At first I thought: "Ozzy live on DVD. Mmmmmm. My cup runeth over." I got about half-way through and then I had to turn it off. First off: it has an awful bottom end mix. The bass and kick drum blur together in a wash of mud with very little pitch definition. It was only when I cranked it up to wall-shaking levels that I said "Oh THAT'S how it's supposed to sound" Come on, I know the title says "Live and Loud" but must we take it so literally? Not everyone has a powerful sound system, and most of us have neighbors. I guess the producers figure Ozzy fans don't actually listen to the musical quality, but rather want something massize and bone-crushing to bang your head too.
Then there's the video: Dizzying. I understand that Ozzy is all about sensory overload, but I just couldn't take it. Even in small doses it's too much. A 2 second shot from any camera angle seems to be the max. I'm not exaggerating. Too many gratuitous shots of the females taking off their tops. Too many shots of very scary looking pierced, dyed and tatooed fans. It detracts from the actual music. And continuity leaves something to be desired. Almost right away, one can tell that the footage was edited from at least two different concerts. Concert A, stage left, two seconds. Cut to concert B, stage center, one second. You get the idea.
I dunno, maybe I'm just more of a purist. I'm not interested in the "whole concert experience" here, I just want the songs. On the upside, the selection of music is wonderful. Most of my favorite songs are present, and then some. Many different tracks that span his career.
Like Oz says: "Don't blame me." Well I don't. I blame everyone else who produced this.