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David Bowie - Best of Bowie (2002)

David Bowie  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Parlophone
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SFLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Oh! You Pretty Things (from Old Grey Whistle Test), Queen Bitch (from OGWT), Five Years (from OGWT), Starman (from Top of the Pops), John I'm Only Dancing, The Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Drive-in Saturday (from Russell Harry Plus Pop), Life on Mars?, Ziggy Stardust (from the motion picture), Rebel Rebel (from TopPop), Young Americans (from the Dick Cavett Show), Be My Wife, "Heroes," Boys Keep Swinging, D.J., Look Back in Anger, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Wild Is the Wind, Let's Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (from Serious Moonlight Tour), Blue Jean, Loving the Alien, Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger)
  • Disc 2: Absolute Beginners, Underground, As the World Falls Down, Day-In Day-Out, Time Will Crawl, Never Let Me Down, Fame '90, Jump They Say, Black Tie White Noise, Miracle Goodnight, Buddha of Suburbia, The Heart's Filthy Lesson, Strangers When We Meet, Hallo Spaceboy, Little Wonder, Dead Man Walking, Seven Years in Tibet, I'm Afraid of Americans, Thursday's Child, Survive
  • Hidden interviews and alternate videos

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Product Description

The CD anthologies out there let you hear the many phases of rock's greatest chameleon; this 2-DVD set lets you watch the evolution unfold! You'll see Bowie on the Old Grey Whistle Test ( Oh, You Pretty Things ), Dick Cavett Show ( Young Americans ), Top of the Pops ( Starman ), Russell Harty Plus Pop ( Space Oddity ) and in a rare clip from Dutch TV ( Rebel, Rebel ). You'll also see songs from the Serious Moonlight tour plus music videos: Heroes; Ashes to Ashes; Fashion; Let's Dance; China Girl; Modern Love; Blue Jean; Dancing in the Street; Absolute Beginners , and more!

Probably the most comprehensive anthology of any musical artist to date, the 47-track Best of Bowie traces the guises of David Bowie from the androgynous, glam-rock rebel of the 1970s to his more recent incarnation as the postmodern pop ironist of the '90s. The collection provides an added insight into wider developments in fashion, music, and the pop video. Most of the early material is taken from television music programs such as The Old Grey Whistle Test ("Oh! You Pretty Things," "Queen Bitch," and "Five Years"); however, as the demands of television and music promotion progress, Bowie ventures into more sophisticated stand-alone videos culminating in 1983's "Let's Dance."

Best of Bowie's animated menus, and the opening menu sequence of both discs are excellent. Although there are no listed bonus features, the discs are swarming with extra "Easter egg" features such as alternative videos and vintage interviews (these can be accessed via the track-listing menu by selecting certain tracks and pressing the Right button). Background information about each video is displayed before the start of every promo, which is reproduced in the accompanying glossy booklet. The sound and picture quality is variable for early videos but improves (admittedly erratically) for later videos. Despite the mountains of material on both discs, there are a number of unexplainable absences such as "Changes", "Under Pressure," and "Sound and Vision." Watch out for the Best of Bowie, Vol. 2. --John Galilee

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected November 11, 2002
By A Customer
This is a Bowie DVD that is actually clear and of great quality. For those poor souls who bought the Glass Spider or Serious Moonlight DVD I'm sure you haven't noticed much difference from the VHS. This DVD is extra special because of the more recent videos that never made it to USA TV and the stunning clarity of the older material. Yes, LIFE ON MARS is supposed to look like that! We have all years represented here but we still have some of the more oscure stuff missing like DB's '80's soundtrack work with Pat Metheny or Raymond Briggs. Maybe those recordings are owned by someone else and will never see a real release. Now as far as Easter Eggs go...I won't say WHERE but I will say WHAT: full 20 minute Jazzin' For Blue Jean video promo, Russell Harty interview, MTV promo club version of Blue Jean (alternate video), Day In Day Out (extended dance mix video),Seven Years in Tibet (mandarin Version video), Survive (Live paris '99 and more to be discovered. Remember you have 2 discs here...there will be a lot!!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection - but why the easter eggs? November 20, 2002
For the record, I hate easter eggs. Why hide stuff? I've already bought the disc. That said...
Best of Bowie is a thoroughly decent collection of David Bowie videos, many of which will be unfamiliar to American audiences - especially if you tuned out after the mid-80's.
The video quality is consistently good throughout, though some of the production values of the videos produced during the '70s ("Space Oddity" is a good example) seems downright quaint now. The late '70s/early '80s stuff (pretty much everything from "Be My Wife" through "Fashion", and, maybe, "Wild Is The Wind"), though, is a good reminder of how much Bowie brought to the then-fledgling art of music videos.
The sound quality, unfortunately, is not as consistent. Most of this is due to the source material - much of the TV clips are in mono, for example, and the performance of "Young Americans" on the Dick Cavett Show is downright distorted in many places. Some of it, however, could have easily been corrected in the mastering - for example, "Fashion" appears to consist of one side of the stereo mix presented as a mono track.
The easter eggs are a major annoyance - especially after having spent some [money] on the collection; their inclusion as such is - in my opinion - a remnant of the geek chic that surrounded the DVD format during its first two or three years of existence. Some, like the interview and the Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture DVD promo on disc 1, can be easily accessed via the track listings; others (pretty much everything else - the Credits section on disc 2 lists all of the easter eggs contained within) involve more trickery and/or careful observation (or hit-and-miss searches) of title and chapter numbers. So far, I've managed to access all of them except the live performance of "Survive".
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folks here are the Easter Eggs April 23, 2004
This Bowie DVD is very very fine...most of the videos I didnt even knew!
I was very pleased of the I'm afraid of Americans Video with Trent Reznor making a cameo performance.
And for all complaining about the easter they are...
Disc One:
Oh! You Pretty Things take 1 (Old Grey Whistle Test, alternate take, never broadcast) - Alternates with take 2 when you select "Play all" from the main menu.
Interview with David Bowie and Russell Harty (before Drive-In Saturday)
1. Go to Tracklisting
2. Select Drive-In Saturday without clicking on it. A dash - will appear.
3. Select the dash and click "Enter" on your remote.
Jazzin' For Blue Jean (complete 20-minute short film)
1. Go to Tracklisting.
2. Highlight 25 { Blue Jean but don't click on it! You'll see a ) symbol appear to the right on the title.
3. Select it and press "Enter" on your remote. The bottom left image in the grid of small images on the right will change.
4. Select 25 { Blue Jean and click "Enter" on your remote to play the video.
Blue Jean (MTV edit recorded at The Wag Club) - While you are playing the Jazzin' For Blue Jean video, when the girl goes to the jukebox, click on enter when you see the db image appear.
Disc Two:
Day In Day Out (Extended Mix) - Alternates with the regular video when you select "Play all" from the main menu.
Miracle Goodnight (Remix) - Play the Miracle Goodnight video by choosing it from the tracklisting. Once it plays through, leave the DVD player alone! The remix will play after five minutes of inactivity.
Seven Years In Tibet (Mandarin version) - Click on the Mandarin character on the subtitle page.
Survive (Live in Paris) - Alternates with the regular video when you select "Play all" from the main menu.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every single penny! November 30, 2002
By A Customer
wow. what surprised me about this collection was how GOOD the quality of the videos were. i expected really grainy 1960's footage, but all of the music videos were SO CLEAR!!!
so will people stop complaining about the fact this dvd lacks the Changes music video? if you've ever even seen Changes, you know you're not missing out on a whole lot.
plus, that elusive 20 minute blue jean promo video is hidden as an easter egg in here. before this dvd came out, that video was so rare it was virtually nonexistent.
This is a FABULOUS collection of bowie. you're getting 47 of bowie's best music videos... plus easter eggs! it's definetely worth every penny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The best
I got this used and it had a couple stickers on the front that ripped the cover a little when I peeled them off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for those people who really appreciate good music
It is a classic. Highly recommended for those people who really appreciate good music.
Published 3 months ago by Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars David bowie fan
I enjoy watching his videos and get his albums. this is a great one to get if you like his music.
Published 5 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say about...
David Bowie. He is great. I loved it. Have the videos from the beginning of his career. Very., very good.
Published 8 months ago by Leandro Fiorin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and life-enhancing
Great videos, great songs, great Bowie. The only music DVD I put on again and again and just sit and watch. The 70s and early 80s are especially cool. Read more
Published 9 months ago by WilloWill
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it just for disc #1
This is a 2 disc set and as you can tell, disc #1 is a must have.

Disc #2 has "I'm Afraid of Americans" with Trent Reznor. Read more
Published 9 months ago by cme_phx
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical overview, but some of the videos are surprisingly bland
This two disc collection of David Bowie's videos from 1972 to 2000 is a fascinating look at his ever
evolving persona as an artist, and features a bunch a truly great... Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars alright david
I love david bowie and the music is great I had been a fan of bowie for a long time
Published 18 months ago by BLUEJAY
2.0 out of 5 stars An innovator in music, but not in music videos
It may be a bit of a surprise to find that an artist as innovative as David Bowie has relatively uninteresting videos. Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Will Bueche
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it says!
A career retrospective of David Bowie featuring TV appearances, videos, and some Easter Eggs including the full length Jazzing For Blue Jean. Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by D. Fioretti
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Blue Jean - is it the extended version?
There are 3 versions of Blue Jean in this. There's the official one, the MTV alternate version, and the 20 minute short film. The latter 2 are DVD "Easter eggs" that you need to find. But they're all on there!
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