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Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Special Limited Edition - Amazon.co.uk Exclusive) [DVD]
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Comedy’s rock superstar is back with his biggest live show yet.
The world’s best-loved big-haired, piano-abusing, satirical singer-songwriter joins with conductor Jules Buckley & the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra to create the most epic musical comedy show ever. The Pope, cheese, racism, rock, cancer, love and sub-pharyngeal alopecia.
- I’m in a Cage
- Rock n Roll Nerd
- If I Didn't Have You
- Thank You God
- You Grew on Me
- The Fence
- The Pope Song
- Dark Side
- Not Perfect
- White Wine in the Sun
- ‘STORM’ animation
- Behind the scenes: Nothing Ruins Comedy Like Arenas; Tim Meets the Orchestra
- T-Shirt – “I can have a dark side too” (size: medium)
- 2 Songs from Matilda The Musical – ‘When I Grow Up’ and ‘My House’ – Written and sung by Tim Minchin
One of the most superlatively gifted comedy performers to have emerged in the past 10 years” – The Observer
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The bonus here is that you also get to see Tim Minchin perform his unique style of stand-up in between the compositions. He tackles subjects that would cause other comedians to draw a line; however, he does it in an intelligent way that not only makes you laugh but also gives you food for thought afterwards.
Minchin employs his expletives creatively and none more so than in his f-word-laden "Pope Song", which (once you get past the opening tirade) makes a serious point about scandal within the Catholic Church. He indicates within its lyrics that there is a correlation between the amount of bad language and the anger he felt.
The Heritage Orchestra provides Minchin with the perfect platform for his virtuoso piano skills, particularly during his epic show-closer, "Dark Side". It allows him to play the instrument more freely instead of it being just his backing accompaniment and new arrangements enhance some of his older material.
From the start it's plain that the audience didn't quite know what to expect and initially seem a bit bemused at the unusual combination of taboo wordplay and dazzling musicality. At first there is polite applause but by the second half Minchin's won them over. They dance in the aisles, give him a standing ovation and during his final encore, the poignant "White Wine in the Sun", even applaud individual lines.
Through his undoubted talent and love of his craft, Tim Minchin has shown himself to be a musical comedy genius. This Blu-ray is a memento of a great night out and I wish I'd been there. The picture is first-rate; sound is DTS-HD 5.1 (select it from the menu beforehand, otherwise it defaults to 2.0 stereo). Bonus features include a couple of rehearsal featurettes and the animated version of Minchin's brilliant ten-minute beat poem, "Storm".
I've also seen the original recording with the Sydney Symphony in Australia and it is by far the best concert, but it was only broadcast in Australia.
Tim is a genius- but I think this DVD lets the side down a bit and I would plump for the CD recording of the show in Manchester over the DVD from the Albert Hall if I had the choice again.
As usual, Tim is at his musically comedic best and the orchestra only add to the sheer awesomeness of this fantastic show. The show includes some tried and tested favourites such as 'Darkside', 'If I Didn't Have You' and 'Rock N Roll Nerd', along with a host of soon-to-be-favourites including 'Lullaby', 'The Fence' and 'Cont'.
Filmed at The Royal Albert Hall on the same day as the Royal wedding, the two (or was it 3?) standing ovations Tim received should tell you how well this show went down with the crowd. A combination of great stand-up, awesome songs and a stunning (not to mention perfect) orchestra, make this a superb addition to any Minchin fans collection. And if you're new to the wonder that is Tim Minchin, well where have you been? With an abundance of insight, satire and swearing this is definitely NOT for the easily offended. But if you're able to take life with a pinch of salt, and like your comedy slightly on the dark side, then you've come to the right place, coz Tim definitely has a darkside too...
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Give him a try and listen to the lyrics! Some people find him offensive because they are not paying attention to what he is saying (or because they like...Read more