PHIL COLLINS VIDEO REVIEWS

VIDEO RATING SYSTEM

*****

An excellent video. Strong effort from beginning to end! A must own!

****

A very good video. A few low points but, overall, a decent effort. Recommended. 

***

A good video. Several weak points detract from the release, but it's still worth owning.

**

A mediocre video. Unless you're a real fan, you might not like this release very much.

*

A poor video. Stay away from this one unless you are a hardcore fan!
   

 

Phil Collins - Going Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC (2010)

WOG RATING: ****

Released in November 2010, this video release captures Phil Collins and his band on one of only a select group of seven performances in support of the Going Back album. This particular DVD or Blu-Ray was filmed on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.  The Going Back album was a tribute to the music of the soul and Motown music of the 1960s (see review of the Going Back CD here), and the intimate setting of the Roseland Ballroom became the perfect backdrop for what essentially became a Motown and soul big dance party of Phil Collins working his way through the standards that influenced him - and certainly the rest of us, to varying degrees, as well.

Here are my overall thoughts on this product:
VIDEO:

Being the first Phil Collins video on high definition Blu-Ray and the first specifically filmed for HD (true 1080i High Definition in widescreen 16x9, aspect ratio: 1.78:1), I had high expectations for the video quality. Overall, I was not disappointed. The contrast was perfect, the coloring was great and the lines were generally nice and sharp. There are a few moments that appear a little grainy, but I think that's due to the lighting more than anything else. I was really pleased with the video definition offered here, and I can only hope things like Genesis' When In Rome 2007 (which was also filmed in HD but strangely not released that way) will get this treatment at some point in the future.  With Going Back: Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC you're getting the full 28-song set list from that night, which any Phil Collins or Motown fan will surly enjoy. Try and not tap your foot while you watch this from your easy chair - I dare you!

AUDIO:

The surround and stereo mixes sound great! The audio options are Dolby True HD, DTS, DTS HD Master Audio, and LPCM stereo. One word: Fan-freakin'-tastic! I was particularly impressed with the rich bass and crispness of the horn section with these mixes.

EXTRAS:

Rehearsal Footage with Commentary - Provided here is approximately 15 minutes of rehearsal footage which (as mentioned) includes commentary by Phil himself. I really enjoyed this behind-the-scenes perspective of the tour. In fact, I love this kind of stuff! While its not an incredibly long featurette, it's long enough to give you a good taste of the prep for the tour without getting boring or going on too long. The commentary is quite enjoyable and actually adds a lot to the footage and the story behind the album, although it would have been nice to have the option of removing the commentary if you just wanted to watch the rehearsals for a second viewing later.

Interview with Phil Collins - Like the rehearsal footage, this featurette is well-edited and gives you a fairly lengthy interview without getting too long. The interview is filmed specifically for this release and gives you Phil's perspective on the making of the Going Back album and the tour that followed in the summer of 2010 when this video was made. As you might expect, the discussion in the video interview is limited to the topics surrounding this album and tour, so if you were looking for Phil's insight into prior projects, you will not find that in this interview. I enjoyed this extra material and thought the intimate nature of the interview setting gave the featurette a nice personal touch.

PACKAGING:

The standard Blu-Ray or DVD case includes an attractive 8-page, full color booklet complete with great pictures from the New York shows from the Going Back Tour that the video is taken from. The 4-page liner notes are written by Phil Collins and really express his enthusiasm for the project.

THE COMPATIBILITY ISSUE:

The North American DVD is NTSC/Region 1, so its playable in the U.S. and Canada (obviously). The Blu-Ray is universal and playable everywhere.
 
MY CONCLUSION:

This is a great video package. Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision did a great job with this release. The only thing I would have liked to have seen added were the promo music videos from the actual Going Back album. Of course, I'm sure Atlantic Records might not be as apt to provide that to Eagle Vision - Oh, pesky world of licensing and record company politics! That aside, its a wonderful release and one not to be missed!

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