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OK, we all admit it, we all want to see the "Per-Version" of the video of "From the Cradle To Enslave" more than anything else, right? Let's not mince words; it's worth a cheap thrill or three, but not really all that. Yes, there are boobies aplenty and a somewhat startling moment of female flashing that features entirely too many piercings in one spot...but really isn't all that shocking, unfortunately. Other than that it's pretty standard issue Cradle with its dark Gothic/pseudo-apocalyptic imagery and nothing special. Nice to watch now and again, but nothing special.
The "Making Of" the video is somewhat entertaining and Dani's snarky between song commentary is actually more witty than one would imagine. I liked his deadpan line about profanity in the video and then dryly reeling off a string of British cuss words. How very British of you, Mr. Davey! The other between song comments by guitarist at the time, Gian Pyras, are utterly superfluous and come off as tacked on for the sake of it. Boring, in short.
The live footage, featuring former drummer Nick Barker, is suitable and well-filmed with good picture quality. They reel off several songs from both "Dusk And Her Embrace" and "Cruelty and the Beast" and do an adequate job presenting them in that medium.
It irks me how Dani insists upon squealing out the last word of the song titles when introducing them, and while he puts on a good enough show, the band seems not terribly eager to be there. And he doesn't pull off the deep Goff spoken parts on the "Cruelty" material live, settling for an uninspired croak that sounds totally ridiculous. Nick as always relies on the triggers for his drum sound, so no surprises there. The rest of the mix is good enough to pass, with decent-sounding guitars and the bass just audible enough, and Dani's vocals (surprise surprise) the loudest thing here. Sara Jezebel Deva...while she is indeed hot, she looks totally bored and puts minimal effort into her performance.
This is best suited for completists, honestly. While it is entertaining at first, it doesn't really hold up to repeated viewings. An adequate addition to the Cradle ouevre, but nothing earth-shaking or devastating here.
Alright, let's go through this terrible DVD play by play, shall we?. It opens with then keyboardist Lector...who makes it painfully obvious that he's winging it. Then opens the song "From Cradle to Enslave." It's not a bad song, it just isn't Midian-worthy. It makes several attempts at helping Mallcore people going "Oh, I get it!. I bet no one else even caught that!." "PanDaemonAeon?. It has Daemon and Aeon...and it sounds like Pandemonium!. I'm so smart!." One thing to point out is the Judas Priest reference that Dani makes...look for the Razor that says "Made in England." The whole video kind of screams "thrown together." Then, to introduce the "Per-Version" of the video is none other than Dani himself, who attemprts to make himself seem evil by wearing a crown of thorns and claiming he dreams about assassinating religious figures...LAFF. Even better is when he says "Here comes the *good* version of the song, not that MtV-friendly version you've just seen." LAFF AGAIN. Dani Filth, the biggest money-whore in all of "Metal", was FORCED to make a version he could market to the MtV kiddos. The video is basically the same, except most of the girls have their tops off now, exciting the teenage kiddos. Oh, and a word of advice, when the girl starts pulling up her skirt for Lector, DEAR GOD, LOOK AWAY. You'll thank me when you don't want to gouge your eyes out. Other than the disgusting beast under her skirt and the various booblies, nothing much is different about this version, it was just their half-ass attempt at gaining Tr00 points.
Now onto the, as Dani puts it, "Inevitable Cashing-In Making-Of video." It blows, skip it, even if you're the biggest, hardcorest Cradle fan ever. Crappy humor, boring stuff, drinking. Here, go read a Peanuts comic strip - You've now experienced the humor, and possibly a little more black metal.
Ah, and onto the live portion....it's actually not bad, it's the best part of the DVD by far, with the exception of the Bassist's Marilyn Manson-esque sailor hat. He needs to take that off, immediately...but of course, he's grym, so he doesn't. Besides the fact that the band clearly half-asses live, and goes more for the image, it's not bad to watch if you like Cradle of Filth, and if you've never heard their pre-Midian albums, it's a good warm-up for them. Too bad the live portion is so short lived, otherwise this DVD would be worth more than $10.
Bottom Line - Go buy it if you like Cradle of Filth, but don't pay more than $10-$12 for it. Don't expect much from it, don't watch the making of, and don't forget to look away when she starts lifting her skirt.