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Meat Loaf - Classic Albums: Bat Out Of Hell

Meat Loaf    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Right off the bat, so to speak, I have to say that I do not think you can do a documentary on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" as a classic album and not at least talk about Phil Rizzuto, even if the man himself, now not only a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame but its oldest living member, does not appear on camera. We hear Phil doing the call on the radio broadcast for the bridge of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" ("Holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!") but how on earth they got him to do this and what he thinks about his bit of rock 'n' roll immortality are never broached. But even without the Scooter, there are enough memories and video clips to keep fans happy with a look at one of the great rock albums of all time.

Although some of the tunes were apparently originally written for a modern musical version of "Peter Pan," most of what appears on "Bat Out of Hell" were written specifically for Meat Loaf to sing by Jim Steinman, in a perfect marriage of singer and songwriter that proves itself to be one of those occasions where two perfect halves find each other. "Bat Out of Hell" only made it to #14 on the Billboard charts but that is because it was one of those albums that sold for years (14 million in the U.S. alone). "Rolling Stone" has it at #343 on its list of Top 500 Album of all-time, but anybody reading this is going to think it is too low. This megabomastic album represents the epitome of operatic rock as far as I am concerned. The only other album that comes to mind would be Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies," so apparently you have to make up a weird name for your lead singer when you do music this theatrical, but while they share gothic and Grand Guignol elements, this 1977 album is a lot more epic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old album, New facts! Feb. 18 2000
Awesome dvd for anyone who's owned & loved Bat for years and wants to know more about it. If you're looking to "see and hear" all the songs in their entirety, go elswhere (Hits Out Of Hell Or BatII Picture Show for example). As an avid Meat Loaf / Jim Steinman fan for years and thinking I knew just about all there was to know, I was expecting the usual tired stories I've heard a hundred times before... but what a pleasant surprise! The fresh look at the album was offered by producer/guitarist Todd Rundgren. I especially loved the way both Todd and Meat tinkered at the mixing desk, isolating tracks on the songs to hear just guitar segments, or just backing vocals. Also, the great Ellen Foley/Karla DeVito controversy is addressed (I never knew there was one!) Oh, and Karla looked great on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test' clips, and equally great today! This may not be on the "must buy" list for all of the 34 million of you that bought the LP/tape/cd, but for those who are curious to dig deeper it's a highly recommended purchase. Keep an eye out for more dvds in this series featuring other classic albums - on the strengh of this one, I'll be buying more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Long on History, Short on Music March 26 2000
By Steve
This DVD is very good for what is is - a narrative history of Bat Out of Hell through the eyes of the people who wrote, produced, and performed this classic album. It should be a major disappointment, however, to anyone buying it for the music. The only song performed in its entirety is Heaven Can Wait. The others songs are only in short concert clips. The sound is only PCM Stereo. This is one to rent or borrow, not to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell, Treasure From Heaven Feb. 14 2000
By Lea
Format:VHS Tape
This video is a true treasure, the insights from Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren, Karla DeVito, Ellen Foley, Jim Steinman, and others lend a whole new depth to the reality of this very important piece of musical history. Meat lovers everywhere will thoroughly enjoy this look behind the curtain. Meat had it then, he's still got it now, he'll never stop rockin'!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary, disappointing music value April 8 2000
Expecting all the songs of the album in full I was disappointed that most songs were broken up and used around commentary. However, the information about the history of the album from concept to birth and beyond was very interesting. Worth renting but I wouldn`t recommend anyone to buy it if expecting more of the music.
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