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  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0011NVC2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

PAL/Region 0. Not satisfied with the enormous success of the Platinum certified #1 album The Hard Road, Hilltop Hoods returned to the studio early in 2007 to recompose the album with the assistance of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and arranger Jamie Messenger. From this unlikely partnership, The Hard Road: Restrung was born. This mammoth achievement took home the 2007 ARIA Award for Best Urban Release and has become the first Hip Hop remix album to be certified Gold in Australia. This Hilltop Hoods DVD release, City Of Light, documents the making and touring of these iconic albums, allowing an insight into the creative dynamic of one of the most innovative groups in Australian music. City Of Light incorporates two hours of exclusive interviews and music videos, including extensive live and behind the scenes footage from the Restrung album launch. This unique show saw the Hoods perform alongside the 31 piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to a full house at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It quite simply must be seen to be believed. Obese Records.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on April 14, 2008
Generally artist DVDs aren't that interesting, between uninteresting archival footage in and between tours but Hilltop smartly spares us the uninteresting moments. Instead its more a documentary, that explores how the Hilltop Hoods operate as a band; how ideas are conceived, how videos are made, how tracks are recorded and how they ended up making The Hard Road Restrung (with all its complexities). City of Light by itself becomes its own living breathing beast as you get candid interviews from Suffa, Pressure and Debris interlaced between live performances and music videos. Its done in such a way that even moderate fans can appreciate the level of work and love they put into a project.

The high point of the album is when Hilltop performs Breathe Restrung, its simply a flawless performance that belongs in the walls of hip hop hall of fame.

Its easy to see how the Hoods (independent artists at that) manage to sell 200,000 copies of their two last albums in the age of the death of CD sales on a single continent to a country of only 20 million. This makes them one of the most successful indie bands in the world regardless of genre. Strangely they've yet to break and be embraced stateside but it probably is only a matter time if they continue making music in their fashion, intelligent, dope and fresh. Suffa and Debris as a tandem production team are blessed, Suffa and Pressure trade rhymes back and forth in a way that's reminiscent of the golden era.

There's one thing maybe fans may not realize is that Aussie hip hop seems to be in the stage of evolution much like 1988-1993 (or 94) US hip hop, pre-complete commercialization of the art where talent is rewarded, pre-bling bling, pre-club sounds.
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