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The Great Kat: Beethoven's Guitar Shred

Great Kat // 2009 // 8 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Adam Arseneau (Retired) // December 6th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Adam Arseneau quits. No, seriously...he quits.

The Charge


The Case

This DVD is the herald of my destruction and demise. After seven years in judges robes, watching Beethoven's Guitar Shred was like looking into a future where the sins of every bad review and every snarky comment come back to eviscerate me and torture me endlessly in the afterlife. This is my penance, reviewing this…this…thing.

The Great Kat is a woman who holds a guitar and then proceeds to murder it with her hands, with blood pouring out of her orifices. A prolific metal virtuoso and guitar shredder, Beethoven's Guitar Shred is a music video compilation of short, frenzied bursts of apocalyptic noise and chaos, set vaguely to the march of classical composers:

• "The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee"
• "Torture Techniques"
• "Paganini's Caprice #24"
• "Blood"
• "Beethoven's 5th Symphony"
• "Islamofascists"
• "Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3"

Filmed on what appears to be a S&M dungeon, punctuated by green screen shots of lightning bolts, flaming seas and bloodstained crosses, The Great Kat bangs out freakishly fast metal riffs while drenched in blood and bondage gear, surrounded by religious iconography on fire, demons, and people being brutally tortured. Each video lasts about 30 seconds, which is a technical testament to her prodigious shredding talent. Either that, or sheer mercy, because watching any more of this would make your brain shut down.

I can't even begin to wrap my head around this conceptual nightmare. From a guitar technical perspective, Kat has skills. Playing "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee" at Mach 4 on a guitar is no small feat. But the screaming, the blood and fire and leather and bondage gear and people up in the dungeon? The demonic imagery set to classical music, the weird low-budget pornography production values, the letterboxed transfer, the blood? It's like watching a Dario Argento film sped up three times fast, or that video they make Alex watch in A Clockwork Orange.

The technical specs: eight minutes of full-frame video and horrendous audio, not counting the three minutes of bonus featurettes. You read that correctly.

You know what? No. Just no. This isn't fit for human consumption. This is like an Internet meme gone horribly awry. But it's deadly serious. This is an actual retail product for sale, and people actually will be purchasing it. I shudder in fear.

The Verdict

I am scared. Guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 8

Perp Profile

Studio: Great Kat
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 8 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Bad
• Concerts and Musicals
• Performance
• Short Films

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurettes


• Official Site
• The Great Kat

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