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Kiss - Symphony: The DVD
Kiss - Symphony The DVD
Actors: Kiss, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2003     3hr 39min

No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: DVD Artist: KISS Title: SYMPHONY: THE DVD Street Release Date: 09/09/2003


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Actors: Kiss, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, KISS
Studio: Sanctuary Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 39min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Full Length Kiss Concert At Long Last
William F. Thompson | Altamonte Springs, Florida United States | 09/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Finally a full length live DVD release from probably the most visual band in rock history. There are two DVD's included with Disc 2 containing an entire full length Kiss Concert filmed in February, 2003 in front of 40,000 wildly enthusiastic fans in Melbourne, Australia. The concert is presented on Disc 2 in three Acts with Act 3 repeated on Disc 1 following an informative documentary on the preparation for the show including the band's rehearsals with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Act 1 is the four band members (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Tommy Thayer doing a good job filling Ace Freley's shoes) in full make up performing six Kiss classics (See listing below). Act 2 is an semi acoustic set with a string ensemble from the MSO and Act 3 is Kiss on stage with the full MSO. As far as the positives, the 5.1 sound mix is superb and the video quality is excellent. Kiss is in full makeup with the full stage show Kiss fans have come to expect. All songs are presented uncut and the band performs as well as they ever have although they did seem a little nervous at the beginning of Act 3 when they began playing Detroit Rock City with the full MSO. This quickly changed however and the band settled in to perform a tremendous show. A particular highlight of Act 3 was Kiss performing Great Expectations from the Destroyer Album with The Australian Children's Choir. The only real negatives were that the video director seemed intent on constantly using all 45 camera angles available and sometimes the angles changed so rapidly as to become somewhat overwhelming. There also may have been a few too many crowd shots although seeing how enthusiastic the crowd was did add to the visual presentation. Overall I think this a really good live video release and I would encourage all Kiss fans to buy this along with anyone wanting to see one of the best live musical acts in the world.Here is the Track Listing:Act One
Let Me Go Rock and Roll
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Psycho CircusAct Two
Goin' Blind
Sure Know Something
ShandiAct Three
Detroit Rock City
King of the Night Time World
Do You Love Me
Great Expectations
Shout It Out Loud
God of Thunder
Love Gun
I Was Made For Loving You
Black Diamond
Rock and Roll All Nite"
Epileptics Beware!
Joel T. Dohrmann | Florissant, Missouri USA | 09/14/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"KISS has been by far my favorite band bar-none, and will continue to be without question. But even with that in mind, I unfortunately cannot give this DVD any more than two stars.Let me first identify the good. The sound quality of the show is fantastic. The bonus version of "Sure Know Something" from Australia's ROVE LIVE! was excellent. And Act Two was just fantastic. The songs sound absolutely great and the cameras are nice and calm.Unfortunately, that is where my praise has to end. For the high level of expectation that was associated with this project, the final editing of the concert is atrocious. In both Acts One and Three, the camera cannot stay on one scene for more than two seconds. By the time you have focused on what you are looking at, the image is gone. One of the biggest parts of KISS is the visionary portion of the show. When you cannot hope to focus on the show, there is a huge part lost.The endless shots of the audience are extremely excessive and they repeat on the same fifteen people over and over. The shots that pan across the stage or the audience in fast-forward are distracting. And why the editor insists on changing from one angle of a band member to another angle to yet another angle in a span of three seconds is beyond me.Another problem is that the editor does not understand how to edit a concert to begin with. When a lead guitar riff is being played, the camera should be focused on the lead guitarist. When lyrics are being sung, the majority of the cameras should be focused on the singer(s), and not on some other body part. There are also too few wide angle shots to let the viewer truly gain a perspective of the sheer size of the show. Finally, one of the best songs from the concert (God Of Thunder) is so hard to see because of the reflected green lights and poor camera angles that it is a chore to watch.Finally, why is Act Three on disc one and on disc two? The concert proceeded from Act One to Two to Three. It did not start with Act Three. That is why it is Act Three. The behind-the-scenes scenes were nice, but there really was not that much, unfortunately, and it would have been nice to see something more detailed about the collaboration between the band and the symphony.So, it is my unfortunate responsibility to limit this DVD to only two stars, even with the high hopes that I had for the DVD (Which is from a good concert) from my favorite band."
The dubbing question answered...yes!
Randall M. Benton | Ridgway, PA United States | 09/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, let me say that I really like this DVD. The sound is superb and you can really hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra better than on the CD release. The fast-paced edits are a bit much but it keeps with the fast pace of the music...The documentary/making of segment is cool, as well as the TV show appearance. Overall, this is a very entertaining DVD from THE most entertaining band in the world.I've been a KISS fan for 27 years (seen them live 26 far) and have tons of video (mostly bootleg) of the band live. I notice all the flaws...but, live shows (especially on the scale of KISS) are rarely perfect. At this one-off show they had one chance and one chance only to get it shot and get it right.In response to the question of dubbing? YES. Absolutely. For whatever reason I found it really easy to notice using Gene as the source. This is why: after spitting blood prior to "God Of Thunder" can see parts AFTER that song where he has no blood on him...then he does, then he doesn't...and well, you get the idea.Especially during "Great Expectations" where they cut to him and he has perfect make-up and NO BLOOD...then cut again and there's the blood...then again NO...then again yes! In addition, notice that he has TWO (2) basses during the song...the ax and signature. Maybe they shot footage on the stage without the audience and cut it in later? Who knows...did anyone else notice this or am I imagining it all? Just wondering.So, there is obvious dubbing involved. And yes, sometimes with their mouths covered by the mics you can splice in any part of any song and it isn't really noticeable especially when the shot is quick...which there is a lot of in this DVD. But, in truth...SO WHAT?...everything gets cleaned up and made to be as perfect looking as possible. It's all illusion anyway...movies, tv, even KISS concerts.With all this it still makes for one helluva DVD from an excellent band that is always fun to watch! So, just enjoy it for what it is: FUN!"
Great KISS Show - Minor Things Wrong With DVD
R. Gorham | 01/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First let me say that I'm a long time KISS fan from the 1970's originally from Long Island, NY. I've seen KISS on several occasions and I still get excited about seeing ANY of their live performances. Here's the good and the bad on the KISS-Symphony DVD...THE GOOD: KISS still looks great. They're in good shape - considering they'll be able to collect social security in 10 years or less (not that they need it). The song selection is good, tho I somehow wish they'd choose a few classics that they never seem to play live anymore - like "Got To Choose", "Parasite"... or the forgotten "Mr. Speed". Ultimately, KISS goes with the songs that work well for them live. Here, with the Melbourne Symphony, the band had to pick songs that worked with a 60 piece orchestra. The classics like "Black Diamond", "Do You Love Me", "Goin' Blind", "Beth", Detroit Rock City" all work fantastic... most of the others do to - but these I thought really stood out. Sound production is crisp. Guitars and drums and orchestra are all in synch and no one seems to drown anyone else out. I thought the "Rove Live" interview was great and very candid, and the song "Sure Know Something" sounded great with the band members sitting on stage and a select number of orchestra members behind them. Tommy Thayer (Ace replacement) totally rocked on all stages - he had Ace's guitar licks down.THE BAD: There is absolutely NO reason we need 2 discs here. Approximately 3.5 hours of material... and that includes Act-3 twice. I've seen movies just as long on one disc. If you sit down with disc 1 (as most viewers probably do), you'll watch an informative preview leading up to the show - the orchestra and band rehearsing, voices from the fans, the production crew, and an Australian "Rove" live interview (similar to a Jay Leno and Letterman show). In fact, I wish there was more of this. After this preview, you jump right into 3rd and final Act (why?). Disc 2 starts off from the beginning of the show (containing all 3 Acts). Why are we shown Act-3 twice? Why not have one disc in chronological order of the entire event? I get the feeling that the buying public will spend more money on a 2-disc set - thanks Gene & Paul for soaking another few bucks out of the fans). The ego of both Gene & Paul are still huge. I found it offensive after the 15th time of Gene pumping his groin into the camera. Watching Paul's backside almost as much as his front was annoying - watching Paul shake his as* at the camera quickly grew tiresome. Having played drums myself, I was always a fan of drummer Peter Criss. Yet actually watching Peter play made me remember just how average a drummer he is. His drumming seemed labored and there was nothing flashy about his playing. I have to remind myself this is KISS, and their music is for the most part simple. My point is - if you want to see a great drummer, look elsewhere (i.e. Rush's Neil Peart, or Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy). The editing on this KISS DVD is way to fast (borderline headache fast). While watching the 4 band members on stage, you only get a second or two at a time. The camera angle was always changing. While this kept it somewhat fresh... it was just overwhelming at times. Anyone notice the track listing on the back of the DVD case is wrong? All they had to do was take it from the previously released 2-CD set. "Great Expectations" and "Black Diamond" are misplaced in the Act-3 track listing. 4 stars for a great performance, but a somewhat flawed DVD set."