Year and a Half in the Life Of... Parts 1 & 2 documents the recording and promotion of the group's 1991 self-titled, Grammy-winning effort, aka the Black Album. The first part of the documentary follows the group in the studio, writing and recording songs like "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," and "Unforgiven," and also covers the music video shoots for the album's singles. The second part gives a warts-and-all look at the band's marathon tour around the world supporting Metallica and includes clips from their appearances at the Grammys, the MTV Music Awards, and the Freddie Mercury tribute concert. At four hours long, Year and a Half in the Life Of... is meant for hardcore fans only, but for them it provides a remarkably extensive and candid look at all the aspects of Metallica's existence.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares