as it had all these years. A pile of EXACTLY 50 CD’s with bonus DVD’s that needed reviewing! That ‘someday’ had suddenly became, ‘now’.
And so begins… The Covideo Chronicles. (Covid + video…get it?) By the time you read this I will have reviewed all 50 DVD’s sitting in that pile and compiled this series. 50 DVD’s. 50 days. 50 reviews. Some of these bonus DVD’s are full concerts and documentaries, some are merely a few minutes long. My goal was to do a very quick synopsis of the DVD (not even the CD) just the DVD. I’m quite sure many of these albums have already been reviewed over the years here on Metal-Rules.com. In fact, the longest part of these reviews will probably be my rambling introduction.
These are in no particular order. I was thinking of doing them chronologically by release date or maybe alphabetically but in the end I decided to review what I felt like watching that day. This exercise was a simple daily task, it kept me keep me amused and primarily I’m glad to get that damn pile off my desk. Enjoy!
My acquisition of this CD was a similar situation to the one describing in my recent review I’d Scorpions, UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS. In case you didn’t read that review, the short version is I bought GHOST OPERA and years later I found GHOST OPERA THE Limited Edition with bonus DVD in a bargain bin. Usually, I don’t buy albums twice but it was so cheap, just a couple of bucks I bought it.
Of all the bonus DVD’s in this feature thus was my most anticipated to view and unfortunately my most disappointing. I’m a big Kamelot fan so I was really looking forward to it but in the end it was not very exciting.
What is odd is that, nowhere on the CD packaging does it say what is on the DVD. Usually when you buy a CD with a bonus DVD, on the back tray it will say something like, ‘includes bonus DVD with live footage, interview and video’, or have some sort of comment about the DVD. In this case it doesn’t say anything which explains why I was anticipating this DVD because of the curiosity factor. Was it a full concert? All the videos? Interviews? I was curious so I put it on.
The entire DVD is only 10 minutes long, hence the disappointment. It is the video for Ghost Opera and a five-minute ‘Making of the video’ feature. That is it. I mean it was cool to see the video but I was hoping for so much more. No matter.
The video is really cool, I’d never seen it before, and the making of segment was neat with all the different characters and green screen shots.
I’d recommend checking the price before you dish out too much extra for a 10 minute bonus DVD. The price difference on Discogs.com between the regular version and the Limited Edition is almost double so buyer beware. Any Kamelot is good Kamelot but this is just not enough content to justify a high grade.