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Lydia Lunch Video Hysterie: 1978 - 2006 (MVD DVD)


Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Videos: C



The rough female vocalist Lydia Lunch is back on DVD. We first saw her in a wild concert entitled Willing Victims, which you can read more about at this link:





I was more intrigued when the new DVD arrived and claimed to be a Music Video set. Video Hysterie: 1978 - 2006 has 24 clips, but most are just live performance clips and none are solo works. Instead, we get duets, triads and her early years with Teenage Jesus & The Jerks and 8 Eyed Spy. With titles like Freud In Flop, Motor Oil Shanty, Blood Is Just Memory, Knives In My Drain and Violence Is The Sport Of God, you know this is not going to be a calm evening with Celine Dion.


Unfortunately, the clips are archival at best, few were memorable, which extends to the songs and unless you are a big fan and like something darkly alternative, this will wear thin very, very quickly. I give here credit for being a survivor and believe this makes her look better than her awkward concert, but it did little for me and is an acquired taste at best.


The 1.33 X 1 image is captured on varying, rough, old and often amateur analog NTSC videotape, with Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono to match. An attempt to upgrade the sound to Dolby 5.1 falls flat. Extras include CD, DVD and book listings, plus stills and a 15-mintues compilation that tries to tie all this together, but it is very hard to sit through. The organization problems are of the thrown-together kind, keeping the artist too distant for our own good.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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