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Rammstein: Tanz Metal - documentary DVD / musical performance review
RAMMSTEIN: TANZ METAL Rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 2 stars
Featuring: Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul H. Landers, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider, Christian Lorenz
  Distributor: United States of Dist / KA
DVD release: 24 November 2009   Runtime: 60 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.33:1

Rammstein: Tanz Metal, a 2009 documentary from Silver and Gold Productions, starts off with a notice that this film is not authorized by the band or their management. This will disappoint most people interested in the project and anyone hoping to get some music or interviews with the band. To their credit, the producers make no effort to hide this fact, and anyone who sticks around will be inundated with a history lesson of the German music scene from which Rammstein emerged.

Since this project was created without any content from the band, the interviews feature industry types and friends of the band. Unfortunately, most of the interviews fall flat. One exception is an interview with a radio DJ that adds the greatest insight and entertainment value to this disc. The lack of official input would hinder any production of this nature, and that's where it shows its limitations.

The few glimpses of the band are by and large frequently recycled still-frame photographs. Rammstein: Tanz Metal feels like a low-budget underground affair. Hardcore fans of the band may be interested in the fair amount of trivia contained in this biography, but its short 60-minute runtime will disappoint most viewers. For these reasons, it's difficult to recommend this documentary.

I haven't checked into it, but I'd bet there are better ways to get your Rammstein fix.
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