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The Cars Unlocked - The Live Performances (with CD) (2006)

The Cars , The Cars  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Cars
  • Directors: The Cars
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U5VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New concert film with over 20 never-before-seen live performances, rare interview footage, sound checks, home video, and more
  • CD: 10 live performances of classic songs, plus four new songs
  • 28-page book with rare photos and song lyrics selected by Ric Ocasek

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Produced by Ric Ocasek, Unlocked presents the Cars at their herky-jerky, hard-edged best. For those who followed the Beantown quintet in the 1980s, it's sure to come as a nostalgic experience--singer/bassist Benjamin Orr succumbed to cancer in 2000, while Todd Rundgren took Ocasek's place in 2006's "New Cars" reunion. Edited by Ocasek's son Eron, the 72-minute feature operates like a virtual scrapbook, alternating video-shot concert and backstage footage with radio interviews and stills. Consequently, as a disclaimer states at the beginning, the audio-visual quality is adequate at best. (Then again, this is a side of the band never captured by MTV.) Further, some of the bits are just plain silly, especially the dressing room antics. Fortunately, the rock-your-socks-off factor is high and there are unexpected surprises, like keyboard player Greg Hawkes's impromptu cover of the Cramps' "Human Fly." Of the performances, standouts include "My Best Friend's Girl" from 1979 and "Just What I Needed" from 1980, both recorded in Washington DC (like too many music films, locations are not identified until the end credits). Altogether, Unlocked exhumes 20 live tracks plus five bonus numbers, including an alternate version of Orr's enduring ballad "Drive." --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Founded in 1977 by Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, The Cars shook up the music scene with their distinctive sound and modern aesthetic, both of which continue to influence musical style today. A dominant presence on the charts throughout the 1980s, the band released six multi-platinum albums that spawned over a dozen top twnty hits and led to sold out tours worldwide. Now you can experience the thrill of seeing The Cars live with THE CARS UNLOCKED. Featuring over twenty never-before-seen live performances from their sold-out U.S. tours plus interview footage, sound checks, slide shows, backstage antics, and home video shot by the band, this limited edition set is your key to unlock The Cars. Live performances include: MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL - LETS GO - GIMME SOME SLACK - UP AND DOWN - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - DON’T YOU STOP - MOVING IN STEREO - CANDY-O - YOU MIGHT THINK - DRIVE - TONIGHT SHE COMES - MAGIC - SHAKE IT UP - GOOD TIMES ROLL - THIS IS THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE CARS. DVD Features: 20 Songs +6 Bonus Performances; 28-Page Photo Lyric Book; Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound; Trailer INCLUDES A BRAND-NEW FULL LENGTH CD: THE CARS UNLOCKED--THE LIVE PERFORMANCES - This first-ever live album from The Cars features 10 digitally-remastered live performances of Cars hits including: MAGIC - TOUCH AND GO - DRIVE - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - MOVING IN STEREO - YOU MIGHT THINK - Plus Four Never-Before-Released Songs!

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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Car crash, a total wreck October 26, 2006
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As for the reviews giving this 5 stars and singing it's praises, yes, it is nice to have some footage of The Cars playing live---if you're ok with the songs being talked over, seeing random backstage footage and other wastes of time. Note how this is labeled "The Live Performances"? Isn't that what you would expect to see? Well, you do---in limited amounts. If you're ok with a song starting and playing for a minute or two and then seeing the group randomly wander around backstage or on the sets of some of their videos WHILE the song continues to play in the background, then this collection is for you. If you want to see a full Cars concert, buy the 1979 Musikladen DVD as that is much better than this in terms of delivering a live show. A couple of reviewers have mentioned the quality of the footage---it is hit or miss. I realize some of this footage was taken from the 70's and there are lines of static that roll through certain songs, BUT I happen to have seen a show from '78 and another from '84 (both of which this DVD draws footage from) and they look and sound better than what has been released here. Now why would the label and/or Ric Ocasek not have access to better footage to use in this release? It does exist somewhere (both shows I mentioned were shot for TV). All in all, for nostalgic purposes, it's decent, but for sheer live performance, look elsewhere. Oh, the CD sounds fine but is sort of an afterthought compared to the video, which was the primary selling point of the whole package.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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While I can understand the frustration over the DVD - yes it could have been somewhat better, this is still a "must have" item for fans of The Cars music. First off, while this is being sold as a DVD + CD, it might be better judged as the reverse, a CD + DVD. It should be noted that the CD is not an audio version of the DVD performances, but in fact contains entirely different live performances than are found on the DVD (at least from what I can tell; if there's any overlap it's likely no more than 3 performances, but probably no overlap at all). And I have no problem with the quality here; the audio quality (which is the most important part) is consistently good-to-great, while the concert video varies from "perfect" to at least highly watchable. (Oddly enough, most of the lowest image quality video parts are the non-concert "backstage" scenes, which is no big loss since that's not the main attraction of the DVD).

My best guess is that the CD is from a combination of 1984 and 1987 live-for-radio concerts (based on the sound and the setlist, along with the inclusion of both "Double Trouble" [1987 tour] and "Heartbeat City" [1984 tour]), fourteen songs, it's terrific. The Cars were always great musicians with interesting songs, but sometimes their studio albums were so polished that they could sound a bit sterile. This I feel was especially the case with the "Candy-O" album, which has many great songs, but after a while begins to sound almost as if a computer is performing rather than human beings. And while this live CD doesn't depart much from the studio versions, it's different enough, and being live - it's "raw" enough - to be very interesting and enjoyable.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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One look at the packaging of this latest "Cars Unlocked" release and fans will think it contains outstanding quality. Well if you're a "Cars" fan like me, you'll be completely disappointed with this DVD/CD release once you open it. The outside packaging looks fantastic but it's the absolute worst idea I have ever seen. The DVD and CD sit inside a 28 page photo booklet and each disc slides into a paper sleeve built into the front & back booklet cover.

The packaging for this release is so cheap,that the disc's were already scratched before I even had a chance to play them. The twenty so called never-before seen live performances are just a collection from various US tours from 1978-1987 and the quality of the sound & video range from average to poor. The Dolby 5.1 sound is inconsistent throughout the DVD and the video transfer isn't much better than a bootleg video. The video transfer is grainy and riddled with all sorts of imperfections and the poor editing and camera work make this DVD even more frustrating to watch.

As for the audio CD included in this set, the sound quality isn't anything to really get excited about. The studio has also included a disclaimer regarding the sound and video quality for this release. Unfortunately you don't see it until you put the disc into your player and by then it's too late. Let's be honest if they put the disclaimer on the outside of the package, nobody would buy it. This review is strictly my opinion of what I've seen and heard in this "Cars" release and it's definitely not worthy of a five star rating. Fortunately for me I was able to return it due to the severe scratches from the poor package design and I didn't bother with a replacement copy. My advice to "Cars" fans is to steer clear of this release.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed October 20, 2006
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As a longtime fan of the Cars obsessed by their music, I immediately gave this DVD/CD release an A++ the moment I became aware of it even though I had yet to experience the product. That is the fan in me. Upon listening and viewing, though it has flaws, I gave it Amazon's top rating of 5 stars simply because, as superficial as this may sound, it made me happy and timeless memories were once again imagined.

The DVD has many of the band's smash hit tracks and more. There are behind-the-scenes antics of the band mingled with some of the songs. In some instances, the arrangement works, in others not so much. One priceless moment, however, was the brief interview with Benjamin Orr (probably during the "Hello Again" video shoot) shown prior to live version of "Drive." To see Orr's cherubic smile was chilling especially with his untimely passing due to pancreatic cancer.

Among the highlights are the last two clips which are from the "Us Festival" and while it never hurts to see attractive ladies having a blast at an outdoor rock concert, "Shake it Up" and "Good Times Roll" are outstanding performances.

The shining moment is probably the "extras" portion of the DVD where five bonus tracks are found. Two personal favorites, "Cruiser" and "Everything You Say" made the cut. Solid vocals from Orr in each case. The rockin' "Strap Me In," the haunting melody of "Drive" and "Touch and Go" finish out the five.

Unfortunately, the main portion of the DVD basically overlooks the Cars' unfairly abandoned "Door to Door" release but does include the "Panorama" era and, to this reviewer, that is worthy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
Amazing!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by KJTexas1979
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S MAGIC!
DO THE MOVE WITH THE QUIRKY JERK! ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREAT ORIGINAL CONCEPTS : REAL MUSICIANS WHO MADE THEIR OWN WAY WITH INTELLIGENCE AND HONESTY. YOU MIGHT THINK. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kennethlujan
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this
Great DVD. Well done and totally entertaining. Great performances. I appreciate them even more after seeing the live shows. What a great band! And way under rated.
Published 3 months ago by Jeri Ramone
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
I love the cars but I think this is messy...but with the legacy gone since Ben Orr passed we cling fast to anything that preserves their memory...enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by wendy parson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cars are such a great band!
The Cars are such an amazing band! I loved them the first time I heard them. I'm glad they're still rockin'! Benjamin, we miss you so much.
Published 10 months ago by metaluna00
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock must never die
This is my music ; when i was a teenager til now
I am 51 years but last saturday I saw Bruce Springsteen as top-act at " Werchter Classic " in Belgium for a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Giovanni Praet
5.0 out of 5 stars cars fan
I enjoy watching the old live performances and see how they get ready for show time. this one is for any cars fan who likes there live stuff.
Published 16 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have for a Cars Fan
I really enjoyed this DVD for the most part, the live performances were awesome and the sound check footage was cool too. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Ernest W. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a voyeur of The Cars
This is a great dvd, full of behind the scenes, sound checks and more. Love the old footage but because it was distrubuted, therefore contents being controlled by Ric Ocasek, there... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Harmsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Cars Unlocked dvd/cd
If you like The Cars...Get this set. I see some negative responses about the sound and picture quality and dont know why??? Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by Farzaholic
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