DiVinyls Live: Jailhouse Rock/Rose Tattoo
Live 1993 (both from the Boggo Road Prison/Umbrella/MVD DVDs)/Hit So Hard (Patti Schemel
biography/2011/Well Go USA
Picture: C/C/C+ Sound: C+/C+/B- Extras: D/D/C+ Main
the latest music releases.
liked the DiVinyls and though I did not think their early hit “Pleasure & Pain” would be a hit, I
was not the least bit surprised when “I
Touch Myself” became their biggest hit and still endures to this day. DiVinyls
Live: Jailhouse Rock captures the band at their early peak in 1993 singing
both of those songs and much more.
Christina Amphlett is one of Rock’s underrated female singers and
performers, while guitarist Mark McEntee added the chemistry that with her made
the band the band.
song set lasts 85 minutes and makes one wonder why they were not more
successful in the U.S.,
lasting from 1980 to 1997 then reuniting for three more years (2006 – 2009)
before calling it quits only logging five studio albums in the process. I really enjoyed this one and have been
wanting to see it since I found out a good few years ago Umbrella issued it in Australia,
the bond’s home country. There are no
extras, but it is great to see it make a U.S. release.
From the same
year at the Boggo Road Prison, Rose
Tattoo Live 1993 has the hard rock band established way back in 1976 in the
year of their brief first reunion playing a solid set of 11 songs in this
too-short 54 minutes show that is good, but I wish were longer. Even if this configuration of the band did
not last (they reformed in 1998 and that has held ever since), their hits like
"Bad Boy for Love", "Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw", "Nice Boys" and "Out Of This Place" are fronted by
longtime lead singer Angry Anderson, who seems to be having a really good time.
no extras here, but this is a solid band (they once recorded for Mushroom, so
that is as Australian as you can get) and are considered as uncompromisingly
Rock as you can get. Genre fans should
check this one out.
we have P. David Ebersole’s Hit So Hard,
a 2011 biography of drummer Patti Schemel, who played for the band Hole and
also had many personal problems with substance abuse and her sexuality until it
nearly destroyed her. Instead, she eventually
came to terms with things, got help and for now, is well and still one of the
few key female drummers in all of Rock music or for that matter, all of
music. I vaguely knew who she was, but
this 103 minutes work is well detailed and inadvertently gives us a behind the
scenes of Hole and portrait of all female drummers showing us how rare they
I had more questions and wished this was longer. Otherwise, this is a solid work worth seeing
and it is nice to see someone have a personal triumph. Extras include a feature length audio
commentary track with Ebersole and Schemel, Never
Before Seen Rare Footage consisting of “home movies” from Schemel, Reunion
of Classic Hole Lineup during a Q&A at the Museum Of Modern Art
and Hole Makes A Fan A Star piece.
X 1 image on the DVDs can be a bit rough, coming from older PAL analog video
sources and maybe down a generation, but I wonder if they could have been much
better in their PAL DVD releases from Umbrella than they are here in the U.S.
NTSC MVD DVD versions. They could both
use some restoration work and have some noise throughout. Otherwise, they’ll do. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition
image transfer on Hard can be hard
to watch since so much footage is low definition video and rougher amateur low
definition video, analog and digital, but some other shots look good. However, that is the era we live in, so none
of this could look any better, but it is the best looking of the three releases
here by default.
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the DVDs are fine for recordings their age and play
back well enough, but one wishes for at least PCM Stereo as multi-channel sound
of any quality from a videotaped show is usually wishful thinking. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix
on Hard has a mix of varied location
audio that can be rough and have issues, simple stereo in other cases and are
uses of the multi-channel sound that make this the best sounding release here,
but again not by much. At least it is
warmer than a lossy soundtrack.
- Nicholas Sheffo