X-Treme Close-Up


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X-Treme Close-Up Review

by Greg Prato

5 years after the platinum-certified video Exposed was issued, Kiss finally issued a follow-up, 92's X-Treme Close-Up. While it duplicates the same format as its predecessor - interviews are mixed in with promo vids and live clips - it is a much better compilation since it does not contain those unfunny skits that plagued Exposed. Over 33 clips are featured (!), but the majority are only excerpts, which makes it kind of frustrating after a while. The interviews are often insightful and interesting, as Simmons and Stanley take the viewer through a guided tour of Kisstory from the very beginning up to '92, but just like their previous home video, former band members aren't interviewed, so you don't get to hear their side of the story. And while most are truncated versions, such clips as "Black Diamond" ('76), "Cold Gin" ('75), "Calling Dr. Love" ('83), and "Watchin' You" ('75)" are all strong. You'll also find such rarities as overseas promo clips ("I Was Made For Lovin' You," "Sure Know Something") and 70's TV advertisements/news items (Kiss dolls, Kiss comics, etc.). Every era of the band is touched upon, even their then-current video/single "Unholy" is featured (which was a return to the heavy metal of their glory days), which makes X-Treme Close-Up a very consistent viewing experience, unlike Exposed.