The Dresden Dolls - Paradise
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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:
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I prefer this Dresden doll DVD over live at the roundhouse. This one not only comes with concert footage but a day long documentary in the life of the band, plus pre concert... Read morePublished 2 months ago by elizabeth nolan
Get closer to the Dresden dolls and Amanda Palmer. This video is greatPublished 6 months ago by ict chick
The Dresden Dolls are always amazing and especially in this one DVD the only thing that could have been better was if they had played the Jeep song which they remedy and their... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shelsea
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 morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Tim Kitchen
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
I just wanted to second all of the great reviews this DVD has already received. Having just seen the Dolls in Boston (Dec. Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by Duryea Hawkins