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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - The Kult Kollection
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - The Kult Kollection
Warner Music // Unrated // October 12, 2004
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Review by Ian Jane | posted November 24, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

From the bowels of late eighties era Chicago, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult was spawned. Originally conceived as a film project that was never completed, Buzz McCoy and Groovie Mann took their strange fixation on Satanic imagery, horror movie looks, and industrial/disco dance beats, ditched the film idea and started a band. Over fifteen years and a few different record labels later, the band is still plugging away and while their glory days seem to have died since the release of 1994's Thirteen Above The Night, their videos are still interesting and full of quirky evil sexy visuals that compliment the devil's disco in a strange but somehow appropriate way.

The Kult Kollection gathers nine of the band's promotional videos, nine live tracks, and a few assorted odds and ends in the form of a promotional segment and more onto one DVD. The disc is laid out as follows:

01 - Intro

02 - And This Is What The Devil Does

03 - Kooler Than Jesus

04 - Sex On Wheelz (dance remix)

05 - Sexplosion! (dance remix)

06 - International Sin Set

07 - TKK Promo

08 - Blue Buddha

09 - Glamour Is A Rocky Road

10 - Dope Doll Jungle

11 - Hard, Fast & Beautiful

12 - Hit & Run Holiday (Live)

13 - Glamour Is A Rocky Road (Live)

14 - Portrait Of The Damned (Live)

15 - Chemical Cop Out (Live)

16 - Babylon Drifter (Live)

17 - Golden Strip (Live)

18 - Doris Love Club (Live)

19 - Hot Blood Risin' (Live)

20 - Blue Buddha (Live)

21 - My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

22 – End Credits

Worth noting is that the twenty first track on the disc, simply titled My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult is pretty interesting. It's a segment running a few minutes long that is essentially a montage of the bands music played overtop of some video footage that they probably shot and assembled themselves based on the looks of things. It is a mildly amusing ensemble of sound and vision that takes the band's obvious love of all things John Waters and gives it their own unique spin.

The promo videos are great to have here as they never really did get a lot of regular rotation on the cable video channels anyway. Though many of them made the rounds on VHS releases (some of dubious legitimacy) the upgrade in quality that the DVD format offers is apparent. The live footage is fun, though a lot of it is edited haphazardly and looks a little disorienting at times – though that may be the point. The band is known for their over the top live show and the footage contained here, while not as blasphemous as some of their sets, does give some validity to that reputation. There's no shortage of dancing girls and club beats contained on this ninety-six minute barrage, and while it would have been nice to see more earlier material on this set, it stands as an enjoyable and eclectic mix of material from throughout the bands career.

Unfortunately, the video for Final Blindness is not present on this collection, possibly due to the fact that it uses video clips from a few different horror films, leading one to assume that there was a problem getting rights clearances to have it included here – which is a shame as it's a very cool video.

The DVD

Video:

All of the videos and live footage is presented fullframe at 1.33.1, which looks to be how it was all meant to be shown. The colors are nice and bright and the black and white footage has nice contrast levels. There is some mild edge enhancement but there aren't any compression artifact problems and overall this is a good looking image that suits the music well.

Sound:

The sound comes in a lively and decent sounding Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix. There are no subtitles or closed captioning options available. The overall quality of the sound is perfectly fine, without any really noticeable problems. A couple of the clips sound a little flat but the music itself, which is really what's important here, comes through nice and clear without any issues. A surround sound mix might have been fun for the live material but the 2.0 track is perfectly sufficient.

Extras:

There are no extra features of any kind on this release.

Final Thoughts:

There isn't a ton of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult material floating around out there on video, so having a large chunk of it all on one handy-dandy DVD is a nice treat for fans. It would have been nice to have some more material on the band themselves rather than the performance and promotional pieces, but what's here is good as is the overall quality of the DVD release. The Kult Kollection is recommended.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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