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Play...Peter Gabriel's Top 20 [DVD] [2008]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Castilian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621P4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Peter Gabriel has long been revered for his great songwriting, cinematic soundscapes, riveting concerts, and groundbreaking videos. Is it any surprise, then, that Play: The Videos is a music DVD for the ages? Nope. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling to watch or to listen to. Gabriel has assembled and polished an evening-filling 26 clips, all of them collaborations with innovative visual artists and directors like Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, Francois Vogel, and Sean Penn. From the 1977 promo for "Modern Love" to 2003's "Growing Up" and much between, it's all here, and most viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find more than a couple videos they missed along the way. The focus is explicitly on conceptual pieces, the lone visual exception being a 2004 live rendition of "Games Without Frontiers" among the extras.

Gabriel says in an accompanying essay that "music can stand more repetition than video and music together." Play gives us something extra in light of that: fresh 5.1 surround mixes in both Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 for every track, with Gabriel/U2 production vet Daniel Lanois at the helm for most songs. (You'll get standard DTS sound from DTS-capable DVD players and, even better, lossless high-resolution audio from a DTS 96/24-compatible player.) The surround mixes are nothing short of revelatory, using all available channels to amplify Gabriel's ambient side while breaking out the percussion in fascinating ways and driving home the music's subterranean bass. --Michael Mikesell

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play Tracklist 9 Oct 2004
For anyone intrested in this title, you may like to know the official track listing as advertised on the Realworld web site.
Father, Son
Blood Of Eden
Games Without Frontiers
I Don't Remember
Big Time
Red Rain
In Your Eyes
Don't Give Up
The Barry Williams Show
Washing Of The Water
Kiss That Frog
Mercy Street
Growing Up
Shaking The Tree
Shock The Monkey
The Drop
Solsbury Hill
Digging In The Dirt
And the extras:
Games Without Frontiers (Live 2004)
Modern Love
The Nest That Sailed The Sky
Hope this is of some help :o) - Happy veiwing!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounding excellent ! 3 Dec 2004
By miel22
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The sound on this disc is superb !

If you've got Dts then this is going to sound really crisp , clear, & loud.
Still sounds pretty fine on DD 5:1.
Engineering by Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell.
Not surprisingly the videos themselves are top-notch. There are of course the classic ones that everyone knows. Others that most likely only PG fans will have seen, & I'm sure many fans will not have seen them all. Congratulations on your good taste & powers of acquisition if you have seen them all before !
There's some nice extras the disc itself.
The plasticine pic cover is very reminiscent of the multi-colours of " Real World ". Nice accompanying insert.
My humble opinion re the tracks:
(given a star rating-marks out of 5 ! -not just considering the video but influenced by how much like the song)
FATHER, SON ***** great moving video, excellently filmed
SLEDGEHAMMER *** just had to be on !
I DON'T REMEMBER *** entertaining !
BIG TIME *** excellent video
LOVETOWN **** (Really glad this is on the DVD,as the cd-om stuff on my "Real World Notes #1" is not being recognised by XP. So at last,once again, I've a playable copy).
IN YOUR EYES ** Love love this song. Video ok
THE BARRY WILLIAMS SHOW *** (Directed by Sean Penn) (Live, this is fun)
BIKO ***
KISS THAT FROG ***** excellent excellent video !
MERCY STREET **** One of my favourite PG songs. B&W video right for the song.
GROWING UP *** Good video (The Prisoner revisited !)
SHAKING THE TREE ** Love Youssou -His voice can lift one's soul to another plane (Hear him Live !
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue But Well Worth The Wait 28 Oct 2004
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First of all I would like to say, "BUY THIS DVD". Now on with the review.
If, like me, you are a huge fan of Peter Gabriel then you will have been waiting a long time for this compilation to come along. (I wore my VHS copy of 'CV' out years ago)
This DVD contains 23 of Pete's finest videos all remixed in glorious 5.1. by Daniel Lanois. And what a good job he has done. You have never heard Gabriel's work like this. I have a Dolby 5.1 system and all of the tracks sound amazing. If you have a DTS system it will sound even better. It makes a refreshing change for an artist to take the time to remix their old videos into 5.1, something normally only done for live concerts. This mix really puts you in the middle of his work and makes videos such as 'Sledgehammer' and 'Big Time' an amazing experience.
Some of the tracks are slightly different to the singles you may remember (Big Time,Shaking The Tree & Steam especially)which may dissapoint some people. I personally think they are just as good, if not better.
The extras include 'Games Without Frontiers' live (not featured on the Growing Up Live DVD), 'Modern Love' original video (a very young PG) and 'The Nest That Sailed The Sky' which features a speeded up montage of the Millenium Dome 'OVO' show filmed from an overhead camera. There are also trailers for other PG DVD's.
All in all this is an excellent DVD. If you are a fan, this is an essential purchase. I would have liked to have seen the alternate video for 'Don't Give Up' that was featured on the 'CV' video and it would have been nice to have seen some videos for 'Rhythm of the Heat', 'More Than This' and 'Come Talk to Me'. Can't complain though because the sound quality is better than a lot of DVD-Audio discs I have, so even if you don't think much of the videos, turn your TV off and just listen to these classics like you have never heard them before.
Thanks Mr Gabriel - just don't leave so long until your next album !!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Compliation 5 Nov 2004
Given that "So" is one of my favourite albums, I thought this would be good. And boy, is it good! Slick production and the offer of both DD5.1 and DTS soundtracks make it an audiophile's delight. Daniel Lanois has lovingly remastered many of the tracks that accompany the videos, which are excellent.
If anything the introductions before each video are a little short, I'm sure Peter had a lot more to say about each, but most are annoyingly brief.
But, that pales into insignificance when you experience one of video's true pioneers. Sledgehammer, Steam and Big Time are fantastic.
Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play It Again Peter!! 25 Oct 2004
Well Peter's done it again with "Play" this is a extremly well done DVD, This has one of the best if not the best audio quality in DTS 5.1 Neo if you thought Dolby digital was good think agian!!!
And it has some really cool disc extra's you can select if you want introductions to each song or not, I recommend you do as there are some great clips of Peter both old and new, And as well a great live version of "Games without Frontiers" from 2004 tour, look out for those things they ride Please Amazon sell those on here!!
To finish off I am a massive fan and only 25 to boot so I am also seeing alot of these Videos for the first time, but if you have been around the block a few times and seen it all before you must still get this for the Introductions and Sound Quality
and well some things are timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man
Peter at his best love it all cannot fault the man I love his videos they are so unique and entertaining!
Published 3 months ago by Kitchen Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Gabriel
What a great collection of video's showing the change in Peter's music throughout his long and creative period in music
Published 4 months ago by Michael McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good surround mix!!!
Really classy DVD. Nicely put together. The surround mixes are mostly excellent - I got a shock when Kate Bush's voice came out of the rear speakers only on Don't Give Up! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. V. Ennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Says what it does on the tin.
Says what it does on the tin so if you want all his videos on one DVD buy this DVD
Published 16 months ago by matt read
4.0 out of 5 stars colourful
A great collection of memorable videos when they were really creative, got my old vinyl out so I could sing along with the songs again
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant....
This disc is faultless, all the classics you would expect and then some less known but equally stunning tracks. Read more
Published on 16 May 2011 by Kiwirob
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Stars!
With this album possibly more than any other, Peter Gabriel demonstrates why he has for so long been regarded as one of the most inventive and progressive artists there is. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by Peter N. Ingleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Peter Gabriels best videos !!!
This collection is fantastic. Play it with DTS sound and pump up the volume.
The Play collection in my mind is a collection that all Gabriel fans should own. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2005 by Geir Lillegraven
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