Another Version of the Truth

Another Version of the Truth
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ReleasedDecember 25, 2009
RecordedDecember 5, 2008 – December 13, 2008
GenreIndustrial rock, industrial metal, dark ambient
Length134 minutes (Las Vegas)
137 minutes (The Gift)
Director"The NIN fan community"
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Beside You in Time
'''Another Version of the Truth'''

Another Version of the Truth was an independently released live concert video documenting Nine Inch Nails' 2008 Lights in the Sky tour made available throughout late 2009/early 2010 on Blu-ray, DVD, and various other online formats. Another Version of the Truth is also the title of an instrumental track on Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero. The video is a 3-disc set bringing together numerous editors, designers, and web programmers to create a professional digital film, followed by a physical release created "by fans for fans".

The project is supposed to be "strictly not for profit" and shared for free.


This One Is On Us[1] is a global multimedia organization that inspires the public to document, and create lasting mementos of their live music experience.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had originally intended to film the entirety of three shows of the Lights in the Sky Tour in 3-D, using James Cameron's 3-D team, for release on what would have been the act's last live album. Due to Interscope Records pulling out at the last minute, the project could not be completed.,[2] and thus This One Is On Us decided to create its own single DVD release of the band's final performance in Las Vegas on December 13, 2009.[3] However, footage of over 400 GB worth of video from the band's following shows in Victoria (December 5), Portland (December 7), and Sacramento (December 12) was nevertheless shot by "a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives" and unofficially distributed via BitTorrent on January 7, 2009 as a Christmas/New Year gift from Reznor to fans for them to do as they wished.[4] In an immediate response to Reznor's announcement of his abandoned project, This One Is On Us quickly downloaded the data and had begun to assemble the footage into a full-length concert film, to twin with the previously made Vegas disc. After a round of voting, Another Version of the Truth was chosen to be the project title.[5] continuing the tradition of naming Nine Inch Nails concert videos after a certain song for its associated album (And All That Could Have Been, and Beside You in Time).

While this particular project was well underway for a year, the group also worked on several other releases in the meantime, including The Downward Spiral: Live,[6] a very popular release documenting of the first out of two ever live performances of The Downward Spiral in its entirety, played on August 23, 2009, at Webster Hall in New York City. This specific project earned the group the attention of the band members themselves, who all tweeted about the release, impressed by its quality. The band's art director Rob Sheridan also posted about it on the official Nine Inch Nails website on October 23, 2010.[7]

Las Vegas

Filmed entirely by fans, this release saw the community fly in from around the world, donate technology, skill, and even airfare to document the final performance of Nine Inch Nails' 2008 tour. Over 200GB of audience-recorded footage was collected, which was meticulously edited together by a team of people from all over the world.[8] The video was released to the public as a free digital download in variety of formats including DVD and iPod (MP4).

This particular show is notable for being the final Nine Inch Nails performance with drummer Josh Freese.

The Gift

Filmed in Victoria, Portland, and Sacramento by the Nine Inch Nails team, edited and produced by their fans, The Gift is presented in 1080p high-definition video with 5.1 surround sound, multi-language subtitles, and artistically-driven ethics.[9] The video was released to the public as a free digital download in variety of formats including Blu-ray, DVD, MOV, and iPod (MP4).

Bonus content

This release includes:[10]

  1. Making-of featurettes donated by Moment Factory (the company and crew responsible for the Lights in the Sky technology).
  2. Exclusive rehearsal footage, and alternate visuals to several performances.
  3. Rarely performed songs from the USA and South America including 32 Ghosts IV and "Down in It" (much of this material comes from the makers of other fan-made releases The Downward Spiral: Live, After All This Time (Live in Chile), and Your World On Fire (Live in Kansas City).)
  4. A photo slideshow of the images donated by fans via In This Twilight - Guild Remix by Samuel Trim (Bosley Beats) and Richard Evans II of Guild.
  5. Highlights of Internet coverage from the era, including an Echoplex Drum Simulator and Trent Vanegas's end-of-tour interview with Reznor.

(Approximate running time for bonus material is 3 hours. Due to the variety of sources for this disc, video quality ranges from high to low resolution depending on the feature.)

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