Right off the bat if you've been a fan of the Gorillaz and have their first Celebrity Takedown, you sort of know what to expect from this lot. Well not really but in terms of their DVDs you get an idea.
For those of you crying as to not getting the inside scoop as to the creators of the G-band and the processes that brought them about: What did you expect? This is a virtual band that takes themselves seriously and believe themselves to be real. Treat them as such and relish in their great music and productions.
There has never really been any background information coming from Albarn or Hewlett officially regarding the creation of the band. Hence why there is a mockumentary on the first DVD showing the band beating up the "collaborators". If you really want to learn the background info search for them on Wikipedia, and you find a pretty extensive article on them and backstories.
What we do get is of course all of their beautiful Hi Def videos, their animatics (as an animator I have always loved the showing of these), B-side visuals to B-side tracks, (which are great as well), some quick flash animations of the boyos and girl, one real Gorillaz Bite, some wicked 3D animated TV spots as well as show footage (they're 3D renditions look even better now then they did back when they toured. It's quite amazing really because these guys aren't like the Simpsons they actually do age. You mainly see this in Noodle and 2D; She's getting taller, prettier of course, and 2D while more realistic looking more zombified then ever. Russ as well, not so much for Muds.
Animation is very pricey, and while I would have loved to have seen Dennis Hopper doing his bit, they would have had to animate the band with him in order to show them working together. This is ultimately why you don't see a lot of footage with them because the animation is just too damn expensive.
As for those clamouring for clips of the Apollo shows, I don't see why, the Manchester show was much more stellar, and already on DVD, why have a repeat of that?
You also get a CD for the PC to install some Gorillaz applications, pretty much mini games to muck about with, some screensavers and some kewl wallpapers as well, but nothing you couldn't get before, unfortunately. Wish there were some exclusives to the DVD set.
All in all it's a great sequel to their first DVD set, and a great companion piece to their new book of which I have also reviewed if you're interested in.
Cheers mates, and here's to the Gorillaz film hopefully that will go through this time around!