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Coan_teen
(cracked actor)
08/09/05 12:24 PM
Best Bowie DVD Release new  

I've personally been pining for a DVD release with every music video (which would probably cost a fortune, but I'd be willing to sell plasma for), but alas, such does not exist.

The recent discussion of the new Serious Moonlight DVD has me wondering about what constitutes a good Bowie DVD. I wasn't really pleased with the DVD from Best of, but I thought the Black Tie White Noise bonus DVD was excellent. Short, but marvelous.

Then again, I did use the BTWN DVD for quotes and such in a little report I did on Bowie as a kind of pop anthropologist, so maybe my favoritism is unfair.

But anyway, those are the only ones I personally own. If Serious Moonlight is so shoddy, then what is it being compared to? What are the best Bowie DVDs?

On a side note, this site seems to lack a comprehensive list of the DVD releases. Hmmm...

I must get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini.

Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
08/09/05 12:44 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Coan_teen]  

The reason Serious moonlight is shoddy is because it offers less content than the original videos released 21 years ago, I find all the officially released DVDs have been very good, although the sound and editing on the Reality dvd is poor.

One of the best DVDs I have seen sadly isn't for sale and that is Loreley 96.

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FritzFassbender
(kook)
08/09/05 02:02 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Coan_teen]  

I never really understood some of the negative feeling toward Best of Bowie. When it first came out, I thought it was the most tremendous Bowie DVD ever released, and still feel that way. People forget that some of the 90's videos were at that time not available in any capacity and having came into Bowie in '99, I had never even seen most of them. Yeah, there's videos missing, but the wealth of what it did offer (then unreleased later videos and cleaned up versions of early ones) still make it, for me, the ultimate Bowie DVD.

BTWN is an interesting documentary, but the DVD is no improvement over the VHS.

The general argument against Serious Moonlight is that, like BTWN, it offers nothing new, and with songs being edited out, is even shoddier than what we were offered before.


I think the reason there are complaints about Bowie DVDs is, simply put, because there's no involvement from the man himself.

Most of Bowie's DVD releases have come from concerts previously available on video. The thing that most makes a DVD worthwhile are the special features. If there's no involvement from Bowie, what kind of features can you really have? ZSTMP at least tried to make some, with the Visconti commentary, but there was a lot of dissatisfied fans there, too.

To my knowledge, Bowie has not been personally involved in any DVD of any of his concerts or motion pictures, even the ones more likely to sell. To make them satisfying to his fans, he's going to have to put his toe in the water sooner or later.

This new triple-dip release of TMFTE is supposed to have an Bowie/Nic Roeg audio commentary cribbed from a laser disc release, that's at least a step in the right direction.

AdamAdministrator
(cricket menace)
08/09/05 02:19 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

Loreley is my favourite concert footage. Only a good (presumably official) DVD of 1974 or 1976 would have a chance of beating it.

Given the brilliant guest artists, I find it absurd that the 50th Birthday Concert is not a DVD.

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Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
08/09/05 02:21 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Adam]  

When you consider there is pro-shot footage of every single tour out there from 1973 to 2003 it is a shame that there isn't more concert dvd's available. Oh I wish NYC 1974 had appeared.

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diamondogz74
(freecloud)
08/09/05 03:11 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

Given the brilliant guest artists, I find it absurd that the 50th Birthday Concert is not a DVD.


I was under the impression that this is coming out soonish? within a few months maybe, perhaps I'm mistaken

Lorely is a terrific boot DVD and would make the perfect proper issue for fans, It has a fantastic number of songs including some good ole favs, Bowie is on top form and loving it.

BOB is superb for its running time and onscreen menu, the best of the manafactured DVDs has to be as mentioned in another thread recently ZSTMP, perfect in everyway.

As for an official DVD from 1974, now that would be out of this world.


London Bye Ta-Ta...

Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
08/09/05 03:15 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: diamondogz74]  

Storytellers is coming out, not the 50th.

Dignity is valuable, but our lives are valuable too.


diamondogz74
(freecloud)
08/09/05 03:26 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

In reply to:

Storytellers is coming out, not the 50th.


Oh bugger, still at least we are having Storytellers and I hope with the mild expletives left in.


London Bye Ta-Ta...

bowiefanpeter
(the voyeur)
08/09/05 04:48 PM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: diamondogz74]  

Any bonus stuff on the storytellers? Most of their DVD have at least 2 extra songs.

Springsteen's upcoming storytellers disc is 2 hrs long - the tv broadcast was 45 minutes.

bfp



diamondogz74
(freecloud)
08/10/05 07:46 AM
Re: Best Bowie DVD Release new [re: bowiefanpeter]  

In reply to:

Any bonus stuff on the storytellers? Most of their DVD have at least 2 extra songs.

Springsteen's upcoming storytellers disc is 2 hrs long - the tv broadcast was 45 minutes.


I didn't know that, It would be really great if Bowie's storytellers DVD lasted that long, but we as Bowie fans never seem to have that luck.


London Bye Ta-Ta...


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