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Chris Isaak: Greatest Hits - Live (2009)

Chris Isaak , Joe Thomas  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Isaak
  • Directors: Joe Thomas
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BO2RAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With his striking good looks and sharp vocal stylings, Chris Isaak knows how to woo his fans. Recorded live in High-Definition for the PBS concert series Soundstage, this 15-track greatest hits performance showcases the artist's heartbreaking lyrics, haunting melodies and legendary stage presence. Highlights include Isaak's breakthrough hit "Wicked Game," the mesmerizing "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" as well as a stripped-down, acoustic set of six favorites.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chris is awesome, not so much the filming September 5, 2009
By DonnaB
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I am a long time fan of Chris, and have been very excited for this DVD to be released. The last Soundstage DVD left me a bit flat. Having seen him many times in concert, this one was much more vibrant and fun. He did his acoustic set, which I really love. I had never heard him sing Western Stars live before, it was really beautiful. My only complaint is with Soundstage. The filming itself jumped around way too much, I would have liked to have some wider shots of the whole band, but it it was just bouncing from shot to shot, some sideways, some at an up angle, and never left you there long enough to really appreciate what each musician was doing. Plus it made me a little nauseous.

And the way the bonus tracks are formatted is seriously messed up. From the main menu, you don't have the option to see all the footage they had cut. You have to choose each song separately, which seriously messes up the flow. I'm happy to see them, but they could have just put them all together.

But Chris was perfect. From his sequins to his pretty voice. He loves what he does, and he sure is good at it.

Let Me Down Easy
Wicked Game
Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
Solitary Man
Western Stars
Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)
Only The Lonely
Wrong To Love You
American Boy
Notice The Ring
Diddly Daddy

Bonus Tracks

Goin' Nowhere
Blue Hotel
Think Of Tomorrow
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking sparkle September 22, 2009
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I like Chris -- I've seen him a number of times, first time in a dump South of Market in San Francisco about twenty-two years ago, and most recently about a month ago. I own plenty of his music. My negative comments aren't about the performer, but the production.

This show feels flat and contrived to me, and it looks to me like Chris feels the same way. It's sanitized and homogenized, "made for TV", and it lacks the loose, humourous punch that I've always found at his live shows. Pity. It's just ... flat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you want to watch Chris Isaak, and want to watch Chris Isaak and his latest girlfriend, and Chris Isaak and the sky, and Chris Isaak and the beach, and Chris Isaak and the ocean, and Chris Isaak's mouth in close up, and Chris Isaak's eyes in close up, and Chris Isaak's face in close up, and Chris Isaak with guitar in hand, and Chris Isaak's hair, .... , then this is for you.

If you want to watch the band play and perform, WAS THERE A BAND, or was it all Chris Isaak.

The music is wonderful.
The music quality is exquisite.
The video quality is excellent.

But I had hoped to watch the band perform. Very little of that.

Just Chris, and Chris and Chris and Chris and Chris and Chris and Chris ... , with this girl friend and that girl friend, and Chris Chris Chris Chris ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loveChrisIsaak March 27, 2010
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Great DVR. Saw him live at Mt. Pleasant casino several years ago & this rivaled his performance there. His songs are deep, personal, and touch just the right feeling button. He really relates to his audience, live or on DVD. Love Chris Isaak!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the real thing! October 17, 2009
By MJ401
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I go see Chris Isaak every time he comes to town (twice if he's playing both local venues). He is an amazing and very entertaining performer. This DVD is just like the real thing... nothing beats seeing him live and his meet-an-greets afterwards, of course, but this DVD is just as good and entertaining as his live concerts because it actually IS a live concert.

The camera angles and quality allow you to experience the performance the way it was meant to be seen and heard. The quality of the video & sound recording is excellent.

I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a great live DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as live February 13, 2010
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After recently seeing Chris Isaak live, I was looking for a DVD. This performance is excellent, since it is a television show, the picture and sound quality is top notch. Chris and most of the band have been together over twenty years, their interaction is fun to watch and they know how to put on a show. I would like to see a DVD of a complete live show, as this was only a one hour TV show. This is a show I will be watching again and again.Best of Chris Isaak
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