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The Dresden Dolls - Paradise (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Roadrunner Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5KSN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Dresden Dolls very first live DVD, directed by Michael Pope. The set is mostly stuff from their album and covers, as they did not want to leak songs from the upcoming new album. The two-piece band from Boston, made up of singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer (and occasional guitarist) Brian Viglione, hosted a free concert at the Paradise in Boston this past July. Over 50 performers came from across the globe to entertain audiences and the streets of Boston before the concert. It was filmed, and this is the result.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't see them live, then you NEED to see this. November 18, 2005
If you aren't already familiar with The Dresden Dolls' music - you'll want to catch up some before you read this.

But if you already know & love the music, or if you've heard their albums before but didn't quite get what all the fuss was about, you absolutely need to see this DVD. I've yet to know anyone who has seen them live and didn't get it. Their live show is something every music fan should see once, and if you can't make it to an actual show, this really is the next best thing - and it will only set you back around $10.

Director Michael Pope has managed to do something I didn't think would be possible - he captured all of the energy and passion from The Dresden Dolls' live show in this DVD. The sound for the June 2005 show at Paradise in Boston is near perfect, and the video footage is simply sublime. Creative editing allows us to see both Amanda and Brian for most of the show, something you can't really do even when you're there in person.

The track list for this show is only missing one real gem (Coin Operated Boy - though that is included as a bonus clip) and includes a pair of outstanding cover tunes. The line-up:

Good Day
Missed Me
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
Perfect Fit
Christopher Lydon
Bad Habit
Half Jack
Girl Anachronism
Pierre (Carole King)

Each track could stand alone as a beautiful video, but altogether it's one amazing show.

The extras are bountiful as well. There are two live tracks from the Roskilde Festival (Coin Operated Boy and Girl Anachronism), and while the sound & video are not nearly as good as the Boston show, it's still quite nice to see.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extract me from my plastic fantasy January 17, 2006
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One of the most unique rock bands in years has been the Dresden Dolls, a kitschy goth band with hard-hitting cabaret-punk and a sense of humour about themselves. When I put their self-titled debut on my computer and listened, I knew I was hearing a winner.

And now "Dresden Dolls -- Paradise" shows fans a few other facets of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, and their live performances. It's not only a cool DVD for fans, who will adore these little nuggets of insight, but for anyone who is contemplating becoming a musician.

It opens with a "day in the life," shot with handheld cameras (don't worry, it's not nausea-inducing). We get to see the Dolls do all those ugly little morning things people do: roll out of bed, drop things in the toilet, swear, paint on eyebrows, get shampooed, do yoga, and run around in sweats. And in Amanda's case, go through songwriting agonies and practice singing at the station.

Then tragedy: the Dolls are going to perform an intimate performance at the Paradise in Boston, and Brian's drum kit is AWOL. Enter a hilarious sock-puppet reenactment of a new drum kit being gotten, and the Dolls hanging out in ancitipation of their performance. We also get to hear from the Dolls' pals, neighbors, some of their fans (including little children), and a bunch of kitsch-goth fans congregating in front of the theatre.

I haven't been lucky enough to see the Dolls perform live -- yet -- but you can feel the energy just watching a live DVD. We're taken backstage for the pre-show and an interview where Christopher Lyden asks about "that song," and the Dolls answer a few fans' questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the best music DVD i have ever purchased. December 2, 2005
By Pam
For those of you who don't know, The Dresden Dolls are probably the most creative musical act in the business right now. It is hard for me to describe what their music is like but i guess I would say its like Tori Amos and Theolonious Monk meet the Joker. It sounds like a very eclectic mix and it is, and it is damn good! The name Punk Cabaret has been attached to this music and I guess that it is pretty appropriate. This band is very entertaining, seeing them live is like visiting the Molin Rouge except with much better music. Amanda and Brian are full of personality and they let it flow out freely. It is inspiring and many of their shows feature performances by their grateful fans.

The show at Paradise is no different. On this DVD there is the pre-show, with Christopher Lydon, yes the Christopher that the song is about, there are fan performances, and of course there is the awesome show. I have seen the Dolls before but not like this. This is probably their best show so far and I am sad that I missed it. Luckily I have this DVD which is enough to assuage my sense of loss.

Other features on this DVD are:

"A Life in the Day of The Dresden Dolls", a one day documentary which is like crack for fans like me.

A portion of their concert at the Roskilde Festival, in Denmark 2005

The Videos of Coin- Operated boy and Girl Anachronism

If you are already a Dresden Dolls fan then you shouldn't even be reading this anymore, you should be buying a copies for yourself, your siblings and all of your friends. If you don't know what this band is about then this DVD will be an ear-opening and incredibly enjoyable experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Live Concert DVD...Very good
Published 3 months ago by jersey dall
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing set from the Dresden Dolls....
The Dresden Dolls are at their most raw and powerful in this great set from their first DVD. The original tunes are great with Half Jack and Girl Anachronism the stand outs, but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim Kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Record Company is screwing Amanda over
If you're a fan of Amanda Palmer,
please buy direct from HER website,
or buy in person at one of her shows. Read more
Published on September 7, 2009 by Device Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb set
I just wanted to second all of the great reviews this DVD has already received. Having just seen the Dolls in Boston (Dec. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by Duryea Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD At An Incredible Price
Spend the day with genuinely talented musicians who aren't egotistical jerks then see them perform in an intimate club. Who could ask for anything more?
Published on June 15, 2007 by Poe's Son
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats DD live... but this comes close
There's no way to explain a LIVE Dresden Doll show, but watching it could get you half way there. If you don't think you'll be seeing DD live within the next year but must see more... Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Nichole Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars DollsDolls
what can i say about this except great.wonderful pre-show the in the life was great for any doll fan this is enjoyable and makes you want to go to a show now!!
Published on March 13, 2007 by I. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What an interesting look into a most fascinating band.

The personalities both on and off stage are very complex and intriguing. A must have for any Dresden Dolls fan.
Published on January 15, 2007 by John A. Delesandro
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful....
Saw them live twice opening for NIN in Atlanta. They blew me away[which doesn't happen much!]. Can't wait to see them live again. Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by Jimmy DeLoche
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence!
I don't usually listen to this type of music, but the group has made me like it a lot more than I did before. Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by D. Corbridge
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