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American Massive (Techno/Dance)

 

Picture: B- ††††Sound: B ††††Extras: D††† Film: C+

 

 

Moonshine Music is the premiere record label for the dance/electronic music industry and is also responsible for the branch off of Moonshine Movies, which in this presentation brings us a look into the popular Rave scene that at one point in time dominated the underground world of music.Just like a bad fad, this movement has slowly tapered off, but captured here in American Massive, we are able to once again check out what made this movement what is was and/or is today.

 

This documentary was made during the 2000 tour when the Rave scene was at its height and chronicles the events through the life behind the party, the D.J.ís, the promoters, the artists, and the kids that came from all over.This all took place over a total of 24 cities in a 32 day period and the sad reality after watching this is just what kind of affects these events had.To think that something this massive could be still kept secretive to some extent.At least most parents were not aware of Ďwhatís going oní at these things.Sure itís a bunch of music and dancing, just like Woodstock right?Yeah, add the drugs, the sex, and the other things you donít want them knowing about.

 

This is almost like one of those programs that people buy just to justify some sort of means to it, almost like those Jackass videos or stupid stunt videos that people craze over.Watching those make people want to do stupid stuff and I am sure no one watching this is going to take it like a documentary where they are learning something new.Not only that, but if they treat it like a music program they might be disappointed with this DVD since it coming in Dolby Stereo, which works fine for the non-music portion, but multi-channel would have added a nice dimension to the music.Take some of the better audio/video documentaries like Standing in the Shadows of Motown (reviewed on this site), Bonnaroo Music Festival, or Scratch and see a better insight into the medium.Even the full-frame presentation leaves a lot to be desired as detail and depth is never full rendered and the video is grainy and soft throughout.

 

A few extras that make little or no sense are also added, which are just there for kicks more than anything.Only a real fan of this material would sit through this anyway.Not only that, but the real Ravers that once existed a few years back; chances are they have moved on.Itís just like when the 1980ís finally hit you seldom still saw people wearing their Disco gear and acting like the movement was still alive.

 

 

-†† Nate Goss


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