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Product Details

  • Actors: Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Dubbed: 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: A&M Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O4W2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oingo Boingo - Farewell (Live from the Universal Amphitheatre)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "A Brief History: Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo" (7 min.)
  • Backstage trivia and soundcheck
  • Backstage footage: The Last Supper, The Aftermath
  • Continuous-play option

Editorial Reviews

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"This is like one big orgasm!" says singer-frontman Danny Elfman toward the end of Oingo Boingo's final concert on Halloween night, 1995. That's an apt comparison, since this two-hour, 45-minute performance plays like an extended climax, with Elfman and his bandmates putting out enough energy to light a small city and turn their costumed devotees into a pulsing mass of mutual love. Elfman's like a supernova onstage, maintaining a miraculous pace through 32 songs, any one of which qualifies as definitive Boingo (though we're partial to "Insanity," "Dead Man's Party," and the Dr. Moreau-inspired "No Spill Blood"). In retrospect it's clear that Oingo Boingo wanted to cap 17 years of success with their finest concert, and this one arguably meets that goal. Thorough but inconspicuous camera coverage captures the whole show from start to finish, and the Dolby 2-channel stereo is crisp and clear. Watch it all at once--we guarantee you'll be euphorically exhausted. --Jeff Shannon

Additional Features

Disc Two in this set includes a playful, sideshow-like history of Oingo Boingo, in addition to backstage featurettes shot before and after the "Farewell" concert that comprises Disc One. Band members, crew members, and fans are given equal time to spread Boingo cheer, and two vintage Oingo Boingo videos (for "Little Girls" and "Insanity") are hidden on the disc for tenacious viewers. (Hint: use your DVD remote's "back" button on the disc's main menu.) --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

A must have for BOINGO fans!!!!
PAUL W.
Not sure if this is original factory though- questionable because it did not come with any linear notes that you normally get with DVDs and CD's.
PrismPrism
Boingo was one of the best live bands ever.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Solo Goodspeed on October 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
..... but our beloved Boingo's immortal soul is captured lovingly in this, their final and only video concert recording. Along with generous amounts of concert performance, this two-tape set WHICH SHOULD REALLY BE MADE INTO A DVD (hint hint MCA) also includes a bit of Boingo history recap. Some of us in the Los Angeles area were fortunate enough to be witness to Maestro Elfman' s curiously evolving ensemble, which had its genesis as far back as the mid-70s, and it is indeed unfortunate more of those early years were not captured for posterity.
Anyway, along with Frank Zappa's "Baby Snakes", I would have to call "Farewell" the ultimate Halloween party video. The music is also available on CD, but the true Boingo enthusiast would not want to miss out on the live experience. Danny Elfman's stage presence was always formidable, sometimes imposing; when you consider this man's overall musical output, in both rock and film soundtracks, and then watch what he does on stage, his consummate brilliance really hits home. The way he utilizes theatrics, exotic dance moves (quasi-Balinese on "I'm So Bad") and good old bad-boy playing (his onstage roughhousing with bassist John Avila on "No One Lives Forever"), elaborate props (the gargantuan skeletons on "Dead Man's Party"), digressive instrumental line ups (accordion and troubador drum on "Helpless"), and yes, even the inevitable light show (on the psychedelic homage "Change") provides a showmanship that crosses genres, rivals anyone in any style of concert performance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diva Mom on December 19, 2005
Format: DVD
When I bought this DVD, I was excited to recapture the adrenaline rush that always came with Oingo Boingo's live performances. In viewing it, however, I was terribly disappointed that the DVD didn't do the band's fantastic performace the justice it deserved. If you are going to go to the trouble of releasing a concert film, the sound should be superior to this. The lack of surround sound is baffling. And whoever mixed the sound did a poor job. Danny's voice, the horn section, and even Vato's drums are drowned out by the rhythm guitar on many songs. It really detracted from my enjoyment of what was otherwise an exceptional concert. The band's energy was infectious, and I found myself dancing in my living room regardless of the poor sound quality. If you are a fan, you will still love it. Seeing "Grey Matter" live again is worth the $$ all by itself! Let's hope A&M reissues this DVD with the same sound quality as the Farewell CD, and adds some more documentary/historical footage as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Heliot on February 23, 2005
Format: DVD
On Halloween in 1995, one of the greatest bands I've ever known played their last concert. And here, in all its glory, you can watch it on DVD. Not only that, but you also get a bonus DVD filled with goodies like backstage interviews and even hidden videos (I have found that pressing the 4 button on the number pad is useful ;)).

Of course, if you would prefer experiencing the concert in your car's stereo system, there's also the audio CD. But beware, it's missing "Just Another Day," which they gave a stunning performance of.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Zephro on September 20, 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Let me start my review by stating that I love Oingo Boingo. I think they are the greatest band ever! I have been a fan since 1978 (the Mystic Knight days) and have seen them at least 60 times live, as a matter of fact I went to all 5 nights of the farewell tour including the Halloween night show, this DVD, look for me in the pit!
Review of the DVD, not the content (the content is amazing!):
Shame on me to ever say anything bad but this DVD was a big disappointment to me, BECAUSE I own the VHS version, which was released about 3 years ago. It is clear that the only thing Universal did with this release was to take the VHS transfer and put it on a DVD. The picture quality is the same and they released it in 2-Channel Dolby, you read it right, 2-Channel Dolby. Now I'm going to assume that most people that have DVD players have a surround sound system and 9 times out of 10 it's going to be at least a 5.1 channel surround system (2 fronts, 1 center, 2 sides and a sub), and over 3 years have gone by since the VHS release and they can't even remaster the audio to 5.1, shame.
The extra features on the DVD our cool, but they are the same exact extras as the VHS release, nothing new. Come on, if they wanted to do something cool for this DVD release they should have put Audio Commentary with the band, how great would have that been and it's not like Danny has done that with other DVD's he scored music too, Edward Scissorhands & Nightmare Before Christmas to name a few.
Well, if you don't have the VHS or the DVD version, I'd recommend dropping everything and buying this DVD, but if you have the VHS version, save your money, it's the same thing transferred to a DVD without any improvements. The picture quality and the sound are a tad better just because it's a DVD (Digital vs.
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