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Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter

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The wildly successful Red Hot + Blue project, featuring such world-class artists as U2, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, and Sinead O’Connor, and such acclaimed directors as Wim Wenders, Alex Cox, and Jonathan Demme, is finally being released with the care that it deserves. Originally issued in 1990, the Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter album created massive media attention for AIDS relief and became the first release in a 15-album series. An eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter Cole Porter, it went platinum, spent 24 weeks on the Billboard charts, and generated $3 million dollars for AIDS charities worldwide, but its companion piece, a VHS collection of music videos, was somewhat relegated to the shadows. That changes with the 2-disc Special Edition package of Red Hot + Blue, which contains all the music videos on a DVD and the album, complete with a much-needed remastering, on a CD, both in the same package.
DVD Program Listing:
1. David Byrne—Don’t Fence Me In
2. Neneh Cherry—I’ve Got U Under My Skin
3. Jimmy Somerville—From This Moment On
4. Jody Watley—After You, Who?
5. Salif Keita—Begin The Beguine
6. Erasure—Too Darn Hot
7. Sinead O’Connor—You Do Something To Me
8. The Jungle Brothers—I Get A Kick Out Of You
9. The Neville Brothers—In The Still Of The Night
10. k.d. lang—So In Love
11. Les Negresses Vertes—I Love Paris
12. Aztec Camera—Do I Love You?
13. Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop—Well, Did You Evah!
14. Lisa Stansfield—Down In The Depths
15. Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues—Miss Otis Regrets / Just One Of Those Things
16. Tom Waits—It’s All Right With Me
17. U2—Night And Day
18. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
19. Bill Irwin—Comedy Sketches
20. Annie Lennox—Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Live on VH1 Honors)

Plus bonus remastered CD with the same tracks in a different running order

Special Features

  • All 18 original music videos
  • Live performance of “Everytime We Say Goodbye” by Annie Lennox with Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter from the 1995 VH1 Honors Awards
  • Comedy sketches by Bill Irwin
  • Interviews with Roland Gift, Richard Gere and John Malkovich culled from the 1991 Red Hot + Blue TV special
  • The original CD release of the million selling album

Product Details

  • Actors: Afrika Bambaataa, Bono, David Byrne, Neneh Cherry, Adam Clayton
  • Directors: David Byrne, Adelle Lutz, Alex Cox, Edward Lachman, Jean-Baptiste Mondino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5TOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter" on IMDb

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Damon Devine on April 25, 2006
Format: DVD
What a terrible shame the quality of this DVD is gastly. Why on EARTH, with such spectacular performers and rare videos, could they not have got up off their lazy a---s and digitally remastered this? Why? It's blurred, and the contrast is terrible. The ONLY clear thing (besides all their effort put into the fancy MENU (!) is the bonus footage of marvelous Annie Lennox taken from television. It appears to be from a master tape--unlike the company's own videos!
I was SO looking forward to seeing Sinead O'Connor and Annie Lennox with brilliant color and clarity--only to see it worse (and I kid you not) than the VHS quality. What's the point of putting something on DVD if it isn't any different in quality than the VHS, which can be found for a few bucks online or in any used video store? If you were to record your VHS version on to a blank DVD+R, you would have exactly what is available here. This was an important project, so I am shocked. I hope this helps save you money and especially disappointment.

A NOTE: The CD (not the DVD) is beautifully remastered and is included in this package. If you are strictly into the music (CD) and not interested in the videos (DVD), this product will be worth it for you. If you were hoping for newly remastered video clips as well, you will be considerably disappointed.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
Format: DVD
I had to have this. My VHS of "Red Hot and Blue" was pretty much worn out and I was thrilled to get this - at last! - on DVD. But Jezzy Christmas, was anyone watching this when the final masters were getting made? As everyone here has stated, the transfers are horrific. The images frequently grain out, colors wash out, and the aspect ratio clips the names of the performers off the early credits. Add that the closing credits inexplicably stop in the middle, and you realize that someone was seriously asleep at the wheel here.

And that masticates the massive one. There are heartbreaking great videos here (the two by k.d. lang and Annie Lennox still brought a tear to my eye), but they are lost in this incomprehensible mess of a reissue. Given the massive historical importance of this project (believe it or not, this was the first ever network television show to use the word 'condom' and was a watershed moment in raising awareness of AIDS and of Ronald Reagan's incompetent handling of the crisis) and the star power invloved, why the heck didn't anyone dig for better quality?

The three stars are for merely being able to get "Red Hot and Blue" back on the market again, and the CD mastering is terrific. But please, Shout Factory, go back for a re-do! Please!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By isajck on May 6, 2006
Format: DVD
This was purchased with the hope that the other reviews were somehow incorrect...they were not. After waiting years to have Red Hot Blue on DVD I was actually sad after watching it. Now that sadness is turning to anger. How could they do this to such an important project? It's criminal.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Rys on May 4, 2006
Format: DVD
If you're reading this review, you probably already know about the content of the disc. I bought the Japanese import on Laserdiscs more than 10 years ago, and was so happy to hear that it was finally coming out on DVD. It was such an important project on so many levels, not to mention the eclectic mix of artists and songs. The laserdisc was pretty good, with an additional 12" x 12" booklet included with the disc. It was a great presentation and transfer, and I was first in line on street date to get the DVD.

I don't think that I've seen a transfer this bad on DVD, ever. It's really THAT bad. It looks like they took a worn out VHS copy of a copy and mastered it on disc. Yeah, it's that bad.

I hated writing this review because I don't want to diminish sales for this project. But this DVD should be recalled, and some serious quality assurance should be applied to a remaster. Don't waste your money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By janina on May 7, 2006
Format: DVD
it took them 15 years but it was about time that they did a clever mix of a dvd music video with the classic original extra songs included in with the cd and well worth the wait.

i found the quality excellent and liked the fact of the different styles of musicians and celebrities through the entire compilations to enhance in a blend of great interpretive songs/gems from the exceptionally talented songwriter cole porter.

the overall, i see was high in content and extras and for a good cause of course with excellent art form to boot. it's content talking about education, take precaution with history and current news on aids with people different takes with music videos. some examples were richard gere, john malkovich, debbie harry, annie lennox and others which also did brief clips with these people in between the music videos to break up the songs.

of course, the premise of this is for sales, music, help and awareness and i found the talks were not intrusive but brief and with interesting points from each person. i liked all the music videos but the ones that stood out the best to me were kd lang, sinaed o'connor, lisa stansfield, neneh cherry, annie lennox and the beautifully sung "do i love you" remix from aztec camera.

it's definately an interesting mix of sounds from various types of musical artists but i enjoyed the balance and think it was well worth the price for everything.

i would highly recommend it and found it a timeless treasure at home or on the road...
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I have read elsewhere, and I don't see it mentioned here, that the original masters for the video have been lost. They had no choice but to take the entire presentation from a poorer VHS copy.
That is what I read, seriously. I know it seems odd that even in the 80s treasures like this weren't... Read More
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