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January 11, 2016
In memory of a true musical genius, this is David Bowie at his best singing 30 of his greatest hits. Two hours and twenty minutes of pure Bowie. No gimmicks, no special effects or strange staging. This is a must for and real David Bowie fan. Buy in Blu-Ray then watch on a big-screen and surround sound. Crank it up. Your neighbors won't mind...they'll probably thank you.
½ November 28, 2010
Would that Bowie had opted to release the CD edition of his concert at a Dublin theater in 2003 prior to the video document of the same show. While the show itself is practically perfect -- and the audio therefrom the same -- those overseeing the DVD release did not feel the same way, and opted to hack most of the concert to shreds thanks to innumerable, unwelcome intrusions via post-production trickery.

The thirteenth song, "Hallo Spaceboy," is the most obvious -- and defiled -- victim. As though Bowie's sensory-debilitating light show wasn't enough, the filmmakers elected to insert hundreds of effects, including slow motion, frame-by-frame dissolves, and what seems like a hundred different filters, each one adding nothing to the performance.

While the remaining songs aren't subject to the same visual defiling, one does get the impression that the people in the editing room weren't sufficiently entertained by Bowie and his band's remarkable performance. Sepia tone and black-and-white correction, absurd tinting, speed changes, and other obnoxious alterations make their presence felt throughout most of the DVD, distracting from Bowie and company's work and culminating in a series of static, dull crowd shots during the encore numbers.

Bowie has never needed his live performances "improved" with a grab bag of technological impositions that make it look like the longest music video ever produced. The people behind the "Reality" DVD should have just left well enough alone and let the music and visuals speak for themselves.
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