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The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Led by a group dynamic that embraces experimentation even as it celebrates classic pop and folk forms, The Decemberists are firmly established as a completely original happening in the world of contemporary indie rock. This DVD captures the band in the midst of their rise to prominence with a live recording of a performance at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2005. Includes five videos for songs off "Picaresque" and "Her Majesty", a documentary shot during the recording of "The Crane Wife", a series of short films shot during the photo session for the album cover photos, and outtakes. "The Tain", a fully animated, 4-part music video, is previously unreleased and unseen.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kill Rock Stars
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQ54QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD will include a documentary about the band entitled "Paris Before the War," music videos for "The Tain", "The Bachelor and the Bride", "16 Military Wives", "The Soldiering Life", and "Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect", and the entirety of their concert at the Roseland Theater in Portland on the 4th of November 2005.

Tracklisting for the concert portion is as follows:

01 The Infanta

02 The Soldiering Life

03 Leslie Anne Levine

04 We Both Go Down Together

05 The Engine Driver

06 Eli the Barrow Boy

07 The Sporting Life

08 July, July!

09 16 Military Wives

10 The Mariner's Revenge Song

11 The Chimbley Sweep

12 I Was Meant for the Stage
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Nice concert performance. I particularly liked The Mariner's Revenge Song, The Chimbley Sweep and I Was Meant For The Stage.

Nice documentary about the band, as well as the almost 42 minutes of music videos.

Did you know that there is an easter egg on this DVD? If you click on the red bar on the airplane on the main menu, you will be prompted to the index of 16 mini footages totalling 23.02.
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The concert made me feel like I was there. The Decemberists produce such a heartwarming atmosphere and still know how to rock the crowd. The documentary showed that they are goofy, a little nerdy, but they know what they are talking about. I have so much respect for The Decemberists. You won't be disappointed with this purchase!
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Everyone should see the Decemberists live. Their songs are amazing live, they have so much energy with great crowd interaction. I saw them in Louisville last may. It was amazing. They were one of my favorites band before, but after seeing them live, they were solidly my favorite band. So if you ever get a chance to see this amazing band live, do so without hesitation.

That being said, if you can't see them live, this DVD makes a solid substitute. The quality of this DVD is amazing. They play all their good songs, and they also have a little brass band playing with them, which greatly enhances the quality of these songs. The whole band is perfect at this concert they chose (Portland OR, 11/4/2005). Petra Haydn did amazing on violin, even if she did look bored for the first half of the concert. Chris Funk is as silly as ever, playing amazing backup instruments. Jenny did amazing on keyboard and amazing, Nate Queury always does solid bass playing. John Moen tore up the drums, especially on Mariners Revenge song adn July, July! My only qualm is that Colin's voice sounds a little off for the first few songs, but by The Engine Driver, he sounds amazing. Stand out songs - Soldiering Life, Engine Driver, 16 Military Wives, and Mariner's Revenge Song.

The extras are amazing. The MIni Documentary, Paris before the War, was amazing. It tells the story of the Decemberists talking about how the band started, but it mostly is about the recording process behind Picaresque. It was an amazing insight to see how the band thinks and interacts in the studio. The music videos were also amazing, just to have them all in one place is good. I had never seen the video for the Tain, so that was good to see.

So in summation, see the Decemberists Live, but this will make an acceptable substitute
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This is an excellent dvd. I have not watched the video's yet, but have been playing the concert since I got the dvd. It is a little rough around the edges, not as smooth a performance as when I saw them live, or in Austin city limits, but yet, a very very good dvd. Highly recommended to all fans.
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Music videos, one-on-one interviews, live performances, this handbook does not fail to deliver. It even includes previous members of the band, sharing memories of the very beginning. What a find, I only wish I had gotten it sooner!
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