Friday, January 05, 2007

Review - Pixies Sell Out DVD

I am a new Pixies fan. I have to admit it that I was not cool enough to know about them the first time around, but I am trying to make up for lost time. First of all, check out the review of the Disco Rodeo concert earlier.

This DVD is footage from various concerts during the 2004 leg of their reunion tour. Most of the footage is at a concert in France, although there are quite a few extra tracks at other venues. There is about 145 minutes of footage.

The quality of the camera work is great - the scenes are sharp, well lit and really clear. The sound is excellent in 5.1 surround sound. The DVD captures the band clearly enjoying themselves, playing hard and delivering fantastic performances. This is a must see DVD.

In the French concert there was a lack of direct footage of Joey Santiago (the lead guitarist). Here we have an incredibly interesting and innovative guitar player whose style and technique is of great interest to most guitarists. The camera also seems to do a lot of unnecessary twisting and turning - not to mention zooming in and out.

The last "extra" on the DVD is footage of "Monkey gone to Heaven" in which you can select the camera angle. This is a really cool feature and it would be nice if the entire DVD was like this.

(8/10)

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