Theatre Of Death: Live At Hammersmith 2009
'Theatre Of Death' is a live DVD and accompanying CD recorded at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo (a.k.a. Hammersmith Odeon) on December 6th 2009. The package came in either a DVD style case or a CD style jewel box (both featuring the same contents) as well as a Blue Ray disc.
The Nightmare Returns
'The Nightmare Returns' was professionally filmed at Detroit Joe Louis Arena on 31st October 1986 for a live MTV broadcast that night and was later released on video and eventually in 2006 on DVD via Geffen. It features more or less the whole show (no songs are cut) with a track listing of:
Alice Cooper - Live At Montreux 2005
Released in May 2006, this is an in concert film of the Montreux show in July 12th 2005. The tracklistings for both the DVD and the CD (which comes with the DVD) are as follows:
DVD: 1. Department of Youth / 2. No More Mr. Nice Guy / 3. Dirty Diamonds / 4. Billion Dollar Babies / 5. Be My Lover / 6. Lost in America / 7. I Never Cry / 8. Woman of Mass Distraction / 9. I’m Eighteen / 10. Between High School and Old School / 11. What Do You Want From Me? / 12. Is it My Body? / 13. Go to Hell / 14. The Black Widow / 15. Gimme / 16. Feed My Frankenstein / 17. Welcome To My Nightmare / 18. The Awakening / 19. Steven / 20. Only Women Bleed / 21. Ballad of Dwight Fry / 22. Killer / 23. I Love the Dead / 24. School’s Out / 25. Poison / 26. Wish I Were Born in Beverly Hills / 27. Under My Wheels
CD: 1. Department of Youth / 2. No More Mr. Nice Guy / 3. Dirty Diamonds / 4. Billion Dollar Babies / 5. Be My Lover / 6. Lost in America / 7. I Never Cry / 8. Woman of Mass Distraction / 9. I’m Eighteen / 10. Between High School and Old School / 11. What Do You Want From Me? / 12. Is it My Body? / 13. Gimme / 14. Feed My Frankenstein / 15. Welcome To My Nightmare / 16. School’s Out / 17. Poison / 18. Wish I Were Born in Beverly Hills / 19. Under My Wheels
The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper
Finally released on DVD in May 2012 by ShoutFactory this is the film from the 1979 'Madhouse Rocks' tour promoting 'From The Inside'. Originally released on VHS in the early 80s it had been long out of print.
Tracklist: From The Inside / Serious / Nurse Rozetta / The Quiet Room / I Never Cry / Devil's Food / Welcome To My Nightmare / Billion Dollar Babies / Only Women Bleed / No More Mr. Nice Guy / I'm Eighteen / The Black Widow / Wish I Was Born In Beverly Hills / Ballad Of Dwight Fry / It's Hot Tonight-instrumental / Go To Hell - Wish You Were Here / How You Gonna See Me Now / Inmates (We're All Crazy) / School's Out
Live 1973: The Billion Dollar Babies Tour
This is a film of the 'Billion Dollar Babies' show filmed in Dallas (April 28th) and Houston, Texas (April 29th) in 1973 originally called 'Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper' and is one of the great lost rock films. The movie, which captures the original band lineup in the middle of the legendary 1973 Billion Dollar Babies tour, has never before been available on home video or DVD.
The DVD features the original cut of the film (including skits featuring the band) which was given a very limited theatrical run-mostly at midnight screenings-in the mid-'70s. This is the early cut, predating the Holywood version. Now available for the first time since the theatrical release, Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper boasts a new high-definition film transfer as well as a new Surround Sound mix created from the 16-track master tapes, plus a multitude of extras, including movie-length commentary by Alice himself. "The film that out-grosses them all"-as it was originally billed-is back, looking and sounding better than ever.
Track List: Hello, Hooray / Billion Dollar Babies / Elected / I'm Eighteen / Raped And Freezin' / No More Mr. Nice Guy / My Stars / Unfinished Sweet / Sick Things / Dead Babies / I Love The Dead / School's Out / Under My Wheels / The Lady Is A Tramp (studio)
. Audio Commentary by Alice Cooper
. Anamorphic Widescreen & 5.1 Surround Sound
. "Play concert only" viewing option
. Original Theatrical Trailer and Radio Spots
. Deleted Scene and Outtakes
. Easter Eggs
. Poster Gallery with Original Promotional Material
. Band Biographies
Release Date: 8th November 2005 (USA), January 30th 2006 (UK)
Welcome To My Nightmare (live)
The `Welcome to my Nightmare` 1975 London performance is available in two versions. The first is the US version, released by Rhino) which features remastered sound and vision, a second Audio track which features Alice and Renfield giving a very entertaining running commentary to the film, A Memorabilia quiz (more below), and other features. An excellent package.
By request, here is the order to use on the quiz:
Flame jacket, poster, snake cap (on woman), (Hollywood sign) check, spider jacket, leopard boots, skull T-shirt on woman, leather pants, top hat on severed Alice head, school's out pencil, severed Alice head, snake bite jacket, mirrored hat on man, field marshall jacket and then the clock. If you don't really feel like going through the steps of the trivia, simply use your remote control to go to chapter 33 on the disc, which will bring up the ringing clock, followed by Alice's clip.
The second version is the UK release on Eagle Rock. This is pretty much a straight dub from the old VHS version with none of the extras the US version has. It does have a cool menu system but that`s it. Buy the US version or you will feel very cheated.
Track Listing: The Awakening (Opening Credits) / Welcome To My Nightmare / Years Ago / No More Mr Nice Guy / Years Ago (reprise) / Billion Dollar Babies / Years Ago (reprise) / I'm Eighteen / Some Folks / Cold Ethyl / Only Women Bleed / Devil's Food / The Black Widow / Steven / Welcome to My Nightmare (reprise) / Escape / School's Out / Department of Youth / End Credits with Only Women Bleed (alternate version)
`Prime Cuts` is available on DVD as a double disc set. The first disc features the original documentary while the second disc features interview outtakes and rehearsal footage from the 'Raise Your Fist' tour accessed through an Alice snakes and ladders game. The original UK cover comes in a special wallet based on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' sleeve.
The London `Brutal Planet` show was recorded and released as `Brutally Live` in Europe on November 6th 2000 and in the US shortly after a special pay-per-view broadcast on 28th October 2000. It features the full show (unlike the Video tape which has a couple of tracks cut) in 5.1 surround sound plus the video for 'Gimme'.
'Brutally Live' DVD is the complete 'Brutal Planet' show recorded live at Hammersmith Apollo, London on July 19th 2000 on the first leg of the 'Brutal Planet' tour.
Billion Dollar Babies DVD-A
At the same time as Rhino released the Deluxe version of the Billion Dollar Babies album, they released a version on the new DVD-Audio format. It features the original Quadraphonic version of the album but mixed into 5.1 surround sound. It also features some of the bonus tracks from the CD version (Hello Hooray, Billion Dollar Babies, Elected, No More Mr Nice Guy and I Love The Dead, all live), The Elected video, An audio interview with Alice about the making of the album and a photo Gallery and lyrics section. NOTE: You need a full DVD-A compatible machine to see some of the bonus features of the disc including the Interview and Gallery.
Welcome To My Nightmare DVD-A
This is a DVD-Audio disc( released 26th June 2001) of the 1975 album, remixed in 5.1 surround by Bob Ezrin. No Bonus tracks but there is an Interview with Alice and Gallery. NOTE: Some parts of this disc may only work on a proper DVD-A compatible drive.
"Like the B$B DVD-Audio, which used the some (not all) of the quadradisc recordings for the DVD-Audio, 'Welcome To My Nightmare' also uses alternate recordings a lot. These versions, however are the tracks used for the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' TV special. While some tracks are the whole TV versions, others are a hybrid mix of the original recording and the TV version. "The Awakening" is an example of one of the hybrids. The music is largely the TV version, but retains the original 'Welcome To My Nightmare' vocal track.
"Devil's Food" is interesting. This one again is the TV special version (different lyrics), but however it appears to be a different take of the TV version. I have not compared it with the TV special to confirm, but it does sound different to me. If it is a different take, then these vocals are previously unheard.
I found the 5.1 mix to be very tastefully done. More natural. Not gimmicky like the B$B mix was. The more complex arrangements in the songs and variety of musical instruments used on 'Welcome To My Nightmare' makes for a better multi-channel mix and allowing a more spacious sound.
I was disappointed in "Cold Ethyl", though. One of the background guitar parts in the original recording that I like a lot was barely audible in this mix. Also, since the music (not the vocals) is pretty much lifted from the TV version, the female sex sounds are not present.
All in all, this is a strange disc. 'Welcome To My Nightmare' has never been presented this way before and it was interesting hearing these alternate versions. I'm glad it exists, but like the B$B DVD-Audio, it in no way replaces the original album.
(Brian Gaddis, July 2001)
Alice Cooper DVD-EP
In 2002, Classic Pictures released a DVD-EP featuring Alice`s performances from German show 'Beat Club' in the early 70`s. It features 'Under My Wheels', 'I`m Eighteen' and 'Public Animal #9' in surround sound, plus a ton of clips advertising other releases. There are two versions of each track. A 'clean' version, and a version with pop-up information about the band.
The Ultimate Clip Collection
Released in 2003 this is a cheap and cheerful attempt to get more money
out of the Sony owned Alice Cooper material. It features all the promo
clips from the Epic era (Trash-The Last Temptation) with the strange
omission of 'House Of Fire'. While it's nice to get some Alice promo
videos released the packaging is basic and there are no bonus features
included. It is however presented in 5.1 surround so that`s something.
Trashes The World
In 2004 SMV released a DVD of the 1989 'Trashes The World' Birmingham show previously available on VHS. No bonus features and minimal packaging this seems to be a cheap and cheerful transfer of the original video without anything extra being done to the footage. No surround sound and minimum menus. But at least it was cheap!
Compilation DVD's featuring Alice Cooper Content
(Note: Many of the compilations here contain the same clips especially Beat Club clips)
High Voltage Vol. 1
Classic Rock - Sound Of The 70s
Free DVD with Classic Rock Magazine 2007
Midnight Special: Live In 1979