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  • 11-30-2004, 06:34 AM
    Finch Platte
    Are you epileptic?
    Then beware of Bowie's new Reality Tour DVD.

    Someone got a camera effects machine for their birthday, and used every feature available to record this show, even saving up 2,300 boxtops to get the bonus pack of 500 more effects. This is the choppiest video I've ever seen. No camera shot lingers on anything for over a second, causing you to wonder about the proximity of the mixdown studio to a Starbucks.

    Effects galore- fades, splashes, hand cams, crotch cams, blender cams, strafe cam, a googol of multi-colored light bulbs, explosions, vibrator cams! Flashbacks! Street scenes intercut with jittery fingers on a keyboard! Zoom in!! Zoom out!! This is a concert version of a Robin Williams' interview.

    Produced by Blink TV. That's appropriate. :eek:

    Look at this setlist! Recorded November 2003, in Dublin, Ireland. All but one of your favorites in one place!!

    1. Rebel Rebel
    2. New Killer Star
    3. Reality
    4. Fame
    5. Cactus
    6. Sister Midnight
    7. Afraid
    8. All The Young Dudes
    9. Be My Wife
    10. The Loneliest Guy
    11. The Man Who Sold The World
    12. Fantastic Voyage
    13. Hallo Spaceboy
    14. Sunday
    15. Under Pressure
    16. Life On Mars
    17. Battle For Britain (this was typed on Tower's site as Battle For Brain)
    18. Ashes to Ashes
    19. The Motel
    20. Loving the Alien
    21. Never Get Old
    22. Changes
    23. I'm Afraid Of Americans
    24. Heroes
    25. Bring Me the Disco King
    26. Slip Away
    27. Heathen
    28. 5 Years
    29. Hang On To Yourself
    30. Ziggy Stardust

    Nope. No Space Oddity. Awwwww....

    Packed into almost 140 minutes, this DVD begs the question- when do these old guys/gals go to the bathroom?

    Sound is good (in stereo), but not great. The two guitarists (Gerry Leonard and Earl Slick) are often buried in the mix. I'm wondering what this DVD would sound like if I had a surround system and could take advantage of the 5.1 mix.

    If you were hoping to see what kind of gear the musicians are using, may The Force be with you. I strained in vain to catch a glimpse of what kind of kit drummer Sterling Campbell was playing, but could only see one K Zildjian cymbal. Ziggy plays a ?? guitar. The Kurtzweil keyboard logo appears prominently in several shots. This kind of video makes me wish they would release a version for musicians- with shots of the equipment they use, with interviews with the players, etc. Press the menu button and watch the drummer for the whole show, if you're so reclined.

    Gail Ann Dorsey on bass is a standout, laying down solid bass lines throughout the show. She assumes Freddie Mercury's vocals in a hot duet w/ Bowie on Under Pressure. Smokin'! This is one of the highlights of this disc for me, and the first time I've heard Under Pressure all the way through. :rolleyes:

    Not many bonus features. Choice between 5.1 or stereo sound. Discography. And oooh, Publishing Credits! Woah. Simmer down, now.

    Bowie looks like he's having a good time, and his voice is strong. Nice harmonies, thanks to everyone in the cast chipping in on singing duties. Someone needs to tell Bowie that when you're 50+ years old, sleeveless T's aren't exactly the most flattering style to wear, especially when you haven't exercised for many of those 50+ years. Remember when your 5th grade teacher wrote on the blackboard, and the fleshy bits of her arm would flap? Yup. :eek:

    Joe Bob sez: Two thumbs sideways.

    It's worth the 56 cents I paid for it, after trading in a couple of used CDs at Tower. I think you mere mortals could pick it up on sale for $9.99. If you're a die-hard Bowie fan, you'll buy it and like it. If you're not, try to rent it or borrow it.

    fp

    Disclaimer: This is a music video, and that's why I have posted this "review" here, in the music forum.
  • 11-30-2004, 06:51 AM
    ForeverAutumn
    Thanks for that review Finchy. This disk is on my Xmas list.

    I hate when edits get that fast and furious though. It ruins the disk for me. I was watching something recently (was it Rush in Rio? :confused: ) and the edits finally got on my nerves so much that I ended up closing my eyes and just listening. Kind of defeats the purpose of having the DVD in the first place!
  • 11-30-2004, 06:55 AM
    Finch Platte
    My question.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    This disk is on my Xmas list.

    Was it on your list before or after my review?

    fp
  • 11-30-2004, 10:15 AM
    Dave_G
    The Echo & the Bunnymen dvd is the same. They switch cameras/angles at 100MPH and ruin the whole thing.

    On the contrary the Camel Coming of Age dvd and Pallas dvd are 100% opposite.

    Dave
  • 11-30-2004, 11:52 AM
    DarrenH
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    Someone got a camera effects machine for their birthday, and used every feature available to record this show, even saving up 2,300 boxtops to get the bonus pack of 500 more effects. This is the choppiest video I've ever seen. No camera shot lingers on anything for over a second, causing you to wonder about the proximity of the mixdown studio to a Starbucks.

    Effects galore- fades, splashes, hand cams, crotch cams, blender cams, strafe cam, a googol of multi-colored light bulbs, explosions, vibrator cams! Flashbacks! Street scenes intercut with jittery fingers on a keyboard! Zoom in!! Zoom out!! This is a concert version of a Robin Williams' interview.

    I hate concert DVD's like that. Very annoying. It's like watching a grossly over-produced MTV video or something. Blech! The Gov't Mule DVD on the other hand, now that's how I like to view these things. I think that's the best concert DVD I've ever seen.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    If you were hoping to see what kind of gear the musicians are using, may The Force be with you. I strained in vain to catch a glimpse of what kind of kit drummer Sterling Campbell was playing, but could only see one K Zildjian cymbal. Ziggy plays a ?? guitar. The Kurtzweil keyboard logo appears prominently in several shots. This kind of video makes me wish they would release a version for musicians- with shots of the equipment they use, with interviews with the players, etc. Press the menu button and watch the drummer for the whole show, if you're so reclined.

    The Metallica Cunning Stunts DVD tried the camera angle thing but just on one song if I'm not mistaken. You could select either Lars, James, Kirk or Jason and watch the video highlighting just the one you selected. The camera never waivered off although it moved about them. The only drawback was that you had to listen to the same song four times to see all band members. It could've had a little more variety. Anyway, it's an excellent idea and I wish more bands would do this (or at least consider doing this) when making a concert DVD. However, I'm sure this greatly increases production costs and bands with limited $$$ would not likely offer such extra features in their finished DVD.

    Darren
  • 11-30-2004, 02:20 PM
    Troy
    Yor reviews make me smile.
  • 12-01-2004, 06:37 AM
    Mr MidFi
    So, to summarize:
    - 30 tracks, lasting 2 hours & 20 minutes, with a good mix of hits and album cuts
    - Tight band giving a good performance
    - Bowie in fine voice and having a good time
    - Enthusiastic Dublin crowd
    - Decent stereo and DD 5.1 mixes
    - All for $9.99 American

    Yes, the video editing and effects are a tad much. But damn...you guys are hard to please. Then again, I have mostly watched this while exercising, so the frenetic visual pace doesn't bother me as much.