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David Bowie - A Reality Tour (Visual Milestones) - IMPORT (2004)

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  • Actors: david bowie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
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  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014637GS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOWIE Delivers! October 20, 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice souvenir, but unbearably "artsy" November 3, 2004
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stroke of Genius November 27, 2004
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Bowie Keeps getting Better! September 30, 2004
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great DVD. I was looking for that for a while, cause it was always out of stock and luckily I was able to find it.
Published 4 months ago by F. Gomes
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Highly recommend!
It was amazing and I've been wanting to get it for awhile. Speaking as a massive bowie fan it's an excellent concert video.
Published 5 months ago by Zarah Sevon
4.0 out of 5 stars Polished performance
Probably not my favourite of the three concerts (Serious Moonlight and Glass Spider), but can't fault Bowie's polished performance and excellent backing band and vocals. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scouser
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
A great DVD of one of the best performers to hit the stage. Has a great presence as he stryts his stuff
Published 10 months ago by Peter Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
I got it in 2 weeks and it was well packed. The show is awesome, I like Life on Mars~~~
Published 11 months ago by carol299
4.0 out of 5 stars Bowie at his Best
Not sure the production aesthetic is holding up to time. Too much grunge effect and low quality filming. But Bowie's performance along with outstanding band far outshines. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Music is great!
The music and performance were great,the direction and editing just ok. As others have mentioned,there was no need for all the special effects and tight shots. Read more
Published 17 months ago by rick ashman
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak & lackluster
I like bowie but maybe not enough for this show maybe others will say it's db at his best but not for me
Published 17 months ago by Gary J. Pastore
5.0 out of 5 stars David absolutely LOVED his David Bowie DVD
He was super excited..HE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Bowie has always been his favorite, so it was a no brainer..
Published 18 months ago by Carla R Hutchison
Maybe I should have gotten something he did earlier. This was mediocre at best. AND, I did not like the way it was filmed. I have seen him live, so I know he is talented. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Holly
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