Let me start out by saying I like their music and rode the various music waves of the 80,s, so I expected to like this dvd. But at close to $30.00, its clear anything to do with the music business is hyped and so is the price tag. It does however have a gloosy booklet with ALL photos of the pretty boys pouting , brooding, being Goffy etc, plus 6" by 4" glossy photos of each band member,..... So i guess if you are a BIG fan or a fan that croons at the site of them, then this would be for you. You would probably even enjoy watching them tour the FBI (why that boring tour would be included is beyond me,the whole segment is listining to the FBI guy with very few Band interactions) Im not paying for a FBI tour. The band themselves come off as regular people with decent personalities, like the kind you would find at a church social, I Guess that is appropriate since most of the girls chasing the limosine look to be about age 8-16. (Maybe the band were just tired and their energy was Low) (or maybe this tour Documentary was extremely censored). They do not have the dry humor or the wit of the Beatles, I didnt find them particuarly insightful ...or funny!
By 1984 the tour was bloated with 2 drummers, 2 soul singer women and the only time they showed ANY raw energy was during "Careless Memories". I dont know about you but I expect the performers to perform!!( to be fair , the set was very tight, the music sounded similer to the albums.....maybe too polished!!!)
Also missing was no camera views of the fret work of the musicians, no insight into the musicians and what inspired them...only Posing!!! And what is up with the fat angry guy on the phone, why would i want to look at him or listen to his personal dramas unfold?
WISH LIST: a "first tour" documentary played out in smaller venues when they still needed to work at it, and had a more raw sound, maybe some interactions with other bands they meet, some interviews about song crafting, some studio moments of the making of the RIO album. Possibly some insight regarding the "new Romantics movement in Rock"
At the end of the film it shows some ugly guy, (dont know who and dont care either)in the dressing room waving off the camera and sarcastically saying something like "its been real" as if his attitude suggests hes doing the public a favor by allowing us to see them, then it fades to black.