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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD3248D
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 760137324898
  • Street Date: 04/24/20
  • PreBook Date: 03/20/20
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Metal
  • Run Time: 92 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed, Brian Posehn, Adam Dubin
  • Actor: Tom Araya
  • Actor: Paul Baloff


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Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

When Only The Music Mattered

Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story
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Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. In the early 1980's, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn.


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Track Listing

  • - Part 1
  • - Part 2
  • - Part 3
  • - Part 4
  • - Part 5
  • - Part 6
  • - Part 7
  • - Part 8

Bonus Materials

  • 73 Minutes of bonus features include: 1. More Megadeth 2. Selling Thrash Metal 3. Ruthie's Inn Bonus 4. Cliff Loves Death Angel 5. Ruthie's Inn Bathroom 6. Death Angel Loves Metallica 7. Selvin Remembers Metallica 8. Battle Jacket
  • 9. Brian and Harald Photography 10. Blood Brother 11. Brian's 19th Birthday 12. Making An Exodus Demo 13. Gary Holt's 1st Job 14. Kerry King's Spikes 15. Music Influences 16. Tribute to Wes Robinson
  • 17. Rock Stars Part 1 18. Rock Stars Part 2 19. Brian and Harald Photo Memories 20. Metal Memorabilia 21. Phil Demmel Year Book 22. Metal Director 23. Gary Holt on Cliff
  • 24. Baloff Logo 25. Exodus Early Years 26. Tom Araya 'Day in the Dirt' 27. What European People Do 28. First Public Screening - by Lil Mike SF

Sales Points

  • Inspired by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew's photographic thrash archive of the scene Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter
  • Narrated by Brian Posehn
  • Subtitles in French, German, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese
  • Stereo 5.1 Directors Commentary
  • Includes two posters and stickers inside the package.

Press Quotes

This is a fun history of a tight-knit scene that birthed scads of followers.

     —Rolling Stone

The story is told thoroughly, lovingly and respectfully via revealing interviews with not only the usual suspects, but a heaping handful of those who knowingly and unknowingly played integral roles in fostering the scene via art, antics, friendship, behind-the-scenes business and simply being poser killing fans.

     —Metal Injection

It's a refreshingly comprehensive look at a scene. At no point are there any glaring exceptions. So often, in documentaries such as this, there's some figure important to the history of it all that doesn't want to appear on camera, but here - it's everyone. Every member of Metallica. Dave Mustaine, for heaven's sake.


Murder In The Front Row engages the emotions rather than the intellect and gets by largely on warmth and humanity... Dubin and his impressive cast of talking heads manage to convey the delinquent energy of the scene and celebrate the often extraordinary personalities who drove it.

     —The Wire

An introductory course to thrash metal, Murder In The Front Row serves as a comprehensive retrospective for hardcore fans, and an endearing homage to the trailblazing artists that molded the scene.

     —The Playlist


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