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The Cure: Festival 2005 [DVD] [2006]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2006
  • Run Time: 311 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7NCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


e il documento audio-visivo (155 minuti) del tour che ha visto la band seminale del movimento dark-wave, cimentarsi come headliner in ben 9 festival europei nel 2005 ( spagna, belgio, francia, germania, svizzera, ungheria, grecia, turchia ed italia, nella fattispecie a taormina al teatro greco) con la seguente formazione:robert smith voce, chitarrasimon gallup - bassojason cooper - batteriaporl thompson chitarrat

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four piece Cure live in 2005... 17 Feb 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Sadly The Cure don't play as many UK gigs as they really should - something like five gigs in the 21st Century in the UK (Wembley Bloodflowers, Hyde Park a year or so later, a small club gig for charity, a one off around their 2004 eponymous LP, and their epic Albert Hall gig last year) - so `Festival' gives the non-continent voyaging Cure fan chance to catch their great live performances of 2005. I really wish they'd play more often in the UK and maybe play smaller, cuter venues!!!

The old Cure is the same as the new Cure, obligatory line-up changes occurring - guitarist Perry Bamonte and keyboard player Roger O'Donnell have left the band, while long time associate Porl Thompson (originally in an early Cure line-up and later in the band from 1984's `The Top' to 1992/93's live `Show/Paris' recordings) has rejoined following some years playing with folk like Page & Plant (though Thompson did guest with the Cure a few times after, playing on `End' at their XFM gig and at a club gig a few years ago on Cure oldie `I Dig You'). Thompson was the Cure's greatest guitarist, so his return is very welcome - Robert Smith (vocals/guitar) has come up with the idea that The Cure shouldn't have a keyboard player (despite having one since 1980!) letting Thompson replace that with wild guitar lines against his own guitar and the backing rhythm section of Jason Cooper (drums) and the timeless (& apparently ageless) Simon Gallup (bass). A bold idea, Smith clearly not resting on his laurels. I heard bad things about a track or two at the Albert Hall gig - `Lullaby' was meant to have been awful, but on the evidence here, the four-piece Cure is a sound idea, shame a live album wasn't forthcoming as well!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fan, buy this dvd!! 5 Dec 2006
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Great setlist, and the Cure are in fine form. Not the greatest cinematic experience but it sounds great and i believe a lot of the shots are from fans anyway (beastie boys awesome style) and Robert helped edit it on his G5 so i'll let him off. This DVD is a must for fans, i can imagine if you're not a fan sitting through this mammoth cure gig coud be a bit dull. But I LOVE IT!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Festival", the debut release by the new-look, slimmed down four piece `rock' Cure, is, to be blunt, a glorified home movie. It's impossible to avoid one simple fact about it when you start watching : the visuals are average but the audio is fantastic.

The soundtrack is easily equivalent of any of The Cure's other live releases : a two and a half hour, epic expedition through their back catalogue that exhumes a handful of hit singles, oft-ignored album tracks, a rare b-side, and reinvents them all in a new, spiky guitar vein. Shorn from the lush string laden sound that has characterisied the band for the last quarter century, these songs, somewhat surprisingly, seem to be enjoying a breath of fresh air.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of the visuals. Some fans are claiming the band would serve themselves better by reissuing (the obscure) "In Japan", "In Orange", and "Show" concerts on DVD : and in one way, they're not wrong. "Festival" is not a representative sample of The Cure on film.

So what's wrong with "Festival"? Well, visually, it's substandard. Part of the problem is that it is clearly sourced from low quality, barely adequate material. The band have personally re-edited live, low quality videoscreen feeds, DV hand held footage shot by the crew, and footage recorded surreptiously by the fans to create what can only be "an official bootleg" : shorn of opening credits, overdubs, professional camera crews, and taking an All Expenses Spared approach, "Festival" is a rough approximation of the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than ever. 25 Dec 2006
Could they ever manage without keyboards ? Many thought not, but one thing this DVD does highlight is the genius guitar playing of Porl Thompson. His ability to replicate keyboard parts on guitar is stunning and you only really miss the keys on about 3 songs.

Captured over the summer of 2005 this DVD encompasses pretty much their whole career, though there are a few notable ommissions; nothing from their first album ( unfortunately ) , Wild Mood Swings ( thankfully ) or Bloodflowers. Totally blistering versions of The Blood, Push, M, Never Enough and Play For Today. The highlight has to be 100 years, so aggressive and intense, it's never sounded so good live.

The jerky camera angles can be a bit irritating, but this does add to the overall excitement of the show and you do get used to them pretty quickly.

In 22 years of attending Cure gigs i can honestly say that this current lineup is the most powerful i've seen and this DVD captures that power and excitement perfectly.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great track listing 1 Dec 2006
Camera work not always great but a great choice of tracks covering the last 25 years of classic Cure. I am a massive Cure fan so it was great to see more Cure live on DVD not as good as the Trilogy DVD but then again will anything be as good as 3 great Cure albums live on one DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Cure Festival DVD
Very poor video quality - similar quality to a bootleg DVD. The audio quality is OK but generally very disappointing.
Published 15 months ago by Peter Mr Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars lots and lots of songs for your money
The last time i saw cure was at the bloodflowers concert so was nice to see them again.I dont want to name all the tracks here look for yourself but will just say all the hits and... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by B. J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Godlike Genius
So I'm a fan. I don't care about the dodgy camera work - this captures a recent Cure performance "in the raw" and for that alone it is priceless. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2009 by David Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Cure
I re-watched The Cure's Trilogy the other night, and I have to say that Festival is without doubt the better of the two. Read more
Published on 8 April 2008 by Mark Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the sound that matters
Frankly speaking I do not have much time WATCHING the band perform live - I have bought this dvd because of the tracklist and sound - and it has been WORTH it. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2008 by MARTIN LAŠŠĮK
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Cure 'Must Have'
The track listing on the back shows you are in for a treat! Tracks like 'Shiver and Shake' , 'Fascination Street' , the live classic 'A Hundred Years' along with newer material... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2006 by snrweb
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me realise how great they are
I am an on / off Cure fan since the days of Seventeen Seconds. Recently I have getting to know Bloodflowers and realising how great they can be. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2006 by S. Graves
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the collectors.
A relative of mine offered me this DVD this Christmas becuse I'm a fan of The Cure. After viewing the DVD, wouldn't buy this one. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2006 by Manic Miner
5.0 out of 5 stars On fire...
This DVD proves that after 25 years The Cure are still a force to be reckoned with. With Porl back on guitar it seems there is a renewed freshness within Robert Smith and the band. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2006 by Thomas A. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for old time fans
Published on 9 Dec 2006 by Julio Guiomar
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