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Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Special Limited Edition - Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [DVD]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TI0X3M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy’s rock superstar is back with his biggest live show yet.

The world’s best-loved big-haired, piano-abusing, satirical singer-songwriter joins with conductor Jules Buckley & the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra to create the most epic musical comedy show ever. The Pope, cheese, racism, rock, cancer, love and sub-pharyngeal alopecia.

Tracklist:
  • I’m in a Cage
  • Rock n Roll Nerd
  • Cont
  • If I Didn't Have You
  • Thank You God
  • You Grew on Me
  • The Fence
  • Prejudice
  • Lullaby
  • The Pope Song
  • Cheese
  • Beauty
  • Dark Side
  • Not Perfect
  • White Wine in the Sun
Extras include:
  • ‘STORM’ animation
  • Behind the scenes: Nothing Ruins Comedy Like Arenas; Tim Meets the Orchestra
Limited Edition contains:
  • T-Shirt – “I can have a dark side too” (size: medium)
  • 2 Songs from Matilda The Musical – ‘When I Grow Up’ and ‘My House’ – Written and sung by Tim Minchin
“Minchin is a genuine musical virtuoso” – The Times
One of the most superlatively gifted comedy performers to have emerged in the past 10 years” – The Observer


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition T-shirt not worth it! 17 Nov 2011
By Lumann1
Format:DVD
Tim Minchin is a genius and this DVD is among his greats, the Tin the DVD and Tshirt come is also very nice and of good quality.

The only bad thing i can say is that when i bought the 'special edition' i was expecting something 'special'.
I feel the t shirt is a real let down, it is just a plain black t shirt with very dark writing on the back, which can hardly be seen unless looking close. The only other detail is the initials 'TM' on the sleeve. I expected more when paying the extra for the special edition version.

Don't get me wrong, the DVD is fantastic, and the tin it comes in is also very smart, i just feel that the t shirt doesn't do justice to the extra money paid.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Sanz
Format:DVD
Since I pre-ordered this, it arrived today on the release date as expected. The DVD comes together with a very cool T-shirt, amongst other extras, in a fantastic presentation tin.

As usual, Tim is at his musically comedic best and the orchestra only add to the sheer awesomeness of this fantastic show. The show includes some tried and tested favourites such as 'Darkside', 'If I Didn't Have You' and 'Rock N Roll Nerd', along with a host of soon-to-be-favourites including 'Lullaby', 'The Fence' and 'Cont'.

Filmed at The Royal Albert Hall on the same day as the Royal wedding, the two (or was it 3?) standing ovations Tim received should tell you how well this show went down with the crowd. A combination of great stand-up, awesome songs and a stunning (not to mention perfect) orchestra, make this a superb addition to any Minchin fans collection. And if you're new to the wonder that is Tim Minchin, well where have you been? With an abundance of insight, satire and swearing this is definitely NOT for the easily offended. But if you're able to take life with a pinch of salt, and like your comedy slightly on the dark side, then you've come to the right place, coz Tim definitely has a darkside too...

Enjoy!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano virtuosity and intelligent comedy 19 Nov 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Despite the Blu-ray's similar cover art to the accompanying album (which I've also reviewed), they are different shows. Although from the same tour, the latter contains just the songs from a gig at the Manchester Arena whereas this is a complete concert at the Royal Albert Hall, recorded in April 2011.

The bonus here is that you also get to see Tim Minchin perform his unique style of stand-up in between the compositions. He tackles subjects that would cause other comedians to draw a line; however, he does it in an intelligent way that not only makes you laugh but also gives you food for thought afterwards.

Minchin employs his expletives creatively and none more so than in his f-word-laden "Pope Song", which (once you get past the opening tirade) makes a serious point about scandal within the Catholic Church. He indicates within its lyrics that there is a correlation between the amount of bad language and the anger he felt.

The Heritage Orchestra provides Minchin with the perfect platform for his virtuoso piano skills, particularly during his epic show-closer, "Dark Side". It allows him to play the instrument more freely instead of it being just his backing accompaniment and new arrangements enhance some of his older material.

From the start it's plain that the audience didn't quite know what to expect and initially seem a bit bemused at the unusual combination of taboo wordplay and dazzling musicality. At first there is polite applause but by the second half Minchin's won them over. They dance in the aisles, give him a standing ovation and during his final encore, the poignant "White Wine in the Sun", even applaud individual lines.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tim Minchin & the heritage orchestra DVD 19 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
A tad disappointed in this DVD- please don't jump on me yet till I've finished. The Audio and video is excellent and Tim himself is untouchable. I just find the audience reaction a bit dead. The guys material is sublime and the orchestration superb, but I also have the CD of the same which was recorded at the Manchester arena and the set is the same, but the audience reaction is much better- you can actually hear them roaring in the aisles I can't understand if this is down to the mixing of the DVD at source of if the audience at the RAH are just a bit slow to reactand get in the swing of things?

I've also seen the original recording with the Sydney Symphony in Australia and it is by far the best concert, but it was only broadcast in Australia.

Tim is a genius- but I think this DVD lets the side down a bit and I would plump for the CD recording of the show in Manchester over the DVD from the Albert Hall if I had the choice again.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Be careful with this DVD. Every one of the reviewers who gave this DVD 5 stars saw the show live at some point, some even during the recording at the Royal Albert Hall. Seeing it person, I'm sure the audience reaction was amazing.

But the sound mix on this DVD is terrible! The audience reaction is so low in the mix, we could hardly hear it at all. Tim is very funny, and when I've seen him live, people are laughing and clapping through all the songs. On this DVD? Muted silence throughout. When he's talking between the songs, it sounds like he is delivering jokes to an empty aircraft hanger. We here the echoing room, why can't we hear the audience? When the music ends, I want to feel the energy of the audience, but get almost nothing. What's the point of a live DVD recording if the audience doesn't become part of the show?

I speak as someone who once worked as a sound mixer for a TV company, and my main job was recording live events and concerts for broadcast. To make sure it wasn't just the venue, I watched a whole BBC Proms concert, and no, the audience was perfectly audible.

The bad mix means I've only watched the first half so far. To make sure it doesn't spoil my enjoyment of the second half, I'm going to wait to see the material live in the future, or try to download a different recording of the Heritage Orchestra show. I gather there is a version from the Sydney Opera House, hopefully with a competent sound mixer.

On a positive note, I loved the new material. I just wish I could feel like I was watching it live, as that is the feeling I get when watching other Minchin DVDs and YouTube videos and the live albums I have on iTunes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... shows seem to be getting more flashy and less funny. Still...
His live shows seem to be getting more flashy and less funny. Still entertained though.
Published 29 days ago by F. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this concert live and was absolutely amazing!! Tim Minchin is a...
Bought this as a gift for my brother after he was attempting to steal my own copy, Saw this concert live and was absolutely amazing!! Tim Minchin is a genius, So smart and funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KatyP29
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD. MInchin treads where others dare not
What a talent this guy has. A great DVD. MInchin treads where others dare not.
Published 2 months ago by Peter John Cattermole
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tim Minchin is a genius! Pure and simple."
Points to you if you know where the review headline is from (there's technically two places you could have read/heard it). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stacy Noland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but not magnificent
It's a great concert but, as said by Minchin himself, nothing kills comedy like arenas.
I really enjoyed it but quite frankly I expected to burst in laughter more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Francesco Mandolini
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Minchin at his finest
I've watched this over and over after seeing it on TV and knowing there was at least an extra hour of footage on the DVD.

An absolute must for fans of Tim Minchin
Published 7 months ago by jacqueline cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral Minchin!
Some great stuff from Tim Minchin, fleshed out by an orchestra. Adding orchestration doesn't always work, but it does here, likely guided by Minchin's musical education. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan Tignanelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Has it all
This concert has it all: Symphony, comedy, piano and a lot of humour. If you want a concert movies of Minchin's work that collect his best songs - this is the one.
Published 7 months ago by Anders Nordli
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented guy but his constant use of obscenities gets tiresome.
There are some great songs but I just wish he didn't resort to cheap laughs obtained by liberal use of bad language. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Howard Wills
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Minchin
I am a big Tim Minchin fan and musically he doesn't disappoint. His songs are fun and occasionally naughty but he needs to sharpen the chat in between. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne E O
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