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Pet Shop Boys: Cubism in Concert (2007)

Pet Shop Boys , David Barnard  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Pet Shop Boys
  • Directors: David Barnard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pet Shop Boys: Cubism in Concert" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Twenty years after their debut Please, Cubism proves the Pet Shop Boys were still going strong in 2006. Filmed at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, it's a spirited celebration of their minimalist dance-pop aesthetic. As Neil Tennant says in his introduction, "Welcome to an evening of electronic entertainment." (He'll proceed to sprinkle a few Spanish words throughout his spare stage patter.) The full line-up features a dark-suit and top hat-sporting Tennant on vocals, neon hoody and baseball cap-clad Chris Lowe on keyboards, two singers, and two dancers--half dressed like Tennant, half like Lowe (and all will change outfits a few times before the show is over). During the 103-minute program, the duo covers most of the highlights from their career, with the emphasis on material from Actually, Introspective, Very, and Fundamental. Notable omissions include the entirety of 1999's Nightlife and 1987 single "What Have I Done to Deserve This," but there's no way to do justice to the latter without Dusty Springfield. Longtime back-up singer Sylvia Mason-James, however, elevates several numbers, notably "Suburbia" and "West End Girls," while Ian Mckellen provides the pre-recorded intermission announcement. The ballads "Home & Dry" (with Tennant on acoustic guitar) and the Diane Warren-penned "Numb" slow the pace a bit, but this is otherwise an upbeat, up-tempo night of music. Extras include a mini-documentary, photo gallery, liner notes by band biographer Chris Heath (Pet Shop Boys, Literally), and amusingly self-effacing audio commentary from Tennant, Lowe, and director David Barnard. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

1. Psycho Intro

2. God Willing

3. Psychological

4. Left To My Own Devices

5. I'm With Stupid

6. Suburbia

7. Can You Forgive Her?

8. Minimal

9. Shopping

10. Rent

11. Dreaming Of The Queen

12. Heart

13. Opportunities (Let s Make Lots Of Money)

14. Integral

15. Numb

16, Se A Vide E (That s The Way Life Is)

17, Domino Dancing

18, Flamboyant

19. Home And Dry

20. Always On My Mind

21. Where The Streets Have No Name

22. West End Girls

23. The Sodom And Gomorrah Show
24. So Hard

25. It's A Sin

26. Go West


8-minute behind-the-scenes documentary

Photo Gallery

Audio commentary with Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and the director, David Barnard.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're still the Pet Shop Boys July 25, 2007
All I can say is that Neil and Chris still have it going on even after twenty plus years. I saw them three times on the Fundamental tour and nothing gets me going more than the electricity and excitement of seeing the boys live. That is until I watched the Cubism DVD. Neil's vocals are just as vibrant as ever. This isn't just a concert DVD. It's a musical event with the backing vocals of Andy Love, Nic Clows and Ms. Sylvia Mason James. The choreography of Hakeem Onibudo and the fantastic dancers, Nathan Holliday and Ivan "Swan" Blackstock are cool. Those guys rock! And of course the show wouldn't have been complete without the man behind the curtain, Pete Gleadall.

The sound quality on this DVD is fantastic in the DTS 5.1 Surround Sound or Dolby 5.1 which puts you right in the middle of the audience. The letterbox video is crisp and sharp. This is by far the best Pet Shop Boys video or maybe the best live concert I have seen. The extras on the disc are interviews and commentary about the boys from the fans and also Neil and Chris.

The songs they chose were quite balanced among the years. There are songs featured from their Fundamental album as well as what I would call Pet Shop Boys standards. There isn't a bad tune or a bad performance of any song. They are still quite the entertainers.

This is one concert DVD you will want to watch over and over.

PS. Hi Neil! ;o)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great PSB show August 21, 2007
This DVD is amazing, I've seen and heard all PSB live DVDs and CDs and I think this is one of their best in terms of performance, track listing, arrangements. Here they are back to their classic synth pop trademark sound, very different from their "Concrete" live concert. Almost everything is great in this disc, however I feel the DTS track could had been better than it is, too much coming from L, R and center channels and lacking from the surrounds. But hey! still being an amazing show no matter what, one of the best live DVDs I've ever watched. 5 stars, highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars post modern cubism July 29, 2007
an extraordinarily satisfying piece of pop musical theater that gives the viewer a total feast for the senses. Turn out the artificial lights, light some candles and crank the volume!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Better than Expected February 27, 2010
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This was bought on a whim while also buying The Pop Art DVD and this (The Cubism DVD) is by far a much more exciting video. The sound quality is so amazing, never would have thought it could be better than the original CDs. I watch/listen to this about once a week during my off time while driving a truck. Ok thats all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys still got it. June 19, 2007
This is the Pet Shop Boys on their Fundamental Tour in 2006 in Mexico. I saw them a couple months earlier in Minneapolis and it was the best concert I've ever been too. And I've seen Madonna in 2006 and 2004. Great songs, great performers, and I'm telling you - you should buy this if you are a fan of PSB..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viedo May 6, 2008
The 1980s' most enduring pop act have always refused to slump into irrelevance, weathering the sneers of rock snobs who dismiss them as camp ironists. Despite recently embracing their old nemesis, the guitar, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe remain unapologetic champions of the joys of pop, allying thrumming club beats with timeless songwriting craft to make something moving and lasting out of the allegedly disposable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great video of great show April 13, 2008
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i saw the show in boston - first row. it blew me away. the boys are at the top of their craft here - Neil sounds great and Chris is at his most blase. dancing, backups, and effects are uniformly excellent. a high energy and highly entertaining production.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars suprised how much i loved it August 22, 2007
I saw this concert in nyc at radio city music hall and was greatly suprised. I had not intensely followed the boys since the 90s and I fell in love with them all over again. the lighting, music, choreography and backup singers were incredible. The concept with the moving light cubes looked simple at first but really enhanced and benefited the performance. a must buy for any fan of 80s and 90s and now dance/pop/elelectronic music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.
This is a must for Pet Shop Boys fans. The audio is perfect. You never get tired of their music.
Published 3 months ago by james j connelly jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil & Chris does it again.
Pet shop boys, never fail to entertain... so much so that my three year old son favourite song from this collection is " I'm with stupid" i feel good that he keeps singing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dj Defprince
5.0 out of 5 stars Cubism
What a wonderful concert. Some new songs I hadn't heard and will now need to make more purchases to have them in my collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by kblackmo
1.0 out of 5 stars Karaoke in Concert
I've always liked the PSB's music, and after seeing some spectacular videos from bands that started up about the same time, such as OMD, The Cure, NIN, and others, I thought I'd... Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by J. Aiken
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a well-done concert DVD
Cubism is a concert film for a show from the duo's concert tour to promote the Fundamental album. The film was shot at the show in Mexico City on November 14, 2006. Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by Lesley Aeschliman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance
Great concert, I'm a huge fan and this was excellent, great setting and audio is very good. Looking forward for the next dvd.
Published on August 28, 2010 by Kramerica1971
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop At Its Best!
There are incredible and amazingly talented pop artists that are often overlooked and underrated. The Pet Shops Boys are the prime example to the aforementioned statement. Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by DJ CCIvar
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars and Nothing Less!
EXCELLENT concert production by the Pet Shop Boys during their "Fundamental" tour. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to see them during this tour, but I sure wish I did! Read more
Published on February 20, 2010 by Dr. D
4.0 out of 5 stars DJ JIMMYP APPROVES
Published on December 17, 2009 by W. J. Perigny
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved!
It was the best purchase ever! They are great in thie concert! All good old and new songs!!
Published on April 19, 2009 by Lisa Morikawa
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