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Pet Shop Boys - Performance
Pet Shop Boys - Performance
Actor: Pet Shop Boys
Director: David Alden
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     3hr 59min

Import only DVD (NTSC/Code 0) features the Pet Shop Boys live in concert, 1992, conceived, designed and staged by opera and theatre directors, David Alden and David Fielding, and choreographed by Jacob Marley. Special fea...  more »

     
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Actor: Pet Shop Boys
Director: David Alden
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Classical
Studio: EMI Europe Generic
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 3hr 59min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The title is a Canadian EMI import of "Performance"!!
Philip A.Cohen | Bay Harbor Islands, Florida United States | 01/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nice Going Amazon!!!.In the frequent Amazon.com tradition of either listing music video DVD titles without the name of the artist or listing the artist without listing the program title,Amazon lists "Pet Shop Boys(2004)".What is this program? Well,,I was able to confirm(by comparing the "ASIN" number with the Pet Shop Boys DVD's listed on Amazon's Canadian site,and by ordering & receiving the program though one of the Amazon Marketplace merchants),that this disc is the new expanded EMI/Canada DVD of "Pet Shop Boys-Performance",a 1991 concert program,now with 5.1 surround sound(Dolby Digital or DTS) & Dolby Digital Stereo,plus an artist commentary track,previously unreleased rehearsal footage & a still photo gallery.Fortunately,the song publishing dispute which forced the removal of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" from the medley with "Where The Streets Have No Name" on the original VHS & Laserdisc releases has now been resolved,and the medley is now presented complete.(on the VHS & Laserdiscs,the lead vocal was mixed out during "Can't Take My Eyes Off You",leaving only the chord changes & background vocal "Ooohs",a sort of Karaoke version!).Song line-up is:This Must Be The Place I Waited Years to Leave","It's a Sin","Losing My Mind","What Have I Done To Deserve This","My October Symphony",I'm Not Scared","We All Feel Better in The Dark","So Sorry I Said","So Hard","Opportunities(Let's Make Lots of Money)","How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?","Rent","Where The Streets Have No Name(Can't Take My Eyes Off You)","West End Girls","Jealousy","Always on My Mind","Your Funny Uncle""
Classic '91 "concert" finally on DVD
Jason C. Garza | Moline, IL | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Filmed over the course of three evenings at the Birmingham NEC in 1991, "Performance" features the Pet Shop Boys in top form, showcasing some of their greatest songs. I hesitate to say "singing," as this is, as the title suggests, a performance piece. Lavish sets, garish costumes, and a calvacade of dancers and backup singers make this a needed addition to any PSB fan's collection. While it is an import and carries a bit of a fee, it's well worth buying; wonderfully remastered and presented in 5.1 surround, "Performance" has quickly become one of my favorite live concert DVDs.
The tracklisting is as follows:
This must be the place I waited years to leave
It's a sin
Losing my mind
What have I done to deserve this?
My October symphony
I'm not scared
We all feel better in the dark
So sorry, I said
Suburbia
So hard
Opportunities (let's make lots of money)
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
Rent
Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you)
West End girls
Jealousy
Always on my mind
Your funny uncle

While "Performance" has been available on VHS for some time, it lacked the inclusion of "Where the streets have no name (I can't take my eyes off you) due to legal reasons; it is great to have the complete show. The weakest track would be "What have I done to deserve this" and that is only due to Dusty Springfield's absence; I fear I've been spoiled by the "Montage" version. That is not to say that this track on "Performance" is terrible; it is just that it is not the same hearing another woman sing backup. Standouts are "Jealousy," "It's a sin," and "We all feel better in the dark."
As with the "PopArt" DVD, the commentary is generous and a kick to watch, giving greater insight into Tennant and Lowe's songbook. Enclosed is an interview with Neil and Chris from '91, as well as one with David Alden and David Fielding.
"Performance" contains perhaps the most intriguing ninety minutes worth of concert footage I've ever been privy to witness; it will require multiple viewings just to take everything in, and even then, it will always seem fresh and new, as if experiencing it for the first time."
PSB are the best in their genre.
FrKurt Messick | 12/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Performance is a complete view of the Pet Shop Boys at their "performance" art best. Great reditions of their best songs including an amazing "October Symphony." This is a must for any Pet Shop Boys fan."