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David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise
David Bowie Black Tie White Noise
Actors: David Bowie, Lester Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Mick Ronson, Kevin Alexander Stea
Director: David Mallet
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 3min

Track list: 1. INTRODUCTION 2. With LESTER BOWIE 3. On REEVES GABRELS 4. YOU'VE BEEN AROUND (Hollywood Center Studios, L.A., 5/8/93) 5. EXPANDING AND EXPERIMENTING 6. NITE FLIGHTS (Hollywood Center Studios, L.A., 5/8...  more »

     
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Actors: David Bowie, Lester Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Mick Ronson, Kevin Alexander Stea
Director: David Mallet
Creators: Toby Phillips, Lauren Harris, Lana Topham, Paul Flattery, Sally Boulton
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Bowie, David, Classic Rock, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Virgin Records Us
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 3min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Surely you have better things to do with your money
Bob Bobman | California, US | 01/06/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This video is a lot like the album it was meant to promote: it isn't bad but it's hardly worth the trouble. There's a small number of bona fide promo videos with decent production values which can also be found on the recently released video collection and they are worth owning in that form. Then there's...the rest. Again, it's not so much that it's bad as it's just totally uncalled for. There's a lengthy interview which is good if you're a hardcore fan, boring if you aren't (I am, by the way). There's also some "candid studio outtakes" (note quotes) that are so put on that we are actually led to believe that Reeves Gabriels is a dreadlocked black man (he isn't). Not that it matters or anything, it's just hard not to question exactly how scripted these candid moments are.

But the real bulk of the video consists of these strange, on the fly music videos for a lot of the tracks from the album. It's clear that someone put some effort into them but it's also clear that the same said effort was put into the video for Dancing In the Street - and we all know how that went. Watching these clips, I'm reminded of what I think we all imagined the videos might have looked like for those songs that we all used to lip synch to as children. It worked then...not so much now.

I don't want to try to talk anyone out of buying this if they are a collector or a die hard fan. Chances are there's more than enough material to drool and/or laugh over. However, if you enjoy "that Mr. David Bowie character" for his work with the Muppets, Trent Reznor, or Brian Eno, this is likely not the video for you. At least not yet."