The interviews in this program feature the four members of Metallica, producer Bob Rock, assistant producer Randy Staub, and some short interviews with various people in the music industry regarding Metallica's 1991 release "Metallica", best known as "The Black Album". The album has been an amazing success comercially, selling over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone, and brought Metallica into the mainstream.
The main issue I have with this video is that Jason Newsted seems to be the only guy who is having fun making the interviews. Jason, as always, is very animated and warm, while everyone else looks tired, bored, and somewhat agitated. I love it when Lars Ulrich starts to ramble on and on, causing the other guys to turn away, scratch their faces, and basically ignore him. All toghether, the band members seem very distanced from each other, which is understandable considering that Jason was to leave the band soon after the 2001 Playboy article in which the guys stated that they were at each other's throats.
My favorite part is when they dissect songs in the mixing room, bringing to light the strange guitar and sound effects that get buried underneath the overdriven rhythm guitar. Clips of some early demos also get played, which is great and shows how the songs existed before they were shaped into the final product. This was the best part of the program for me, and I wish there were more material of them playing with the mixes and demos.
If you are a Metallica fan, you will really enjoy this DVD, and even though it 'recycles' material from "A Year and a Half", I would say that the program is about 10% recycled, 90% new stuff. Including the bonus material, there is over an hour and a half of great interviews and insights into the album that marked a major change in Metallica's music.