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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Times., April 1, 2005
This review is from: I'm Only Looking - The Best of INXS (DVD)
If, like me, you were the first generation of MTV watchers, then INXS was a band you also saw around the clock, particularly in 1987/88. Rhino Records does a pretty good job of rounding up key videos, live footage, rare videos and interviews on this two disc set.

Disc One: 25 of their most famous videos all remastered in 5.1 surround sound or DTS, your choice. The videos document the band's progression throughout their entire career with an absence of any material from their second album, "Underneath The Colours". I enjoyed watching some of the videos I somehow missed over the years plus revisiting the ones everyone knows--particularly "What You Need" and "Need You Tonight/Mediate". To me, the one glaring omission is 1987's "Good Times" video from "The Lost Boys" motion picture. Any omissions seem minor compared to the generousity of 25 videos, plus several others on disc two.

Disc Two: Also remasterd in 5.1 surround sound or DTS. This makes for enjoyable listening when viewing 10 selected live performances from throughout the band's career. This, too, gives a progression of how the band changed and matured over the years. Michael certainly seems more self assured by the time of "Elegantly Wasted". I could have done without the four remixed videos. There really wasn't anything to see with them, just four remixed/extended versions of four songs from "X". The 18 minute documentary surrounding "Welcome To Wherever You Are" was okay, but didn't really give any insight into this popular band. The independently directed videos from "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts" were amusing, particularly the video for "Make Your Peace". It was nice to see Ray Charles and Michael in the video for "Please (You Got That...)". The rare and unreleased videos were also interesting, and this is where "Good Times" ought to have been placed but wasn't. Of interest are the videos for "Everything", "Searching" and "Don't Lose Your Head"--all from "Elegantly Wasted", which should have received more airplay back in 1997. The only video I ever saw was "Elegantly Wasted". The 18 minute behind the scenes documentary was somewhat annoying because the music slightly overwhelmed the dialogue from manager Chris Murphy, director Richard Lowenstein and band members as they recounted making their videos. You see clips of some videos that were not included on this compilation too! In fact, there's even mention of a video for "Guns In The Sky" which does not see the light of day on this compilation. Lastly, the photo montage of the band throughout the years set to an instrumental, orchestrated version of "Baby Don't Cry" was good. There's a segment about the band's website as well. When I went to the website the one thing that disappointed me was that fans do not have access to any desktop wallpaper or images of the band. In fact, the site says that only media people can access such material. Gee, Van Halen offers fans desktop wallpaper, as well as many other bands, but not Inxs.

So, for a career spanning collection, this is above average but could have been even more complete.
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2009 10:03:51 AM PST
Sinxce Good Times was from The Lost Boys it was very likely a rights issue due to the film footage.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2011 7:59:38 AM PDT
auzusa says:
Another glaring omission is "Burn for You" shot in North Queensland and London during their 1984 tour. I have been wanting to get a copy of this clip (Richard Lowenstein) for the LONGEST time as my friends and I feature prominently in the footage shot in NQ (Townsville show). Great memories, but frustrating that it is not available anywhere.
Darn it!

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 8:00:03 AM PDT
auzusa says:
Another glaring omission is "Burn for You" shot in North Queensland and London during their 1984 tour. I have been wanting to get a copy of this clip (Richard Lowenstein) for the LONGEST time as my friends and I feature prominently in the footage shot in NQ (Townsville show). Great memories, but frustrating that it is not available anywhere.
Darn it!
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