“Judas Priest: Music in Review” is a frustratingly brief
overview of this band’s career, via analyses of their studio
albums. This DVD from Ragnarök Films, Ltd. covers the
period from the first album, “Rocka Rolla,” released in
1974, to “Angel of Retribution” from 2005, marking the
return of Rob Halford, who left the group in 1991.
To be blunt, this 51-minute disc is just too short.
Some albums are represented by only one song, and
their 1988 release, “Ram It Down” was barely
mentioned at all. But the cardinal sin was the total
omission of their 1984 album, “Defenders of the Faith,”
which is a personal favorite of mine. It was a strong follow
up to their hugely successful 1982 release,
“Screaming for Vengeance.”
Obviously, this documentary was done on a VERY low
budget. Well-known Hard Rock journalists, such as
Malcolm Dome and Dom Lawson, and Judas Priest
producer Chris Tsangarides weighed in on the studio
albums in the band’s canon, in a “talking head” fashion.
Of course, these were interesting discussions; however
the aforementioned albums that received either short
shrift or total omission ensure that I cannot recommend
this DVD release. Caveat emptor!