Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gorillaz - Phase Two - Slowboat to Hades|
Actors: Damon Albarn, Phil Cornwell, Nelson De Freitas, Remi Kabaka, Haruka Kuroda
Director: Jamie Hewlett
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Gorillaz's second album "Demon Days" and its accompanying videos took the world and its websites by storm. "Slow Boat to Hades" rounds up these incredible documents for the first time and captures them in digital forma... more »
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Seyton | Chicaaawgaa! | 11/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Right off the bat if you've been a fan of the Gorillaz and have their first Celebrity Takedown, you sort of know what to expect from this lot. Well not really but in terms of their DVDs you get an idea.
For those of you crying as to not getting the inside scoop as to the creators of the G-band and the processes that brought them about: What did you expect? This is a virtual band that takes themselves seriously and believe themselves to be real. Treat them as such and relish in their great music and productions.
There has never really been any background information coming from Albarn or Hewlett officially regarding the creation of the band. Hence why there is a mockumentary on the first DVD showing the band beating up the "collaborators". If you really want to learn the background info search for them on Wikipedia, and you find a pretty extensive article on them and backstories.
What we do get is of course all of their beautiful Hi Def videos, their animatics (as an animator I have always loved the showing of these), B-side visuals to B-side tracks, (which are great as well), some quick flash animations of the boyos and girl, one real Gorillaz Bite, some wicked 3D animated TV spots as well as show footage (they're 3D renditions look even better now then they did back when they toured. It's quite amazing really because these guys aren't like the Simpsons they actually do age. You mainly see this in Noodle and 2D; She's getting taller, prettier of course, and 2D while more realistic looking more zombified then ever. Russ as well, not so much for Muds.
Animation is very pricey, and while I would have loved to have seen Dennis Hopper doing his bit, they would have had to animate the band with him in order to show them working together. This is ultimately why you don't see a lot of footage with them because the animation is just too damn expensive.
As for those clamouring for clips of the Apollo shows, I don't see why, the Manchester show was much more stellar, and already on DVD, why have a repeat of that?
You also get a CD for the PC to install some Gorillaz applications, pretty much mini games to muck about with, some screensavers and some kewl wallpapers as well, but nothing you couldn't get before, unfortunately. Wish there were some exclusives to the DVD set.
All in all it's a great sequel to their first DVD set, and a great companion piece to their new book of which I have also reviewed if you're interested in.
Cheers mates, and here's to the Gorillaz film hopefully that will go through this time around!
Definitely worth the price of admission!
William G. Karnes III | Indianapolis, IN United States | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I purchased this dvd, I didn't even know it existed. I found it by accident. Already owning Phase One, I had to get Phase Two. I was expecting some videos and maybe a couple bonuses. This dvd has visual videos for non-album tracks, not to mention Rock It (which I've tried finding a copy of that for years!). Of course, all of the videos for Demon Days. All kinds of concert and award show clips (including a duet with Madonna called Feel Up from the Brit Awards).
Also, like Phase One, it gives you the opportunity to experience them by searching through a maze of rooms. As fun as that is occasionally, I prefer using the chapter list, it's easier to navigate that way.
I've read this before and I agree: "Gorillaz. Way More Fun Than Real People"."
Reject false idols!
Pen Name? | 11/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great set for the Gorillaz fan. Perhaps not perfect, perhaps it doesn't give us all we could ever dream of, but it's a great music dvd. All the proper videos from Demon Days are here, a cool edition of MTV Cribs at Kong Studios, many of the b-sides from the singles with some cool animations to go with them, things to find hiding in the studios (which are now collapsing, I don't know why... the website is like that too. It's kinda sad.)
My main complaint would be no more stuff from the Apollo shows, other than El Manana. Some Dennis Hopper would have been nice, especially, since he couldn't make it to the Manchester shows and doesn't appear on that DVD.
All in all I like it a lot, a great follow up to the phase 1 dvd. And best of all, all the great games from the website are collected on a handy cd-rom which you can load and play on your computer. And it's all playable without the disc, so if you load it on your laptop you are ready to play anywhere, even without wireless!
unfortunately some b-sides aren't represented and there are of course many things we could demand more, but what is here is well worth the purchase if you love Gorillaz. And it's fun to navigate the menus with the map monkey."
May be low, but i'm not high
Deep Pressed | 01/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Still think it's worth it and 3 stars may be a bit low, but I wanted a little more music, less 'extras'. Not to bash it though, cuz the what..4 vid's that play in 5.1 in the beginning and are done in succession (don't have to hit play on every one), were certainly worth the amazon price.
And when I have kids that get into my collection doing stuff I've told 'em is bad for 'em, they might just spend the effort to drift around it and show me stuff I never saw."