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Peter Gabriel - Play: The Videos (2004)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AELK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Videos: Father Son, Sledgehammer, Blood of Eden, Games Without Frontiers, I Don't Remember, Big Time, Lovetown, Red Rain, In Your Eyes, Don't Give Up, The Barry Williams Show, Washing of the Water, Biko, Kiss That Frog, Mercy Street, Growing Up, Shaking the Tree, Shock the Monkey, Steam, The Drop, Zaar, Solsbury Hill, Digging in the Dirt
  • 4:3/16:9 picture format; Dolby Digital and DTS 96 kHz/24-bit 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Video introductions
  • Programmable 18-track jukebox
  • Games Without Frontiers: Live 2004
  • Modern Love: original 1977 music video
  • The Nest That Sailed the Sky
  • Trailers: Family Portrait, Growing Up Live, Secret World Live

Editorial Reviews

Peter Gabriel has long been revered for his great songwriting, cinematic soundscapes, riveting concerts, and groundbreaking videos. Is it any surprise, then, that Play: The Videos is a music DVD for the ages? Nope. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling to watch--or to listen to. Gabriel has assembled and polished an evening-filling 26 clips, all of them collaborations with innovative visual artists and directors like Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, Francois Vogel, and Sean Penn. From the 1977 promo for "Modern Love" to 2003's "Growing Up" and much between, it's all here, and most viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find more than a couple videos they missed along the way. The focus is explicitly on conceptual pieces, the lone visual exception being a 2004 live rendition of "Games Without Frontiers" among the extras.

Gabriel says in an accompanying essay that "music can stand more repetition than video and music together." Play gives us something extra in light of that: fresh 5.1 surround mixes in both Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 for every track, with Gabriel/U2 production vet Daniel Lanois at the helm for most songs. (You'll get standard DTS sound from DTS-capable DVD players and, even better, lossless high-resolution audio from a DTS 96/24-compatible player.) The surround mixes are nothing short of revelatory, using all available channels to amplify Gabriel's ambient side while breaking out the percussion in fascinating ways and driving home the music's subterranean bass. --Michael Mikesell

Product Description

Peter Gabriel's impact on the music world is unparalleled. Included here in this DVD collection are the often outlandish video clips that have accompanied Gabriel's music over the years-18 visually stunning videos that capture a truly remarkable career.

Track Listing:
Father Son
Blood of Eden
I Don't Remember
Big Time
Red Rain
In Your Eyes
Don't Give Up
The Barry Williams Show
Washing of the Water
Kiss That Frog
Mercy Street
Growing Up
Shaking the Tree
Shock the Monkey
The Drop
Solsbury Hill
Digging in the Dirt

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! November 18, 2004
I didn't buy a lot of music video compilations in the 90's but for Peter Gabriel I made an exception. Why? Because his stuff is always groundbreaking. Like the Taking Heads video compilation, Gabriel's "Play" has stunning videos that matched the stunning music. Since Gabriel fans have to wait so long between music releases (that's not a complaint just the truth), it's nice to have a bunch of DVD releases back-to-back to keep us happy.

The picture quality is exceptionally good and the 5.1 mix is similar to that for the SACD re-releass (although I wish that they'd release all of those in hybrid format so I could play them in my car) in terms of the sound quality (to clarify the SACD's were NOT 5.1 mixes).All of my favs are here although some are curiously missing such as the alternate version of "Don't Give Up" plus we get a number of marvelous videos from his more recent albums and singles. I've always loved the song "Lovetown" and loved the moody, interesting video for "Growing Up".

We do get a brief 16 minute piece that covers the making of the videos as an extra. I do like having the option of the introductions to the various tunes, though. "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" really wouldn't have fit on here as its really Genesis material. I'm hoping that he'll issue the famous "Rockpalast" performance separately or that Genesis will put out a companion DVD to their boxed set about the years with Gabriel. I also miss the video Gabriel shot with Laurie Anderson for "Excellent Birds" (which has aired only once to the best of my knowledge). It was quirky and fun and I always liked Laurie's slightly different mix of the same song (which Gabriel went back and changed signficantly compared to the version on "So").
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Value November 19, 2004
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Even if you don't turn on your TV, it's the equivalent of two CDs' worth (141 minutes) of DD/DTS 5.1 remixes of PG's "greatest hits." Worth the price right there.

If you do turn on the TV you'll see a collection of innovative and entertaining videos, many of which can only be called "art."

If you're a PG fan it's a no-brainer. Even for casual listeners who just want a sampler, and even for people who want to show off their home theater systems with great-sounding surround music and eye-popping visuals, this is a great buy.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds very cool... October 1, 2004
The following paragraph is copied & pasted from the website "", which contains the first bit of information I heard about this DVD:

"The disc will feature 23 music videos, with fully restored video and new 5.1 mixes by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois in both Dolby Digital and 96khz/24bit DTS (a Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix is also included). Each video will have a short introduction featuring behind-the-scenes footage and/or Gabriel interview footage over the years. There's also an option to allow you to create a custom play list of up to 18 tracks, which can be viewed once or looped to repeat. The DVD will include 3 bonus videos in addition to the main 23, also in 5.1 sound. Finally, you'll get trailers for the DVD releases of Growing Up Live, A Family Portrait (a documentary look behind the scenes on the Growing Up Live tour directed by Anna Gabriel - available through the website) and Secret World Live. The specific list of videos on the DVD includes Father, Son, Sledgehammer, Blood of Eden, Games Without Frontiers, I Don't Remember, Big Time, Lovetown, Red Rain, In Your Eyes, Don't Give Up, The Barry Williams Show, Washing of the Water, Biko, Kiss That Frog, Mercy Street, Growing Up, Shaking the Tree, Shock the Monkey, Steam, The Drop, Zaar, Solsbury Hill and Digging in the Dirt. The bonus videos will include Games Without Frontiers (recorded live in 2004), Modern Love and The Nest That Sailed the Sky."

Wow!!! A collection of 23 music videos by one of my favorite musicians with extras and documentaries??? Count me in! Peter Gabriel's music, certainly, is amazing and fun to listen to. But his music videos as well have been revolutionary and influential. "Sledgehammer", alone, is enough to warrant the purchase of this DVD. I can't wait!
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - all in one place! October 25, 2004
Finally - the collection that Gabriel fans have been waiting for, with many of PG's videos in one place!

I haven't seen the DVD yet, but many of my British friends have (it came out in the UK a month before the US release). The word is that the new 5.1 sound mixes are spectacular, the menu options are wonderful and the picture is crystal clear and sharper than ever. Added to the excitement of seeing old favorites like "Sledgehammer" and "Games Without Frontiers" is the addition of rarities such as "Modern Love" (a song from PG's first solo album, with a video featuring him in the full bloom of his youth and beauty) all the way to "Father, Son" (a song from PG's relatively recent 'Ovo' album, with a video consisting of film shot by his daughter Anna, and featuring PG with both his 90-something year old father and his 4-year old son).

PG has been a proponent of combining audio and video since his early career. Genesis was known for their complex stage shows, and PG spent a great deal of time working on the visuals to accompany his solo work, all of which is to our lasting benefit. If you're on the fence, I strongly encourage you to get this DVD -- you will not be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful vocalist & architect of sounds
I have been an avid fan of Peter's since the very first time I heard "Selling England By The Pound." This review is not of Genesis, but to speak of Mr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter gabriel fan
I enjoyed his albums and hits. the videos are great to get if you like his music. this is for any fan of his.
Published 7 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD to own
The picture quality is very colorful and very clear, i love PETER GABRIEL!! his performance on these videos couldn't be any better, a few top 40 hits that any of his fans must... Read more
Published 20 months ago by TheMusicFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
All the very best of Gabriel here - His videos have always been innovative or evocative.. Great DVD
Published on July 21, 2011 by PompeyCauldron
5.0 out of 5 stars The Editorial Review is WRONG about DTS 96/24
The Editorial Review is WRONG about DTS 96/24. It is less lossy than plain DTS but it is still lossy, not lossless like DTS-HD Master Audio.
Published on January 22, 2011 by jaguar
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Peter Gabriel Videos
Peter Gabriel has awesome songs but his videos were way ahead of their time and they fit perfectly with his tunes. Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by Antonio J. Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars DTS 96/24 issue
Excellent PG DVD with a brilliant, aggressive surround mix by Daniel Lanois et al. One caveat: my region 4 PAL DVD suffered from the problem outlined here (Peter Gabriel... Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by burn808
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Gabriel, but I expected a bit more.
I am a Gabriel fan. His music has always been inspirational and cutting edge. His "Growing Up" concert tour was the best concert I have ever been to. Read more
Published on July 30, 2007 by Jared Bodine
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Peter Gabriel
This is a great compilation of all his classic videos. I'd also recommend his two live DVDs. He puts on as good of a live show as his videos. Read more
Published on May 21, 2007 by R. Zitnik
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a genius.
It is Peter Gabriel, and his videos show off more than just the music.
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