Buy New
$16.99
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Pet Shop Boys: Life in Po... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Pet Shop Boys: Life in Pop

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Nov 21, 2006)
"Please retry"
1
$16.99
$11.29 $8.18

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$16.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

The DVD A Life In Pop is an expanded version of the Channel 4 Pet Shop Boys documentary with a total running time of 140 minutes, including some amazing extra footage, like the duos first ever TV performance West End Girls filmed on a 1984 show called Hit

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Pet Shop Boys
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: EMI Europe Generic
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J4OYRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
Quite simply, THE definitive documentary spaning the Pet Shop Boys 20 plus year career. This DVD consists of interviews of the boys, both individually and together, footage of perfomances from throughout their career, and some celebrity and music insider commentary on various aspects concerning the PSB. Of particular interest is how gragarious Chris Lowe is during his individual interview, but how he retreats to his more stoic, silent personality when he joins Neil for the interview. Also addressed, the decline of the Pet Shop Boys career in the United States. The music industry is held to account for not playing their records (which is true) because of the sudden surge in popularity of grunge rock (thanks to Nirvana). Also held responsible is the American music buying public, who are not known for being the most tolerant of people "who don't fit in, who follow their instincts and are told they sin". Their loss. No other band or group has ever been able to make me feel as many different emotions while listening to their music as the PSB (and sometimes many emotions within the same song). The Pet Shop Boys are a duo who have been consistently underrated, but maybe not so much anymore. As time goes on, more and more people realize the depth of their songwriting, the poignance of their lyrics, and their innate ability to consistently supply great and addictive pop "hooks". This DVD examines the PSB's career in an honest, sometimes critical, but mostly complimentary way. And why not? They deserve it! Highly recommmended and a must have for any Pet Shop Boys fan (and playable in US DVD players by the way).
2 Comments 39 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Usually I have no patience for documenaries but I enjoyed watching this one, maybe because the content is so relevant - the band, after all, is still making fantastic music. As if to prove that, the DVD bonus features include recent videos along some old rare TV perfomances. One can think the Pet Shop Boys have issued enough DVDs and interviews, but this is actually their first complete biographic documentary which traces their career from school days to Potemkin's premiere.

The narration goes through candid interviews or rather edited monologues of Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant filmed together and separately (watch Lowe walking on the gloomy beach in his hometown, Tennant's silhouette as London is fading away in the twilight behind the window). It's quite intriguing to see them talk about the essence of their distinctive image, music and career nuances. The timeline is supported, throughout the film, by extracts of their videos and various TV footage. Plus, as usually, you have a little variety of guests: Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Robbie Williams, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, Trevor Horn and others.

The only inconsistency I find is that after the Behaviour era the documentary speeds up its pace and Bilingual, Nighlife (especially) and Release periods are barely covered.

In a way the DVD audiovisually duplicates 'Pet Shop Boys Catalogue', a massive book by Chris Heath.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Just to settle the discussion on this item, I know someone who got this and it is NTSC and Region 0 and not a bootleg. Unfortunately some of these were mispressed without the Flamboyant video. The credits on the case don't show the Flamboyant video but it is included on the HK or Hong Kong version. Unfortunately when I ordered this version from Amazon they did not send it to me. They sent me the non-HK version that does not have the Flamboyant video (which is great!) so when you order this make sure that Amazon sends the right one. I am sending mine back for a replacement. The picture of the case is misleading. The HK version does come in a standard US-type DVD case, not a CD case as the cropped picture leads you to believe.

12-14-06 Update: The replacement came and it IS the Hong Kong version however, I have found out that not all Hong Kong discs have the Flamboyant video. The only way to tell is to look at the disc itself and if the code of numbers on the inner rim ends in @1 then it has the video, if it ends in @2 then it does not have Flamboyant. Unfortunately my 2nd copy doesn't have the video and I am sending it back to Amazon as defective and they have been very kind about it. I am asking for a refund and will attempt to get the right copy on ebay as Amazon cannot open an item to check the code for me. Good luck!
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This rich documentary, Pet Shop Boys: Life in Pop (2006), begins with Chris Lowe playing a Wurlitzer organ at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. From this auspicious and somewhat whimsical beginning, we hear about the duo that would eventually become the Pet Shop Boys. Alternating between Chris Lowe's suburban English childhood in Blackpool to Neil Tennant's early adventures in Newcastle, Tennant dreamt of rushing off to London all the while reading and gallivanting with friends at the local Literary and Philosophical Society. Running 140 minutes, this documentary, directed by George Scott, never meanders into pointless discussion.

Scott arranges carefully, the lengthy and ongoing career of these two highly talented pop musicians who would make history with their seminal hit, West End Girls. We are treated to anecdotes concerning their academic aspirations which influenced both of them, their careful and specific focus on their image, and the history behind their wide-ranging songs. Most of all, we get a sense of their enormous creative talent which distinguished them from other musicians because they never ceased "re-inventing" themselves in new ways. As a result, some of their work would be dismissed by critics only to be lauded in hindsight.

In addition to Tennant and Lowe, various interviews include: Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Los Angeles disc-jockey, Richard Blade, Robbie Williams (Take That), and other musicians and critics. There is footage of PSB working closely with Liza Minnelli and some thoughtful reflections from photographer, Bruce Weber, who would eventually direct two of PSB's videos, (e.g. Being Boring). The DVD includes a generous heaping of extras including a complete music clip of "What Have I Done to Deserve This" in concert with the unflappable Dusty Springfield performing with Tennant and Lowe. Life in Pop, given its nearly comprehensive treatment of its subject matter, may be of greater viewing advantage to seasoned Pet Shop Boys fans.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews




What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?