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David Bowie - A Reality Tour

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Commemorating his first major world tour in nearly a decade, DAVID BOWIE: A REALITY TOUR is a carrer-spanning event filmed at the Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland. There are 30 songs in total capturing every phase of Bowie's illustrious career. A 12-page color booklet is included.

Special Features

  • "Rebel Rebel"
  • "New Killer Star"
  • "Reality"
  • "Fame"
  • "Cactus"
  • "Sister Midnight"
  • "Afraid"
  • "All The Young Dudes"
  • "Be My Wife"
  • "The Loneliest Guy"
  • "The Man Who Sold The World"
  • "Fantastic Voyage"
  • "Hallo Spaceboy"
  • "Sunday"
  • "Under Pressure"
  • "Life On Mars?
  • "Battle For Britain"
  • "Ashes To Ashes"
  • "The Motel"
  • "Loving The Alien"
  • "Never Get Old"
  • "Changes"
  • "I'm Afraid Of Americans"
  • "Heroes"
  • "Bring Me The Disco King"
  • "Slip Away"
  • "Heathen"
  • "Five Years"
  • "Hang On To Yourself"
  • "Ziggy Stardust"

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Legacy
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 303 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AEOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "David Bowie - A Reality Tour" on IMDb

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By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Some of Bowie's DVD concerts are good and some are great. This is one of the great ones. Remixed into 5.1 Surround Sound, the audio is amazingly crisp and clear. The light show is blinding in some cases (as was the actual show in person) and the director/editors use this to their advantage in splicing scenes. Some of the special effects (freeze-frame, reverse imaging, blurs, etc.) can get tedious, but it doesn't hurt the overall feel of the concert. Each band member gets plenty of close-ups and the backing vocals are near perfect. After nearly two years on the road, Bowie has connected to his audience like never before, losing any pretension. He's there to have a good time.

With nearly 60 songs used throughout the tour, it's tough to settle on which 30 Bowie decided to use, but the variety is great. "Quicksand" and "Let's Dance" were, unfortunately, not used, but some of the stand-out cuts were the incredible audience sing-along, "All The Young Dudes", the hard, fast romping of, "Hang On To Yourself" and "Under Pressure" where bassist Gail Ann Dorsey seems to channel Freddie Mercury's voice. It's eerie and wonderful! The box itself is disappointing, in that it is thin cardboard and the insert gives little information about the tour. I would have liked to know the concert song lists and the cities played. If that's all I can find wrong with this set, I'd say Bowie delivered a prized concert DVD. Did I mention its incredibly low priced?
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I was one of the many who saw the "Reality" tour and was mightily impressed. I had never seen Bowie so close up, nor so spirited and "alive". So it's a pleasure to have the "magic" captured on this DVD. It serves as a nice souvenir and is more than reasonably priced.
So what's wrong with it? Well, it's unbearably "artsy". Every MTV-inspired cliché is in full swing. Jump cuts, freeze frames, fades to black, fades to white, colorizations, negative images, upside down images, crazy camera angles. You name it. And I can't believe that this is even an issue, but there is an amazing lack of sustained close ups and images of Bowie, the man himself. One almost thinks that the director or editor had some kind of beef with Bowie. When it comes time for Bowie to hit home with one of his lyrical and poignant lines, say from "Loving the Alien" or "Fantastic Voyage", the image is of a keyboardist's hand or a smiling audience member, or bass player Gail Ann Dorsey, on whom the director or editor seem to have some kind of fixation. It's all very curious.
There is more expression in Bowie's eyes, posture and hand gestures than any jump cut, freeze frame or artsy device "to keep things interesting". What a pity. This is clearly a missed opportunity.
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This was a tour of surprises, and they're all captured here on this terrific DVD.

Okay, first the obligatory: Bowie looks and sounds terrific. The band is fantastic. The stage set is pretty cool.

But the real star of this show is the song list. This is Bowie celebrating and revelling in an impressive and important career.

There are equally as many surprising ommisions as their are inclusions. For instance, there's no "Let's Dance", "Jean Genie", "Suffragette City", etc. But the surprises we DO get include "Be My Wife", a haunting version of "The Motel", a gripping acoustic rendition of "Loving the Alien", and a superb version of the Bowie/Pop classic "Sister Midnight".

The show opens with the new arrangment of "Rebel Rebel", followed quickly by "New Killer Star" and the smokin' "Reality", definitely one of the highlights of the show. Other highlights include the modern Bowie masterpiece "Sunday" with Earl Slick's wonderful but far-too-short guitar solo, a rousing "Man Who Sold the World", the audience sing-along of "Life on Mars?", the very clever pairing of "Never Get Old" with "Changes", and of course Gail Ann Dorsey singing and playing the hell out of "Under Pressure." We're also treated to concert staples like "Fame", "I'm Afraid of Americans", and "Hallo Spaceboy".

The biggest and best highlight for me, though, comes at the end: the concert draws to a close with "Heroes", which starts out very quiet and minimal, and then slowly builds throughout the song, all gearing up to a powerful, inspiring, and yes, 'heroic' ending. Its an amazing arrangement of an amazing song, and could last a couple minutes longer in my opinion, but is unfortunately truncated a bit.
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Some of the best concerts ever-these Dublin shows! A band that cannot be matched-Garson, Dorsey, Cambell, Slick, Leonard, Russell! Anyone who likes music and missed this tour missed something really special. Nothing nostolgic. Sure a lot of old classic, but fresh as the day they were relased. Nice oddities like "Sister Midnight" "The Motel", a stripeed down "Loving the Alien" Plus sweet gems as "Five Years", "The Man Who Sold The World", "Life on Mars" and showcased newer songs "New Killer Star", "Heathan", "Hallo Spaceboy", "Slip Away", and of coasre radio hits "heores", "Ziggy Stardust", "Changes", "Under Pressue" (terrific duet with Gail), "Ashes to Ashes". But The real prize is the song "Bring Me the Disco King" has Davd Bowie at his Absolute Best--A must for any one mildly interested! keep up the good work David!
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