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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Trip
This film, released around the same time as U2's Rattle and Hum, may appear at first to be vastly similar, but the fact it is a film about music is where the similarity ends. 101 is a deep insight into the people in a band on tour in America,whereas R&H showed U2 almost as godlike, DA Pennebaker takes time to touch all aspects of Depeche Mode and portray the human side,...
Published on 29 Jan 2003 by S. Kearney

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2.0 out of 5 stars Still no complete 101 concert
The content of this DVD has been subject of heated discussions since it was pre-announced. First of all, there is of course the old 101 film by DA Pennebaker. I can't really recommend it to anyone interested in the music of DM, as it's a kind of MTV style documentary with some song clippings thrown in. The film is rather unpopular with DM fans as well, since Pennebaker...
Published on 8 Oct 2003


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road Trip, 29 Jan 2003
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S. Kearney "stuartkearney" (Paisley, Scot.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Depeche Mode: 101 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film, released around the same time as U2's Rattle and Hum, may appear at first to be vastly similar, but the fact it is a film about music is where the similarity ends. 101 is a deep insight into the people in a band on tour in America,whereas R&H showed U2 almost as godlike, DA Pennebaker takes time to touch all aspects of Depeche Mode and portray the human side, the fan side as well as the concert footage culminating in probably one of the best spectacles recorded at a concert with Dave Gahan and the 70,000 fans all waving their arms, at that point in the world for DM anything seemed possible...and it was, after this they moved into the " Big Boys" of rock with the multi-million selling and indensible "Violator". This video is an hour and a half of the life of not only a band, but the fans who follow them and all the people surrounding them all combining to make a film which encapsulated the band at that time before the parties got too out of hand. All in all anybody who has a liking for this band(and there are many who don't) should see this film at least once to see a band at the point of truly making it and knowing there world will never be the same again..
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally 101 on DVD!, 24 Nov 2003
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This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Some fans will find this release on DVD disappointing since the extras are not really that appealing, but having 101 adapted to 5.1 surround audio sound and the faultless DVD image treatment is a treat, specially if you did buy the video long time ago and it's already falling apart. The film in itself is the most classic piece of DM video that you will find around, if you're not a long time fan and don't have anything of them on video I reccomend you to buy this, it's a classic! 101 was their last concert in Pasadena, California, during their Tour For The Masses (June 18th 1988). Simply there is no footage of a bigger and more emotional concert than this one. Fans are still waiting for World Violation Tour footage to appear on DVD, but until then releasing the classic 101 is an obvious choice. The documentary itself is very entertaining if you know how to take the kids on the bus who follow DM around the States with a pinch of salt, they can be very funny sometimes and more often that not a funny reminder of what the 80's were like! Some of these fans have been collectors of DM material till this day so they are not imposers even if in the video they look like fashion victims, but hey those were the 80's, right?
The most memorable scenes include the moments with the band before they hit the stage, the nerves, the publicity shots, the interviews, the band jokes, Dave telling a journalist a very funny anecdote of him in a fight inside a taxi, Alan telling the cameraman how to play a keyboard, the concert footage and the histeria of fans, Dave waving his hands at the audience and 70.000 souls waving back during Never let me down again (stunning!!!), the Everything Counts singalong, the shots of the audience (hilarious), etc. Very funny and insightful stuff on the band, you won't find it anywhere else, and some of the best music they've ever made! The DVD includes the original documentary and also the uncompleted live concert (what was saved from the master tapes), including: Master and servant, Pimpf, Behind the wheel, Strangelove, Blasphemous rumours, Stripped, Somebody, Black celebration, Pleasure little treasure, Just can't get enough, Everything counts, Never let me down again. + Exclusive interviews with Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore, Daniel Miller and John Kessler. Someone said in another review that it was cheap of the band to not have asked Alan Wilder to be interviewed as well, the fact is that he was asked and he politely declined!
Buy this, it's as classic DM as it gets!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something very big, 7 Dec 2007
This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Last stop on a long American tour, was the Rose Bowl. An enormous outdoor stadium that hosted the World Cup Final.

Although boasting a loyal fan base, this was a very big ask. Could they fill it? Would the concert be up to scratch ?

As it turned out the band produced their best ever concert, up to this point, and packed out the stadium. The better known tracks are approached slightly differently and it most cases streets better than the original versions.

Marvelous renditions of 'Behind the wheel' and 'Strangelove' set the tone. The concert is finished by a the classic version of 'everything counts', the equally vibrant 'Just can't get enough' and 'never let me down again'. In between other favorites such as 'stripped'and 'blasphemous rumours' appear. This concert alone established Depeche Mode as a supergroup in both America and Europe. So this DVD is a real piece of music history.

Amazingly, 5 years later, the band did manage to top this, in the final stop of their 'devotional tour' Also on DVD (see seperate review).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It started right here, 10 April 2011
This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I'd wanted this DVD for some time having seen a number of clips not to mention the great songs which appear and was not disappointed. A must for hardcore DM fans and without doubt a fantastic piece of rock history captured for all eternity. Initially confused by the 'road-trip' documentary on disc 2, mainly because the band themselves hardly feature but got the point in the end though whether i'll ever sit through a second helping is doubtful.

The beauty of this early outing, for me at least, is the comparitive stadium virginity of the band at this stage in their career and the way they're clearly overwhelmed by the experience. I recall a friend returning from the US during this period and relaying in excited tones 'you'll never guess who the biggest band in the states are right now'. He was right but after viewing this i can see how and why they went viral soon afterwards. Not the best of filming but honest and with some classic DM songs i highly recommend buying 101. Enjoy (the non-silence).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stadium Rock Gods, 28 Sep 2003
This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Having the Video of this Road Film following Depeche Mode around their Music for The Masses (Brilliant Album) tour of the states is suberb. It also follows a group of dodgy 80's American Mode fans who win a competion to met the band and see some of the gigs. Despite this, the behind the scenes footage of the band mixed with on stage live performances is a real treat. With the added extras on this DVD it'll be a worthy addition to any Mode fans collection. Misunderstood still in the UK by many people including the media. This shows that they can fill stadiums and walk out with their heads up. The scene of Dave during Never Let Me Down Again just shows the true power of music. The view of nigh on 70,000! Yes SEVENTY THOUSAND fans, when he utters the words 'I can't see you!' is truly awe inspiring. Upgraded visually and audially for DVD will only add to the effect. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight into Depeche Mode, 18 April 2012
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This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Finally got round to buying this after 20 odd years and thoroughly enjoyed watching it again. A must for any DM fan or anyone interested in the mechanics of going on tour in USA. And of course the music if brilliant. Includes the 101 film / documentary of the tour and the live concert from the Rose Bowl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dm Masterpiece, 12 Jun 2013
This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
101 is perfect directing dm dvd movie with an excellent choice of songs, mostly from another depeche mode masterpiece "Music for the Masses." Ideal for all new dm fans who want the real and advanced education one of the best and most important bands ever. To mention just a few of the key moments: beginning with Behind The Wheel, Strangelove, to the unique "Blasphemous Rumours, Stripped, Black Celebration and Never Let Me Down Again!
Definitely 101 will always be one of the most important and crucial moments in the amazing career of the band that is just its strength, amazing talent and uniqueness, secured very important place in music history that will last forever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thx, 3 Jun 2013
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This was a xmas gift for my bro who lives in NZ..He was stoked and also this album was recorded on his Bday which made it even more of a pukka gift. Thank you DM, u totally rock! and thankyou for such a quick service on delivery :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 April 2013
This review is from: 101 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
A real piece of nostalgia and a must for Mode fans. Glad I upgraded to the DVD from my old video cassette! Concert footage is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LIVE CONCERT .... EVER, 17 Oct 2012
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This is without a doubt the best Live Concert by Depeche Mode ever - possibly the best live concert by any band :-)

The connection between the band and the audience is so present, that you still feel it this many years after the actual concert.

Oh how I wish I had been at the concert.
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