- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: Warner
- Release Date: Nov. 22 2005
- Run Time: 206 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000BF0DE2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,225 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Still Growing Up - Pete Gabriel Live and Unwrapped
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Recorded in Europe in the summer of 2004, Peter Gabriel's Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped is a follow-up to 2003's Growing Up Live. The idea this time was to capture Gabriel and his band performing a variety of songs not heard on the earlier tour, with the gigs taking place in what he describes as "all sorts of smaller venues," where "we get up onstage with minimal lights and simply play the music." Of course, "smaller" is a matter of perspective; the town squares, outdoor amphitheatres, and other sites in Belgium, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France where the band appeared are still plenty big enough to hold several thousand people, and the production values are hardly what you'd call spartan. But whatever their dimensions, the shows yielded some extraordinarily powerful performances. After a haunting "The Feeling Begins" (a track from Gabriel's Passion, the score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), played solo on the Armenian doudouk, Gabriel and company take the stage and almost immediately forge a palpable bond with their audience. Indeed, what we are witnessing is as much a tribal rite as a concert, with the febrile, hypnotic intensity of the music matched by the crowd's chanted responses on such tunes as "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," and "Biko" (along with the latter, songs not heard on the previous DVD include "San Jacinto," "White Ashes," "The Tower that Ate People," and "Games Without Frontiers"; there's also a wonderful performance of "In Your Eyes" among the bonus tracks). Overall, this is a moving experience that viewers with sophisticated home systems will delight in sharing. The centerpiece of the set's second disc is Unwrapped, an approximately 70-minute "band on the road" documentary that would have been a standard variation of the form were it not for Gabriel's strong visual sense; check out the cool lighting and film projection effects used during the interviews with the artist. --Sam Graham
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I could write a book on each of the songs, but I’ll settle for this : This show is a masterpiece of progressive rock music. If you are Peter Gabriel fans, it's A MUST to have this DVD in your collection.
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Live and Unwrapped corrects this completely. There is less visual wizardry and more of Peter. No accusations of too much technology here - you can SEE him sing; you can SEE his face get all emotional. It is real live footage! YES! Thank you Peter for listening to our feedback!
This is a must-have for any serious fan. (Well, obviously ANYTHING Peter does is a must-have for serious fans.)
White Ashes alone makes it worth it, especially for the intense emotion at the end of the song. Melanie is great.
Tower is absolutely stunning - it totally ROCKS! (In fact, even my metalhead son said it was 'pretty good' which means it ROCKS coming from him!)
The studio footage alone makes it worth it. Burn You Up was really nice. And a most excellent Digging in the Dirt. And...and...excellent versions of all the songs.
I agree that Anna maybe went a little overboard with the mirrors on disk 2. It was fun for awhile, but got old. But no matter. I doubt that I would play disk 2 very often anyway, since what I am interested in is the live footage of disk 1.
I already PLAYed disk 1 5 times the first day I got it. It's that good! SO ignore all those whiney criticisms of disk 2 - this is worth buying anyway! Do NOT pass this UP because you already have Growing Up - this has much better closeup footage of The Master. (Do get all of his dvds, if you haven't already.)
Peter J. Miller
Disc 1 contains tracks shot of various locales, although for the most part you can't figure out where the venues are located. Unfortunately, there's no intro or transition for each venue/track, and the DVD's liner notes do not contain any information as to the locations...although they are mentioned, you can't figure out where each one was shot. There's really nothing new here, most of the tracks were included in the original "Growing Up Live" DVD, and since Peter is a stickler for perfection, the tracks don't change all that much. Although there's less theatrics, the musical performances are just about the same.
The second DVD really doesn't have a purpose. It's the same footage, supplemented with some additional dialogue...very sparse...with images of the concert projected either on Peter's face or on cardboard screens he holds and moves around his person. Really nothing interesting comes out of it, and after watching half of it, I would just hit "forward search" on my remote until subtitles appeared on the screen, which indicated that Peter or somebody else was speaking.
There's some bonus footage. I enjoyed watching the studio footage of the band practicing for the 2002 tour, but it too gets stale fast.
This is not an essential PG piece, and I consider myself a die-hard fan. I probably would have preferred commentary on Disc 1, with some insight to what each of the bandmembers thought about each performance, venue, etc.
The concert footage contains really nothing new (except "White Ashes"), the second disc is a replay of disc 1 (and if you got nothing out of watching disc 1 the first time, well...you get my point!), and the added dialogue on disc 2 just wasn't worth the time. If you have "Growing Up Live" on DVD, you won't need this.