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This review is from: The Police: Everyone Stares - The Police Inside Out [DVD]  (DVD)
First of all I am going to start by saying that this DVD isn't worth £15.99. That is why I bought it in the used and new section and I recommend you do the same. I found The Police back in the summer of 2007, when they released their self titled compilation album, which is amazing. I really got into this band and their music is scintillating. I had saw this DVD on this website and then I saw Stewart talking about it, so as an avid The Police fan I thought I would buy it no matter what it was like. I was glad I took the risk because this is definitely worth buying. Overall I think that this DVD is a great insight into the band and there may be things that a lot of older Police fans don't know if they hadn't seen them behind a camera, in the way they are filmed here.
The intro gives a brief history on the bands early days before their first album and when Stewart was able to afford to buy this Super 8 movie camera. There is quite a lot of swearing in this DVD and it is a very open and explicit look at the band. At one point you just expect them to curse, so I think this DVD should have a 15 label on it. The DVD charts the rise and best times of the band, as well as the times where Stewart felt bad. He does admit that `There was more laughing than shouting'. For the year 1982, when The Police didn't release an album Stewart even takes a look at the politics of the world in that year and how he felt about the US. He shares his feelings on the band in a few cases and one in particular is when they are in Montserrat in 1981. He says they are in paradise but by then he was fed up of the band. He gives his views on Sting's role in the band and how he was in control and how Sting would get angry if anyone changed his song idea. It shows Sting in a negative light. The film presents all of the people who were involved in the band when they were touring, showing roadies and people travelling with the band. It includes Ian and the unrelated Miles Copeland, and the crazy Kim turner, who were the band's team, behind the scenes. We get a look at many of the shows at the time and a view of the whole band. Mostly the camera is located behind Stewart, but many times it is in other positions. We take a look at the many cities that the band visited, with clever graphics. Stewart spent lots of time with his camera out of hotel windows and what is happening in the time is sped up. There are remixes of Police songs and original versions of songs placed over the pictures. There are joke compositions by Sting and Andy and it is good to see them joking around. There is a lot of humour in the band, and when you see this it is hard to believe that there was feelings of despising among the guys.
One problem I have with the movie is the sound quality. I know that it was filmed in the late 70's and early 80's but that is no excuse. I found myself turning it up lost of times because some parts were of the right volume and then some things were too quiet to be able to hear it. That was slightly annoying, but a minor fault. There are some subtitles on the screen for the memorable things said with most of this too quiet to hear, that is why the subtitles are there. The movie ends with Stewarts thoughts on their achievements and a view of money. He says Hollywood was waiting for Sting, Andy wanted to play with his cameras more and he wanted to see what this life is for. Implying that his time in the band wasn't about life, it was more like fantasy. What I was disappointed about was that there is no footage taken in 1983, the year that Synchronicity, the most memorable album of the 1980's was released. There is a quick look at a festival from 1984, but I feel that this is a let down. What happened to Stewarts camera taking in that year?
The final shot from the camera is a satirical scene where the band are chained to railings on a skyscraper in France, in 1984. Sting says to the camera, 'So this is how it ends... all our efforts for this... I blame the man behind this camera for all my problems!', which is really funny. Many people are putting Stewart down as a cameraman but you have to remember that he isn't a professional, he was just trying to have some fun and try to document the band through much of what they were doing. Give him a break, and just don't expect high quality camerawork.
The bonus features include a good commentary over the whole movie from Stewart and Andy, looking back on the 'good old days' before the band reformed in 2007. It is funny to see them looking back at footage from around 30 years ago. Other extras are Behind Andy's camel, which is a humorous and quick look at some more footage of the band's years. Jools Holland is featured in one concert from the early 80's. There is a 10 minute feature called Live shards, which is just small parts from concerts. A couple of versions of same songs. We get a view from behind the drums of Stewart at work. It's a quick look at the energy from various performances.
This DVD is 74 minutes of a historical adventure that every Police fan should own.