The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990) – DVD Review

The Wall: Live in Berlin DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Roger Waters
Directed by: Ken O’Neil & Roger Waters
Original Music and Lyrics by Robert Ezrin, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters & Richard Wright
Starring: Roger Waters, Bryan Adams, The Band, Paul Carrack, Tim Curry, Thomas Dolby, Marianne Faithfull, Albert Finney, James Galway, Jerry Hall, The Hooters, Cyndi Lauper, Ute Lemper, Joni Mitchell, Paddy Moloney, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor & The Scorpions

Features:

  • Making of documentary
  • Unseen footage
  • Animation sequences
  • Still gallery

Released by: Universal Music
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Rent it; Floyd fans should own.

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James Taylor: Pull Over (2002) – DVD Review

James Taylor: Pull Over DVD cover art

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DVD:

Directed by: Milton Lage

Features:

  • Twenty-three tracks
  • Taylor biography and discography
  • Making of October Road featurette

Released by: Sony
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: No.

My Advice: If you’re a fan of Taylor, own it.

James Taylor is one of those musicians where, even if somehow you don’t know who he is, you still know him. I don’t know how prevalent his stuff is in other countries, but here in the States, I have no idea how in the hell somebody could not have heard “You’ve Got a Friend”, for example. Or “How Sweet It Is…” He’s a songwriter who delivers honest lyrics, memorable music, and on this disc, he and a worthy backup band deliver the goods.

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David Gilmour: In Concert (2002) – DVD Review

David Gilmour: In Concert DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Directed by: David Mallet
Performed by: David Gilmour and band

Features:

  • Sixteen tracks
  • “Spare Digits” – a selection of six bits of extra footage from the concerts
  • “Home Movie” – rehearsal footage
  • “Miscellaneous” – three bonus video bits of live performances
  • “High Hopes (choral)” – choir-only version
  • Lyrics for all the main tracks
  • Sound tester

Released by: Capitol
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: No.

My Advice: Own it.

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Lauryn Hill: Unplugged 2.0 (2002) – DVD Review

Lauryn Hill: Unplugged 2.0 DVD cover art

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DVD:

Music Written & Performed by: Lauryn Hill
Directed by: Joe DeMaio

Released by: Sony
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

My Advice: Avoid it.

Lauryn Hill is an extremely talented woman. Not only can she act, and not only can she rap, but she can sing nearly to bring down Jesus. Her work with the Fugees created some great material, most notably their album The Score. Then, her solo effort, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was host to some stellar tunes. Now comes her MTV Unplugged appearance–and I have to tell you I couldn’t be more disappointed. I’m not sure what happened to the Lauryn Hill whose work I respected…but this isn’t her.

The person who has replaced her is a singer that rambles incessantly between songs discussing really bad self-help platitudes and half-baked personal philosophies. Obsessed with keeping it real, whatever that means, Hill drones on and on, trying to deal with her issues in front of an audience directly–instead of doing it through song. There’s a fine line between poetry and therapy, and Hill deliberately and shamelessly crosses it.

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