“Konfidential & X-Treme Closeup” [DVD] by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Konfidential & X-Treme Closeup”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

This DVD finds two individual VHS tapes that were released in the nineties finding a new home on one single DVD release. As someone who owned these originally and finding my own copies in sore need of replacement I was very happy to see them come out in this fashion. Given they are two unique programs we will address them as such for the review.

KISS: Konfidential: This was a live concert that featured the “Revenge” lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Eric Singer & Bruce Kulick. The concert as a whole is good and is also what viewers will find on the CD for “Alive III”. As the concert plays the band interlaces a lot of backstage and studio banter with the members of the group. Some of it is amusing and some is filler but it is still fun to see KISS in a relaxed manner. With their album “Revenge” we would find KISS at their strongest with a Hard Rock/Metal record that showed that they were not only back but meant business. I would have preferred that the bantering and discussions be left as a bonus which would allow for the show to be watched alone but this DVD is essentially a straight transfer of the original VHS . There are also four full makeup era clips from live shows around 1975-1977 and those always make for fun watching. Seeing these will probably cause the same reaction in you as other fans who are demanding full concert releases from these years. The teaser clips prove to us that they have this footage and it is high time for their release on individual products.

KISS: X-Treme Closeup: This was another documentary piece from KISS that featured a lot of archival footage and historical commentary. Released in 1992 this was done in a more serious fashion than the “Exposed” release that was more “Mock-umentary” that had vintage footage. This one is more to the point and overall the facts were interesting to listen to in the year by year fashion that they used. On this video we find the guys talking a little more about the passing of drummer Eric Carr (who succumbed to cancer in 1991). Gene also discusses where his state of mind was at one point in the bands life and how Paul kept it going despite his unavailability. I prefer them using this format for the interview stuff as all fun aside KISS and its members have had a very interesting career so hearing about them candidly was preferable to me. There are a number of classic/makeup era cuts but they are for the most part edits and not the complete piece. I don’t like the teaser aspect of that since I am a big makeup years fan and long for more material from this stage of the bands career. The videos that are included are complete and come from albums like “Revenge” and “Hot In The Shade” .

Overall this DVD is a very worthy addition to your KISS collection and allows you to pass along those old VHS Tapes. Make someone younger a KISS Fan by making them a present or something. There are no bonus features because as referenced above these are direct transfers of the originals. Either way I liked it and I am sure most KISS fans will as well.

Song Listing KISS Konfidential:
1. Creatures Of The Night
2. Deuce
3. I Just Wanna
4. Unholy
5. Heaven’s On Fire
6. 100,000 Years
7. Nothin’ To Lose
8. Hotter Than Hell
9. Let Me Go Rock ‘n’ Roll
10. Domino
11. Lick It Up
12. Forever
13. Take It Off
14. I Love It Loud
15. God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You II

Official Web site: www.KISSonline.com

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