The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
Fantômas released The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution on DVD via Ipecac Recordings on September 6, 2011. The DVD was filmed at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall during the band’s performance on Dec. 31, 2008.
The studio version of The Director’s Cut was released in July of 2001. The album featured a collection of film compositions including Nino Rota’s “The Godfather,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Cape Fear” and Jerry Goldsmith’s “The Omen (Ave Satani).” Two songs featured on The Director’s Cut Live: A New Year’s Revolution were not in the original release of The Director’s Cut: Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful” and Marc Bolan & T. Rex’s “Chariot Choogle.”
The performance is stunning. It’s absolutely enthralling to watching Fantômas perform. With Mike Patton at the helm you are able to witness how the show is orchestrated while band members feed off of the energy of the crowd, and off of each other.
Gearheads will drool over Patton’s console. It looks like he has every tool at his disposal to add extra layers of sound or manipulate his vocals, even whipping out a smartphone at several points (yes, he uses the infamous fart app). If you’re paying attention you may be in a bit of awe watching Patton pushing buttons and twisting knobs to get the sounds required for the music. I can’t imagine how he remembers it all.
The DVD also features audio commentary by comedian Neil Hamburger (Gregg Turkington). After watching this part, you’ll never think of bedbugs in seedy hotel rooms the same way again.
This is a great concert DVD, intermingling footage and special effects. The only thing better would to have actually been there for the madness.
1. The Godfather
2. Night of the Hunter
3. Cape Fear
4. Experiment in Terror
5. One Step Beyond
6. Rosemary’s Baby
7. The Devil Rides Out
8. Spider Baby
9. The Omen (Ave Satani)
10. Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer
12. Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion
13. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
14. Der Golem
17. Simply Beautiful
18. Chariot Choogle