David Bowie - A Reality Tour Reviews
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.