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Peter Gabriel: Play--The Videos

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Nov. 23 2004
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00064AELK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,679 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Peter Gabriel's impact on the music world is unparalleled. Included here in this DVD collection are the often outlandish video clips that have accompanied Gabriel's music over the years-18 visually stunning videos that capture a truly remarkable career.

Track Listing:
Father Son
Blood of Eden
I Don't Remember
Big Time
Red Rain
In Your Eyes
Don't Give Up
The Barry Williams Show
Washing of the Water
Kiss That Frog
Mercy Street
Growing Up
Shaking the Tree
Shock the Monkey
The Drop
Solsbury Hill
Digging in the Dirt


Peter Gabriel has long been revered for his great songwriting, cinematic soundscapes, riveting concerts, and groundbreaking videos. Is it any surprise, then, that Play: The Videos is a music DVD for the ages? Nope. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling to watch--or to listen to. Gabriel has assembled and polished an evening-filling 26 clips, all of them collaborations with innovative visual artists and directors like Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, Francois Vogel, and Sean Penn. From the 1977 promo for "Modern Love" to 2003's "Growing Up" and much between, it's all here, and most viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find more than a couple videos they missed along the way. The focus is explicitly on conceptual pieces, the lone visual exception being a 2004 live rendition of "Games Without Frontiers" among the extras.

Gabriel says in an accompanying essay that "music can stand more repetition than video and music together." Play gives us something extra in light of that: fresh 5.1 surround mixes in both Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 for every track, with Gabriel/U2 production vet Daniel Lanois at the helm for most songs. (You'll get standard DTS sound from DTS-capable DVD players and, even better, lossless high-resolution audio from a DTS 96/24-compatible player.) The surround mixes are nothing short of revelatory, using all available channels to amplify Gabriel's ambient side while breaking out the percussion in fascinating ways and driving home the music's subterranean bass. --Michael Mikesell

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Peter Gabriel's collection of groundbreaking and hitmaking videos finally make it onto the DVD format. Arguably one of the best sources for videos which break the mold, Gabriel here releases all of them in spades, and thankfully in what is a complete and fulfilling set.
The sounds mixes make this disc, such that if you have a great sound system, then you will be in for a treat as the tracks are all polished to make them seem new again. Don't have 5.1 speakers? Then don't worry about it! The music has still never sounded better, and you will have no problem once again enjoying Gabriel's music.
This is a great disc with all of the songs which define Peter Gabriel. A great watch, and an awe-inspiring listen. If you are a Gabriel fan, do yourself a favour and pick this up.
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You have to wonder if Peter Gabriel likes his fans or is just grabbing the money.
This was released on its own way back when and then that same DVD was included in the Live in Athens release [separate from the So box set - another mess he made there!]. Now not even a year later after the athens release, Play has been upgraded with better sound and a few additional videos.
It was bad enough with the major goofs in the box set... [And why include it in the Athens release?]
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Great videos!
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Peter Gabriel nous a une fois de plus gâté avec ce merveilleux DVD.
Nous revoyons avec joie ces clips dont certains comme 'SLEDGEHAMMER' qui ont révolutionnés le milieu artistique.
'FATHER,SON' est un clip très émouvant on l'on aperçoit les 3 générations des Gabriel, filmé par sa fille Anna.
Sans oublier l'incontournable 'DON'T GIVE UP' pour les plus romantiques.
Un cadeau à mettre sous le sapin absolument !!!
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HASH(0xa04c32d0) out of 5 stars Finally! Nov. 18 2004
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I didn't buy a lot of music video compilations in the 90's but for Peter Gabriel I made an exception. Why? Because his stuff is always groundbreaking. Like the Taking Heads video compilation, Gabriel's "Play" has stunning videos that matched the stunning music. Since Gabriel fans have to wait so long between music releases (that's not a complaint just the truth), it's nice to have a bunch of DVD releases back-to-back to keep us happy.

The picture quality is exceptionally good and the 5.1 mix is similar to that for the SACD re-releass (although I wish that they'd release all of those in hybrid format so I could play them in my car) in terms of the sound quality (to clarify the SACD's were NOT 5.1 mixes).All of my favs are here although some are curiously missing such as the alternate version of "Don't Give Up" plus we get a number of marvelous videos from his more recent albums and singles. I've always loved the song "Lovetown" and loved the moody, interesting video for "Growing Up".

We do get a brief 16 minute piece that covers the making of the videos as an extra. I do like having the option of the introductions to the various tunes, though. "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" really wouldn't have fit on here as its really Genesis material. I'm hoping that he'll issue the famous "Rockpalast" performance separately or that Genesis will put out a companion DVD to their boxed set about the years with Gabriel. I also miss the video Gabriel shot with Laurie Anderson for "Excellent Birds" (which has aired only once to the best of my knowledge). It was quirky and fun and I always liked Laurie's slightly different mix of the same song (which Gabriel went back and changed signficantly compared to the version on "So"). I also would have liked to have had the video from the Amnesty International HBO special with Gabriel's rearrangement of "Biko" (which has never appeared anywhere else in any form to the best of my knoweldge)."Digging in the Dirt" I like quite a bit as well.

The "Modern Love" video is a flashback to seeing him when he toured just after leaving Genesis. It's fun to compare this early video to later ones.

If you're a Gabriel fan and don't have any of this (or even if you have the CV video from years before), you'll enjoy this. Pick it up and turn it up really loud. Even if the TV is off, you'll enjoy having this "greatest hits" compilation of his best video bits over the years. Man he has been prolific when it comes to videos (compared to other performers).
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07c3d74) out of 5 stars Tremendous Value Nov. 19 2004
By R. D. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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Even if you don't turn on your TV, it's the equivalent of two CDs' worth (141 minutes) of DD/DTS 5.1 remixes of PG's "greatest hits." Worth the price right there.

If you do turn on the TV you'll see a collection of innovative and entertaining videos, many of which can only be called "art."

If you're a PG fan it's a no-brainer. Even for casual listeners who just want a sampler, and even for people who want to show off their home theater systems with great-sounding surround music and eye-popping visuals, this is a great buy.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04c357c) out of 5 stars Sounds very cool... Oct. 1 2004
By Scott Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The following paragraph is copied & pasted from the website "thedigitalbits.com", which contains the first bit of information I heard about this DVD:

"The disc will feature 23 music videos, with fully restored video and new 5.1 mixes by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois in both Dolby Digital and 96khz/24bit DTS (a Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is also included). Each video will have a short introduction featuring behind-the-scenes footage and/or Gabriel interview footage over the years. There's also an option to allow you to create a custom play list of up to 18 tracks, which can be viewed once or looped to repeat. The DVD will include 3 bonus videos in addition to the main 23, also in 5.1 sound. Finally, you'll get trailers for the DVD releases of Growing Up Live, A Family Portrait (a documentary look behind the scenes on the Growing Up Live tour directed by Anna Gabriel - available through the website) and Secret World Live. The specific list of videos on the DVD includes Father, Son, Sledgehammer, Blood of Eden, Games Without Frontiers, I Don't Remember, Big Time, Lovetown, Red Rain, In Your Eyes, Don't Give Up, The Barry Williams Show, Washing of the Water, Biko, Kiss That Frog, Mercy Street, Growing Up, Shaking the Tree, Shock the Monkey, Steam, The Drop, Zaar, Solsbury Hill and Digging in the Dirt. The bonus videos will include Games Without Frontiers (recorded live in 2004), Modern Love and The Nest That Sailed the Sky."

Wow!!! A collection of 23 music videos by one of my favorite musicians with extras and documentaries??? Count me in! Peter Gabriel's music, certainly, is amazing and fun to listen to. But his music videos as well have been revolutionary and influential. "Sledgehammer", alone, is enough to warrant the purchase of this DVD. I can't wait!
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HASH(0xa04c39fc) out of 5 stars Finally - all in one place! Oct. 25 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally - the collection that Gabriel fans have been waiting for, with many of PG's videos in one place!

I haven't seen the DVD yet, but many of my British friends have (it came out in the UK a month before the US release). The word is that the new 5.1 sound mixes are spectacular, the menu options are wonderful and the picture is crystal clear and sharper than ever. Added to the excitement of seeing old favorites like "Sledgehammer" and "Games Without Frontiers" is the addition of rarities such as "Modern Love" (a song from PG's first solo album, with a video featuring him in the full bloom of his youth and beauty) all the way to "Father, Son" (a song from PG's relatively recent 'Ovo' album, with a video consisting of film shot by his daughter Anna, and featuring PG with both his 90-something year old father and his 4-year old son).

PG has been a proponent of combining audio and video since his early career. Genesis was known for their complex stage shows, and PG spent a great deal of time working on the visuals to accompany his solo work, all of which is to our lasting benefit. If you're on the fence, I strongly encourage you to get this DVD -- you will not be disappointed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04c3f54) out of 5 stars DTS 96/24 issue March 2 2008
By burn808 - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent PG DVD with a brilliant, aggressive surround mix by Daniel Lanois et al. One caveat: my region 4 PAL DVD suffered from the problem outlined here (Peter Gabriel forums):

"Since the release of the PLAY DVD we have become aware of an issue affecting the DTS soundtrack on the latest generation of surround amplifiers.

PLAY is the first disc produced using a new DTS encoder and it seems that the version we used has set a flag within the DTS audio stream that can cause a 30db reduction in volume.

We have only experienced the issue on a Denon AVR-3805 amplifier (kindly lent to us by Denon UK), although it may be more widespread as new audio decoder chips reach the consumer market in other products. Reading through our DVD forum, our experience would tie in with the comments of people on the boards . A 30db volume reduction is very noticeable, so the DTS audio heard through these amplifiers is going to be both disappointing, and give a you big shock if you turn it up and then flip back to one of the other audio tracks, or navigate back to a menu.

Only the latest amplifiers are reading the 'Dialogue Normalization" setting in the DTS audio which is causing the volume reduction. Other amplifiers are simply ignoring this information, so during the product development and testing, and to most consumers the DTS was and still is the best sounding audio on the disc.

We are currently working with DTS, Warner Vision and Denon to find a solution, and will keep you posted."

At first I thought there was something wrong with my new Yamaha RX-V3800Bi receiver, but all the other DTS 96/24 discs were playing at normal volume.

I can verify that there is a newer edition available for regions 2,3,4,5 PAL which has the Dialogue Normalization flag error corrected, and it sounds great. As far as I know, the region 1 edition hasn't been fixed, so the only way you can experience DTS 96/24 from this disc is if you have onboard DTS 96/24 decoding and analogue outputs, or you have an older AV receiver that doesn't recognise the flag. Those who haven't experienced this problem are most likely only hearing the core DTS 48/24.

These are the only surround mixes of Peter Gabriel's studio work available apart from his "Up" SACD, and they bring a new dimension to the music. Excellent.