Is it possible to get this girl? Everyone knows the story, a graduate of a prestigious musical school, top of her class and all of that, master of the violin. She even did solo work for awhile, which knowing from my own classical training, pays fairly well. At some point she decided to try this whole metal idea where she combines classical songs with guitars and plays really fast. Now, here's the thing, I have always thought this girl is joking around. Looking at pictures of her in absolutely ridiculous clothing and in some of the most cheesy poses, there is just no way anyone is taking themselves this seriously. Perhaps her joke is so far above us we'll never get it because she's played it so well to the point that it really does seem like she thinks this cyber classical metal thing is going somewhere. Anyway, I've kind of had this thing for her, if only for the sheer silliness of it all, and finding Beethoven's Guitar Shred sealed at a Salvation Army for a dollar was a good day.
So there's the Great Kat on the cover with her usual mouth-open guitar pose with fire everywhere and the face of Beethoven looming over the neck of her guitar. Calling this Beethoven's Guitar Shred seems to give more evidence for her messing with us, seeing how only one thing on this entire DVD has anything to do with Beethoven. What you get is a series of seven different videos of Kat's songs and ridiculous antics, some bonus features that are kind of strange, a cartoon, and a still shot that tells you about her website and such. The videos are the bread and butter of this DVD, providing a ton of new ones that were not yet released publicly, based on newer songs over the last few years.
Now, the question is, are you going into Beethoven's Guitar Shred to laugh? Kat does her thing in her usual skimpy outfits, beating men with S & M gear, prancing in front of fake plants while playing 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee', or slicing the necks of islamofacists while a song that's barely intelligible blasts over the speakers. Of particular interest is the 'Shred Geniuses' part of the bonus features, where a bunch of famous faces are shown with short blurbs (Bach, Poe, etc.). Of course, the Great Kat is included in this list. The pictures are shown so quickly even if you could play as fast as Kat your brain is totally incapable of reading the information. You literally have to pause the DVD to catch what it says about each individual, which is basic information like "he was a great poet, wrote The Raven". Seeing her juxtapose herself amongst all of these figures, again, one can't help but wonder if this isn't all a big joke and she's making fun of metal in some sort of decades long, sick and twisted game she refuses to admit. It's so difficult to tell. For the decent pricetag of $8, this isn't a bad DVD if you want to see Kat making a fool of herself. It's rather short and you can watch it all in about thirty minutes, so that's one problem, but if you're looking for a laugh you might get a kick out of it. The score above reflects this possibility. If you took it seriously, it would be more like a 1.5.
Written by Arkus