Black Sabbath Story 2 (Dol) [VHS]
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- Amazon Sales Rank: #98943 in VHS
- Released on: 2002-09-24
- Rating: NR (Not Rated)
- Formats: Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Original language: English
- Number of tapes: 1
- Running time: 72 minutes
After Ozzy Osbourne's departure for a wildly popular solo career, his bandmates soldiered on, and this second volume of The Black Sabbath Story continues the saga from 1980 to the mid-'90s. And what a saga it was: American belter Ronnie James Dio--direct from Rainbow--replaced Osbourne, followed by a short-lived Ian Gillan, etc. Dio and original guitarist Tony Iommi gobble up the bulk of volume 2's interview footage, with the remainder of this too-brief (45 minutes) chronicle taken up by several videos and performance clips like "Die Young" and "Neon Knights" (from the first record with Dio) and the late-'80s pop-metal of "Feels Good to Me."
Since Black Sabbath never again reached the heights of their mid-'70s glory days, there's a brief sense of letdown during volume 2, especially when the videos venture dangerously close to "hair band" territory. But throughout, the group has kept its perspective, even developing a sense of humor usually buried by its notoriously dark music. --Kevin Filipski
Not quite the rest of the story, but close
Covering '79-92, this video has lots of great footage -- some of which Tony Iommi would probably rather you didn't see. Includes interviews with Dio, Tony Martin, Cozy Powell, Geezer, Iommi, Vinny Appice, Ian Gillan, and others. Includes great concert footage with Dio (whole songs) and Gillan (snippets), studio footage with the '92 "reunion" lineup and the horribly bad MTV videos from Seventh Star and Headless Cross. For Ozzy fans, the only tidbit is the complete "video" for Hard Road, from Never Say Die. Ray Gillen is mentioned for only two seconds and Glenn Hughes not at all, although he's obviously in the video for "No Stranger To Love," which features Tony Iommi's dramatic debut and Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar) as his love interest. Great (terrible!) stuff. My only compaint is we could have done with more Gillan material.
The top and bottom of the picture are chopped off. Sometimes the tops of people's heads are missing, and sometimes they even compress the image so that it fits into the fake "letterbox" shape, so that everybody looks short, fat, and squished! Seriously, this is one of the worst instances of fake widescreen that I've ever seen.
DIO SABBATH AND BEYOND
This is a Story of SABBATH, not a Concert video. Great Interviews with DIO, GILLAN ( very funny segment that explains where SPINAL TAP and Stonehenge originated). Fundamentally different to Volume 1 of the set THE BLACK SABBATH STORY; and yes you DO get 85 Minutes worth of material, just in several slabs. Dio seems to be at his most conciliatory, probably because of the then upcoming De-Humanizer tour. This is a real Gem, and I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD. SABBATH will Hopefully release a Third DVD to cover the period post 1993. And i hope they do this soon. I would especially Love to see a long interview with Bill Ward, since he has been the most honest, forthright, and consistently appreciable of the band members in talks and other interviews. You will see this in Bill's spots on this DVD, and it is worth the wait to see Bill on screen, although it is conceivable that Fans who like Volume one will not like the fundamentally different content in Volume 2 .