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Marilyn Manson – Guns, God & Government: Live In L.A. (2002/Eagle Vision Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C     Concert: B-

 

 

As one of the few performers to still be able to press buttons and have a career, Marilyn Manson has been on an underground roll more or less since his arrival in 1989.  Unlike Rob Zombie, he has not become sidetracked by mediums he is not as good in and stands as the unacknowledged “bad boy” of Goth Rock and associated genres.  So I was surprised and interested when his first Blu-ray release, Guns, God & Government (2002) was announced.

 

Even if you don’t like all of his songs or they seem to blend in together, part of this is theater and he (along with his band) leave no PC stone unturned or anything sacred untouched.  The songs have more to say about the state of the world than anyone wants to admit, while he ravages sexuality, death, religion and anything else in his way.  In some ways, he (give or take Nine Inch Nails) seems to be the sole survivor of the darkest side of Rock’s invincibility and is not going anywhere.

 

The songs performed include:

 

1)     Count To Six & Die

2)     Irresponsible Hate Anthem

3)     The Reflecting God

4)     Great Big White World

5)     Disposable Teens

6)     The Fight Song

7)     The Nobodies

8)     Rock Is Dead

9)     The Dope Show

10)  Cruchfiction In Space

11)  Sweet Dreams/Hell Intro

12)  The Love Song

13)  Antichrist Superstar

14)  The Beautiful People

15)  Astonishing Panorama Of The Endtimes

16)  Lunchbox

 

 

No doubt his version of Sweet Dreams entered the mainstream more than expected and the fact he had any mainstream hits seems amazing, but he was not just a gimmick or fad performer.  He was as “for real” as any of his contemporaries and so, when watching this show, realize he is not going anywhere.  With a Holy Cross made of a rifle down the middle with two hand guns on the side, you can be sure he is far from finished his darkly wild ways.

 

The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image, despite some good and unusual color, is a little soft and shows its age as an older HD shoot, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM 2.0 Stereo on this Blu-ray, with the PCM the least of them all.  The DTS has no trouble reproducing the loudness and bass in the concert, but the soundstage is limited.  The only extra is a half-hour compilation of his touring and related incidents entitled The Death Parade.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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