Fans of the Metal band Iron Maiden take note, you can learn everything you wanted to know about the band while re-living the experience of listening to the number one UK 1982 album The Number of the Beast.
The DVD is essentially full of extras. It's 80 minutes of interviews, clips, videos, and sounds that were taken from and around The Number of the Beast. It's an informative package with plenty to keep most fans entertained. There are interviews with band members past and present and several funny stories from the road (a metal band staple).
The band members and producer Martin Birch are featured in the 6 chapters named after favorite Maiden songs: 1. The Number of the Beast – 2. 22 Acacia Avenue – 3. The Prisoner – 4. Run to the Hills – 5. Children of the Damned – 6. Hallowed Be Thy Name. They are all sections of interviews backed by live footage and recordings of the named songs. It's a nice way to have the info and music put together.
The rest of the disc is 9 chapters of what is considered bonus material. There are sections on stories and the process of combining two lead guitarists. The previous drummer Clive Burr has a short segment in here and guitarist Adrian Smith plays Children of the Damned and Number of the Beast solo (great for the budding guitarist).
The highlight of the disc has to be the footage from the Rock in Rio concert of 2001 that is soon to be released as a DVD itself. It shows a considerably aged and reformed Maiden playing Hallowed Be Thy Name. It's remarkable how great they sound and how well singer Bruce Dickinson's voice has held up all these years.
While not a disc for everyone, all Maiden fans will definitely get a kick of nostalgia from this DVD.
The video is of varying quality, since it was obviously culled from various sources. It's still looks exceptionally well and does not distract from the viewing.
Most of the disc's audio is presented in a Digital 2.0 stereo, which again is limited by the age of the original recordings and footage. The Rock in Rio section is full 5.1 and sounds great, just another reason DVD Audio really needs to take off.
all of what counts for extras were mentioned in the article above. The main program was the interviews and the other clips and music footage were considered extra. It would have been nice if they could have included some of the complete videos for the songs or perhaps a re-mastered version of the original CD on the other side of the DVD.
It's a nice package and DVD that would seem similar to the other titles in this "Classic Albums" edition. It's also nice to see what some may consider an inconsequential band from the 80's get a little of the attention that they deserve. They are all great musicians and were greatly influential to several 80's and 90's musicians.