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Peter Gabriel: So Classic Album [Blu-ray] (2012)

Peter Gabriel , Peter Gabriel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Gabriel
  • Directors: Peter Gabriel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N5UX5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,360 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The latest addition to the acclaimed & award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So. It was Gabriel's fifth solo album and the first one to have a title (the others all having just been called Peter Gabriel ). The album spawned a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including Sledgehammer, Big Time, Don't Give Up (a duet with Kate Bush) and In Your Eyes which drove So to multi-platinum sales, the No.1 spot in the UK and No.2 in the US. So was very much an album of the MTV generation and the distinctive videos for tracks like Sledgehammer, Red Rain, Big Time and Don't Give Up were key factors in the album's success. The program features contributions from many of those involved in the making of the album and the videos including Peter Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, engineer Kevin Killen and musicians Jerry Marotta, Laurie Anderson, Tony Levin and Manu Katché amongst many. / Bonus Features: Over 30 minutes of additional material not included in the broadcast version.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Albums series is in need of a boost. October 25, 2012
By Khonsu
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This is a documentary that could have been twice the length that it was because of the fact that the subject matter seems so interesting and so vital to a lot of music fans. I think that any production company or individual who is intending to put together a music documentary needs to first view the recent George Harrison film "Living in the Material World" as an example of what can be done with the format. I believe that if a person, a place, or a record album are interesting enough to have its story told on film then it should be told for all its worth. Don't cut corners, don't omit, and don't edit out whole blocks of subject matter because of time or budget "restraints". Don't sell the art, or the audience, short.

In the case of the Classic Albums take on Peter Gabriel's "So" you have yet another production from Eagle Rock/Isis Productions that leaves the viewer wanting more. There are some glaring omissions in terms of the cast of characters. Most notably a handful of musicians whose performances are a part of "So", but for whatever reason do not lend their voices to this production. They mention drummer Stewart Copeland, even going so far as isolating his part on the mixing console, but he doesn't show up in the film to talk about it. Why? Mr. Copeland is generally quite a character on camera, and "a name" as far as the Marketing department is concerned. I can't think of any other tunes where Stewart Copeland simply played his distinctive "hi hat" style, and nothing more. What was HIS take on that request? The comments and sections with the drummers Manu Katché and Jerry Marotta are pretty brief (especially Marotta), but at least they're shown on camera. So you are left wondering where is the other (more) famous drummer, Mr.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The interviews take a great in-depth look at each song from So, from Peter, other musicians, editors, collaborators, producers, etc. In fact, I loved that there were no interviews (as is common on VH1 and every other station nowadays) from comedians and "celebrities". Someone cares what the guy from Full House thinks of Sledgehammer? Anyway, not in this review thankfully. These interviews lend great hand to the understanding of this album, and why it took a full year to complete.

There is also great footage of videos and concerts, which are essential to a review such as this. However, there is where this Blu-Ray falls flat. While the quality of the interview segments are perfect, the quality of the non-interview footage is VHS quality. I literally have better quality footage in my personal collection of this same material. Not getting better sources is corner cutting that is unacceptable when offering a Blu-Ray. While I understand this old footage won't look perfect, it was significantly below standard.

The content is 5 star...-1 for this corner cutting on non interview footage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My fellow reviewer, Khonsu, has written a fairly lengthy, and detailed, review of this "episode" in the ongoing "Classic Albums" series of documentaries from Eagle Vision, each of which concentrates on the individual songs on a classic album, so I won't repeat what he has written but - hopefully - add to the info he has provided.

First, I have to admit that I like Peter Gabriel and his music but I can't say I'm a compulsive fan. I find the Classic Albums series informative and helpful since it helps me understand all the work - in this case over a year - to put a single 45-minute album together. Using new interviews with many involved in the project - most importantly the artist, the producer and the sound engineer - plus archival "music videos" to cover the album in under an hour (these were made for broadcast on VH1 before home video release), I learn a lot. The interviews, other than those noted above, depend- of course - on access to them. In this case we get Laurie Anderson, who is fairly accessible for projects she likes, but not Kate Bush. Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard a Bush interview for a documentary. And, Khonsu regrets that that no one from Gabriel's label is included. I seem to remember a guy from Geffen records making his comments.

Producer Daniel Lanois is given a lot of screen time and he is an engaging speaker.

So, I felt this volume was at least equal to the rest of the Classic Albums series.

The DVD includes four additional interview segments - totaling 35 minutes (50% more than the broadcast version) - three of which cover the songs "Sledgehammer", "Big Time" and "In Your Eyes", plus one on Gabriel's involvement in the Amnesty International concerts. And the DVDs are fairly priced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! February 3, 2013
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I have been a huge Peter Gabriel fan for years now and this dvd was absolutely Fantastic. If you are a fan, casual listener or just a lover of great music this is a must have. So cool to see all the behind the scenes stuff and the way the album came together. ADD THIS DVD TO YOUR COLLECTION>>>>>>>TODAY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album May 29, 2014
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This is a GREAT album and seeing the process in which this incredible musician completed this epic album is fascinating!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars peter gabriel fan
I enjoy peter Gabriel music for years and this is a great one to get if you are fan of his music.
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by John O. Kinnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful! Thanks!
Published 2 months ago by Dave Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
so fast so good
Published 3 months ago by Luis Denis Catasus
2.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't bother if you are looking for music.
Was more of a documentary... little music. Although interesting, I was hoping for much more music. Maybe I wasn't paying attention when I purchased this DVD, but it should of said... Read more
Published 5 months ago by rod silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...!!!
Whether you make records or just listen to them, if you're a Peter Gabriel fan, this video is one of the coolest behind the scenes journeys into the secret world where musical... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fred Puaatuua
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i looking for!!!.
i am looking for just musics not what they have in this blu-ray( i should have read the whole things through before order).
Published 21 months ago by Boonsong Thaweethai
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Look at Peter Gabriel's Other Masterpiece
Behind the scenes with one of our greatest artist's (not to mention human being's) triumphs, the 1986 long-player that catapulted him to pop star status. Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. Manson
5.0 out of 5 stars informative
this is a fun dvd. It is interesting to find out what he had in mind for each song and their meanings.
Published 21 months ago by Francesca Poli
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Great episode of this wonderful series
Classic Albums remains the best "series" ever for any serious music fan. Each 60 minute episode dissects the motivation and execution of some of rocks most iconic albums with the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jim Stalker
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