Popular Heavy Metal DVDs at Amoeba Music Hollywood:
1) Iron Maiden Flight 666 (2009)
2) Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2006)
3) Heavy Metal In Baghdad (2007)
4) Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2005)
5) Monsters of Metal Vol. 6 (2008)
The new Iron Maiden film Flight 666 is an excellent concert documentary directed by Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen. The film was screened at several festivals, including SXSW in Austin a few months ago, had a brief run in theaters, and has been recently shown on VH1 Classics. Finally, it's now available on DVD with lots of bonus footage. Since it was released last week (Jun 9th) it has been selling extremely well at Amoeba Music's three stores. "We sold nearly every copy, way more than we expected. We've had to reorder it, it's so popular," reported Chris at the Hollywood Amoeba store, whose areas of specialty include music DVDs. So who's buying Flight 666? Iron Maiden fans of old or music fans that have been newly converted to the legendary British metal monsters? "Metal head dudes of all ages are buying it up," said Chris, adding that others are too, including many curious to learn more about this legendary hard rock group, who have been putting it down for 34 years and yet still manage to blow away many metal bands half their age.
The movie was made in the classic concert documentary style, and it follows the band on last year's Somewhere Back In Time World Tour, during which the veteran metal musicians clocked 50,000 miles round the globe, playing 23 concerts on five continents over a 45 day period with stops in such cities as Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo, Costa Rica, Bogota, and Buenos Aires. The deluxe edition is a two disc set that includes the entire set from the 2008 segment of this tour on the bonus disc. Nice! The sound is crispy clean and passes the cranked up loud on a big sound system test, and while nothing equates the experience of being in the flesh at a concert, the live show footage on Flight 666 comes pretty close.
I asked Chris at the Amoeba Hollywood store what other heavy metal music DVDs are popular with customers. He said that among some of the most popular are "The VH1 produced Metal: A Headbanger's Journey documentary (note, also by Sam Dunn who did Flight 666), Heavy Metal In Baghdad [documentary that follows Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda], and the Monsters of Metal collection series, which includes a lot of power metal. And, oh yeah, the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster remains popular too." Chris reminded me that the heavy metal DVDs, which up til about a year ago were upstairs at the Sunset Ave store in the general DVD/VHS section, are now conveniently positioned downstairs in the music section next to the heavy metal music CDs.