Dimevision - Vol 1: That's the Fun I Have Review
by Travis Becker
If only all television were like Dimevision. Along with Rebel Meets Rebel, Dimevision represents a piece of the legacy left behind by one of Metal's most jaw-dropping guitarists. Taken from videos shot at home and on the road by Dimebag Darrell Abbott and various members of the Pantera and Damageplan crews, the 2006 DVD release of Dimevision Volume 1: That's the Fun I Have presents a candid look into the life and times of a huge Metal star, but a star who is as down to Earth and funny as your best friend or your favorite uncle.
Served up as a sort of cocktail mixing elements of Jackass, previous Pantera video releases, and the home movies everyone has of themselves partying, but don't show to just anyone, Dimevision shoots out of your TV like a bottle rocket. Fireworks are a big part of this DVD, whether the exploding kind or of the six-string variety. This 73 minute DVD takes various aspects of Dimebag's persona and pastes them together in a jumpy but coherent look at the man, the musician, and the merry prankster. Whether tearing through solos in footage ranging from Damageplan shows that barely predate Dimebag's murder all the way back to rare pre-Cowboys from Hell performances, or firing a bottle rocket into the prone and passed out form of a houseguest, Dimebag rejoices throughout.
Among the pranks and pyrotechnics are interspersed photo montages (which are honestly pretty neat with the musical accompaniment), clips of interviews from television, and the odd serious monologue. Dimebag's take on Pro-Tools and the manipulation of music through computers is absolutely right on and heartfelt.
The complaints with this DVD are few and far between, after all, in the end it's quite simply a celebration of the life of one the greatest losses heavy music will likely ever sustain. For those prone to motion sickness, or who couldn't sit through Blair Witch without a paper bag in front of them, be forewarned, most of the footage in this DVD is of camcorder quality. Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy. Also, given some of the pranks showcased on prior Pantera video releases, some of the material on Dimevision will seem a little tame. It feels right though, there's just enough of a sentimental element on this release to remind you that Dime is gone.
Still, seeing him tear around his front yard in a pickup truck with three wheels, or watching his impersonation of David Allan Coe and Jack Russell may have you tearing up with genuine hilarity rather than sadness. The joy captured on this DVD release serves as a reminder in a sense of just what was lost on that day in December of 2004. Dimebag wasn't just a great guitarist, although he was surely that. He was a mirthful, free spirit. He was someone who clearly loved life and the people in his. He was the rock ideal, the dream that everyone banging away at a guitar in a garage or a basement strives to attain. To see him, the unpretentious, down to Earth, good old guy, without hearing him play, you would never realize the success he himself attained. Dimevision affords us all that opportunity, to see a Metal god as one of us.
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