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The Cure - Trilogy: Live In Berlin [DVD] [2003]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 223 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000095Z4B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An ambitious yet practical idea, the Cure's Trilogy underscores the tonal and lyrical connections between three of the band's darkest albums in the last 20 years. The restless, ever-changing group, fronted by goth-gloomster Robert Smith, took up residence at the Tempodrom Berlin for a couple of nights in late 2002 for the express purpose of playing the group's 1982 Pornography, 1989's Disintegration, and 2000's Bloodflowers live and in their entirety. Whether it was a good idea or not depends on one's point of view. All three sets are long on droning, funereal rhythm sections, thick guitar lines that carry good pop melodies to overstylised destruction, and Smith's own cracked, morose vocals. On the other hand, fine distinctions emerge: The Disintegration portion of the show is lightest on its feet, with lush orchestration on "Plainsong", a hint of swing on "Lovesong", and cinematic tendencies in the stirring "The Same Deep Water as You". The rest of the concert is numbing. --Tom Keogh

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THE CURE Trilogy - Live In Berlin (2003 UK 2-disc Region 2 PAL DVD set featuring 33 tracks from a trilogy of Cure albums [PORNOGRAPHY DISINTEGRATION and BLOOD FLOWERS] performed live at the Tempodrom in Berlin Germany on two consecutive nights [November 11th / 12th 2002] captured by a huge 12 camera Hi-Definition shoot & in 5.1 surround sound - includes bonus interviews and hidden tracks! Running time - 223 minutes)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality DVD 22 Jan 2004
First off, there's no point me telling you how good The Cure are etc, as you wouldn't be looking at these pages if you never thought they were any good! What I will say though is that if you're after a greatest hits type, live concert then look elsewhere.
This DVD is based on the two day 2002 concert in Berlin where they played two three hour sets from three albums that spanned two decades. The first set is from their 1982 album, Pornography, the second from their 1989 album, Disentegration and their third from their most recent offering, Bloodflowers.
For die hard fans this whole compilation will be an essential addition to their collection, but I found the arrangements of all sets to be quite slow and hard going, even Disentegration was quite dull and morose in places and it happens to be one of my favourite albums of all time. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspects of this visually stunning concert with a sound to match.
I have quite an expensive cinema set up and this DVD tested it to the max! The colours were vibrant, the picture quality crystal clear and the special effects just add to enhance the overall viewing pleasure rather than detracting from it. The best bit is the sound though, even in PCM stereo the sound is good with clear acoustics and deep, rich bass tones, but play this in 5.1 format and what you get is astounding, it really is like being there.
Overall I would recommend this DVD for any Cure fan who wants to see some groundbreaking and legendary songs played live, but for those just getting in to the group (you've left it a bit late!) I would recommend you get the greatest hits DVD first.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better! 27 Mar 2009
Every once in a while, bands have their defining moment, both live and in the studio. This in one of those moments for The Cure in my opinion.

Back in November 2002, The Cure decided to perform three of their best albums in their entirety, back to back at the Tempodrom in Berlin. Those albums were Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers. Robert Smith claimed that these were a 'trilogy' in 2000 when Bloodflowers was released.

I was fortunate to be at these concerts, as well as the Brussels Forest National warm up show and can honestly say that the experience was phenomenal. Many of the tracks performed here were played for the first time in many years (Short Term Effect, Closedown, Homesick etc)

Captured in HD 1080i (the best available at the time) the quality of this Blu Ray is excellent. The video quality is far superior to the original DVD release with outstanding contrast and fine detail, especially in the close up scenes.

Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and LPCM.

It would have been nice to see the extras also in hi def, as these are the same standard def versions found on the DVD. The two encore tracks (The Kiss and If Only Tonight We Could Sleep) are in Hi-Definition.

Despite this shortcoming, I would recommend upgrading to the Blu-Ray from the DVD as the image and sound quality is far superior. I also recommend this to anyone looking for an example of a great band, performing at their very best.

Roll on Trilogy II (Faith, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Wish)!... In my dreams!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, the perfect conclusion. 3 Jun 2003
It took 18 years for the cure to record their trilogy of pornography (1982), disintegration (1989) and bloodflowers (2000). Last November in Berlin it took them three hours to conclude it.
And what a three hours it is. The pornography set is, inevitably, the most intense. From the opening wail of 100 years to the closing noise of pornography, the set has an energy and tension which perfectly realises the abrasive nature of the album. 100 years would be perfect, although Smith's vocals are still warming up. The hanging garden is truly stunning, with especially impressive drumming from jason cooper. The band also deliver a cracking version of a strange day, but the highlight of the set though is undoubtedly cold (arguably the strongest track on the album anyway). As the cascading drumbeat and lavish keyboards emerge, the sense of eerie silence in the arena is tangible; the song is the most emotionally vulnerable moment of the set. The title track is realised in a way that makes it more performance-friendly than the studio track, and is a perfectly uneasy ending to the set.
As blue lights and quiet chimes fill the arena, the increasing feeling of a new dawn comes to a climax as the beauty of plainsong suddenly explodes across the arena. It is a truly magical moment, affording the song the status it truly deserves. Disintegration is (from my point of view) the strongest album of the three, and each song is well realised. The highlights are a pounding fascination street, a rare performance of the gorgeous the same deep water as you, and truly awesome renditions of homesick and untitled that close the set with a flourish of perfection.
As the songs of bloodflowers then fill the arena, the resigned tone of the album is evident.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What they do best. 24 Jun 2003
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This is good. This is real good. Even if you just like the Cure a little bit, this is good. If you like the Cure, then its awesome. Where do I begin. Its the best live show ever. It kicks ass with the Cure in Orange, it is so much better than Show..
Its dark, its moody, its happy, its funny - its the Cure doing what they do best.
There are some magical moments in this and some that could have been left out....its warts and all...its what you expect from the Cure...So if you have seen them live, then this is exactly what you want from them.....If you have not seen them live, then here is your chance.
Don't just think about it, just do it.....You know you want to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - again
Already owm a dvd copy.
The diference is noticeable enough in modern LED HD TV.
Worth the difference in price.
Published 9 months ago by Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars beatifu experience
entire poornography entre disintegartion and entoire bloodflowers... a beatiful dark live by the cure. technically perfect... sounfd is perfect... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barnabas
3.0 out of 5 stars Bloodflowers?
To be succinct:

The Pornography set is ok, just not with the same baroque, analogue-heavy vibe you'd expect. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Dames
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for cure fans
if you love the cure, you MUST have this concert or trilogy, good performance, good quality, good price... and i had it in perfect condition thanks to amazon.
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Mehmet Dincer Saglam
5.0 out of 5 stars simply epic
I don't really write reviews as I think so much is based on personal opinion- but I wanted to write this for any Cure fans who haven't seen it. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2008 by jarednz
3.0 out of 5 stars Only two thirds good
This seems to be the last really good document of the Cure in concert we're ever likely to get. The band sound and look excellent. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2008 by Vitamino
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
This by far is my favourite music Dvd the cures best live performance some critics say. For me some of the cures songs sound better live (play for today not on the dvd). Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2007 by Mr. D. Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Remains highly recommended even with it's shortcomings...
I bought this on it's day of release, which is now several months back and feel in a good position to review it now. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2003 by crazeetaxi
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there :-)
Ok, I'm a bit biased, since I was at one of the two shows filmed for this DVD. It was amazing, one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better With Age ?
I suppose I'd have to describe myself as a Cure fan...I went to more of their gigs through the 1980's than I could count. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2003 by Simon Burrage
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