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There's some really awesome content in here. There's also stuff they want you to buy again. And then there's some previously unreleased material in here too but,unfortunately,it's a bit of a hit and miss affair. So should you part with your hard earned and hand it over to the Banks,Collins,Rutherford & Gabriel retirement fund? I'll leave that decision up to you. I had the opportunity to purchase this box set during An Amazon sale for a nice price so I pounced. I was very interested in the new to dvd material,more on that later and while I'm at it apologies for the long review,there's a lot of content here.
If you don't own any of the three previously released Genesis live dvd's,here's where to get two of them (only one of which is still available new Live At Wembley Stadium [DVD] ). The second previously issued title,"The Way We Walk" is no longer available outside this set and has been modified for this reissue (more details below). The third live dvd released,"Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 (3 DVDs)" is NOT included in this set but a slot and case have been included should you wish to place all your Genesis live dvd's together in one box. All dvds have newly mixed dts as well as Dolby surround soundtracks (except Live At Wembley,more on that below too). Going by the other Genesis box sets,which are awesome including the Live 1973 - 2007 (Audio CDs and NTSC format DVD) box,I sort of knew what this would look like. The set is packaged exactly the same as the previously issued audio sets and I must admit it's very strange having dvds in cd sized cases. Then again,if they made it a dvd sized box it wouldn't fit on the shelf next to the other four sets. Let's have a look at what's included.
First up we have "Three Sides Live" which is the same as the previously released VHS video. It's a tour film rather than a straight up concert so it's inter-cut with footage from life on the road and interviews with the band,manager and crew all of which can be viewed as separate videos. But the really good stuff on this disc is 48 minutes of bonus audio only content in glorious hi-res dts 96/24 or 5.1 Dolby if your system can't play dts. These seven tracks,unlike their video counterparts in the film,are full length versions uninterrupted by interviews. So you get about two thirds of the "Three Sides Live" album in surround sound. Nice.
Next up,"The Mama Tour". This is also the same as the VHS but it's great to finally have it on dvd with a new 5.1 audio track. Unlike "Three Sides Live" this is a straight up concert performance and although it's not the entire show,something is better than nothing. There's a bonus feature included here too. Phil Collins,using the then new 1983 technology of a portable video camera (read a brick sized video camera hooked by a cable to a 6kg portable betamax tape recorder in a shoulder bag,hasn't that technology come a long way!) decided to have a go at filming Genesis writing and recording their self titled album sometimes known as the Mama Album. It's genuine fly on the wall stuff and shows you how dull it can sometimes be working in the entertainment industry. Personally,I love this kind of stuff because I'm into how music was/is made.
The third dvd is the previously issued "Live at Wembley" first released on dvd in 2003. Unlike the other titles here this one is a straight re-release identical to it's 2003 cousin in all ways except it's cd sized artwork and case. I wouldn't mind having to purchase this title again if it had something extra as it didn't need a remaster. There's nothing new here.mThe set loses a star for making me buy this again.
The fourth dvd,"The Way We Walk",has also been available prior to this release though unlike "Live At Wembley" is no longer available. There are also a couple of major differences between the former release "Genesis - the Way We Walk Live in Concert [DVD] " and this reissue,some good,some not so. There was a lot of content in the 2001 version so it was spread out over two dvds which meant you had to change discs half way through the show. The extra content was thus. Multi-camera option for most of the show which means you can watch the concert from many different angles by pressing the angle button on your dvd player's remote. There was also a commentary track for the entire concert with Tony,Mike & Phil. Extra interviews,a photo slide show and scans of the original tour programme.mAll of this extra content has been removed from the reissue. The only plus we gain by having the show on one disc is a remastered dts surround sound-track. So putting the show on one disc makes it convenient not to change discs at half time and has upgraded sound but...ALL the bonus content is gone. The set loses another star for the removal of all the extra content at the expense of better sound. The domino principle indeed!
In the next slot is the empty case and art work for "Genesis - When in Rome - Live 2007 (3 DVDs)". It's only a two disc case,the third disc featuring the "Come Rain or Shine" documentary has a slot inside the back cover of the box sets included contents/info book. Personally,I prefer the beautiful packaging for When In Rome and am leaving my dvd's in that case.
Unlike the audio boxes,The Movie Box only contains one bonus disc,a dvd with the "Genesis-VH1 Behind The Music" documentary. Originally produced in 1999 it's been updated to include the 2007 reunion and with a running time of just over 43 minutes it's a tad skimpy. If you're chasing archival video content the audio box sets "Genesis 1970-1975 , Genesis 1976 - 1982 [Hybrid SACD + DVD] , Genesis, 1983 - 1998 [Hybrid SACD + DVD]" are full of rare video including a couple of live shows.
So is The Movie Box worth the money,maybe yes,maybe no. For me it was a lucky buy at a bargain price and considering most of the content is now only available here,it will probably become more of a worthy purchase over time. I'm almost a happy customer,but only just. That's all!