PHIL COLLINS VIDEO
excellent video. Strong effort from beginning to end! A must own!
very good video. A few low points but, overall, a decent effort.
good video. Several weak points detract from the release, but it's still
mediocre video. Unless you're a real fan, you might not like this
release very much.
poor video. Stay away from this one unless you are a hardcore fan!
Phil Collins - Going
Back: Live at Roseland Ballroom, NYC (2010)
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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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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