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Great view, just a shame I can't find my way!
on 25 April 2010
This DVD had been in my wish list for a long time before purchasing it very recently. I had bought Under the Iron sea back last September and then Hopes and fears last January so this was one DVD that I was interested in after becoming a big fan of the band. There's just something really melancholic in their music which is hauntingly beautiful.
The DVD itself, especially the documentary part and the additional hidden documentary really gives us a look inside this band's music. It shows us what they're like when they're not on stage, their thoughts and feelings, and Tim's explanations of the songs are quite interesting. I would never have worked out This is the last time in the same way it's supposed to be read! There are great live performances from all over the world, and a good history of the band before they became famous, with archive videos, and their first gig which was in the same pub as Chris Martin from Coldplay. There are old recordings and performances of the band way back from 1998. There's a history of how the band came together, a past member, and how Tom came to join, which he modestly admits 'made the band'. If you are a Keane fan then this is a must have DVD for you.
On the other side this is a really confusing and awfully constructed DVD! There are 2 discs with 2 parts of the documentary and also live recordings on each disc. Then there is also hidden 'interactive' sections on both DVD's.
Instead of having the documentary all on 1 DVD, and then the live performances and videos on another it has all been split up and is pretty messy. I was really confused after going through both DVD's and not being able to find the tons of extras which were just not in the menu. The menu simply has the `Documentary' and `Live' sections. If you want to see the additional behind the scenes parts and the videos then this means you have to sit through the whole documentary to see them. The interactive section was something that I tried to ignore on first watch, but then that night I read the reviews here on Amazon with people who had encountered the same problem and went back and sat through the documentary all again until the interactive parts appear. The trick is to skip chapters to find what you need, but what I did was to sit through the entire documentary, wait for the arrow symbols to appear on the screen with the feature written next to them, and then press the corresponding arrows. It's really annoying and whereas the DVD company probably thought they were being really creative and the fans could get involved, it's pretty much a shambles. It's a terrible set-up and I just hope that no DVD's ever have this bright idea again. If the DVD had been constructed in the way I suggested then it would have been a brilliant collection of the band and a great compliment. I just don't understand why they couldn't have put this together in a simple and understandable way than to try and be smart and disorganised.
There are lost of hidden sections, where all videos are included with Somewhere only we know and Everybody's changing UK and US versions. There are visuals, galleries and lots of behind the scenes stuff which you will be definitely missing out on if you don't go back and check out the interactive parts. Most of the DVD charts Hopes and fears because it was created in 2005, before Under the iron sea was released, but does include a couple of songs from Under the iron sea performed live, and a couple of live action creation parts of the genesis of the album. It's great seeing Tim walking into the studio and setting up the effects for the piano which was the basis and gave the unique sound for Under the iron sea.
This 2 disc DVD is a very necessary part of a Keane fans collection, it's just a shame that it couldn't have been put together in a standard and much better way, than to be untidy just because the company thought they'd interest the fans more. They were wrong.