Concert DVD Review – AC/DC’s No Bull: the Director’s Cut

AC/DC has typically been known for putting on one Hell of a show after another. Their performance in Madrid, Spain in 1996 is certainly no exception.

The band consists of very visual performers who truly interact with their audiences and aim to put on a thrilling show. The DVD starts as the concert does. In front of what feels like millions of screaming fans, a giant wrecking ball demolishes a fake on-stage building, leaving an empty stage in need of rocking.

The music is great, the performers don’t lose their energy throughout the entire concert, and the joining of rock ‘n roll artist and rock ‘n roll fan is palpable through the screen. This is a rock ‘n roll DVD.

The reason for this director’s cut edition of “No Bull” is the filmmaker’s initial disgust with the original VHS release in the 90’s. Because they were rushed, and because it was, well, VHS, it had to be short, and they couldn’t include anything even close to the full concert.

So don’t expect much new material on the DVD. This is mostly just more of what we saw twelve years ago. Luckily for AC/DC, when you put on a show like they do, more of the same is just fine.

Essentially, this really feels like a concert. By that I mean, the lights flash, the music is loud, and everyone is having a good time. This is the way concerts were meant to be. If you are a fan of the concert DVD, rock ‘n roll, or a loud, good show, this DVD is gonna shake you all night long.

I don’t know how many people who outright dislike classic rock, so it’s hard for me to imagine any of you out there particularly against AC/DC and their style of music. All I can tell you is this is a truly good show of some of AC/DC’s greatest songs of all time.

It is loud, bright, fast, and everything true rock ‘n roll was. If that sounds interesting to you, watch this DVD. If you prefer more quiet intimate shows, or if you want a concert DVD with backstage extras, you may want to look elsewhere.

All in all, however, AC/DC puts on a fantastic performance in “No Bull: the Director’s Cut”, and for that, I salute them.

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