Skip to main content

David Bowie / A Reality Tour / DVD Review


First there was Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture. In the 80’s, there was Serious Moonlight. Now Columbia Music Video has released the latest and best David Bowie concert on DVD. This complete show, filmed in Dublin in November 2003 is presented in widescreen format with a beautiful 5.1 surround sound mix. 

A Reality Tour chronicles Bowie’s recent world tour and presents us with behind the scenes footage and 30 songs spanning the chameleon’s distinguished 35 year career. Luckily, Bowie didn’t skimp on material from his latest releases, as a full one third of the show is devoted to material from Heathen and Reality. The stand out here is the beautifully haunting 8 minute opus, “Bring Me the Disco King.” Of course, the classics are well represented. “Rebel Rebel,” “Heroes,” and “All the Young Dudes” are all present. The real highlight of this disc is the rarities like “Fantastic Voyage” and “Loving the Alien” that Bowie and his outstanding back up band perform. Pianist Mike Garson gets to direct the show on the Outside track “The Motel” while guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard both rock the solo on “Hang onto Yourself.” Bassist Gail Ann Dorsey channels the spirit of Freddie Mercury on “Under Pressure” and drummer Sterling Campbell goes into a polyrhythmic spree on “Hallo Spaceboy.”

The only real downfall of this disc is the editing and video effects. At points the shots are cut together so fast that it almost becomes epilepsy inducing. It also seems like they threw in effects just for the thrill of using them. The color shifts, freezing images and wipes get annoying after the first 600 times they’re used. Luckily, the band’s performance is top notch and the song selection can’t be beat.

This disc is the perfect way to relive the show if you happened to attend a performance on Bowie’s mostly sold out 2003-04 world tour. If the band never came to your town, get this disc to see exactly what you missed. If you can get past the frantic editing and over use of video effects, you’ll see a top notch show from one of the year’s best tours. For $12.99, A Reality Tour is a deal that can’t be beat.


Popular posts from this blog

What is the most ICONIC Godzilla To YOU?

I need the community's help on this one.  I'm trying to figure out which version of Godzilla is the definitive version.  As fans, we've all jumped on board during different eras.  To some, the '54 version may be the iconic image that immediately springs to mind when you hear the name Godzilla.  To others, it could be one from the 80's or 90's.  It could also be one of the American versions.  I'm trying to find out which variation is the definitive version that fans think of when thinking of Godzilla.  I hope this makes sense!  
To answer this question, I've created a poll featuring every Godzilla movie (as well as an add your own spot).  Simply pick the movie that contains your ideal mental image of Godzilla.  Don't just pick your favorite movie.  Pick which movie contains that version of Godzilla that's ideal to YOU!  I'll leave the poll up for a week and when all results are tallied, we'll hopefully have an idea of what pops into people…

Alice Cooper / Columbia, SC / 5-13-17

The last time Alice Cooper made a tour stop in Columbia, SC, Jimmy Carter was president, gas was .65 a gallon and Alice was a drunken mess.  Cooper's stop at the Carolina Coliseum on June 29, 1978 was part of his King of the Silver Screen tour promoting his then current album Lace and Whiskey.  Judging by the reaction of the packed crowd that assembled to see him Saturday night, it won't take 39 years to bring his show back to town.

King Kong (1933) Movie Review

With Kong: Skull Island's release this week, it's time to take a look back at the original film that started the long tradition of giant monsters.  1933's King Kong revolutionized the way that special effects were used in film.  Never before had the world seen a movie of this scale and magnitude.  Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack with special effects by Willis O'Brian, King Kong is simply one of the most important films of all time.