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The Pretenders - The Isle of View
The Pretenders - The Isle of View
Actor: The Pretenders
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
NR     2003     1hr 7min

Featured songs: Sense of Purpose, Chill Factor, I Hurt You BAck on the Chain Gang, Kid, Private Life, Creep, Criminal, Brass in Pocket, 2000 Miles, Hymn to Her, Lovers of Today, The Phone Call, I Go to Sleep, Revolution, N...  more »


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Actor: The Pretenders
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Pop, Rock & Roll
Studio: Warner Strat. Mkt.
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/09/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1995
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 7min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Like a break in the battle was your part.....
o dubhthaigh | north rustico, pei, canada | 09/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Chrissie Hynde and her ensemble have stood always and ever for an independence, and in this remarkable film from MTV's Unplugged era (hey, remember when MTV had something to do with music?), that independence is so achingly poignant and terrifically presented that it nearly justifies all the other crap for which MTV has been responsible.
Hynde looks great. She is no one to trifle with and that inner strength she commands is front and center. Most of us would kill for that kind of self-confidence: it aint strut and swagger, she is the real deal, the genuine article. That said, the music is rendered with a more string influenced side, and that serves to bring out the drama in the songs more ardently. "Chain Gang" is a revelation on this disc, as is "Kid", "Creep" (a nod to Radiohead before anyone knew who Tom Yorke was), "Hymn to Her."
Opening with "Sense of Purpose" Hynde leads memebers of the Pretnders and a string quartet through her catalogue. It is just a greatly inspired jaunt. The sound on the DVD is stellar (MTV is capable of something), and the video swirls around in early 90's fashion, but there is a cold determination in Hynde's eyes that is unforgiving, asks and offers no quarter. The musicianship is protean. This is what real musicians do. Particularly in service to Music. And in this case, through Hynde, Music leans over and takes the audience into its confidence, delivering a textbook lesson on the metaphysics of communicating beyond words, gestures. This is all of the soul."
Finally, "The Isle Of View" available on DVD!
Michael Behuniak | Seattle, WA United States | 11/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many bands have ventured into the 'unplugged' format, but few have succeeded as triumphantly as the Pretenders did with this performance. Along with stripped-down, acoustic only instrumentation, the Pretenders are also augmented by a string quartet, with the combination rendering mostly sublime new renditions of classic Pretenders hits and assorted album tracks.Amongst the highlights are "Sense Of Purpose" and "Criminal", two lost gems from the sadly neglected "Packed" album (1990). Here, happily, they are given their just due. "Chill Factor", "I Hurt You", "Private Life" arguably exceed the original studio versions. "Back On The Chain Gang", "Kid", Brass In Pocket", and "2000 Miles" remind why this band was so vital in the first place. Finally, "Revolution" and "Night In My Veins", two new tracks off the then current "Last Of The Independents" album, showed Chrissie Hynde still had not lost any of her talents as one of rock's premier songwriter and singer.The sound and picture quality are very good, and happily, presented in 'widescreen' format. The camera-work is commendable too, steady and focused, a welcome change from the typical distracting split-second editing found in most concert videos. Rhino should be applauded for finally issuing this terrific performance by the Pretenders on DVD. Not much else to add, other than if you're a Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders fan, this is a DVD you won't want to miss"
Even better than the CD
o dubhthaigh | 12/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The same material as the CD of the same name EXCEPT there are extra songs notably a stunning rendition of Radiohead's song "Creep" with every four letter word intact. Overall, marvellous performances."