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Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live

Manu Katché , Tony Levin , François Girard    Unrated   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Peter Gabriel's extraordinary mix of sound, visuals, and theatrics gets the widescreen digital treatment in this remixed and remastered edition of a 105-minute concert recorded in 1994 in Italy. But not without some controversy, it seems, as several viewers have protested that the new version contains some not-so-deft lip-syncing with poor visual quality. The complaints may be valid, but chances are most viewers won't notice; in any event, the performance by Gabriel and his international band (with violinist Shankar, drummer Manu Katche, and bassist Tony Levin, among others) is strong, featuring versions of well-known material like "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," and the always-moving "Don't Give Up" (with then-backup singer Paula Cole capably handling the Kate Bush role). Bonus features include a delightful "time lapse" view of the concert setup and breakdown, a "making of" documentary, and a brief preview of Gabriel's 2002-03 "Growing Up" tour. --Sam Graham

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concert shot on 16mm film ! July 24 2012
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a great concert film. Shot on 16mm film (as per PG's web site) this film has been transferred from those negatives. The sound is nothing short of phenomenal. The show it's self mostly drawn from his then current album Us. The set does go back to great tracks like San Jacinto and Solsbury Hill from his earlier records. His band as always is top notch. Tony Levin is here on bass and Manu Katchie (not sure if that is spelt right) on drums for what would be his last tour with Gabriel. In fact it would be ten and a bit years after this before we got a new album from Gabriel (not counting Ovo). He has a then almost unknown Paula Cole on backing vocals and David Rhodes on guitar.
As for the grain/bad picture argument. This was shot on film but as I said 16mm so as with Monterey Pop or the recently released Hendrix plays Berkeley you have to expect a little bit of grain. Yes some directors do use grain to give the film a look. Like David Mallet using it on David Gilmour's "Remember That Night" so it could be either here. The 16mm used here I am sure is a lot better then the film used in the late 60's. I am just glad it was not shot on Video like so many other concert films of that period are. The transfer is much better then the laser disc, VHS or the DVD. Looks great on a HD TV.
This would easily go down as one of my top 10 Favorite concert films and I do have a very large collection (around the 300 mark) to compare it to. I am really happy to see this finally come out. Up till now on Blu ray there has only been New Blood with an orchestra. Which depending on witch fans you talk to either worked or didn't do anything for them at all. Now if they could get around to releasing POV from the So tour that would be great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this era of PG July 26 2012
By Gis A. Bun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Probably one of the slickest concert movies in the 90s and a precursor to the slick concert he did from the Growing Up tour and after. Upgraded and cleaned up picture with the same resolution as movie theaters ["super2K"]. Released in stereo and DTS 5.1 [too bad not Master audio]. Really, with the exception of the cleaned up picture and the addition of Red Rain [which was on the CD release when the concert wsas originally released], there is no real additions to the Blu-ray. The original DVD had a nearly 8 minute teaser of the Growing Up 2002-3 tour. It has been replaced by The Rhythm of the Heat off the New Blood London 2011 concert release -no idea why except to promote that release.

Oddly that there is no record label intros on the Blu-ray. Goes straight into the menu - which is boring compared to the original DVD release.

As the concert was filmed over 2 nights in Modena, Italy it is too bad that no additional footage was included. After all this is under 105 minutes - less than a typical PG concert.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Non-diehards be warned: this dvd is awful Jan. 16 2004
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan, have all the CDs, DVDs, etc. blah blah blah. BUT, this concert BARELY sounds live. In fact, when they're not inbetween songs, it COMPLETELY doesn't sound live. And what's with the pedestrian synching? Watch Manu Katche's drumming to see what I mean -- the sounds he makes come a half beat AFTER you see him hit his drums. The same problem can be seen with various mouths not matched up to the words being sung. I've read the other reviews and I can tell you (with my musicians ears, mind you) that I don't have a sense disorder and I have a stellar TV. After this recording, it was brought back into the studio and simply OVER-remixed, OVER-edited, and OVER-produced. If I wasn't such a huge fan of the songs and the artist, I'd call this DVD "awful."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie! May 30 2014
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Really upgraded the picture quality over the original. Still a greatly entertaining concert from start to finish. A must have for the home concert lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good March 30 2013
By Grock
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Fast shiping. Excellent condition. Very very interesting, my mother could'nt stop crying. For new and old fan. A lot of unseen before footage.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't throw away your VHS Copy !!! Sept. 19 2012
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I'm a die-hard fan of Peter Garbriel. I saw this show in Montreal in the 90's and it was sensational. The VHS Copy I bought then had superb image and sound. When the DVD came out, I bought a copy. To my dismay, the image was very good but the sound was awful. Very narrow dynamic range. When the Blu-ray version came out, I was curious if the sound had been corrected. Nope...just the same, a bit better than the DVD maybe. Not bad, but the VHS copy soundtrack is still better, image awful but great sound !! I tweaked every button on my 5.1 surround system and pre-amplifier, checked everything in 2CH or HD, still... the VHS sound was superior without any adjustment. So, if you want a fair image but OK sound buy the Blu-ray, if you don't mind the picture quality but need the right sound, find an old VHS Copy !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor video quality, but great concert May 6 2003
Format:DVD
I feel very qualified to speak out on the awful video of this embarrassing DVD. I have 300 DVDs, 150 laserdiscs, 3 TVs and 3 DVD players, and well over a decade of experience in professional digital imaging. I know the difference between a poor transfer and grainy film. I know what compression artifacts look like. I know when something has been oversharpened or otherwise fiddled with. So, beleive me when I say the video on this release is pathetic. It is inexcusable, easily the worst looking DVD I own or have seen. The sound is excellent, yes. But I can't bear to watch the terrible image, which effectively reduces it to a re-release of the Secret World Live CD.
The laserdisc of this title looks much better than this remastered release. Given gabriel's tight control of his material, I wondered if this was mastered on a home computer? It really looks like an amatuer job.
Bottom Line - great sound in a great concert by a great artist, but watching this on anything larger than a 17" is going to be disappointing for discerning collectors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's called "grain"
I saw this blu-ray as part of the one night showing in theaters. It played on a HUGE screen and some people will notice the "pixely image". Well that's not what it is. Read more
Published on July 14 2012 by Ben Tremblay
2.0 out of 5 stars Improved picture quality on Blu-Ray?
I hope they've improved the visuals on the Blu-Ray release. I've had the VHS and DVD, and they both suffer from horrible picture quality.
Too bad because it's a great concert.
Published on July 14 2012 by DanS
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, fake sound - great stage show
This is my most-watched concert DVD - partly because it appeals to a wider range of visitors than most of my DVD's (Neil Young, Talking Heads, etc). Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2004 by Mark R Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars hmmm....
Peter Gabrial: Vocals, piano, harmonica, tamborine and paddle Tony Levin: Bass, piano, tamborine and vocals David Rhodes: Guitar and vocals Shankar: Violin, tamborine and vocals... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Brian Ogilby
3.0 out of 5 stars Secret World Live DVD
When I first played Secret World Live DVD on my 1080i 46" HD set I thought my monitor was malfunctioning. Yes, the picture is that bad. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Bradley H2
5.0 out of 5 stars The best concert DVD
This is more than a concert; it is a show, a drama. The musicians fit perfectly for Gabriel's sound. Read more
Published on March 20 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissappointed
I probably would have bought this DVD even after reading the reviews, but I too thought that with all the differing opinions that it was a case of "operator error" and... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by K. Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing has ever topped this concert...
Can't add a whole lot to what's already been
said.. but Everytime I watch it, it is just like
watching it again for the very First time. Very
Powerful.. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by R. Guilbeaux
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