Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gackt The Greatest Filmography 1999-2006 - Red|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Viz Media Llc Release Date: 10/09/2007
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A high energy collection
Elisabel Vega | Detroit, MI | 09/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I personally prefer collections of music videos to live concert footage, so when this collection and its pendant DVD "Blue" were released I set my DVD player to region 2 and sat back to enjoy the ride! The songs on this DVD (ANOTHER WORLD, OASIS, Secret Garden, REDEMPTION, Mizérable, BLACK STONE, sekirei~seki-ray~, Vanilla, kimi ga oikaketa yume, Mirror, wasurenai kara, and Metamorphoze) are more energetic than the ones on "Blue", and the story in the videos seem to move along faster. If you discovered Gackt through games, videos of particular interest are REDEMPTION and Mizérable. In REDEMPTION we get to see Gackt in his role of G from various "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII" titles, and in the video for Mizérable we get to see him looking like Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. For Gundam fans, there's Metamorphoze, which features Gackt as a Gundam pilot in battle and scenes from the anime. I also really enjoyed BLACK STONE's video for its high energy, and OASIS for the creativity of body movements and how Gackt sort of "creeps" into the frame in some shots. All the other videos are equally enjoyable. An awesome collection overall!"
Finally, I don't hafta spend $40 for it!
Shinde Kudasai | Des Moines, WA United States | 10/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Gackt since 2002, so I was very excited to hear that Viz would be releasing these DVD's in the states (and at $19, instead of the $40 price typical of most imported J-Rock items). I couldn't find it in my local Fye or Suncoast, so I had to order from Amazon. I got my copy of "Red" in the mail today and watched the whole thing through. The Audio and Visual quality is stunning, this sure beats the heck outta watching pixelated PV's on Youtube! Though I do have some slight nitpicks.
There's no "Romaji Singalong" like most fansubs, the subtitles have the occasional jumbled sentence, and their interpretation of "Mirror" was a little... explicit. I guess it was Artistic Liberty or whatever. There's not much to look at in the paper sleeve, not even a "Special Thanks" section, just a list of the videos, who directed them and who was in them. There's no Special Features to be found. A video Interview with Gackt would've been a great way for him to address his adoring english-speaking audience. Either way smart move by Nippon Crown, I hope it gives Gackt more exposure.
I really hope that Viz will consider doing PV compilation sets like this for other popular J-Rockers such as MUCC, Gazette, and DIR EN GREY. Its nearly impossible to find J-Rock CD's or DVD's for less than $40, and when you do, quite often its a bootleg made in Taiwan or China (**cough-MiyaRecords-cough**) Official U.S. Re-releases like these are a great way of reaching fans, while also sidestepping the bootleggers... ^_^"
Gackt Red: Excellent!
rjones2818 | Somewhere in Indiana, United States | 10/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc contains many of Gackt's more hard rock oriented songs, althought they're mostly about love, regret and loss. Mizerable is probably my favorite amognst the tracks, but they're all worth listening to and watching. The songs are subbed in English, with Japanese subs available. Those are the extras, pretty much. Quite enjoyable and you can't really beat it for the price!"
A nice, less expensive alternative, but not many extras.
S. Smoley | Corona, CA USA | 10/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll be straightforward. Gackt is not my favorite solo artist, but I do like his works.
When these DVDs first came out in Japan, I seriously considered buying them, but I simply couldn't justify that high of a cost for just... two Music video DVDs, at $40 EACH.
With these domestic releases, it's a very different story. $20 for higher-than-YouTube quality, subtitled (or not, if you choose) music videos. Between each video you get a quick little blurb about where it was filmed, who's in it, who did what, and it's all it's own track, separate from the proceeding video.
These are very nice releases, and I recommend them to any Gackt fan. Especially the Red one, because it focuses on his rock songs, not his ballads, which, after watching 12 in a row... get boring. ^^
But I do feel mildly let down, as there was almost nothing in the way of extras. Subtitles in English, that can be turned off, and I'm told that there are Japanese subtitles, but my DVD player wasn't so accommodating as to let me turn them on; as well as a Random Shuffle option. Nothing else. No pretty pictures in the pamphlet, no interviews, no behind the scenes, no gallery... Just the videos. For half the price of the Japanese release. ^_^"