Megadeth don't have the flashiest of stage shows, but they don't need it with songs like these. The backdrop is Vic Rattlehead in his pose from the original album cover, the kick drums adorned with radioactive symbols, which were synonymous with the release, with the band taking up their spots at the front of the stage. For 46 minutes, this quartet tear through classics like "Hanger 18" and songs I had never heard live before like "Lucretia," "Five Magics," and "Dawn Patrol." It is simply amazing. No, it's not the best live DVD I have seen, but there is still something very special about it.
As mentioned earlier, Rust in Peace is an album that has stood the test of time for two decades, but it is one that will surely last for decades to come. This live album is a testament to the greatness of the album, the amazing songs, incredible musicianship, and again shows just why the album is so revered.
Now, aside from the greatness aspect, it is pretty cool to see a live album played from start to finish. Sometimes it feels like the art of the album is disappearing – the placement of songs on said album, the way they relate to each other, and the flow of an album – and replaced with a singles mentality, especially fostered by the likes of iTunes and other music buying outlets where songs can be bought individually. Rust in Peace has a wonderful flow and pace that this live recording preserves. Another band that did this was Slayer, with 2004's Still Reigning tour, which saw them tear through the classic Reign in Blood album.
In addition to the rendition of Rust in Peace, Megadeth play a few more of their classics. These bonus cuts include "In My Darkest Hour," "Trust," "Symphony of Destruction," and "Peace Sells." They just make an already excellent release even better. I just wish we had an option to watch them as one show with the main part of the program.
Audio/Video: The video is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and looks pretty good. It has fine definition and clarity, good color, and nothing is lost in the darkness. The film has a sedate editing style that gives us a good look at all the players, yet is dynamic enough to keep up with the energy of the show.