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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Parlophone Records
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000INAWKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,508 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary about pop duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, aka Pet Shop Boys. The programme features interviews with members, fans and people who have worked with, or been influenced by, the band over the years. The documentary traces their career from the boys' childhood up to the release of their 2006 album 'Fundamental'.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Nason on 26 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Finally PSB get the documentary they deserve. What's so good about this is all of their albums, eras and phases get equal time devoted to them. There's no skimping or sweeping certain aspects under the carpet to pretend they never happend. It's also good seing them go back home to places from their past to film segments in and shows they're still very Northern when it comes to it (when a lot of people think they're a snooty Southern act). My only problem with the documentary are the other acts who contribute. Fair enough, Robbie Williams and the Little Britain fellas has worked with PSB and are friends with them so I can see whay they were used but why use Brandon Flowers, the posho from Keane and the typical male music journo type? Were these just chucked in to appeal to the indie/student market when it was on Channel 4 that time? Are there no female PSB fans who could have contributed? No Kylie (she worked with and is friends with them). No Sam Taylor-Wood. We do get some old Liza interview footage where she talks about working with them but it woulda been nice to have had some old Dusty interview footage where she talks about them or they could have gotten Vicky Wickham to speak on her behalf. Maybe I'm nit-picking though? Anyway, it's the only document of their path we have (besides the music, of course) so check it out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vauxhall1964 on 27 Mar. 2009
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This is real value for money at over double the length of the version broadcast on UK TV in 2006, plus it comes with extras (selected promo videos from the 'Fundamental' album together with vintage TV appearances). It's very well put together, with snatches of PSB tracks used to illustrate Neil and Chris's reminiscing. Especially well captured are the childhood backgrounds of both Neil in Newcastle and Chris in Blackpool, with the influence of both places on the duo's music clear to see. The numerous clips of arty videos, collaborations with artists of all descriptions, film performances, soundtracks and excursions into musical theatre all remind us of how adventurous this band have been compared to your average rock and pop combo.
Often talking heads drafted into these kind of retrospectives don't add much but Jake Spears from the Scissor Sisters and The Killers' Brandon Flowers (who gave a genuinely enthusiastic ovation for the Boys at the 2009 Brits) are interesting, acting as a link between 80s British synth pop and contemporary American music. However, the guy from Keane should consider himself lucky to be invited on, as he's hardly a household name like the others interviewed (Robbie Williams, Bruce Webber, etc).
The closing comment by Matt Lucas and David Walliams about the Pet Shop Boys being 'almost as good as Erasure' is a fittingly tongue in cheek ending to this typically self-effacing tribute. After watching 'A Life in Pop' you're reminded of just why in the fickle world of pop the Boys have been held in such affection and critical esteem for a quarter of a century. 'Depth through surface' indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uncle5 on 31 Jan. 2011
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Odd. Some versions of this DVD contain the excellent video for the single "Flamboyant", and some don't.

I've got both editions so can vouch that this difference is real and not imagined! Otherwise the DVDs and packaging look identical.

If anyone knows why Flamboyant was either added (or later removed) from to this release, it would be good to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benoit Marchal on 1 July 2010
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I liked the PSB way back and I have sort of lost touch with their most recent work. This documentary does a great job of presenting their work and their music. I spread the focus well between the music that I know of (which, of course, is more relevant) and then builds on that to catch with today.
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By Morden101 on 15 July 2013
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Pet Shop Boys (PSB) are, in my honest opinion, the greatest pop/dance/electronic duo in history. The combination of Neil Tennent and Chris Lowe's wry, thought provoking vocals and songwriting have put them well above talented contemporaries like Erasure, New Order or even Kraftwerk.

This DVD gives a great overview of their career highs (Actually, Very) and Lowe's (Release, Closer To Heaven) from their formation in 1983 to the release of the 'Fundamental' album in 2006. Particularly interesting is the discussion of the duo's decline in the US.

The only downer is the lack of substantial extras. Just have to make do with a few videos from their most recent songs.
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