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  • Actors: Erasure
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Mute
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 425 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D1EY1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,849 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disc 1:
Who Needs Love Like That?
Heavenly Action
Oh L’Amour
Sometimes
It Doesn’t Have To Be
Victim Of Love
The Circus
Ship Of Fools
Chains Of Love
A Little Respect
Stop!
Drama
You Surround Me
Blue Savannah
Star
Chorus
Love To Hate You
Am I Right?
Breath Of Life
Take A Chance On Me
Lay All Your Love
SOS
Voulez Vous
Always
Run To The Sun
I Love Saturday
Stay With Me
Fingers And Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day)
Rock Me Gently
In My Arms
Don’t Say Your Love Is Killing Me
Rain
Freedom
Solsbury Hill
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

Disc 2:
Sometimes (Top of the Pops Debut – November 1996)
Sono Luminus (Acoustic Version – 1995)
In My Arms (U.S. Version – 1997)
Too Darn Hot (Take from Red Hot and Blue – 1990)

Live!
Leave Me To Bleed (The Circus Tour - 1987)
A Little Respect (The Innocents Tour - 1988)
Supernature (Wild! Tour 1989)
Waiting for The Day (Phantasmagorical Entertainment – 1992)
Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day) (The Tiny Tour – 1996)

Six Promotional Documentaries: 1991 – Chorus
1992 – Pop!
1994 – I Say I Say I Say
1995 – Erasure
1997 – Cowboy
2003 – Hits!
Hidden extras

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Featuring 35 videos and an additional disc full of bonus material, Hits: The Videos is the definitive Erasure collection. Disliked by many for their formulaic synth-pop tunes, Clarke and Bell are nevertheless adored by loyal fans across the globe and are still viewed as "alternative" in the US. These conflicting feelings towards the duo have existed since day one, with many put off by their initial high-energy sound and flamboyant image. It was only through adopting a more "macho" white T-shirt and blue jean look in the video for "Sometimes" that the guys eventually managed to obtain UK chart success. However, the videos (all included on Disc 1) for debut singles "Who Needs Love (Like That)" and "Heavenly Action" shouldn't be ignored, as the former features Bell dragged up as a damsel in distress and the later is a kitsch Barbarella spoof, complete with toddlers dressed as cherubs. Ever since their promos have alternated between the more light-hearted, ostentatious videos ("Love To Hate You", "Take a Chance On Me", and "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)") and the serious melodramatic epics ("The Circus", "Am I Right", "S.O.S." and "Stay with Me").

Other highlights of this collection include "Chains of Love", which features Andy and Vince flying around the studio holstered on chains. Taking its inspiration from the video of the Pet Shop Boys' "Go West" from the previous year, Erasure's 1994 single "Run to the Sun" is an ambitious homo-erotic, computer-generated affair seemingly located somewhere in Eastern Europe. In fact, all of the I Say, I Say, I Say videos are shot in foreign locales--the Far East for "Always" and the Mediterranean for "I Love Saturday"). Another classic is the later video "Don't Say Your Love is Killing Me", which features Bell being hauled through various locations on his lounge rug. Despite being renowned for their glitzy live shows, only three of the videos feature material shot on tour ("Oh L'Amour", "In My Arms" and "Rain"). All in all this is an excellent value-for-money compilation for those not too tired by the tried-and-tested Erasure formula.

On the DVD: Erasure--Hits: The Videos plays in Dolby stereo, with some of the later videos being 16:9 format. Disc 2 includes exclusive performance footage, rare videos and tracks performed live on all of Erasure's major tours. Six lengthy promotional documentaries from 2001 to 2003 are included, which feature interviews with the pair. Hidden bonus footage has also been crammed on to the disc. The only downside is the clumsy menus, which are difficult to navigate and are not all that pleasing to the eye. --John Galilee

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. DiClemente on 29 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
As a fan of the band, I'm glad to see that they finally released a complete collection of every Erasure video on DVD, all 38 videos, not 35 as listed, they've hidden three. Go to Disc Two and on the main menu, if I'm not mistaken use the arrow keys to find the Hamburg Mix for Who Needs Love Like That. On the same DVD go to the Rare Videos and hit your arrow key right and find another video for Oh L'amour. For the last secret, a live version of Wooden Heart, go to the Promo section and hit your arrow key right and you'll find this little treasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "lroriz" on 31 Jan. 2004
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Erasure "Hits - the Videos" comes in a pack with 2 DVDs. The first DVD is fabulous: you get 35 videos and in them you find all the Erasure Hits plus less known videos.
Starting with "Who needs love" and ending with "Make me smile" you get other hits like "Oh l'Amour", "Ship of fools", and Erasure version of several Abba songs (the funniest video is "Take a Chance on me"), among others.
The second DVD is not as good (it would impossible to keep in the level of the first DVD) and you can view more 9 videos plus 6 promotional documentaries.
Sound and picture quality are great, so giving 5 stars to this DVD is just an understatement of its good quality.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bristol on 7 Oct. 2003
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This is what all fans have been waiting for, all the band's videos on one disc plus loads of extras on disc two. Of course the amazing non UK single release "Rock me gently" is also included. This collection is 100% pure fun and some of the videos will make you laugh. Some are as camp as a christmas tree (i.e. "heavenly action", " who needs love"...) some more serious ( i.e. "rock me gently", " fingers&thumbs") but all of them have brilliant music. Disc two consists of alternative videos, live performances from telly and from their tours. And lots and lots of other goodies. All together hours of fun for little money. Go on treat yourself to this fantastic collection from the band that makes electro pop better than anyone else.
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By Burjiz on 22 July 2004
Format: DVD
"Hits! The Videos" is the definitive Erasure DVD, giving you music videos and MUCH more. Fans of this synth duo will find lots to enjoy on both these discs. On the first DVD, we get the duo's ENTIRE (and I mean "entire") video history, from their debut "Who Needs Love Like That" right up to 2003's "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)." In all, 35 videos are featured on this disc in 2-channel surround stereo. While they're not big budget extravaganzas, the videos of Erasure are pure exercises in maximum level camp. The one video that had me howling is their cover of ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" with the duo prancing around in front of the camera in drag. That clip is so flaming, it will melt your screen. Other favorites include "Blue Savannah," "Fingers and Thumbs," and "Love to Hate You." But the real treat for fans is on disc 2, which has live performances, rare videos, and documentaries promoting their last six albums. It's a real treat watching Vince and Andy bring down their guard as they discuss touring, making videos, music, and their songwriting. These clips, ranging from 5 minutes to half an hour, bring additional value to an already great DVD. It would have been nice if these videos were in 5.1 surround sound and had petter picture quality, but "Hits! The Videos" is still a must-buy for any Erasure fan. While "Hits!" the CD was a halfhearted collection that left out many of the duo's singles, "Hits!" the DVD features every video they made right up to 2003's "Other People's Songs." It's the perfect replacement for your worn-out VHS copy of "Pop!"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Walton on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of Erasure and want to complete your collection
then you'll probably buy this DVD package anyway. For sure it's great value in terms of content.
Remastering for DVD is a different matter altogether. The whole point of DVD is to get the very best from the visuals and sound,
but Mute have made no effort whatsoever to remaster the audio or
film clips for this release. The sound is low and the visuals are
for the most part murkey and dull. The track Sometimes is riddled with scratches on every frame.
The age of the material has nothing to do with it. If that was the case how come recent DVD releases by Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and Dead Or Alive have clear, crisp video and LOUD, sharp and clear audio?
Sorry, but Mute have made no effort at all to clean the material for this release, and for that reason it's for hard core fans only...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Whitehatter VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2003
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Just on a value for money basis this is essential for anyone who likes Vince and Andy! Two full DVDs of their chart hits, including a few I didn't even know had promotional videos made for them!
Disc Two, with the documentary and live stuff, packs this collection out nicely. It truly is Erasure and their history condensed into two disks, with no glaring omissions. Hours of entertainment and worth every penny, deserving of five stars.
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By janzi on 12 July 2013
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Haven't watched this DVD as present for somebody, but I really do hope that I get a chance to watch this DVD at sometime, Takes me back and I still look listening to them on my i-pod. Delivery and packing excellent
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Philpott on 27 Oct. 2003
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As others have said, this is tops. The videos' range from the weird to the wonderful and all those you have seen will bring backa few memories. There are of course the songs you don't like, and the older stuff is often the best (but that just shows our ages) but in general, it's superb. Great to be able, at last, to have all the decent songs in one place (whereas two hits albums have them all over the place), and the extra's are great. Now I know what they look like in 2003 as well...
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