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For those familiar with Black Sabbath, you know that Tony and Geezer don't nessesarily make the best interviewees. Their answers are often monotone, fairly bland, and only vaguely remembered. Maybe somebody gave them some coffee before this interview (Geezer in particular) because the pair actually seem alive! Bill Ward is Bill Ward, of course, and Ozzy can barely get his voice above a croaking whisper. However none of that matters because this blu-ray disc is not about the present, it's about the distant past, 40 years distant in fact: The landmark metal album of metal albums, Paranoid.

Everybody reading this knows Paranoid from front to back and has probably bought it more than once. (If you don't know Paranoid, get the album!) Like all Classic Albums discs, this deconstructs classic tunes like the title track, "Iron Man", "Fairies Wear Boots", "Planet Caravan", and more. Engineer Tom Allom (best known for his production work with Judas Priest) is present to strip the master tapes down to their component pieces. Hearing Bill and Geezer play together without adornment is a revelation. If anyone comes out looking very underrated in the Sabbath saga, it is Bill and Geezer, who are psychicly locked-in and jamming. Iommi demonstrates some of the most famous riffs and solos in Sabbath history, while Ozzy explains how he wrote melodies. All this is within the context of the late 60's and early 70's, and what Sabbath stood for in those tumultuous times.

Bonus features are generous like all Classic Albums discs. About 45 minutes of additional footage is available, discussing songs and topics that didn't make the cut of the main feature itself. None of it is filler, all of it is worth watching and probably would have made a completely un-boring extended feature anyway.

My only complaint is the resolution is only 1080i. Minor complaint at that.

As a companion piece, I highly recommend getting Paranoid in its 3 disc expanded edition. The reason being is, here you will hear demo version of songs with alternate lyrics. If you want all of these demos complete and uncut, you have to get the 3 disc version of Paranoid which includes them all (as well as the album's original Quad mix).

4 stars. As mentioned, the Sabbath members can be pretty dry in interviews, but this is some of the best insightful Sabbath stuff out there!
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on October 9, 2010
I always enjoyed the Classic Albums DVD series. Now that enjoyment as been taken to the next level with this released of the story of the making of Paranoid. I would like write about it in every specific detail possible so much it's awesome, but that would be wrong to spoil the great stories you will hear if you buy (& buy you should) this DVD. Even the more seasoned Sabbath fans will learn something new from that era when the band was un-aware that they were working on an album that would change the world forever. Stories from the band members themselves, Tony, Ozzy, Geezer & Bill (Well duh!), we hear about where they got the ideas for songs like "Iron Man" & "Fairies Wear Boots", which isn't from drugs as that overly-exaggerated myth as being going on for decades. Tony even shows how he played some of the songs. Like I said I don't want to say too much about this DVD as every Metal fan in the world should own it since it explains the creation of an album that would define what would be known as Heavy Metal.
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on October 31, 2015
great dvd
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on May 2, 2014
If you are a fan of riff driven, heavy rock, it is hard to find much better than Sabbath. Great to see Geezer, Bill and Tony talking about the era. As entertaining as Ozzy can be, it is not always that easy to follow is train of thought.
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