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  • Actors: Pet Shop Boys
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Parlophone Records
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TTTJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The masters of studio-based electronic rock perform some of their greatest hits.

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By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2004
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I remember back in the early 90's reading newspaper and magazine reviews of this concert and how it made people finally realise just how fantastic the pet shop boys really where.The first thing that hits you when you play the dvd is that it hasn't dated at all,remember this concert is over 13 years old and still seems modern,even by todays standards.Great lighting,sets and some great on stage performances by the boys and dancers alike and remember this is more of a theatrical show than a concert as such and works really well.
Extras include dolby 5.1 aswell as a very good stereo mix if you don't have 5.1,audio commentary,rehearsal coverage and more and are well worth watching.
Recomended to fans new and old this is a simply stunning dvd,Pet Shop Boys in there relatively early days and highly recomended.
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By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2004
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This is perhaps the best of all concert performances available at the moment. Gorgeous tunes, IMPECCABLE production, loads of melancholy and fun in perfect measures. A combination of dance music and opera that's so brilliant . . . words fail me, actually.
Glorious stuff.
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I was fortunate enough to see the Pet Shop Boys in concert during this concert tour in Chicago, in 1990. This is the same concert that they took on the road around the world, and was very true to the performance that I saw, which was very thrilling. This was no simple concert - the fans of the Pet Shop Boys, having come to expect much from them in terms of quality and innovation, were treated to a concert performance that was part music video, part Broadway/West End music, part modern opera, and part simple, old-fashioned concert singing. Something for everyone, indeed.
The music quality on this is superb - despite being a `live' performance video, the music has been enhanced and corrected to allow for the best possible quality. This is very much a live performance, but with the kind of technical skill and back-up that the music of the Pet Shop Boys requires (Neil Tennant once made the comment that the Pet Shop Boys were probably never going to be able to `make it live' because of the technological requirements for their songs.
The songs include the following:
This must be the place I waited years to leave
It's a sin
Losing my mind
What have I done to deserve this?
My October symphony
I'm not scared
We all feel better in the dark
So sorry, I said
Suburbia
So hard
Opportunities (let's make lots of money)
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
Rent
Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)
West End girls
Jealousy
Always on my mind
Your funny uncle
The DVD has a complete performance of the whole concert; those watching the video will notice a modified `Where the streets have no name' because of some sort of licensing dispute with the song copyright owners.
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When he composed his operas, the German composer Richard Wagner wanted them to become "total works of art" (or "Gesamtkunstwerk"). The stage would be the centre of a performance where music, lyrics, ballet, singing and poetry would blend into an undivided whole, and where orchestral musicians would - as much as possible - be hidden from view.
This is EXACTLY what the Pet Shop Boys aimed at doing with the "Performance" tour. With this tour, the traditional rock concert would turn into a meticulously rehearsed performance, with nothing (or very little) left to chance and with the artists addressing the audience and performing to it rather than communicating with it. Versus other bands, the PSBs lend themselves quite well to such a treatment considering that their songs are carefully produced and orchestrated, and that their lyrics generally go beyond the boy-loves-girl thingy. The series of songs performed here are also organised so as to present a lifetime (and death) story in songs. So far so good.

The problem though is that to execute on this brilliant concept, PSBs decided to give the keys of the tour' s artistic kingdom to opera directors David Alden and David Fielding. Now these two are notorious defenders of what is called in opera slang "Regietheater", i.e. directors who put the social and political importance of the work they present above and beyond any other artistic consideration - including the music. The Americans, who are more annoyed by these types of production, generally call them Eurotrash. They typically (and for example) show Wagner's Tannhaüser in a spaceship, La Traviata in a factory or The Barber of Seville in a brothel.
And in a way, looking at this PSB performance itself, we are not far from getting this impression.
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I was fortunate enough to see the Pet Shop Boys in concert during this concert tour in Chicago, in 1990. This is the same concert that they took on the road around the world, and was very true to the performance that I saw, which was very thrilling. This was no simple concert - the fans of the Pet Shop Boys, having come to expect much from them in terms of quality and innovation, were treated to a concert performance that was part music video, part Broadway/West End music, part modern opera, and part simple, old-fashioned concert singing. Something for everyone, indeed.
The music quality on this is superb - despite being a `live' performance video, the music has been enhanced and corrected to allow for the best possible quality. This is very much a live performance, but with the kind of technical skill and back-up that the music of the Pet Shop Boys requires (Neil Tennant once made the comment that the Pet Shop Boys were probably never going to be able to `make it live' because of the technological requirements for their songs.
The songs include the following:
This must be the place I waited years to leave
It's a sin
Losing my mind
What have I done to deserve this?
My October symphony
I'm not scared
We all feel better in the dark
So sorry, I said
Suburbia
So hard
Opportunities (let's make lots of money)
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
Rent
Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)
West End girls
Jealousy
Always on my mind
Your funny uncle
The DVD has a complete performance of the whole concert; those watching the video will notice a modified `Where the streets have no name' because of some sort of licensing dispute with the song copyright owners.
Read more ›
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