Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Cheap Trick - From Tokyo to You|
Actor: Cheap Trick
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Emi Music Distribution Release Date: 05/15/2006
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A Must-Have For Fans
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Cheap Trick fan since 1977 & this DVD is the best glimpse into the band members' personalities I've ever seen. The interviews are just total fun & I found myself laughing out loud several times. Tom Petersson in particular is hilarious. The concert scenes from Japan are fine as well and you get to hear several songs from Special One that will never see the light of day in the States. Watch for the excellent footage of the orginal Budokan concert also. My favorite scene in this DVD is Rick & Robin standing outside the legendary Budokan hall remembering their glory days there. Hey Cheap Trick fans, buy this!"
Fun interviews, but NO song shown in entirety
G. Px | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/16/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the best live acts around today.
They have such great stage charisma, top notch talent, and they consistently get better with age! What other band sounds better 30 years later?
After my disappointment with the Special One CD, I was excited to hear about this DVD; I heard most Special One songs live, and couldn't understand why they translated to tape poorly. Having these songs stripped and performed live would be exactly the hot product to put out. And the songs DO sound much better now, such tremendous intensity Robin has live, the guitars and bass sound great, and there's a great build up to the climax of each song.
However, what's really the downer about this DVD is that although you get fun fictious anecdotes and silly interviews of the band between every track, you then get 2/3 of each live song. NOT A SINGLE SONG APPEARS HERE IN ITS ENTIRETY. It's like a Behind the Music (without drama or drugs) based around a new live show. The banter is great, but this clip-show format KILLS the replay value of this disc.
The closest comparison I can give is the 2-DVD version of Silver, how the second DVD has fun clips and chat between tracks and then overlays into the songs. That's exactly what this is like, however, you do not get the benefit of the complete uncut show.
Bonus features are fun, with the band and their families visiting Japan, although the two live special appearances they played are again not shown in their entirety.
Perhaps someday we'll get the Budakan show on DVD or an updated Every Trick in the Book DVD.
Update 6/14/05: Exactly a year later, I've still yet to pop this into my DVD player for a second watch, and Cheap Trick's still my favorite band."
A "Special One"- Great DVD wth a Few Reservations
cheapherk | Delaware | 06/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was excitied to hear that this DVD was coming out. I especially was looking forward to hearing some of the new material from Special One. I haven't got to hear much of the new stuff live, because I want to wait until they tour as the headliner. I've been spoiled over the years seeing them in small, club-like settings, so it would be disappointing seeing them in a stadium setting as when they opened for Motley Crue. The DVD is well produced and professionally done- it really looks and sounds great. The commentary is entertaining and amusing. I would have given it 5-stars if you were able to view the concert without the commentary. "Concert without Commentary" should have been a menu option. Also, you don't get to hear all the songs in their entirety. Do I recommend it- YES! It's very good and I think any person, fan or casual listener, will enjoy it, but will be disappointed not to be able to hear the concert in it's entirety and without the commentary."
Rockumentary? Concert dvd? Whatever... I think it's great!
Marilyn D. Barry | New York Mills, MN United States | 06/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I guess I didn't have the grandiose expectations that some CT fans did, because I think the FTTY dvd is super! Of course, this might have something to do with the recent purchase of my first dvd player (yes, very slow here to update to new...now old, technology)and purchasing my first ever CT dvd. I can understand those who may find this dvd lacking in comparison to previous releases. I've seen a couple of CT performances and listened to several of their cds... I love their songs, but I thoroughly enjoy listening to them talk about their life experiences etc. Sometimes forthright, often ambigous, they never fail to make me smile. Yes, it would have been a big plus for the band to sing more of their songs in entirety, but all in all, this did not diminish the quality for me. I was just wondering where track number 16 is... "California Man" ?????"