There's some awesome stuff in here.There's also some stuff they want you to buy again.And then there's some previously unreleased material in here too but,unfortunately,it's a bit of a hit and miss affair.So should you part with your hard earned and hand it over to the Banks,Collins,Rutherford & Gabriel retirement fund?? I'll leave that decision up to you.I had the opportunity to purchase this box set during the Post Christmas sale for a reasonable price so I pounced.I was very interested in the new to dvd material,more on that later and sorry for the long review,there's a lot of content here.
If you don't own any of the three previously released Genesis live dvd's,here's where to get two of them (only one of which is still available new Live At Wembley Stadium [DVD] [2003
]).The second previously issued title,"The Way We Walk",is no longer available outside this set and has been modified for this reissue(more details below).The third live dvd released,"Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 (3 DVDs)
",is not included in this set but a slot and case have been included should you wish to place all your Genesis live dvd's together in one box.I like nicely presented music product and all of the dvds have newly mixed dts as well as Dolby surround soundtracks(except Live At Wembley,more on that below too).Going by the other Genesis box sets,which are awesome including the Live 1973 - 2007 (Audio CDs and NTSC format DVD)
box,I sort of knew what this would look like.The set is a worthy purchase,if you find it reasonably priced,even if you own the three already released titles but I must admit,it's strange having dvds in cd sized cases.Then again,if they made it a dvd sized box it wouldn't fit on the shelf next to the other four sets.Let's have a look at what's included.
First up we have "Three Sides Live" which is the same as the previously released VHS video.It's a tour film rather than a straight up concert so it's inter-cut with footage from life on the road and interviews with the band,manager and crew(which can also be viewed as separate videos).The really good stuff on this disc is 48 minutes of bonus audio only content in glorious hi-res dts 96/24 or 5.1 Dolby if your system can't play dts.These seven tracks,unlike their video counterparts in the film,are in full length versions uninterrupted by interviews.So you get about half of the "Three Sides Live" album in surround sound.
Next up,"The Mama Tour".This is also the same as the VHS but it's great to finally have it on dvd with a new 5.1 audio track.Unlike "Three Sides',this is a straight up concert performance and although it's not the entire show,something is better than nothing.There's a bonus feature included here too.Phil Collins,using the then new 1983 technology of a portable video camera(read a brick sized video camera and 6kg portable betamax tape recorder in a shoulder bag,hasn't that technology come a long way!),decided to have a go at filming Genesis writing and recording their self titled album(sometimes known as the Mama Album).It's genuine fly on the wall stuff and shows you how dull it can sometimes be working in the entertainment industry.Personally,I love this kind of stuff because I'm into how music was/is made.
The third dvd is the previously issued "Live at Wembley" first released on dvd in 2003.Unlike the other titles,this one is a straight re-release identical to it's 2003 cousin in all ways except it's cd sized artwork and case.I wouldn't mind having to purchase this title again if it had something extra as it didn't need a remaster.There's nothing new here.The set loses a star for making me buy this again!
The fourth dvd,"The Way We Walk",has also been available prior to this release though unlike "Live At Wembley",is no longer available.There are a couple of major differences between the former release "Genesis - the Way We Walk Live in Concert [DVD] [1993
]" and this reissue,some good,some not so.There was a lot of content in the 2001 version so it was spread out over two dvds which meant you had to change discs half way through the show.The extra content was thus.Multi-camera option for most of the show,which meant you could watch the concert from many different angles by pressing the button on your dvd player's remote.A commentary track for the entire concert with Tony,Mike & Phil.Extra interviews,a photo slide show and scans of the original tour programme.All of this extra content has been removed from the reissue.The only plus we gain by having the show on one disc is a remastered dts surround sound-track.So putting the show on one disc makes it convenient not to change discs at half time,has upgraded sound,but,ALL the bonus content is gone.The set loses another star for the loss of bonus content at the expense of better sound.The domino principle indeed!
In the next slot is the empty case and art work for "Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 (3 DVDs)
".It's only a two disc case,the third disc,the "Come Rain or Shine" documentary,has a slot inside the back cover of the enclosed box set essay book.Personally,I prefer the packaging for When In Rome and am leaving my dvd's in that case.
Unlike the audio boxes,The Movie Box only contains one bonus disc,a dvd with the "Genesis-VH1 Behind The Music" documentary.Originally produced in 1999,updated to include the 2007 reunion and with a running time of just over 43 minutes it's a tad skimpy but if your chasing archive video content,the audio box sets are full of rare stuff."Genesis 1970-1975
, Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD
] , Genesis, 1983 - 1998 [Hybrid SACD + DVD
So is this dvd video box worth the money,maybe yes,maybe no.For me it was a lucky buy at a bargain price and considering most of the content is now only available here,it will probably become more of a worthy purchase over time.I'm almost a happy customer,but only just.