Arsenal of Megadeth is completely stacked with vintage Megadeth footage. Videos? Check. Interviews? Check. Live Footage? Check. All of it personally compiled by Megadeth founder and mastermind of metal mayhem, Dave Mustaine.
Any fan of Megadeth is going to want this set. It has numerous videos, live clips, interviews, commercials, and other Megadeth-related footage. The thing to remember is that this isn't a documentary, I think we are going to have to wait for that if it ever gets made. You don't learn the exact reasons for Dave's dismissal from Metallica, although he has a few words for the incident. You'll see the various incarnations of the band, but you won't get the reasons for those changes. Their first album may have been Killing is My Business, but for the sake of this set, we'll skip that and move on to Peace Sells, But Who's Buying. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that this DVD is not all-inclusive; I am sure there is still a lot of interesting footage out there. However, what we get is fantastic compilation of Megadeth footage that you probably would have a hard time finding, if it's even possible to get at all.
The clips are presented in chronological order, so despite not getting all of the insider information you may want, you will get to watch the development of a band. Watching all of this footage in a row is fascinating. You can see Mustaine go from this seemingly immature, egomaniacal persona, to a more mature, egomaniacal persona. I could be wrong, but his personality seems to be driven by his ego. Besides being on display in the variety of interviews, it is also in the music.
Disk one chronicles the era from Peace Sells through Countdown to Extinction. Highlights include a 1986 interview where he talks about being kicked out of Metallica; and videos for "Peace Sells," "Go to Hell," and "Hanger 18;" and live footage from the Clash of the Titans tour. There is one thing that all of those videos have in common, a good, thick layer of cheese. The videos have the requisite banging heads and corny effects, but for some reason they work. Also included are commercial spots for a couple of albums, its been a long time since I've seen an add for an album, or a cassette for that matter.