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Without question, Alanis Morissette is the angriest young woman in rock music; yet she has the talent and commercial appeal to get her message across. Morissette’s appeal also sold many millions of copies of her JAGGED LITTLE PILL album. ALANIS MORISSETTE: JAGGED LITTLE PILL, LIVE ($25) takes the viewer on tour all over the world with the artist and her band. The performances are cut together from numerous venues, giving one a real feeling of what the entire helter-skelter year and a half tour was like. The lyrics to Morissette’s songs have a true power, which actually make the smaller acoustic performances more effective than the harder, electric versions of the same songs. In between the live performances, there are behind-the-scenes snippets as well as video-bites of the media frenzy surrounding Morissette. The program features live performances of You Oughta Know, Ironic, All I Really Want, Hand In My Pocket and You Learn.

ALANIS MORISSETTE: JAGGED LITTLE PILL, LIVE comes from Warner Reprise Video and is in general a respectable looking program. Since this title is a patchwork of numerous sources ranging from professional "shot on film" to amateur hand held camcorder recordings, the video quality varies widely. Some of the program looks fantastic; some looks like it was shot on a consumer grade camcorder. Sound quality also varies pretty wildly for the same reason. The program is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is kind of bright sounding. Although, it is an accurate representation of live concerts with thousands of screaming fans. The DVD does offer subtitles in English, for those who want to sing along but don’t know all the words.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an important album in the current rock era. With it, Alanis Morissette has made an indelible mark on rock music. This DVD is a great way to experience this important artist in a live setting.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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