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Portishead - PNYC - Live At The Roseland Theatre [1998] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Portishead
  • Directors: Dick Carruthers
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UJAV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Portishead perform live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on 24th July 1997. Tracks include 'Sour Times', 'Numb', 'Half Day Closing' and 'Western Eyes'. Also featured is a previously unreleased short film.

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This famous filming of Portishead's first-ever live gig in New York--along with the accompanying album--is now considered a modern classic. The concert itself is a wonder to behold, as Portishead (Geoff Barrows, Adrian Utley, Beth Gibbons, Andy Smith) smoke cigarettes, chew gum, scratch records and behave in a generally hip manner while around them the 30-piece New York philharmonic orchestra and a five-piece horn ensemble do their thing. The performance and subsequent recording of this gig has, in some cases, offered a preferred body of work to Portishead's studio based albums, proving that live gigs do not necessarily equal poor production values. From the haunting "All Mine" to the ever-popular "Glory Box" the energy from the band members and the welcome addition of a live orchestra adds a breathtaking edge to the well-known tunes. The camera adds to the magic of the concert, sweeping majestically across the action and the audience, helping to capture the slow, silky essence of this urbanized opulence.

On the DVD: As well as re-EQ'ing all of the music, the band have provided extra musical snippets, footage from their world tour (which followed this concert), an exclusive acoustic version of "Wandering Star", all of their music videos and the cultish short film they made in 1994. The "road tour" section is quite dull, shot from a car racing around provincial England (Portishead, mainly). The music videos, by and large, are more interesting and artful, particularly the video for "Only You" which is undeniably beautiful. The parting shot is their short movie "To Kill A Dead Man" (directed, shot, acted and scored by the band), which is entertaining, despite the hefty disclaimer that precedes it. All in all this is a very comprehensive overview of one of the 90s' most revered bands and a worthy purchase even for those who have the original VHS edition.--Paul Sullivan

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This is simply stunning. I cannot praise it enough. It was quite clearly one of those rare moments when you just had to be there. I unfortunately wasn't, but when watching this I can almost feel like I didn't miss out. This was basically an experiment to take Portishead's raw, crusty sound on the road with the benefit of an orchestra. The result was/is breathtaking and enchanting, mysterious and moody, warm and soulful. Everything here is classic - this really is Portishead at their absolute best - in the words of vocalist (vastly insufficient terminology in this case) Beth at the end of the concert; "it wasn't meant to sound like that!".
Previously available on VHS and Audio CD, and now quite rightly transferred across to DVD (I have been waiting for this for *ages*!), it is an absolute essential purchase. BUY IT!
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I love Portishead. Ever since I properly listened to 'Dummy', I was hooked. This live album shows why. You start with the orchestra tuning up, the usual sounds of violins and cellos geting themselves ready. Then the band decide to start, a haunting wave of electronic music, seductively shifting it's tone; then it happens. Beth Gibbons sings.
For those of you who don't know Beth Gibbons, she is arguably one of the greatest female vocalists ever, definitely of the last 15 years. Here she is on fire, filling the opening number with aching sadness before launching into 'Cowboys' with a passion that is quite frankly frightening.
The playlist is well chosen, shifting from the sublime 'Only You' to the sinister and scary 'Over'. This last track shows Gibbons at her most ferocious, with the drumbeats and turntables beinhd her going nuts. When this song crescendos, it's a 'hide behind the sofa' moment. Then they move in 'Glorybox', before launching into an amazing version of 'Sour Times' which ends the main act. All these tracks show just what an amazing voice Beth has, but it is on the 1st track of the encore that you realise just exactly how wonderful she can be. This version of 'Roads' (possibly my favourite track from 'Dummy') is heart-breakingly, soul-achingly beautiful, mournful, fragile, the sort of music you could fall in love in time to.
Overall, this is amazing, superlative live material from a band at their peak. Buy this, their studio albums and Gibbons' solo debut, you will not regret it.
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A great DVD and very different to other live videos/dvds you may have seen. First of all its set in the round, secondly the house lights are up for most of the performance which gives the whole proceding a sense of 'art exhibition' and making you feel you are in amongst the band rather than being on the 'otherside' in the dark.
Musically, some of the choons you may be very familiar with sound slightly different here - some of Geoff's big boomy drum samples don't always seem to be as large and apocalyptic compared to when heard on disc - but it's not a gripe, just different. I haven't heard the CD version of this gig so things may be different.
The extras are fantastic. The video for 'Over' is so simple yet powerful and very noir influenced. Great to see 'To Kill A Dead Man Again' after so long! The only true gripe, perhaps others can enlighten me, is the missing Glory Box video. It isn't on this set which I can't understand. Is it hidden or something? Otherwise, a super DVD. Go get it!
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I have always like Portishead and never seen them. Their are not the most greatest band to watch but this is a very good DVD to buy if you like them. My oldest son has it at the moment, must get back!!!
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Having seen Portishead live in a small venue in New Zealand I went a bought this video as soon as it was released. This band live are even more exceptional live than on their Cd's. If you own any of there CD's you will appreciate the way Portishead play live in this video, accompanied by a full orchestra they play all the classic Portishead tracks .Perfect video to watch if you just want to chill out.
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Make no mistake. If you like Portishead, you HAVE to get this DVD. Out of maybe 30 music DVDs I own, this stands in my Top5 for sure. Excellent video/audio quality, excellent performance, Beth's singing is greater than ever, the orchestra is a plus, and all these mini movies/videoclips at the extras are also great. The playlist is heavily focused in the "Portishead" album (which is a plus for me).

If you like Portishead, get this Dvd and then you will love them! That's what happened to me anyway..
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just finished watching the video, was trying to buy it locally but never could find it so i broke down and bought it online. okay, not sure why i waited this long to do it cause the dvd is mind blowing. I've listened to the cd hundreds if not more, but the visuals of the band and especially Beth are amazing. they re-eq'ed the sound, i now need to hook up the TV to the stereo just to listen to the whole thing by headphones. i wish all bands could sound this good. just buy it now, and you will add your 5 stars. simply amazing dvd.
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an absolutley amazing video better than the nirvana unplugged session and they turn strangers into an amazing encore. buy this video
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