David Bowie - Rare And Unseen [DVD]
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The fifth title of this exclusive and all new DVD collection for fans, we take an inside look at the British actor, producer and musician for five decades: David Bowie. Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous ''Ziggy Stardust'' during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s, Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image and is regarded as an influential innovator, particularly in rock music. He has had numerous top ten hits in the UK charts, most notably China Girl, Modern Love and Starman, with Space Oddity, Under Pressure and Let s Dance reaching #1, amongst others. Bowie is also a multi-instrumentalist, singing vocals as well as playing Electric, Acoustic, and Twelve String Guitar, Keyboards, Alto, Tenor, Piano, Harmonica, Xylophone, Tambourine, Drums, Percussion and many other instruments, making him one of the most multi-talented musicians in the world. Told through missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage, this insightful DVD is a worthy addition to any Bowie collection. Items genuinely unseen and never before appeared on DVD including film from the ITN archive. Includes lost and now restored TV interviews from the past and rare film of the singer talking about his career. A must for the die-hard fan! Includes Easter Egg!
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The draw for me was the 76' Russell Harty interview. How annoying therefore to find that the Harty interview had been edited and interspersed with fragments of interviews from the 80's and 90's. Presumably, the intention was to make the 64 minutes flow more solidly but in fact it ruins the only worthwhile piece of footage on the disc.
The remainder of the `rare and unseen' material is culled from an interview around the time of `Earthling' and several quite horrible (aesthetically at least) pieces from the 80's when Bowie was at his least relevant. His hair and clothes are so bad it took great restraint to avoid the fast forward button.
There's also a 3 minute interview backstage in 78' by the abhorrent Janet Street Porter. Other than the shocking amount of makeup Bowie appears to be wearing it is of little interest.
The icing on the cake! Without license and access to the original songs we get some dreadful Bowie clone singing in his best cockerny over the old promos and footage we have seen many many times before.
The contents were sourced from the ITN archives. I cannot believe that this is all they could give us. And the cover is clearly misleading. No Ziggy here. 76' is the earliest you get. Absolutely terrible.
2 stars because Bowie looks so cool during the Harty interview and, it must be said, handles his interviewers' obtuse and lame questions with coke fuelled aplomb.
Bring on the `Station to Station' reissue to compensate immediately!
For example, the DVD starts of with the excellent Bowie interview with Russell Harty in 1975. But this doesn't show the interview in it's original cut, they then suddenly edited Bowie being interviewed in 1996 for a few mins, than the Russell Harty interview reappears, then a 1987 interview is edited in, then the Russell Harty interview once again reappears, then Janet Street-Porter interview Bowie in 1978 is edited in etc.
It's very annoying not to be able to watch an interview in full and original edit, and have clips of much later interviews edited around one interview from 1975. Why did the makes of this DVD think it was clever to re-edit the 1975 Russell Harty interview etc. What a rip off !
I don't usually leave feedback but being a Bowie fanatic i figured other fans may be tempted to buy for the same reasons...DON'T.
There really is very little on here you couldn't dig up online for free and learn more about the great man in doing so. More to the point, what you view online will be better compiled and edited. Avoid this product, a complete waste of money.
It is also badly edited, but the most bizarre thing is that they have recruited a sound-a-likee who sings over film of Bowie. There is a small caption indicating that its not Bowie but, really, it would have been far better without. It's very distracting, although the singing of "China Girl" is absolutely hilarious - sadly unintentionally so.
Since only hardcore fans are going to buy this the film really should have been rare and unseen. I only wish it was.
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The Stevie Riks voiceovers are terrible.
Only Bowie die hards apply please