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  • Actors: David Bowie
  • Format: Compilation, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: EMI Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6UXXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,846 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Bowie live in Vancouver, Canada in 1983 on his 'Serious Moonlight' tour. Bowie traded in both the flamboyant theatricality of his early Seventies' shows, as well as the arthouse austerity of his Berlin era tours, reinventing himself as the well-heeled, smooth-suited purveyor of the cosmopolitan pop which characterised his album 'Let's Dance'.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 4 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
I have to say I wasn't expecting much from this DVD- recorded at the very moment that Bowie's career was teetering on the brink of the critical abyss (this concert was recorded just a year before the release of his low-point "Tonight"), you might expect this concert to reveal everything that was bad about the "branded Bowie" of the 80s. But no! It's a thoroughly enjoyable concert- the band playing is solid throughout, Bowie's voice is great and the reworkings of classic tracks work rather well (at the very least they're perversely enjoyable- especially the cover of White-Light/White Heat- more on that in a minute).

The set-list is a fairly judicious balance- its more or less a greatest hits package with some Let's Dance songs thrown in, although the emphasis is more on the late seventies stuff, albeit with the experimental dissonance jettisoned in favour of a commercial 80s sound, which was clearly aimed at garnering acceptance from the kind of people who were buying Phil Collins records at the time(!) It's true that Bowie was "thinking about his pension" at this point (and why not? He spent the seventies being financially shafted by RCA), but remarkably, this doesn't detract from the concert at all. With such a solid backing band (Slick, Alomar, the drummer from Chic) how could you possibly mess up songs like Heroes, Golden Years, Ashes to Ashes and Young Americans? No amount of tinkering with the arrangements alters these indubitable classics.

Further, I think its a mistake to criticise Bowie for ditching the artiness of his late 70s phase in favour of a more commercial approach here. The fact is, that Bowie's music has always been quite theatrical and camp, so the hammy theatrics on show here not only don't detract from the songs, they sometimes enhance them.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Back in 1983 (maybe early '84), a Melbourne radio 'simulcast' one of the concerts in the Serious moonlight Tour which I duly 'taped' and listened to every night for perhaps a year; that was my introduction to David Bowie, and thus began the long (and predictable) love affair. It is surreal after all these years to go back and see the puffy blonde hair and high-waisted trousers and the cheesy, Celine Dionish set, but then, that was the 80s! Watching the show on TV is nowhere near as intimate an experience as listening to it on cassette (my teenage mind imagined every move and nuance in fine detail) but it's still pretty good. I'm only disappointed that the movie version tinkers with the concert to the extent of deleting songs - it makes the show a bit short for a live concert and feels more like a Saturday evening TV special (which is probably what it initially was).
The real revelation however, is the 'Ricochet' documentary offered as a special feature. It gives interesting insight into Bowie and his 'Far East'. It's classic Bowie with both the artfulness and playfulness (and occasional seriousness) so inherent in his work. All in all, 'Serious Moonlight' satisfies - a whole lot of Bowie, a little bit of history and a good time had by all. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By its_paulwatson@hotmail.com on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
After being a fan of his music for some years, I was pleased to see this video was still available. Too keep things brief, I would just like to say, this is the best live concert video I have seen. Bowie is a true artist, his songs are awesome and this video really does showcase his genious! Who will be the next Bowie, in short no one! An unbelievable concert from the true pioneer of modern music!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Reg Utterley-Boaring on 25 April 2006
Format: DVD
The `Let's Dance' album may have been partly motivated by Bowie's desire to prove himself to his new label by delivering hit records, but the subsequent tour was - Bowie has admitted - designed to introduce him to the kind of conservative ultra-mainstream audience that had previously regarded him with suspicion. It was also designed as his "pension plan" - at the back of his mind, he says, he was planning to "get rich quick" and then retire.

So here we have a hits-heavy setlist in which almost all the songs are subjected to arrangements that suck all the menace, all the subversive experimentation out of them. Lots of loungey saxophone charts, lots of primitive-sounding synthesizer. Without its attendant guitar feedback and harmonica, "Cracked Actor"'s innuendo could easily pass by the listener. "Rebel Rebel" and "Fashion" are abbreviated in order to fit into medleys. "What In The World", "Look Back In Anger" and "Scary Monsters" are conspicuously lacking in dissonance and vocal/guitar extremities. When Bowie (and Earl Slick) tackle Lou Reed's "White Light White Heat" they proceed from the `Rock 'n Roll Animal' arrangement (not a good idea). "Station to Station" survives the sanitisation process - and then only to find itself cut short by the film editor! Elsewhere, play-it-safe renditions of Life On Mars, Sorrow, China Girl etc.

With all this, a stage set that looks like it was designed for Kid Creole and the rather silly choreography of the Simms Brothers - it's unlikely to be a satisfactory viewing/listening experience for hardcore Bowie-ologists. Anyone who prefers Outside to Hours, Lodger to Young Americans, can afford to leave this alone.
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