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David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar [Blu-ray]

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RIDE, RISE, ROAR is a concert film featuring David Byrne that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen. Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno's most recent collaboration. Between the songs, the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-thescenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show's unique fusion of pop music and modern dance. RIDE, RISE, ROAR celebrates Byrne's extensive career as a musician and testifies to the creativity that keeps him going today.

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  • Actors: David Byrne
  • Directors: David Hillman Curtis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QC6HH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By William Lynd on June 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I was looking forward to this DVD having been to the show in 2008. For those not lucky enough to see it, David Byrne put together quite a show - great songs from his CD "Everything That Will Happen Will Happen Today" (that he collaborated on with Brian Eno). The show also focused on other Eno-Byrne tracks from the Talking Heads 70's-80's albums. Byrne added several dancers to the stage for these shows and the results were pretty interesting - definitely a visual show rather than just an audio experience. The DVD however is edited quite heavily and omits several songs played on the tour and in between the songs (fortunately no songs are cut) there is some backstage and behind the scenes footage. It's obviously just my opinion but this footage would have made for a nice bonus feature instead, and having more of the concert without editing would have been a little better. Some of the backstage footage admittedly is interesting as sometimes it introduces the songs, but for me the concert feels a little too chopped up. The DVD is still really great to have though - the sound and picture are both good and the footage is pretty cool - apparently shot with advanced hand held cameras. So, I'll go with four stars - if the DVD was a little longer and included more songs it could have been five. There are some great songs performed on this tour that were left off for some reason, notably "Strange Overtones", "Help Me Somebody" "My Big Hands", "Wanted For Life" and "Born Under Punches". This might have made for a long theatrical release but all would have been great to have as bonus tracks for this DVD.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrea C. Luby on June 3, 2011
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Modern dance and pop music can complement each other. Who knew? The performances on RRR show musicians and dancers performing together, but not always in their traditional roles. You see dancers imitating the musicians- and musicians imitating the dancers. The tension brings energy to the performances. At one point, a dancer jumps over Byrne's head! Everyone gets a chance to explain their experience- how the backup singers felt when they were asked to move, how the choreographers interpreted the songs, even how the musicians let the dancers guide their improvizations! But the video contains much more music than, well, talking heads.

The songs are presented in their full length, although the video sometimes cuts between the live performance and rehearsals. If you caught the tour, you know how great it was. If you didn't catch the tour, this is the next best thing. Byrne is still in excellent voice, and he rocks that tutu!

Here's the set list:

1. Once in a Lifetime

2. Life Is Long

3. I Zimbra

4. Road To Nowhere

5. One Fine Day

6. The Great Curve

7. My Big Nurse

8. Burning Down The House

9. Houses In Motion

10. Air

11. Life During Wartime

12. Heaven

13. I Feel My Stuff

14. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Captain Z on August 17, 2012
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I give five stars to David Byrne, the band, and the choreographers and dancers for a great performance. The music and innovative dancing are great. Unfortunately the director/editor didn't choose to show the performance, but decided instead to slice it into 1 second shots from all over the place, so we can rarely ever see what's happening on stage. INFURIATING to try to watch a show edited like this, and it does a great disservice to the dancers and choreographers because we don't get a chance to really see what they are doing like the live audience got to see. So a 5 star show is lowered to a 2 star video, ruined by bad editing.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JG on June 8, 2011
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During the tour which is the subject of this documentary (and for those who have complained, it -is- a documentary, not a concert film), Jon Pareles, chief music critic for The New York Times, wrote a review after having seen the Radio City Music Hall show. In it, Pareles commented that he thought the dancers in the show were a distraction. David Byrne, for his part, wrote a scathing rebuttal in his blog, in which he said, among other things, "I guess 30 years from now (Pareles)'ll figure out what this show was about."

In Ride, Rise Roar, Byrne says that when he came up with the idea to use dancers as part of the show, he wasn't sure how the audience would react, but he was looking forward to finding out. Having seen three of the tour's shows at the time, I didn't fully get what the dancers were about, but thought the shows were great. As you watch RRR, Byrne, the choreographers, the dancers, and the musicians all take turns explaining how the show was conceptually put together song by song. By the end you do get a much better sense of "what this show was about".

This is a great documentary. The concert footage is at times more effective than Stop Making Sense, and the picture and sound quality are nothing short of unbelievable. Sit back, crank the volume up on your surround sound system, and let the creative force that is David Byrne launch a full on assault on your senses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 9, 2011
Format: DVD
This is once "concert DVD" that really took me by surprise. But a VERY pleasant one! I have only seen David Byrne play on music videos by his former band Talking Heads and in the Jonathan Demme filmed TH concert "Stop Making Sense". So I expected a "making of a concert" film when I popped this DVD into my player. Was I ever wrong!

I'm a big fan of modern dance and attend a lot of performance by modern dance groups. If you are a dance fan, you'll definitely want to see this film.

The concept of the project being documented in this film is the 2008 tour that Byrne put together after his new album of David Byrne-Brian Eno songs was finished. Byrne chose three young modern dance choreographers to choreograph the songs - both old TH standards like "Burning Down The House" and "Once In A Lifetime" along with newer compositions. He then auditioned to find three young dancers (two women and a man). But it wasn't just the three dancers who are dancing in this film - pieced together from three performances in California, Virginia and Albany, NY. The three backup singers (some of who also play instruments) get dance as well. (You can see from the brief rehearsal footage included that this really was - as one puts it - "boot camp" for them.)

In one clever number the dancers, singers and Byrne (who also does some wonderful dance moves as he sings and plays) sit on moving chairs through the full number. This is contrasted with the audience who were watching in a "standing only" venue!

The rehearsal footage is seamlessly edited with the concert footage making the production even more exciting. And the "talking interview" sections are brief allowing you to watch this as a concert film on repeat viewing.
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