While “HYSTERIA: THE DEF LEPPARD STORY” is filled with many predictable moments, it still manages to tell its tale, flashback devices and all, with an engaging momentum. The film opens with the drummer from this hit heavy metal band from the ‘80s losing his arm in a car accident. What follows is a docudrama detailing the band’s formation, rise and struggles to stardom. While it’s impressive to see that the band and drummer still succeeded, for a time, after this incredible loss, it’s no “ROCKY.” There just isn’t enough emotional investment for audiences to root for the band. The viewer is always watching from afar, rather than from “behind-the-scenes”.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Colors are generally solid but restrained. Contrast is decent, but detail is lacking in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
PARAMOUNT presents a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. There are no real directional effects, but the music is well complimented and makes the front soundstage kick in to life at necessary moments. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.