Closure (also known as Halo 12) is a double VHS video set released on November 25, 1997. The first tape is a documentary of the Self-Destruct Tour, and the second tape is a compilation of music videos that had been created up to that point.
According to Russell Mills, who created the artwork, a live album was also planned as a companion to Closure and artwork was made for it, but the idea was scrapped. The unused paintings can be seen here.
Part 1 shows live and behind-the-scenes footage from the Self-Destruct Tour. The titles in brackets were given to those portions when Closure was authored for DVD.
- (00:00) [introduction]
- (03:17) "Terrible Lie"
- (08:33) [preparation]
- (13:10) "Piggy"
- (17:25) "Down In It"
- (21:45) [complication]
- (25:52) "March Of The Pigs"
- (29:48) [peregrination]
- (31:21) [exhibition]
- (33:27) "The Only Time"
- (38:49) [chaos]
- (43:57) [congregation]
- (46:01) "Wish"
- (49:40) [miscellany]
- (54:26) "Hurt" (with David Bowie)
- (60:15) [diversion]
- (62:06) "Something I Can Never Have"
- (68:23) [conclusion]
- (71:27) [credits]
Additional items are included on the DVD version:
- Appendage (newly discovered footage, 1989-1997)
- Stills gallery
- Easter eggs (accessed by pressing return on the respective menus)
- Live clip of NIN performing "Down In It" at Dance Party USA (accessible from main menu)
- Live clip of NIN performing "Sex Dwarf" (accessible from extras menu)
- (03:42) (cont'd) Live footage: "Terrible Lie"
- (08:57) MTV News interview, Reznor explains Phoenix Lollapalooza technical difficulties
- (10:01) Live snippet of "Sin"
- (10:20) MTV News dressing room interview, Reznor
- First live show. Cleveland, 1989.
- (14:06) MTV Lollapallooza interview, Reznor discusses large vs. small venues
- (14:15) Live snippet of "Down In It"
- (14:44) Lollapallooza Phoenix interview: Punishing equipment
- (14:57) (cont'd) Live snippet of "Down In It"
- (16:54) Montage of live footage set to "Mr. Self Destruct"
- (17:15) Live footage: "March of the Pigs"
- (17:31) Keyboard destruction
- Hurt. 1994.
- (19:15) Behind-the-scenes of scrapped "Hurt" video
- Woodstock. 1994.
- (22:50) Live footage: Introduction and "Reptile"
- (29:49) Band in studio listen to prank phone sex call, ending with mix into "Memorabilia"
- (31:37) Live: Reznor plays a keyboard solo from "Happiness In Slavery"
- (32:46) Alternate "March of the Pigs" video
- (34:17) Live: "Mr. Self Destruct"
- (36:25) Reznor and Danny Lohner go over chord changes for Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf" cover
- (37:27) Live snippet of "Closer"
- (37:43) Live: Stage crew Stonehenge prank during "Wish"
- (38:25) Live: "Big Man with a Gun" filmed from offstage
- (40:22) Someone does a trick with their eyes
- (40:26) Snippet of alternate "March of the Pigs" video
Part 2 shows the music videos, in order, that were released up to the point of the release of Closure. The videos are linked together by interstitial footage directed by Peter Christopherson, as well as odd bits of old black and white stock footage.
- "Head Like A Hole" – 4:31
- "Sin" – 2:11
- "Down In It" – 3:50
- "Pinion" – 1:16
- "Wish" – 3:42
- "Help Me I Am In Hell" – 2:03
- "Happiness In Slavery" – 4:48
- "Gave Up" – 4:27
- "March of the Pigs" – 3:03
- "Eraser (live)" – 4:23
- "Hurt (live)" – 5:10
- "Wish (live)" – 3:49
- "Closer" – 4:36
- "The Perfect Drug" – 4:13
Additional items are included on the DVD version:
- Behind-the-scenes footage documenting the creation of the "Closer" video with commentary by Mark Romanek
- Easter egg clip of British Airways cabin crew listening to "The Downward Spiral" and reading the lyrics to "Reptile" from its booklet.
An improved DVD version was first announced to be released in late 2004, but due to issues with Interscope Records, this has yet to happen. On December 20, 2006, two DVDs of Closure were leaked through the use of BitTorrent. Shortly after the leak, a message on Trent Reznor's personal blog on The Spiral was posted possibly linking Reznor himself to the leak:
12/21/2006 : HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
This one is a guilt-free download.
(shhhh - I didn't say that out loud).
If you know what I'm talking about, cool.
The download is intended to be burned onto dual-layer discs. A single-layer version was eventually supposed to be uploaded, but it never materialized. Closure: Part 1 and all of the bonus material from both parts of the DVD version have been uploaded to the official Nine Inch Nails Vimeo account. As was the case with the And All That Could Have Been DVD, the menus are accompanied by several different dark ambient music pieces recorded specifically for them.
Several years before this higher quality DVD was leaked, a bootleg DVD version of the original VHS titled "Rated 'R' - A Retrospective" was spread around. Aside from the main menus which were fan-created, it is virtually identical to Closure.
This project was made possible through the efforts of:
Jeff Anderson, Gretchen Anderson, Steve Berman, Jennifer Carpenter, Diane Mayer, Brian Pollack, Ross Rosen, Dawn Zillich, Sioux Zimmerman
- Package by Gary Talpas
- All Paintings by Russell Mills
- Photography by Andrew Morris
- Directed by: Jonathan Rach
- Concept: Trent Reznor
- Produced by: Adam Stern for Acme Filmworks, Inc.
- Additional Footage Directed by: Jeff Richter
- Director of Photography: Jonathan Rach
- Supervising Editor: Jeff Richter
- Editors: Will Godby, Chris Osterhus, Jonathan Rach, Scott Richter, David "Sketch" Sketchley
- Editorial Assistants: Michael Bouchet, Brian Boyd, Tracey Browne, Frank Lagnese
- Production Manager: D'arcy Mastrangelo
Nine Inch Nails: Charlie Clouser, Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor, Chris Vrenna, James Woolley
Thanks to Nine Inch Nails' Special Guests: Die Krupps, Fem2Fem, Hole, Marilyn Manson, Melvins, Pig, Pop Will Eat Itself, Prick, The Jim Rose Circus, Treponem Pal, Type O Negative
- Director (for the overall collection): Peter Christopherson
- Producer: Fiz Oliver
- Cameraman: Simon Archer
- Editor: Peter Christopherson & Scott Richter
- Production Design: Mike Grant
Special Thanks: Jeff Anderson, Steve Berman, David Bowie, Ann Brubaker, Paul Conolly, Hank Corwin, Sheria Reise Davies, Renee Dodson, James Dowdall, Erin Gilligan, David Johnson, Sam Kirby, Bob Kubic, David Lynch, Diane Mayer, Lynn McDonnell, Jacqueline McPherson, Tina Montalbano, Fiz Oliver, Michael Papale, Brian Pollack, Cordelia Plunket, Rodney Robertson, Brenda Romano, Jay Sendyk, Adam Stern, Oliver Stone, Mary Sweeney, Rick Szekelyi