Judge Brett Cullum likes to scream at people in German.
Du hast mich!
Rammstein was formed as a band in Berlin around 1993 or 1994 (depending on who you believe), and quickly established themselves as an artsy German metal industrial goth band (if that is not too much of a mouthful). In America they became a brand name once Trent Reznor decided to feature two of their songs in David Lynch's Lost Highway. They have sold over fifteen million albums to date, and they remain the kings of German industrialist rock. This is a major set including every video Rammstein has made from 1995 until now, and twenty-four making of documentaries to go with all of them. If you're not familiar with these German hardcore industrialists, it is doubtful you'll be reading this review, but fans should find this one a simple decision to purchase given the depth and breadth seen here. The entire 3 disc set on DVD clocks in at a whopping 455 minutes when you put together both the videos and behind the scenes. Also included is a 56 page booklet that offers still photography from each video and credits. Now, a lot of the documentary stuff was seen in Rammstein: Lichtspielhaus, and fans who got ultra deluxe versions of Made in Germany may also balk at the repeats. Entirely new to this set though is all of this together, and the addition of the "Mein Herz Brennt" videos.
The DVD transfers are good, very clean and well detailed. There is a Blu-ray set available as well, but most of these videos were not shot in high definition so that seems like overkill. If you select "play all" the videos just run back to back on each disc. You can select individual songs and also individually select the behind the scenes offerings. The "making of" bits for the music videos are great documentaries for each piece, including on set footage and interviews with all involved. They go on for quite a while, topping out at twenty minutes plus for almost each one. Sometimes they are in German, but you can choose subtitles to get the gist of what is going on. What a shame though that the subtitles do not translate the lyrics on the music videos.
Rammstein is always provocative and their visuals are amazing. They are one band that a video retrospective helps to do justice, and this set includes everything you could want plus a bit more. The video is perfectly acceptable, and the stereo mixes are true to the CD versions. So feel free to dive in to the strangely hypnotic sounds of crushing guitars, whining synthesizers, and German growls all overlaid with imagery of torture, nudity, and violence. 25 music videos along with 24 features make this one a must for any fan, but sheer torture for those that are not.
Guilty of making Germans look really hip and cool.
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