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Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two (2011)

Bruce Springsteen , Bono , Various  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Levon Helm, Edge, John Prine
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Video Service Corp
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00437IEB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Elvis Costello's aim has never been truer in seven up close and personal episodes of chords and conversation with superstar singers and songwriters including: - Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith and Jessie Winchester - Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint and Levon Helm - Bono and The Edge of U2- Mary Louise Parker interviews Elvis Costello - John Prine, Lyle Lovett and Ray Lamontagne - Bruce Springsteeb Part 1 & Part 2

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Company, Great Music June 7, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I dock this two-DVD set a star only because the second season of Spectacle, originally broadcast on the Sundance Channel, was truncated by it's abrupt cancellation in 2009. The interviews and performances are eminently watchable and listenable, however.

The inimitable genius Elvis Costello, a walking musical encyclopedia, hosts the show. It's a relaxed mixture of conversation and song with some of the finest musicians and songwriters working today: Bono and The Edge on the first program; Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, and Jesse Winchester on the second; Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, and Allen Toussaint on the third; Elvis himself on the fourth (interviewed by actress Mary-Louise Parker); Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine on the fifth; and Bruce Springsteen as the sole guest on the final two programs.

There are four extras on the DVDs: a behind-the-scenes documentary called "Inside Notes" hosted by co-executive producer David Furnish, and three bonus performances including a cover of U2's song "Dirty Day" by Elvis and the Imposters, a cover of Elvis' song "Alison" by Bono and the Edge, and Costello and the Imposters playing his own song "I Want You."

These seven shows plus extras run 315 minutes in total, less than half the length of the five-disc first-season set, which dates from 2008. The latter costs slightly less than this new release, so if you want value for money, start with Season One. But both sets are certainly worthwhile.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis & Friends May 4, 2011
Season Two of Elvis Costello's interview/jam session show is worth the purchase for the two episodes of his interview with Bruce Springsteen. Mr. Costello & Mr. Springsteen are old friends and it shows in the playful banter the two exchange. The musical numbers are awesome including an inspired medley of Mr. Springsteen's "Radio Nowhere" and Mr. Costello's "Radio Radio" as well as a take of Sam & Dave's "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (which Mr. Costello covered on his Get Happy!!! album) in which they decide which one of them is going be Sam and who is going to be Dave. Mr. Costello has an inquisitive interviewing style and his status as a rock legend himself helps him get more out of his guests than just a normal interviewer might.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I did not have an opportunity to see this Canadian produced show - which was recorded at both the famous Apollo Theater in New York and in Canada - on cable TV and I have not seen Season One yet, so, when Music Video Distributors released this set this month (they are not involved with Season One), I checked it out. Up front I have to tell you that I'm not a fan of Elvis Costello's singing. I think he's VERY knowledgeable - and his rapport with his guests (including insightful questions) is obvious - but I just never got into his vocalizations. That said, I really enjoyed this set.

The centerpiece is the two-part interview with Springsteen. I don't ever remember Springsteen doing an interview that long. He is very open and relaxed (almost to the point where he stumbles when trying to get words out (lots of "uh"'s) but that makes it real. And he plays great! So ALL Springsteen fans - if you haven't seen these shows, grab this.

The other episodes are interesting too. EC mixes John Prine, Lyle Lovett and the newer discovery Ray LaMontagne in one show and have then sing together at the end. There is Levon Helm (who couldn't talk - only play - because of his throat surgery) along with Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson. How often are you going to see that?

I have one gripe with this set though - and I'm not sure if it happened on Season One. The 50-minute episodes are "indexed" into chapters (usually five). But they are not indexed by the songs performed! You if you want to go back and hear a song, you need to "scan" through to find it. That was really annoying and forced me to drop my rating, from what would be an obvious five stars, to four.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, Great Blu-ray, Bad authoring July 14, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a truly great show, and a real shame we don't see this type of TV series more!
It is kind of similar to Storytellers but offers more unique performances (duets etc.), or if you want to the Conan O'Brian U2 special from 2005. Makes for a great entertaining no matter if you like the artist or not.

For me the highlights are:
Alison - this is by far one of Bono's greatest vocal performances EVER - they should make a "jazz-club" style record one day
Pump It Up / Get on your boots medley - absolutely stunning mash-up!
Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding by J.Winchester - no wonder other performers cracked in to tears this is so simple song yet so touching.
The Rising by mighty Bruce.

The quality of this release is also great - packed in a slip-case, with small but informative booklet.

Just WHY WHY WHY the authoring of both disk is dreadful, there are about 4-5 indexes per each episode, but they're nowhere near the songs! You have to manually search the performance! This is ridiculous.

The running time according to box is 350 min

The picture is crisp sharp MPEG-4 AVC 1080i in 1.78:1 aspect
The audio is in great DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0

Subtitles: English (incl. songs lyrics, excl. bonus tracks)



Mysterious Ways - E.Costello and The Imposters
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - E.Costello, The Imposters, Bono, The Edge
Stay (Faraway So Close) - Bono, The Edge, Steve Nieve
Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad - Bono and The Imposters
Pump It Up / Get On Your Boots - E.Costello, The Imposters, Bono, The Edge


Payday - E.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Great show - especially the guitar pull with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp and Chris Kristofferson
Published 1 month ago by Ole Skov Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
real good
Published 2 months ago by DERBS
5.0 out of 5 stars What a series!
Elvis reintroduced us to Jesse Winchester that season. He hosted some very interesting guests. Too bad network TV wouldn't carry him
Published 7 months ago by wdjaskow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video, especially interaction between Elvis and Springsteen.
Great video, especially interaction between Elvis and Springsteen. Love seeing each performing the others songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carol Musich
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 duds in a row
ok this is pathetic two copies of this on blu-ray and both have issues with only one disc that works
Published on December 22, 2011 by W. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Second Series Box Set
I didn't think the second series of this remarkable TV series could beat the first for pure entertainment, but despite that box having 6 discs and this one only 2, the series... Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Johnny boy
3.0 out of 5 stars Won't Play
Like another reviewer, I have playback problems, disc two won't play for me, disc one is fine. Amazon was nice enough to exchange my first order, but the second one was exactly as... Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Ed
1.0 out of 5 stars Tech problems w/DVDs?
Discs wont play; Ive tried 3 different machines. My DVD Players are each 5 to 8 yrs old but rarely do I have a title that wont play in at least one machine. Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by Rob Burns
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Region free?
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