Cliff 'em All, Polygram 1987

Originally released on VHS. The DVD release came in 1999 by Elektra/Asylum. The first video capture of Metallica on stage is a raw collection of performances from 1983 to 1986. It serves as a tribute to late original bassist Cliff Burton who stayed with the band for about three and a half years. “Cliff ‘Em All” is of great historical value mainly because this is the only official DVD / video release that features the genius playing of Cliff Burton. Moreover Dave Mustaine appears on a few songs and there is also some extra interviews with the band. Most of the footage is from bootleg videos, home videos and there is some stuff shot for TV that was never aired. Thus the quality is very poor. However, due to its historical significance this release is highly recommended as it captures in a brilliant way the classic Metallica era. Tracklist: Creeping Death, Am I Evil ?, Damage, Inc., Master Of Puppets, Whiplash, The Four Horsemen, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), For Whom The Bell Tolls, No Remorse, Metal Militia

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2 of One, Elektra 1989

Up until recently this was only available on VHS and on Japanese laserdisc. Here are the 2 clip versions of ‘One’. A very dark, gloomy and depressive song about a soldier in WW I who has been blown apart by a mine. The soldier had lost his arms and legs and he can not see, hear and speak. He is still alive and prays for death to take him. This 20 minute videocassette starts with an introduction by Lars Ulrich who speaks about the aforementioned idea about the song and the making of the video. The first version is nearly eight minutes long and begins with clips from the movie “Johnny Got His Gun” that are later mixed with shots of the band playing in an empty warehouse. Second version is more ‘music channel friendly’. Edited down to five minutes it is just the band in the warehouse. Overall a nice little collectible gem that is still available on a good price. Tracklist: One, One (Jamming version)

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One - The Video, Vertigo 1989

Very rare ‘promotional only’ VHS that was released in the UK. Includes only the clip of ‘One’ and more specifically the longer version with the footage from “Johnny Got His Gun”. Comes in a simple card sleeve and the cover borrows the artwork of the film’s poster. At the back cover you will find the lyrics and a brief story of how James was influenced by this film and the same-titled book to write such a stunning epic song.

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The Unforgiven, Vertigo 1991

Another very rare VHS that was released in the UK for promotional reasons. Includes the two versions of ‘The Unforgiven’: the normal album version of 6:21 and the long version of 11:29 (also known as the 'Theatrical Version'). Again it comes in a simple card sleeve and has the same cover artwork as the seven inch picture disc of ‘The Unforgiven’

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A Year and A Half in the Life of Metallica , Vertigo 1992

Initially released as a 2 part VHS pack. Re-released on one DVD in 1999 by Elektra/Asylum. It is basically a documentary of how the ‘Metallica’ (aka ‘The Black Album’) came to be and what happened on the tour that followed. Part one shows how the band members and producer Bob Rock interacted to make the album. All the conflicts and frustrations as well as the hard work and the fun are here. Included are the videos of ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ plus the making of the video for ‘Enter Sandman’. Part two includes several fragments of the Wherever We May Roam Tour in Europe and a good portion of various everyday adventures. There are some bits and bats of the Metallica / Guns N’ Roses Summer 1992 tour, the performance of ‘Enter Sandman’ from the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards and some backstage footage from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992.

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Live Shit: Binge and Purge, Elektra 1993

A mammoth collection of live Metallica! More than eight hours of concert footage, more than 613,000 sold copies since the first release in 1993! There are three complete concerts on three CD's and three VHS tapes. The 2002 re-release has also the three CDs and two DVDs which in addition feature the complete original 72-page full-color book (can be viewed on PC or TV). DVDs feature a full Seattle (1989 – And Justice For All Tour) and a San Diego (1992 – The Black Tour) show. The Seattle footage is just an amazing old school up your ass show! Just check the set list: A great representation of 1980s classic Metallica. The San Diego show features a number of new elements. Most remarkably songs that Metallica do not perform any more in recent years (‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Eye of the Beholder’, ‘And Justice For All’ etc). To make a long story short, the whole box set is simply amazing. There is so much stuff in here that you need a few days to enjoy it all! Tracklist: (San Diego 92) MetalliMovie, Enter Sandman, Creeping Death, Harvester Of Sorrow, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Bass Solo, Through The Never, The Unforgiven, Justice Medley (Eye Of The Beholder, Blackened, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity, ...And Justice For All, Blackened), Drum Solo, Guitar Solo
(San Diego 92 - Video 2) The Four Horsemen, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Whiplash, Master Of Puppets, Seek & Destroy, One, Last Caress, Am I Evil?, Battery, Stone Cold Crazy.
(Seattle '89) Blackened, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Harvester Of Sorrow, The Four Horsemen, The Thing That Should Not Be, Bass Solo, Master Of Puppets, Fade To Black, Seek & Destroy, And Justice for All, One, Creeping Death, Guitar Solo, Battery, Last Caress, Am I Evil?, Whiplash, Breadfan.

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Hero Of The Day, Vertigo 1996

This is a video (VHS) release that is unknown to many Metallica collectors. It was released only in Australia and never officially circulated in any other parts of the world. Apparently it was pressed to a limited number of copies thus it is among the rarest of the Metallica VHS's. Comes in card sleeve and contains the clips of 'Hero Of The Day' and 'Until It Sleeps'.

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Cunning Stunts, Vertigo 1998

Filmed in Fort Worth, Texas on May 9-10 1997 for the tour that promoted ‘Load’, just a few months before the release of ‘Reload’. It is a period that Metallica are experimenting with different things and this is quite evident when you watch ‘Cunning Stunts’ (aka Stunning Cunts). Having said that, the boys made sure that the shows of this era would be simply awesome! The outstanding picture and sound quality combined with some amazing pyrotechnics and a 360 degree stage right in the middle of the arena made this an unforgettable performance. This is a top example of how music DVDs should be made: behind scenes footage (a nice glimpse into the life of Metallica), interviews, on screen pop-up commentaries, documentary, photo gallery with 1000 pictures and over two hours of thrilling metal music! It is available as a 2-disc DVD and was also released on VHS. Tracklist: So What, Creeping Death, Sad But True, Ain't My Bitch, Hero Of The Day, King Nothing, One, Fuel, Bass/Guitar Doodle, Nothing Else Matters, Until It Sleeps, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Wherever I May Roam, Fade To Black, Medley (Ride The Lightning, No Remorse, Hit The Lights, The Four Horsemen, Seek & Destroy, Fight Fire With Fire), Last Caress, Master of Puppets, Enter Sandman, Am I Evil?, Motorbreath.

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S&M Special Bonus - Limited Edition Documentary Video, Elektra 1999

One of the rarest of all Metallica DVD & VHS videography. It features the 40 minute documentary about the making of S&M the same that is also included in the normal S&M release. Some gorgeous behind the scenes footage, plus interviews with the band, with Michael Kamen and with members of the symphonic orchestra. It was released in various countries: in US by Elektra, in France by Warner, in Australia by Polygram etc. Due to the fact that it served as a promo for journalists and TV it was never available commercially for the public. Unknown is also the exact number of copies it was pressed in each territory. This special promo is a custom printed video cassette housed in a simple card sleeve. On the left you can see the French cover and below the cover of the US release.

S&M Special Bonus

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S&M, Elektra 1999

“S&M” was recorded on April 21-22, 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre in California and it is the most dramatic performance in the history of Metallica! Having an open mind but always remaining loyal to the core aesthetics of metal & rock music, Metallica team up with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra which is conducted by composer Michael Kamen who also composed the symphonic parts. Apparently, as James has stated, to combine their music with the sound of an orchestra was initially an idea of Cliff Burton! “S&M” is another brilliant example of how - what is called – “Classical Music” interacts and relates to heavy metal. Here the outcome is very rich in texture musicianship and…. power without being over produced. The Orchestra does not simply highlight fragments but takes on some very active roles. An obvious example would be ‘The Call Of Ktulu’ but this is also evident in ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Until It Sleeps’ in the new song ‘No Leaf Clover’ and elsewhere. Not to mention the introductory symphonic cover of "The Ecstasy of Gold" by Ennio Morricone that fits perfectly into the whole concept. The excellent behind the scenes documentary features very interesting interviews with the band and with conductor Michael Kamen about the preparations and the work before the concert. It is recommended to watch this documentary first and then the concert. Additionally, the DVD version gives the option to hear only the Orchestra without Metallica, or only Metallica without the Orchestra. "S&M", which actually stands for "Symphony & Metallica" has been released as double and single VHS, as double DVD and as a triple VCD in Hong Kong and Asia. Tracklist: Ecstasy Of Gold, The Call Of Ktulu, Master Of Puppets, Of Wolf And Man, The Thing That Should Not Be, Fuel, The Memory Remains, No Leaf Clover, Hero Of The Day, Devil's Dance, Bleeding Me, Nothing Else Matters, Until It Sleeps, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Human, Wherever I May Roam, The Outlaw Torn, Sad But True, One, Enter Sandman, Battery

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The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler, Elektra 2000

Rare promotional sampler that comes in plastic digipack and has the same size as a regular CD. It was circulated to the US media to promote the re-releases of the early VHSs, from “Cliff ‘em All” to “S&M” on DVD. This is truly a very nice collector’s item. The insert has information about the re-releases and the disc features a DVD catalogue. Tracklist: Of Wolf And Man, Fuel, Sad But True (from S&M), Enter Sandman (from Cunning Stunts), For Whom The Bell Tolls (from A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica), Seek & Destroy (from Cliff 'Em All)

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Metallica - Rock Warriors Unauthorized 2000

It was firstly released on VHS and later on DVD. Perhaps this is the least favorite release of all Metallica videography. In just 42 minutes this documentary tries to tell some of the band’s story via interviews with DJs, rock critics and other people of the music industry. There is no music included and the cover band ‘Creeping Death’ is rather below the average…. Perhaps the most interesting feature here is the band’s actual testimony against Napster.

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Classic Albums: Metallica, Isis Productions/Eagle Rock 2001

The story of one of the biggest selling albums of all time it is told here. Although some material has been ‘borrowed’ from "A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica", exclusive new interviews with the boys and with producer Bob Rock unfold exciting details of how they made it a classic! Very interesting are the moments when you get to hear riffs at the time of their creation, how they progress and how they become unforgettable tunes! There is a fair deal of demo recordings and isolated parts of songs that the viewer can hear while watching the band with Bob Rock on the mixing desk. Additionally, the interviews go deep into production details and also back to childhood memories and how music played particular roles to the childhood lives of the boys. It has been released as VHS, DVD and double VCD (in Asia).

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Metallica: Dark Souls, Chrome Dreams Video 2003

An unauthorized documentary that features no music or footage from Metallica. No wonder why this is yet another controversial DVD. It features mainly interviews with friends and relatives who give out loads of interesting facts about the band and their way to the top. The thing is that all this information is well known to the fans for ages now. However, it can be useful to the younger fans and to those who collect absolutely everything related to our favorite band.

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The Rockumentary, Universal 2003

Very rare promotional DVD that was released in Mexico by Universal in cooperation with local station Radioactivo 98.5 FM. It comes in cardboard sleeve and apparently features around 50 minutes from "Some Kind of Monster". It was never available outside of Mexico and has all text and subtitles in Spanish.

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Metallica DVD, Future Publishing 2004

Here is another promotional DVD. It was only released in the UK and was given with Metal Hammer magazine in the summer of 2004. As the aforementioned Mexican promo, it is believed that it features fragments from “Some Kind Of Monster” too. Comes in cardboard sleeve and it is indeed quite rare to find.

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Some Kind of Monster, Elektra 2004

It is true that this started as a simple documentary of the making of “St. Anger”. It turned out to be a thorough exploration of Metallica’s interrelationships and their efforts with the creative and artistic processes. “Some Kind of Monster” has been presented in many Film festivals across the world and actually won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary! Released as a double DVD set it features over ten hours of Metallica! Apart from the many studio rehearsals and fragments of concert footage, the film discuss a number of other issues: the hiring of psychologist Phil Towle to work with Lars and James, the coming of bassist Robert Trujillo, the controversies of file-sharing and the rehabilitation of James. There has been some criticism that this resembles a kind of cheap reality show but nevertheless it is an essential add to any Metallica collection!

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Metallimania, PHD 2005

A very much controversial release. Some fans argue that this is totally low quality and unnecessary to the Metallica videography while others say it is as great as ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’ The truth is that this flick was produced in between 1994 - 1996 and for nearly 10 years it was one of the most desirable and most infamous underground rock films! It was first released by PHD in 2005 and then re-released by Zero Music Group in 2007 with a different cover. “Metallimania” is an attempt to explore the fan base and the concerts of Metallica both behind the scenes and in the audience. There are so many interviews with hilarious drunken idiotic fans that this might put some viewers off. Others will not stop laughing…. I guess it depends whether you drink loads at concerts or not… There are also interviews with Scott Ian of Anthrax, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Tom Arraya of Slayer, Madonna (still a mystery how she got there) Jim Martin of Faith No More and Josh Homme of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. You also get to see Lars, James, Jason and Kirk interviewed at various points in the DVD. Although the focus of this DVD is not the music there is some live footage from concerts of the era. Definitely the highlight would be Rob Halford on stage with Metallica performing Priest's classic ‘Rapid Fire’ – a great moment in history! Check the video page on this site to watch it.  

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Live In San Diego, Master Plan/Falcon 2005

This is very similar to the videos from the "Live Shit: Binge and Purge" box set as it was recorded at the same time and at the same place. In other words pure early 1990’s Metallica full of energy and passion. There is a good nostalgic feel in this DVD not only because of the tracklist but also due to the quality of the picture that looks nicely like a VHS transfer! Released with two different covers. Tracklist: Enter Sandman, Creeping Death, Harvester Of Sorrow, Welcome Home, Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Through The Never, The Unforgiven, Justice Medley, The Four Horsemen, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Whiplash, Master Of Puppets, Seek & Destroy, One, Last Caress, Am I Evil?, Battery, Stone Cold Crazy

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Music Box Biographical Collection, 2006

Another unauthorised release this time from Music Box. Both the public and the private lives of Metallica are being touched via behind-the-scenes footage and several interviews. There is a fair amount of rare and archive footage that was collected from several fans across the globe. The program runs for about one hour and actually highlights most of the high and low points of their career.

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Metallica - Reflections, Classic Rock Legends 2006

Also tagged as “Metallica on Metallica” this DVD & book is an interesting addition to your collection. Basically you get to see the criticism of Metallica on themselves. Most of the material herein is from promotional interviews, from radio and TV appearances and the media in general. The boys make it clear on a set of issues that have been going around as rumors and gossip. Even Jason Newstead explains why he left the band. In addition there is some rare documentary backstage and concert footage especially from their appearance at Woodstock in 1994.

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Kill Em All To St Anger, Classic Rock Legends 2006

Another controversial release. Running 15 minutes over the hour, this DVD is an attempt to analyze and criticize Metallica’s success through the prism of each album up to ‘St Anger’. A number of various musicians, rock journalists, critics and musicologists are giving their opinions. In addition James Hetfield and Jason Newstead have their say and for sure this is the most interesting part. Here you will also find some footage from the band's performance at Woodstock 1994.

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The Videos 1989-2004, Warner 2006

All Metallica video clips compiled on one disc! How great is that! But there is more to it. All the audio has been re-mixed in 5.1 surround plus the material of the VHS release of “2 Of One” for the first time available on DVD! Worth to mention is also the clip of ‘Mama Said’ which was never aired in North America. Additional bonuses are the Theatrical Version of ‘The Unforgiven’ and the trailer to “Some Kind Of Monster”. This is just a fine compilation all around highly recommended to all. However, there has been some criticism from some fans due to the fact that a couple of clips herein are presented in their censored version. Tracklist: One, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters, Wherever I May Roam, Sad But True, Until It Sleeps, Hero Of The Day, Mama Said, King Nothing, The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven II, Fuel, Turn The Page, Whiskey In The Jar, No Leaf Clover, I Disappear, St. Anger, Frantic, The Unnamed Feeling, Some Kind Of Monster Bonus material: 2 Of One – Introduction, One (Jammin' Version), The Unforgiven (Theatrical Version), Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster Film Trailer

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Français Pour Une Nuit, Warner 2009

Available on three different versions: normal DVD release, Blu Ray and limited collectors’ edition. All versions include more than 2 hours of live Metallica, 37 minutes of exclusive interviews with the band, 5 videos from the audience and a 16 page booklet with infos and photos. The limited edition has also an exclusive t-shirt, five deluxe prints, an official Metallica lanyard, a laminated show pass and the CD album of “Death Magnetic”. Tracklist: Blackened, Creeping Death, Fuel, Harvester Of Sorrow, Fade To Black, Broken, Beat & Scarred, Cyanide, Sad But True, One, All Nightmare Long, The Day That Never Comes , Master Of Puppets, Dyers Eve, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Stone Cold Crazy, Motorbreath, Seek And Destroy

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Orgullo, Pasion y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de Mexico, Universal 2009

Three nights at Mexico City with 155,000 crazy maniacs! Each night there was a different set list and all together the band delivered a total of 34 songs! This is a release for South America with all credits and info in Spanish except for the Brazilian edition in Portuguese. Filmed by the notorious music video director Wayne Isham. There are four different versions of this release: Single DVD, single Blu-ray, DVD with double CD, double DVD with double DVD. Tracklist: DVD #1: The Ecstasy Of Gold, Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ride The Lightning, Disposable Heroes, One, Broken, Beat & Scarred, The Memory Remains, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, All Nightmare Long, The Day That Never Comes, Master Of Puppets, Fight Fire With Fire, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Wait, Hit The Lights, Seek & Destroy
DVD #2: That Was Just Your Life, The End Of The Line, Holier Than Thou, Cyanide, Blackened, Helpless, Trapped Under Ice, Turn The Page, The Prince, No Remorse, Fuel, Wherever I May Roam, Harvester Of Sorrow, Fade To Black, ...And Justice For All, Dyers Eve

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The Big Four: Live From Sofia Bulgaria, Universal 2010

Sonisphere is meant to stay as one of the most important Festivals in the history of Metal music. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the most significant and most influential Thrash bands of all time sharing the same stage! This DVD box features the full performances of all four bands that took place in Sofia at the 22nd of June 2010. The standard 2-disc DVD and blu-ray set includes interviews and behind the scenes footage. The limited collector’s item super deluxe edition also has the full music of all bands on 5 CDs, a collectible Big Four guitar pick, photos, one poster and an additional 24 page booklet. Metallica's Tracklist: Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fuel, Harvester Of Sorrow, Fade To Black, That Was Just Your Life, Cyanide, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), All Nightmare Long, One, Master Of Puppets, Blackened, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Am I Evil? (with the Big Four), Hit The Lights, Seek and Destroy

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Quebec Magnetic, Blackened Recordings 2012

The first release on Metallica’s own label! Released as double DVD and single Blu-ray disc and documents two concerts the band played in Colisée Pepsi Quebec on October 31 and November 1, 2009. This is truly an amazing release with superb sound and image quality! No wonder that just a few days after its release, the album charted at #2 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart!
Tracklisting: That Was Just Your Life, The End Of The Line, The Four Horsemen, The Shortest Straw, One, Broken, Beat & Scarred, My Apocalypse, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), The Judas Kiss, The Day That Never Comes, Master of Puppets, Battery, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Killing Time, Whiplash, Seek & Destroy Bonus Songs: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Holier Than Thou, Cyanide, Turn the Page, All Nightmare Long, Damage, Inc., Breadfan, Phantom Lord

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