Beastie Boys

Sabotage [DVD]

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Beastie Boys' Sabotage DVD includes live performances and videos of songs from their Ill Communication era. After the Criterion release of 2000's Video Anthology, it might be less essential for fans. However, it does show a creative side to the rap band. Labeled, somewhat misleadingly, as a film by Ari Marcopoulos and Nathanial Hornblower, Sabotage includes some live performances and videos, but not much of a plot or theme. It does makes two distinct points about Beastie Boys: their music is organic and their sense of humor is infectious. The opening title sequence and live versions of "Gratitude" and "Namasté" are recorded in the studio; the grooves common on the album weave their way through the DVD as well. This part of the DVD is interesting, but after a while the same grainy, black and white, jumpy filming style gets annoying. Most of the sound on the DVD is subpar as well. Four videos by Spike Jonze, including the title track and "Futterman's Rule," are part of this "film." But Sabotage is neither a video compilation nor a film in the Rattle and Hum sense, and thus it is a bit of a letdown. It does have its moments, and "Triphammer" is a funny live performance in costume, with the boys acting out a heavy metal nightmare concert. The clip is perhaps the highlight of the DVD. Recommended more for the fans who like the punk, skater stylings of "Time for Living" more than the rap hallmark album Paul's Boutique.