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  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006OA4U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,024 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DAVID BOWIE Best Of (2002 UK 2-disc Region 2 PAL DVD set featuring exclusive performances from Top Of The Pops The Old Grey Whistle Test The Dick Cavett Show and Top Pop plus alternate versions different takes and remixes - an essential item for all Bowie fans. Housed in a fold-out digipak picture sleeve with 16-page booklet and clear protective PVC slipcase)


Probably the most comprehensive anthology of any musical artist to date, the 47-track Best of Bowie traces the guises of David Bowie over the last four decades. From the androgynous, glam rock rebel of the 1970s, to his more recent incarnation as the self-labelled, postmodern pop ironist of the 90s. The collection provides an added insight into wider developments in fashion, music and the pop video. Most of the early material is taken from television music programmes such as The Old Grey Whistle Test ("Oh! You Pretty Things", "Queen Bitch", and "Five Years"), however, as the demands of television and music promotion progress, Bowie ventures into more sophisticated stand-alone videos culminating in 1983's "Let's Dance". As with any biographical visual record of the past, there's plenty of material, which will embarrass Bowie. Throughout his cheesy performance of "Rebel, Rebel" for Dutch programme Top Pop, Bowie sports what looks like a ginger tomcat on his head. There's also the George Michael-style bleach blonde quiff for 1987's "Time Will Crawl". Despite the mountains of material on both discs, there are a number of unexplainable absences such as "Changes", "Under Pressure" and "Sound and Vision". Watch out for the Best of Bowie part two.

On The DVD: Best of Bowie's animated menus, and the opening menu sequence of both discs are excellent. Although there are no listed bonus features, the discs are swarming with extra "Easter egg" features such as alternative videos and vintage interviews (these can be accessed via the track-listing menu, by pressing the RIGHT followed by the SELECT key on selected tracks). Background information about each video is displayed before the start of every promo, which is reproduced in the accompanying glossy booklet. The sound and picture quality is variable for early videos but improves (admittedly erratically) for later videos. --John Galilee

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By "tonyfordy" on 12 Nov. 2002
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I'm not going to bore you with the endless clichés ( et al).
I am simply going to say - BUY THIS DVD - fan or not.
At last, one of music's most innovative stars performances have been condensed onto a 4 hour plus double DVD set, and the creators have bothered to scour BBC archives to fill some of the essential missing earlier spaces that Bowie's previous "Greatest Hits Video" (video only) ignored.
I am referring to Bowie's earliest TV appearances on UK TV to promote Hunky Dory and the soon-to-be -released classic, Ziggy Stardust.
Here, Bowie is presented in his Ziggy-persona infancy, tight jump suit haircut spiky but not yet the flame red that was to be his earliest trademark, he comes across as young, fresh, hungry, incredibly polished and is a clear pre-cursor for the legend that Ziggy would eventually evolve into 6 months later.
The first three Old Grey Whistle Test performances are a wonderful insight into how the former awkward, unsure-of-himself youngster, was quickly able to weave himself visually into his wonderful songs and adapt a cult-like image in front of cameras and crowds. The musical performance is simply breathtaking.
The next video, Starman - his classic Top of the Pops debut, underlines what a few months of motivation and self-belief can do. This performance literally changed thousands of people's lives in the UK and while watching, you'll understand why. A tall, attractive male (or is he a female ??) in a glowing jumpsuit, flirting with the crowd and camping it up with his supremo guitarist Ronno, gave countless people in the UK a reason to feel that they were not the only people who were "different".
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2002
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What a bargain. 47 tracks and a playing time of 4hr 12mins + Easter Eggs.

UPDATE: There are several easter eggs, including the full length movie of "BLUE JEAN". I think it runs for about 25 minutes (working from memory).

So here it is at last, the greatest collection of Bowie promos and clips to date. It is a chronological journey from 1969's 'Space Oddity' (although the promo was not made till 1972 and that's why it appears as track 7. I dare say that a lot of us will own the "Video Collection" but this DVD wipes the floor with it.

Before I start I should just say that Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is generally regarded as the first video. That was made in 1976. Up till that point promo clips had been the norm. Bowie's first real venture into video did not come until 1979's 'Lodger' album, (Tracks 15 / 16 & 17).

Oh! You Pretty Things / Queen Bitch & Five Years are performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Starman is from Top Of The Pops. TOGWT, for those who don't know was a classic BBC2 rock/pop show. (By the way, 30 years of TOGWT DVD is an excellent buy to). John, I'm Only Dancing / Jean Genie and Space Oddity are promo clips of a fairly basic nature. A performance of Drive-in-Saturday is taken from Russell Harty's Plus Pop. Life on Mars is a very basic promo and due to the way it was filmed it is difficult to watch. Ziggy Stardust comes straight from the concert of 1972. Most of these forementioned clips also feature The Spiders From Mars and it is a pleasure to watch the late Mick Ronson in action. (His last TV appearance was Freddie Mercury's Tribute Concert playing with Bowie). Rebel, Rebel is from a Dutch TV TopPop mime but features Bowie in one of his legendary costumes and sporting just one eye. Young Americans is a live performance on American TV.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2002
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The set contains a number of Bowie videos covering almost the entire span of his career. It represents a great asset for both those who already have all of his albums and also those who need an introduction to his work. Actually, it is the younger generations who might find DVD's particularly interesting since videos show many of the acts and personalities that Bowie was famous for with an insight that cannot be grasped easily from books or records. The compilation leads us from early TV takes, like e.g. 1972 Starman from Top of the Pops to the videos from his latest album, without omitting much. In particular, I was very pleased that someone finally thought to include the entire Blue Jean video, Jazzin' for Blue Jean, which I was looking for for a long time.
Although I like the discs, they are not flawless. For some reason, the authors decided not to allow programming of track reproduction or individual track repeats, and they "hid" Jazzin' for Blue Jean out of standard menus (not that it was hard to find, but I knew in advance that it was there).
This is a high quality edition compared to all previous Bowie DVD's and other published video collections, a great "finally".
Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2002
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Since the very first day I owned a DVD player I had been expected for this DVD to come out and I'm glad to say that the waiting was well worth it. The picture quality is great and there's an incredible sound improvement. Plus the DVD features a generous collection of EASTER EGGS (including some hard to find promos). HOWEVER (and this is why the DVD didn't get my 5 stars)a few videos are missing (eg. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, Pretty Pink Rose,Under Pressure, Little Drummer Boy, Real Cool World...)OK this is supposed to be a BEST OF... DVD, but it'd have been awesome to get every single video Bowie has ever made. Besides there's only a stereo sound mix(no 5.1 or DTS)and I'd really appreciatte to get some subtitles of the lyrics (since Bowie has so much to say).
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