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The Cure: Greatest Hits [DVD] [2001]
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2002
A lot of people seem to label The Cure as being purely a singles-band or a videos-band. There has of course always been more to The Cure than their singles and videos, but if you're after the bands greatest hits then what better way to enjoy them than to watch the accompanying videos as well?
18 videos are included here, although as with the CD version of the hits not all of the bands albums are represented here.
Things start off nice enough with Boy's Don't Cry, but it's a bit of a lie because there was never a video for the song on it's release (1979) and the video shown here was actually filmed for the 1986 re-release, so it's a bit weird as the rest of the DVD is in strict chronological order.
It shows quite badly as well, because Boy's Don't Cry is quite a high-gloss video (although not incredibly exciting) so it's a bit daft when the next video (A Forest) starts, which looks like it cost a total of £20.00 to film - plus Robert Smith's huge hair has suddenly vanished and he weighs about 2 stone less !
All of a sudden the DVD completely skips the singles from the Faith and Pornography albums era. This means we miss the videos for Primary, Hanging Garden and Charlotte Sometimes. While in the case of Primary this isn't a bad thing, it's criminal that 'Garden and 'Sometimes are missing. The reason they are missed (and I'm being serious here!) is that they are so cheesy !
The same team who made Madness's videos filmed 'Garden and boy how it didn't work ! Apparently the band wanted some humour in the video, which was a stupid thing to do for such a serious and weird song. Charlotte Sometimes is again really bad and tells the story of a ghost girl (as in the Charlotte Sometimes book), complete with ghastly 80's camera effects. This was clearly supposed to be a real spooky video, but the band themselves admit how completely hilarious it turned out. The thing is, the few bad videos the band made are as much a part of their history as their good videos are, so really they should have left them on as a bit of fun.
Anyway, the DVD moves on through the mid 80's onto the 90's stuff stuff which got increasingly more expensive looking as the band's popularity took off, and there really are some absolute gems on here.
Lullaby is a creepy-crawly spider story and would be great on TV on Halloween, it actually won the Best Video at the 1989 Brit Awards, and don't forget that votes came from people watching such TV shows as Saturday Superstore (or whatever it's derivative was called at that time!). Never Enough and High feature some lovely set-pieces with the band in strange situations, Friday I'm In Love remains the most fun video I've ever seen, this is kinda reprised on it's following vid Mint Car. Wrong Number is the last of the vids that looked like it had any real money spent on it. When Robert Smith appeared on Ray Cokes triumphant return to MTV about a year ago (2001) Robert asked him to play Wrong Number because it apparently had never ever been shown on British TV. Such a shame for a great video and pretty decent song.
The accoustic bonus section is quite interesting for the songs, but the footage is a bit dull unless you're a major fan of the band. They don't actually move an inch in their seats for the whole 6 songs.
Oh yeah, there are 3 bonus hidden videos which I believe you can access by pressing 1 then 3 then play on the song selection screens (Screen 1, 2 and 3).
Why people feel the need to hide stuff is beyond me though, why not just list it on the cover ?
The one MAJOR negative side to this DVD has already been stated elsewhere, and that is the fact that the videos have been taken straight from a video - not even from a master copy. The worst offenders are the early videos that were previously released on the Staring At The Sea video. At the start or end of a couple of the videos you see the preceding/following clips that were present on the aforementioned video. That's liveable as the actual videos aren't affected, but later video Lovesong is a joke. During the song at one point you actually see videotape distortion running across the screen for a couple of seconds. It's disgraceful really when DVD is supposed to be amazing quality, but then the VHS release of Lovesong (on Picture Show) does that as well....
They are however niggles relating to just a few of the videos on this compilation, don't let it put you off.
If you're into music vids and this sort of music then you would not go wrong buying this as the videos are all very interesting, humorous and visual stunning, apart from A Forest which is cr**!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Okay people, I found all of the extras, so it's time to update them for you.

First, go to the song select. There is a star that will be highlighted, before "Boys Don't Cry." This star does absolutely nothing that I have found.

There is a hidden star after "Just Say Yes" that shows the "Greatest Hits" album cover.

Now for the real extras...

"The Caterpillar"
Highlight "The Walk" and press down, right, right.

"Close To Me (Closer Mix)"
Highlight "Close To Me" and press up, up, up.

"Pictures Of You"
Highlight "Friday I'm In Love" and press down, down, down.

All 18 videos are under Title 1, Chapters, 1-18.
All 6 acoustic videos are under Title 2, Chapters 1-6.
The Cover of the Greatest Hits album is under Title 3, Chapter 1.

There are three bonus videos:

"The Caterpillar" is under Title 4, Chapter 1.
"Pictures of You" is under Title 5, Chapter 1.
"Close to Me (Closer Mix)" is under Title 6, Chapter 1.

All of the videos, including the live and hidden videos are available in both 5.1 and stereo mixes. Now if only they would release the rest of them on DVD...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2001
A chance to see and hear some of The Cure's best songs on DVD, in 5.1. The inclusion of the acoustic tracks is also a big plus.
If I had any complaint it would be that some of the videos seem to have been taken directly from the earlier VHS compilation, Staring at the Sea (you can even see and hear some of the footage that preceded the videos).
There are three hidden tracks: The Caterpillar, Close to Me (Shiver Mix) and contrary to another reviewer, Pictures of You.
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on 14 January 2015
Good video. Prefer live films of The Cure. All commercial stuff covered as it says on the cover. Worth having if only to see Robert Smith dance in the video "Why can't I be you"!! Classic..
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The Cure - Greatest Hits [DVD]great dvd for all cure fans with all hits only thing wrong is killing an arab is missing but still worth it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After the VHS release of the fantastic "Staring at the Sea," "Pictureshow" and "Galore" releases, it is a pleasure to be able to the music videos of The Cure in DVD format.
The title and menu screens for the DVD have been well put together. The songs shown are video highlights from the band's back catalogue and a small selection of specially recorded acoustic numbers from "Greatest Hits" CD.
My main criticism however is that the release is a rather lazy and uninspired effort by Fiction records. Apart from the acoustic video recordings, there are no other extras, such as documentaries, which would be welcome interaction. Worst of all, as pointed out by the previous reviewer, the early videos are low quality VHS reproductions cut from the 1986 "Staring at the Sea" release. You can clearly see where the video fades in mixed with footage from the previous scene. This looks sloppy.
Buy the DVD anyway though - The Cure is THE pop video band of the 80s and 90s.
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on 17 August 2013
Have the cd but watching the videos is far more satisfying and takes you back to the eighties once more
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on 31 July 2014
Bought this for the acoustic set that is on here. Great sound
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2002
The Cure Greatest Hits video compilation really gives the band a chance to show anyone how versatile their music, and their videos actually are. By following an almost identical order to the CD of the same name, this VHS is a real companion for anyone who already owns anything by The Cure and indeed an excellent start for anyone who has never heard of them!
I actually bought this video within just a few months of first hearing some of the band's most famous songs and was extremely pleased to see that all my new favourites were included on the video. With "Close To Me" and "Just Like Heaven", it was interesting to see how the videos compared after just listening to the songs on their own.
I also had the pleasure of watching videos I had never even seen before, such as "Lullaby" and "Friday I'm In Love", and only after seeing them did I realise how closely and appropriately the music videos match the songs.
The directing of some of the videos is quite spectacular. The 'Freak Show' theme used in the video for "Never Enough" shows the heavier side to The Cure and it is almost an amusing contrast to the video which preceded it. It follows the video for "Lovesong", almost an exact opposite side of the band, a slower and more mellow side.
There is only one minor flaw with The Greatest Hits video: Not all of my favourite Cure videos are included. If room was made for songs like "Hot Hot Hot" and "Fascination Street", this video would be worth a 5 star rating. The absence of these and also of any interviews with the band or crew meant that there could have been room for improvement.
However, my overall perception of the video is as the partner to the Greatest Hits CD album so inevitably, not ALL of the videos I like could possibly be included. This VHS does give a relatively comprehensive "Through the ages" look at the band starting with their earliest songs and ending with a modern day look at some of The Cure's latest releases.
Although most of the band members have changed over the years, except for maybe Robert Smith (the main singer/songwriter), the quality of the songs and of the music videos has not changed one bit. That is why I believe this to be the VHS any true OR new Cure fan should buy first, the Cure at their best!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2008
This DVD does contain more promos than the 'Staring At The Sea' VHS video but the 'inbetween videos' have been clumsily removed taking out a lot of the charm of the earlier release. Also, for some reason, it omits the promo for 'A Night Like This' which is a real shame. Nor is there the brilliant film for 'Another Journey By Train' which was simply speeded up film of a train journey (shot from the driver's cab) rushing from London to Brighton. A hypnotic and wonderful film that fitted the music well.

It's nice to see these charming and frequently inventive films on a digital format but rather than get the original master tapes of the earlier videos they have simply got the 'Staring At The Sea' tape and cut it up into bits. That basically means the visual quality is not as good as it could be. This compliation is just a bit lazy.

There are three 'easter eggs' hidden on the disc: 'The Caterpillar', 'Close To Me (Closer Mix)' and 'Pictures Of You' but overall this compilation is a wasted opportunity. The design of the menu and navigation system is dull which, considering the vast amount of imagery at The Cure's disposal could have been very inventive in itself.

I'm sure that ulimately someone will pull their finger out and properly collect, remaster and package a really terrific video collection for the Cure but until then we're going to have to be happy with this flimsy effort.

Finally, this disc does get 4 stars. That's because a lot of the videos on this disc really are good. No-one produced videos like the Cure and no-one made better Cure videos than Tim Pope.
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