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Peter Gabriel - Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped (2005)

Peter Gabriel , Hamish Hamilton , Anna Gabriel  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Gabriel
  • Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Anna Gabriel
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • 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: Rhino / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BF0DE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Still Groing Up Unwrapped - exclusive film and interview footage documentary
  • Exclusive studio footage
  • Peter Gabriel performing "Downside Up" and "Father, SOn" on the BBC show Later...With Jools Holland

Editorial Reviews

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Recorded in Europe in the summer of 2004, Peter Gabriel's Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped is a follow-up to 2003's Growing Up Live. The idea this time was to capture Gabriel and his band performing a variety of songs not heard on the earlier tour, with the gigs taking place in what he describes as "all sorts of smaller venues," where "we get up onstage with minimal lights and simply play the music." Of course, "smaller" is a matter of perspective; the town squares, outdoor amphitheatres, and other sites in Belgium, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France where the band appeared are still plenty big enough to hold several thousand people, and the production values are hardly what you'd call spartan. But whatever their dimensions, the shows yielded some extraordinarily powerful performances. After a haunting "The Feeling Begins" (a track from Gabriel's Passion, the score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), played solo on the Armenian doudouk, Gabriel and company take the stage and almost immediately forge a palpable bond with their audience. Indeed, what we are witnessing is as much a tribal rite as a concert, with the febrile, hypnotic intensity of the music matched by the crowd's chanted responses on such tunes as "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," and "Biko" (along with the latter, songs not heard on the previous DVD include "San Jacinto," "White Ashes," "The Tower that Ate People," and "Games Without Frontiers"; there's also a wonderful performance of "In Your Eyes" among the bonus tracks). Overall, this is a moving experience that viewers with sophisticated home systems will delight in sharing. The centerpiece of the set's second disc is Unwrapped, an approximately 70-minute "band on the road" documentary that would have been a standard variation of the form were it not for Gabriel's strong visual sense; check out the cool lighting and film projection effects used during the interviews with the artist. --Sam Graham

Product Description

November 2003 saw the release of Peter Gabriel's Growing Up Live DVD , chronicling his world tour, which was celebrated for its spectacular theatrics. Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped brings Peter Gabriel together again with the award-winning director Hamish Hamilton, capturing his performances in all sorts of smaller and more intimate venues around Europe for the Live version of the DVD. For the "Unwrapped" version (Disc 2), which explores the world behind the songs, Anna Gabriel took over the director's chair with the collaboration of Hamish Hamilton. A simpler approach suggested a different set list, and Peter, Hamish, and Anna were determined that this should be filmed in a very different style. It shows Peter Gabriel as many of his fans love to see him, just playing his music.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
God, how I hate to give Gabriel only 4 STARS!! Well, here goes. I couldn't decide whether or not to buy this in the store when I first saw it, but I just received it as an early Christmas present. This 2 Disc set contains scattered performances from the 2004 European Tour, STILL GROWING UP LIVE. The venues for each song are different and each performance has a different feel. Some are small venues while others are bigger arena venues. Some performances are a little lackluster while others are genuinely breathtaking and contain that religious awe which confirms why you're a Gabriel fanatic in the first place. As everyone knows, "Genesis is Great, but Peter Gabriel is God." Gabriel only tours about once every ten years, so any time you can find a LIVE performance on DVD it's usually a must have. Everytime he comes to L.A. I spend at least 250.00 to 500.00 dollars to see him up-close. He's the only artist I'll spend that kind of money on. And if you're a Gabriel fanatic you know what I'm talking about. I actually got to touch him once when I was in the front row at The Forum in L.A. Yay! This was in the 80's when he would do LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Live. SO (pun intended), is this worth having for the fanatic? The answer is a resounding YES.

The concert footage on Disc One is about 90 minutes long and contains seven new LIVE performances including:

COME TALK TO ME

SAN JACINTO

WHITE ASHES

THE TOWER THAT ATE PEOPLE

BURN YOU UP, BURN YOU DOWN

GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS

and BIKO.

Personally I think SECRET WORLD LIVE contains the superior version of COME TALK TO ME. And, SAN JACINTO for that matter.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more growing up live November 26, 2005
b4 i say what i'm gonna say, i'd like to state for the record that i'm a big PG fan...have been since a teen. also, i attended both growing up live performances...what a treat!

of course what matters is content. disc 1 is live stuff. the performances, as expected, are great. disc 2 is what i can't figure out. disc 2 is the live performances on disc 1, but with a blend of documentary footage, interviews and way too much playing with mirrors! [it was kinda cool at first but became hokey fast] PG's daughter is responsible for the second disc so perhaps dad was a little less focused on quality control. if you have 'growing up live' & 'a family portrait,' you don't need this set, unless your a hard-core fan like myself. also, not that this is important, but the packaging was not nearly as visually appealing as the first growing up live and play dvd's. not much to look at.

in summary, i would have much more preferred him directing his energy to finish up I/O [the next album] or an in depth road documentary [a family portrait, part II?] without all the mirror effects. Gabriel is much too dignified for that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apparently, there *was* more to be said... January 11, 2006
Being a devoted PG fan, I have the Growing Up Live DVD, as well as Family Portrait, the documentary made by Anna Gabriel about that tour. I also saw the Growing Up and Still Growing Up tours four times during their three year journey around the world.

So, when I first heard about this new release, I couldn't imagine what more there was to show that I hadn't already seen. I was wrong.

Disc one is a fairly straightforward (for PG) rendering of the last leg of the tour, using footage from three performances to show what the summer 2004 festival shows looked like. Again, being PG, the soundtrack sounds fantastic and has doutbless been overdubbed, to provide the viewer/listener with the best quality possible.

Disc two is slightly different. We see some of the same footage from disc one, but with additional interview segments - most from PG himself, but there's also some commentary from the members of the band who spent so much time working on this music with him. It's interesting to see the material illuminated in such a way.

The real gem of disc two, however, is in the extras. We are supplied with footage shot of the band at Real World during the rehearsal period back in 2002. This footage includes familiar tour offerings such as Darkness and Growing Up, in slightly rougher formats than were played on the road. Also included is No Way Out - a song that was a standout on PG's last studio album, Up, but was played only a handful of times in concert. Seeing and hearing it rendered here, you'll wonder why it wasn't given more stage time.

Somehow, PG (and his daughter, Anna) have managed to illuminate yet a little more of the world of his music with this DVD. I highly recommend picking it up, even if you have Growing Up Live - this shines light into some slightly different spaces.

Enjoy! :o)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, though not without its flaws. January 23, 2006
It may seem like overkill since it follows 2003's Growing Up DVD, but the latest live Gabriel release is a more than worthy addition that expands on the first and complements it. It's basically for existing fans, but SGU is a treat for anyone who wants more Peter. The guy's still got one of the greatest song catalogues around (is there anyone who doesn't love "In Your Eyes" or "Secret World"?) and he puts on a stage show like nobody else.

Disc 1 is the reason you want this set. Amid the usual greatness of a PG show it's got quite a few rarities & resurrected songs: "The Feeling Begins" (a doudouk solo without the percussion), "San Jacinto," "Games Without Frontiers," "Biko," "The Tower That Ate People," and the infectious "Burn You Up Burn You Down." The biggest treat is probably "White Ashes," transformed into a spine-tinglingly creepy electronic version that now has lyrics. The main downside is that it's a montage from several shows & venues rather than one performance. One minute they're in a small town square, the next moment it's a big ampitheater - it really kills that You-Are-There feeling that help make his earlier live videos such a treat.

Disc 2 basically repeats almost the same performances from disc 1, but intercut with different visuals and sporadic little monologues from Peter (and briefly the band) on all kinds of background things. What does he think about the human capacity for art? What are some of the songs about? How does technology influence music and vice-versa? This part doesn't beg for repeated viewings; it might have worked better as a separate documentary or even just a commentary track over the original video itself. Still, it's fascinating stuff (the visuals are nicely creative) and it makes the set more than 'just' another performance DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Concert Release
Still growing up is a solid release from Gabriel and good follow-up to growing up. Was a little disappointed that there were not more songs but the extra features are very nice... Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Peter J. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Emotions on this one but its the best of the Gabriels!!!
With no particular order, I don't like the fact that he addresses the audience and changes some lyrics to French! Who bought more copies of your concerts??? The U.S. Read more
Published on February 10, 2011 by Ryan Ratliff
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCEPTIONAL GABRIEL
This is a must have for any Peter Gabriel fan. Even though Shock The Monkey is missing, there are loads of other tracks that will keep you listening over and over again!
Published on September 18, 2008 by Alexa Amadeus
5.0 out of 5 stars simply fantastic!
This dvd will like even not the most passionate Peter Gabriel fans! Show is fantastic and enjoyable! I admire Peter Gabriel ability to move people and give so good feeling! Read more
Published on September 15, 2007 by Laura Vanaga
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of Gabriel's greatness
This 2-disc collection is a reminder, once again, of Peter's greatness. The performances on the stripped down Still Growing Up Tour prove that Gabriel doesn't always need the... Read more
Published on May 14, 2007 by Flexible_Strategies
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Growing Up
This may be a special offering for fans. This video was shot at smaller venues throughout Europe on the Still Growing Up tour. Read more
Published on February 14, 2007 by Bryan A. Pfleeger
2.0 out of 5 stars Not just shot at many places.
I'm a little surprised by the other reviews that comment on the different tracks being from different performances. It's much worse than just that. Read more
Published on November 29, 2006 by rice650
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabriels Art
First of all I bought this DVD last December and since that time I have read very few reviews that proclaim this DVD to be anything that special. I have to disagree! Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by Russ Bellinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall disappointed
Big Peter Gabriel fan here. To sum up:

Sound quality: fair at best

Video quality: good

Video editing/direction: very bad

Song... Read more
Published on January 4, 2006 by J. Farrell
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Concert Bad Documentary
I am a big Gabriel fan and have enjoyed everything he has done, but I am really disappointed by this video. The first problem is that is not taken from just one show. Read more
Published on January 1, 2006 by D. Boss
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