At The Apollo  [DVD]
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This first official live release from Arctic Monkeys documents the last gig of their 2007 world tour at the Manchester Apollo. The tracks include: 'Brianstorm', 'I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor', 'Fake Tales of San Francisco', 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'The View from the Afternoon' and 15 others.
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The camera doesn't jump about all over the place or cut from one image to another with such lightning speed it sends the viewer dizzy. Nor is there constant cutting to the audience, showing people jumping up and down and exhaustively clapping with their hands above their heads, as it seems audiences feel obliged to do these days to show they are 'having a good time!' Indeed the audience aren't featured at all. The only time you can see them is from the backstage camera when they are viewed in the distance and individuals can't be picked out. The jumping up and down and clapping actually looks even sillier in microcosm.
No, this is a concert film that could have been made forty years ago in that the camera often lingers on the musicians long enough for the viewer to take in what's going on. Even the split screen technique is straight out of 1970 Woodstock, and rather than gimmicky seems quaintly old fashioned these days, certainly when compared with the lightning intercutting of most modern music DVD's
All this is actually quite refreshing and makes for a pleasant change. However the DVD isn't perfect.
The stage is often rather dark, again this is how concerts used to be and it takes a bit of getting used to after the frequently brightly lit modern concert films.
Although the number of songs is generous, featuring all the well known numbers a few of my favourites such as 'Mardy Bum', 'Riot Van' and the ep tracks 'Despair in The Departure Lounge' and 'Who The F Are the Arctic Monkeys?' are missing; and the extras which are supposed to be worth 'over an hour of extras' don't actually amount to that much.Read more ›
Recorded during the final date of the Arctics 2007 world-tour at The Apollo in Manchester, Alex Turner, oozing with confidence and flair, and his boys play all the phenomenal hits and fan favourites from the 'golden years' (the first two albums: released 2006/2007), as well as some excellent B sides. There's also a guest spot from one of Liverpool's finest young talents Miles Kane, a long-time friend and collaborator of Alex. Miles takes to the stage to play on 'Plastic Tramp', one of the band's best early B sides.
The DVD, which is a must for avid fans and is also available to buy on CD, features a 'Multi Angle Camera View' of the band's drummer Matt Helders. It's an unusual and artfully put together, focusing largely on Alex and Matt, is well shot, just like a film, and uses the deliberately old fashioned split screen technique, something of a rarity with today's music DVDs.
I have to say though, it doesn't really capture the audience, with the nose, and indeed shots of them, kept down to a minimum, so some might say that it doesn't offer the full experience of an Arctic's gig, if that sounds like a turn-off for you, then you'd be probably better off just sticking with the albums, and giving 'At The Apollo' a miss. Having said that, I think that by keeping the audience's reaction down so much, it gives the whole performance a more 'intimate' feel.Read more ›
Firstly it shot using a lot of slow movements, e.g. a slow zooming in of the drummer. And secondly you can barely hear the audience at all. Together this means there is no feeling of rock or energy at all. It seems more like their '....Good On The Dancefloor' video, but at times that seems more exciting than this.
If your a Monkey's fan, buy it! If not, try renting it first.
All the best songs are there, except Mardy Bum (which I get the feeling the band may now exclude due to it's mainstream popularity) and they are all played brilliantly. This is despite the fact Alex Turner is completely wasted throughout, which is a little annoying. There's also a guest spot from Turner's Last Shadow Puppets band mate Miles Kane.
If you are a fan, you will know they don't release much official merchandise, so this is one to cherish. It's kind of a low key affair though so don't expect a rip-roaring party spectacular.
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This is a brilliant DVD, when they were in the raw if you like. Bought this for my husband, he was well chuffed! Well worth buying.Published 14 months ago by jules
I got this for my boyfriend's birthday as he is obsessed with the Arctic Monkeys and he loved it!Published 17 months ago by Ashleigh
great x love it worth the wait and i have enjoyed my purchase thank you very much good value for moneyPublished on 16 April 2014 by denise
Provably the best gig from the old Arctic Monkeys, no change of instruments, all focused in make music and enjoy.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by Kuazel
If you want to see the Arctic Monkeys performing songs from their 'Golden Era' then this DVD is for you. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by YorkiePete