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High Quality Box Set,
This review is from: British Invasion Boxset [DVD] (DVD)
As other reviewers have noted, this is a really well produced box set. So many '60's music DVD's I have seen are cheaply produced with tonnes of recycled and often poor quality footage. This DVD set is completely different. The producers have obviously spent a lot of time and effort trawling through the archives of film and television companies worldwide to (re)discover performances which I suspect in many cases will not have been seen since their original broadcast in the '60's. These performances are a mix of live and lip-synch; they have clearly been selected for their sound and video quality and cleaned up very well as the overall quality is as good as I have ever seen for original 1960's footage. A nice touch is that the artist performances can be viewed either as part of the main documentary programme or played totally separately (i.e. in full with no voiceover like a series of discrete music videos). The performances are accompanied by in-depth interviews filmed in the past couple of years specifically for these DVD's. These recent interviews feature both the artists (obviously only where they are still with us e.g Gerry Marsden filmed in the recreation of the Cavern in Liverpool) and/or people who were genuinely close to them (e.g. Dusty's backing vocalists). There are also well written booklets for each DVD and a set of postcards of the artistes as a bonus. Overall it is clear that a lot of love has gone into the production of these DVD's and they are simply the best I have seen on 1960's artistes - if you are hesitating about the cost then don't, they are well worth the money. I believe this series is produced by an American company (hence the Brit Invasion focus and series title) - I think it reflects pretty badly on we Brits that a UK production company did not previously take the time and effort to produce a set of DVD's like this. Regardless, the producers have done us all a great favour in creating these superb DVD's and in honouring these fantastic and timeless British artists - watching them I am reminded again just what a wealth of talent these small Islands exported to the world in the 1960's - makes me proud even today! I am now really looking forward to the next tranche of DVD's in this series which I believe are slated for release later this year (i.e late 2010).