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Twisted Sister: From The Bars To The Stars – Three Decades Live (Five Concerts/Eagle DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+ (Wacken: B-)     Extras: C+     Concerts: C+



Some bands just have fan following no matter what and Twisted Sister is one of them.  A pop hair band who appealed to a certain populist aspect of Rock, they hit as the genre was declining and Dee Snyder kept them alive even when he was doing other jobs.  Eagle Vision has issued a 5-DVD set called Twisted Sister: From The Bars To The Stars – Three Decades Live that includes two titles we looked at before.  You can read about the Double Live double DVD set here:





That link leads to Live At Wacken, the best-sounding of the discs.  Another DVD case labeled S.M.E. Collectibles: 82 – 09 should be opened carefully as it has pin, dupe backstage pass and metal Twisted Christmas piece that will spill out.  A Twisted Christmas (X-Mass) – Live In Las Vegas is the fourth DVD concert included, taped in 2009 and includes no extras, but they mix their hits with classics like White Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Silver Bells, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, 12 Days Of Christmas and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus in a 16-song set that is a one-note run on joke of a show intentionally but wears thin quickly, though by adding Satan Claus and Burn In Hell are certain to tick of their old arch enemies The Religious Right. 


Finally we have Live At Reading 1982 which includes new interviews (in a five-part section) shows the in their early prime the way the North Stage Theater concert from 1982 from the Double Live set did, though you only get with 8 songs including covers tunes.  It is interesting for what it is, but none o the five shows are breakout performances and that leaves this set, like its previously issued singles, as fan-only releases.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Christmas is a little softer than a recent show should be and the 1.33 X 1 image on Reading looks pretty good for an old NTSC analog taping with good color and flaws coming more from the tape than the transfer.  None of the five shows looked great, though maybe the later ones will hit Blu-ray sometime, but they are somewhat disappointing in total.  All five have Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (though Wacken had somewhat better Dolby Digital 5.1 as well) and are good recordings, but nothing great.  Much like the set itself.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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