Madonna: Truth Or Dare [Blu-ray]
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Why did we have to wait so long for a blu-ray of Truth Or Dare for one, especially since this HD version has been playing on Palladia (TV Network) in the US for over two years.
Ok fine, so we have to wait forever...could it be because "the powers that be" are working on making this an epic collection, especially since this documentary is 22 years old and M's fragrance of the same name is coming out at around the same time of this blu-ray release. Nope! I was wrong. The ONLY bonus is a trailer.
The VHS edition from 20 years ago even contained more bonuses - 2 extra performance videos from the Blond Ambition Show (I believe the full Like a Prayer and the full Hanky Panky).
Honestly, in this day and age when media is so easily accessible and dvd/blu-ray/record sales are dropping, media companies should be working their tails off to get us dedicated fans to drop more money on a product that we have several versions of already. I had the VHS edition, the DVD edition, and have the Palladia HD version sitting on my DVR as we speak.
Miramax/Lionsgate - Give us some bonus features!! Nothing fancy, maybe all those outtakes from this documentary that are floating all over the internet, maybe some more performances. We all know Alek shot the entire Blond Ambition show in HD. Where is it? The commercials that Madonna shot for MTV contests. I mean there are so many opportunities here. Oh and this time, I cant blame Warner Brothers. Maybe its just Madonna/'s management.Read more ›
Madonna is brazen, bold and maybe even loud mouthed. Is she playing it for the camera? In some sequences there is a definite heightened version shown on screen of what she wanted people to see. Other times she is completely oblivious to the camera's being there like for example when she's angry with her sound crew for not making sure that the sound and microphones were top notch.
This isn't just about celebrity, this also showed Madonna's ferocious work ethic and attention to detail. It displayed the business side of her that most are or were unaware of. Siskel & Ebert had commented that this was someone who could run a business empire if she wanted to just quit music for good.
At this point Madonna had rarely done interviews and she was way beyond powerful. No one was quite sure what she was like. This gave viewers an up close and personal view. What was also great about this was it also showed her generous side by allowing her back up singers and dancers adequate screen time.
The documentary is in black and white, but it cuts into color for the many on stage concert performances of the tour she was on while this was being filmed. The Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990.Read more ›
The majority of the film is in black and white, while the concerts were shot in color. The title of the film is taken from a scene of "truth or dare" that Madonna plays with her entourage of dancers and backup singers in which she reveals a very personal feeling of hers that she originally refused to allow in the film. The director said that Madonna would have to kill him in order to cut that one scene... so the scene was left in.
I found it interesting to see what happens the moment Madonna steps off stage--what goes on between shows or even songs. When technical problems occur during the show, she makes it known (in a not-so-subtle way) to her technical directors.
You get a glimpse of what kind of relationships Madonna leads and the roles that she plays in them. You meet her dad and brother, and see what sort of relationship they have as a family. For the most part, however, her tour family is made up of her dancers and backup singers.
You probably haven't seen this side of Madonna before, and you probably never will again. It's just a brief slice of her life.
We know there are hundreds and hundreds of hours of unreleased material that Alex Keshishian filmed, we know that the Blond Ambition Tour was filmed professionally many times and released...The Nice, France show was shown on HBO and then released on Laserdisc, the Yokohama, Japan show was released on VHS and Laserdisc in Japan, the Barcelona, Spain show was shown in Europe, Australia and Canada and then of course all the footage filmed for Truth or Dare was filmed over 2 nights in Paris, France.
They should of done a huge box set with her new Truth or Dare perfume and included at least 2 versions of the Blond Ambition tour, one with the ponytail and one without. Even the VHS had 2 bonus songs Like A Prayer and Hanky Panky, which aren't even on this blu-ray.Lionsgate could of really put together something special for the fans but really screwed up this release.
I of course will still buy this as it is the single best tour documentary ever. All the backstage footage was filmed in grainy black and white and all the concert footage was filmed in glorious high definition color. The movie shows Madonna at her best, worst, most vulnerable and bitchiest...it also concentrates a lot on her dancers and their lives. I would love if Madonna chose to do another documentary like TOD (She did do I'm Going To Tell You A Secret but she wasn't followed around day and night like in TOD) where everything on tour is filmed.Read more ›
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