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Peter Gabriel - Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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November 2003 saw the release of Peter Gabriel's Growing Up Live DVD , chronicling his world tour, which was celebrated for its spectacular theatrics. Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped brings Peter Gabriel together again with the award-winning director Hamish Hamilton, capturing his performances in all sorts of smaller and more intimate venues around Europe for the Live version of the DVD. For the "Unwrapped" version (Disc 2), which explores the world behind the songs, Anna Gabriel took over the director's chair with the collaboration of Hamish Hamilton. A simpler approach suggested a different set list, and Peter, Hamish, and Anna were determined that this should be filmed in a very different style. It shows Peter Gabriel as many of his fans love to see him, just playing his music.

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Recorded in Europe in the summer of 2004, Peter Gabriel's Still Growing Up - Live and Unwrapped is a follow-up to 2003's Growing Up Live. The idea this time was to capture Gabriel and his band performing a variety of songs not heard on the earlier tour, with the gigs taking place in what he describes as "all sorts of smaller venues," where "we get up onstage with minimal lights and simply play the music." Of course, "smaller" is a matter of perspective; the town squares, outdoor amphitheatres, and other sites in Belgium, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France where the band appeared are still plenty big enough to hold several thousand people, and the production values are hardly what you'd call spartan. But whatever their dimensions, the shows yielded some extraordinarily powerful performances. After a haunting "The Feeling Begins" (a track from Gabriel's Passion, the score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ), played solo on the Armenian doudouk, Gabriel and company take the stage and almost immediately forge a palpable bond with their audience. Indeed, what we are witnessing is as much a tribal rite as a concert, with the febrile, hypnotic intensity of the music matched by the crowd's chanted responses on such tunes as "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," and "Biko" (along with the latter, songs not heard on the previous DVD include "San Jacinto," "White Ashes," "The Tower that Ate People," and "Games Without Frontiers"; there's also a wonderful performance of "In Your Eyes" among the bonus tracks). Overall, this is a moving experience that viewers with sophisticated home systems will delight in sharing. The centerpiece of the set's second disc is Unwrapped, an approximately 70-minute "band on the road" documentary that would have been a standard variation of the form were it not for Gabriel's strong visual sense; check out the cool lighting and film projection effects used during the interviews with the artist. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Still Groing Up Unwrapped - exclusive film and interview footage documentary
  • Exclusive studio footage
  • Peter Gabriel performing "Downside Up" and "Father, SOn" on the BBC show Later...With Jools Holland

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Gabriel
  • Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Anna Gabriel
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BF0DE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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God, how I hate to give Gabriel only 4 STARS!! Well, here goes. I couldn't decide whether or not to buy this in the store when I first saw it, but I just received it as an early Christmas present. This 2 Disc set contains scattered performances from the 2004 European Tour, STILL GROWING UP LIVE. The venues for each song are different and each performance has a different feel. Some are small venues while others are bigger arena venues. Some performances are a little lackluster while others are genuinely breathtaking and contain that religious awe which confirms why you're a Gabriel fanatic in the first place. As everyone knows, "Genesis is Great, but Peter Gabriel is God." Gabriel only tours about once every ten years, so any time you can find a LIVE performance on DVD it's usually a must have. Everytime he comes to L.A. I spend at least 250.00 to 500.00 dollars to see him up-close. He's the only artist I'll spend that kind of money on. And if you're a Gabriel fanatic you know what I'm talking about. I actually got to touch him once when I was in the front row at The Forum in L.A. Yay! This was in the 80's when he would do LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Live. SO (pun intended), is this worth having for the fanatic? The answer is a resounding YES.

The concert footage on Disc One is about 90 minutes long and contains seven new LIVE performances including:

COME TALK TO ME

SAN JACINTO

WHITE ASHES

THE TOWER THAT ATE PEOPLE

BURN YOU UP, BURN YOU DOWN

GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS

and BIKO.

Personally I think SECRET WORLD LIVE contains the superior version of COME TALK TO ME. And, SAN JACINTO for that matter.
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b4 i say what i'm gonna say, i'd like to state for the record that i'm a big PG fan...have been since a teen. also, i attended both growing up live performances...what a treat!

of course what matters is content. disc 1 is live stuff. the performances, as expected, are great. disc 2 is what i can't figure out. disc 2 is the live performances on disc 1, but with a blend of documentary footage, interviews and way too much playing with mirrors! [it was kinda cool at first but became hokey fast] PG's daughter is responsible for the second disc so perhaps dad was a little less focused on quality control. if you have 'growing up live' & 'a family portrait,' you don't need this set, unless your a hard-core fan like myself. also, not that this is important, but the packaging was not nearly as visually appealing as the first growing up live and play dvd's. not much to look at.

in summary, i would have much more preferred him directing his energy to finish up I/O [the next album] or an in depth road documentary [a family portrait, part II?] without all the mirror effects. Gabriel is much too dignified for that.
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Being a devoted PG fan, I have the Growing Up Live DVD, as well as Family Portrait, the documentary made by Anna Gabriel about that tour. I also saw the Growing Up and Still Growing Up tours four times during their three year journey around the world.

So, when I first heard about this new release, I couldn't imagine what more there was to show that I hadn't already seen. I was wrong.

Disc one is a fairly straightforward (for PG) rendering of the last leg of the tour, using footage from three performances to show what the summer 2004 festival shows looked like. Again, being PG, the soundtrack sounds fantastic and has doutbless been overdubbed, to provide the viewer/listener with the best quality possible.

Disc two is slightly different. We see some of the same footage from disc one, but with additional interview segments - most from PG himself, but there's also some commentary from the members of the band who spent so much time working on this music with him. It's interesting to see the material illuminated in such a way.

The real gem of disc two, however, is in the extras. We are supplied with footage shot of the band at Real World during the rehearsal period back in 2002. This footage includes familiar tour offerings such as Darkness and Growing Up, in slightly rougher formats than were played on the road. Also included is No Way Out - a song that was a standout on PG's last studio album, Up, but was played only a handful of times in concert. Seeing and hearing it rendered here, you'll wonder why it wasn't given more stage time.

Somehow, PG (and his daughter, Anna) have managed to illuminate yet a little more of the world of his music with this DVD. I highly recommend picking it up, even if you have Growing Up Live - this shines light into some slightly different spaces.

Enjoy! :o)
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I'm a little surprised by the other reviews that comment on the different tracks being from different performances. It's much worse than just that. The video from many tracks is cobbled together from footage taken from a number of different performances, *within*, not just between tracks. That is, from one second to the next as the video cuts, you have no idea whether the video is even going to wind up showing the same stage as it did seconds before (and often very obviously isn't).

As far as I'm concerned, when I buy a "live" concert DVD, I want the video to be the video of the performance that I am hearing. Isn't this one of the big advantages of DVD over live audio-only performances, which are often composed of the "best" tracks from a whole tour? OK, so they may be the best individual performances of each track, but if you want studio perfection, why not buy the studio album? You'd think that the pressures of video editing and wanting to make things look coherent would ensure that you're getting a single, coherent performance, warts and all. Just goes to show how wrong you can be. With this DVD set, not only do you have no idea whether you are seeing what you are hearing, but the editors seem to flaunt it, and it's patently obvious that much of the time you are definitely *not* seeing what you are hearing.

However much I might might love PG, it's hard to love this DVD. Frankly, it's better without the video, but if you're going to play it with the video off, why not just listen to a CD? If I had wanted a DVD with MTV-type video fakery I wouldn't have bought a DVD that said "live" on the spine.
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