Edgar and Monika's vacation shots, set to music?,
This review is from: Tangerine Dream:Video/Mixes (DVD)I suppose there has to be some point to this release, but I'm blowed if I can find it! What we have here is 60 minutes or so of jumbled video imagery, set to some of the tracks (straight PCM-encoded) from Tangerine Dream's "The Dream Mixes" CD. Beyond the presence in most of the images of the three main band members (Edgar and Jerome Froese, with Linda Spa) - occasionally even on stage, good heavens! - there seems to be little cohesion (or, indeed, relevance) to much of what is shown. Most of the time, indeed, we seem to be looking at little more than tourist holiday footage - presumably shot by Edgar or Monika Froese whilst on tour with the band. This is generally of the world passing by at speed, albeit prettily processed and made to look meaningful by virtue of its complete unintelligibility. The only exceptions to this uniformly treated stock are the chapters 'Change of the Gods' (which utilises complex computer-generated abstract and surreal imagery, some of it very beautiful indeed) and 'Rough Embrace' (which features false-coloured and slow-frame historical film). Sadly, even these don't really rescue the disc or produce anything anyone is likely to want to watch twice.
I suppose the main problem is that for most of the time, the images simply don't fit the music. They just detract from it. Or vice versa. Bits are fun, but most are simply tedious. Nor does the disc make use of any of the capabilities that the DVD medium has to offer: all we get is a straight transcript from tape, poor resolution and all. And absolutely nothing else! Just a few words from the main perpetrators would have been fun and added no end to the value of this release. Ah well, at least it isn't region encoded...
Edgar Froese once described "The Dream Mixes" CD as a just-for-fun project. Maybe this was one too? If so, let's hope he did indeed have fun making it. I doubt whether anyone will have any watching it. Save your money!
(By the way: if you choose to watch this title on a widescreen TV, you'd be best to lock it to the Regular aspect mode, unless you can stand to have it switch mode every few seconds through some of the chapters! Blah!)