Reviewed: June 2022
Released: 2000 / Sony (1991 on VHS)
Quite often there is a method to my madness when it comes to how I choose what to review. In this case I just randomly grabbed a stack of three Ozzy DVD’s that I knew we hadn’t written reviews for. Regular readers may recall that we at Metal-Rules.com have a lofty goal to review every Metal movie/home video/VHS/DVD known to man. For no particular reason it’s Ozzy month and I have reviewed SPEAK OF THE DEVIL (1982), DON’T BLAME ME (1991), LIVE & LOUD (1993). Please feel free to enjoy all three reviews in this mini-feature.
Originally released on VHS in 1991 this finally came out on DVD in 2000. The menus are easy to navigate and the bridging graphic segments are quite decent. The DVD obviously has been upgraded from the original VHS. There are two bonus features but they don’t amount to much, a text biography and an incomplete discography.
In Ozzy’s home videography DON’T BLAME ME is his fourth home video and first in the documentary style, the previous three home videos being live shows or merely video compilations. This single disc set runs just over an hour and a half and while it was released in the 10th anniversary of him going solo, DON’T BLAME ME covers his entire career. I bought my copy used years ago so I don’t know if it originally came with a booklet or not.
The documentary itself is superb. There is tons of archival footage and interviews. The early stuff a pre-Sabbath Earth doing a ripping version of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ in awesome! What a hoot to see Ozzy going mental on stage a sunny afternoon in Toronto in 1970 or the psychedelic backdrops at the Hamburg Club in 1969!
The doc flows along nicely and has tons of Sabbath/Ozzy music unlike some of the unauthorized docs that have none of his music! There are quite a few guest stars, big name rockers like Alice Cooper, Lars Ulrich, Bon Jovi and Joe Elliot and everyone has lots of praise and insight during their commentary.
The doc covers all eras of his career with equal enthusiasm and the chapters are broken down into digestible chucks; Ozzy’s family, Ozzy’s relationship with alcohol and so on. My only complaint is that it gets a bit bogged down near the end when we get entire videos in the doc. Overall it’s pretty comprehensive and really well done. There are quite a few docs about the man and this is one of the best.
There are a few natural natural break-points in Ozzy’s career, roughly divided along decade lines. Sabbath (70’s), solo (80’s) and then retirement and an extended post-retirement solo career. DON’T BLAME ME captures up to when he announced his retirement, so at the time this documentary really was intended as a final career retrospective. Little did we know in 1992, after ‘No More Tours’ that, three decades later in 2022, Ozzy was still making solo albums!