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DVD Review : Orgy – Trans Global Spectacle

The band Orgy releases their first documentary of the band’s life on DVD. It includes many behind-the-scenes home video footage of their antics inter-cut with concert footage. There are shots of fan and crowd reactions to the band and the concerts. It’s fun to see how enthusiastic the band members are before and after each show.

The documentary is divided into three chapters: Candyass, Vapor Transmission and Punk Statik Paranoia. Each chapter chronicles the band’s three album releases.

The first chapter, Candyass, plays like Jackass with some of the band members riding bicycles off of roofs onto snow and falling down stairs. The biggest moment for the band is shown during its first televised performance of “Blue Monday” during an MTV Spring Break special. The coolest scene is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Orgy’s music video “Stitches.” Too bad the footage isn’t longer.

The second chapter, Vapor Transmission, includes some of the band’s actual recording sessions, which is almost nonexistent in the first chapter. We see individual recording sessions of the band members and a whole tracking session for the song “Sonic.” The coolest scene of this chapter is the band’s experiments with the song “Vapor.” It isn’t too in-depth or expansive, but it’s cool to see musicians let loose with their ideas.

There is a behind-the-scenes sequence on the making of the futuristic music video “Fiction (Dreams In Digital).” There is a cameo of Alien Ant Farm playing with Orgy’s instruments.

The third chapter, Punk Statik Paranoia, chronicles the time during the band’s making of its third album. There is a shot of Amir drinking a scorpion drenched in tequila. There is also a mock Corona Light commercial involving the band playing golf. Most of the band, I might add, aren’t good at golf.

There is no nudity in this documentary. As a rock band, you expect Orgy to have its fair share of groupies, but the band keeps the DVD tame with no nudity. But there is a lot of language though, so be prepared.

Video & Sound Quality:

The concert footage has surprisingly good quality. Much of it was filmed in widescreen – I guess the band was preparing for a future DVD documentary. The backstage footage and home video footage weren’t shot in widescreen, but still has decent quality. The sound of the home videos should be expected to be a little muffled, but is still audible.

Bonus Material:

The DVD include the band’s four music videos: “Blue Monday,” “Stitches,” “Fiction,” and “Vague.” Although all of the music videos are here, including the new “Vague” video from the PSP album, they are the edited MTV versions. These are the videos that I remember watching when they first came out, but the fact that the back cover says that the videos are MTV edits makes you think that there are unedited versions of the videos. Hmmm… Also included are bonus mix tracks made specifically for this DVD.

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Tan The Man writes mostly about film and music. He has previously covered events like Noise Pop, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, South By Southwest, TBD Festival, and Wizard World Comic Con.

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