Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Smashing Pumpkins - If All Goes Wrong|
Actor: Smashing Pumpkins
Directors: Jack Gulick, Daniel E. Catullo III
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Disc 1: If It All goes Wrong - Documentary, Voices of the Ghost Children - Featurette, The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend - Interview. Disc 2 Live From The Fillmore: 1. The Rose March - previously unrleased, 2. Peace, Love ... more »
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Steve A. (Cenobite) from GRANITE BAY, CA
Reviewed on 1/6/2009...
This only has 2 discs.
Dear Starla, ...
Brian | Maryland, United States | 11/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found a copy of this being sold at a local record shop a few days ago (November 7th to be exact). Among other things, they sell a lot of "tobacco" water pipes and rolling papers so I wasn't surprised that they had this dvd on the shelf before it was supposed to be released. Needless to say, I very excitedly handed over the $21.99 to purchase it.
The two disks in this set are totally different, so I'll comment on them separately.
Disk one is a documentary. It does feature a few songs and some snippets of songs, but for the most part it's interviews. It's not something that I plan on watching again (unlike the concert disk!), but it was very informative. I've been a fan of the Pumpkins since I was old enough to be a fan of anything. And although most Pumpkin fans all miss the glory days of Siamese Dream and the like, I can't help but to have a lot of respect for their willingness to change .. or, should I say, Billy Corgan's willingness to change. Personally, I'm still not sure what I make of Zwan, The Future Embrace, and Billy's decision to break the band up only to reunite it again seven years later. But what I do know, and what this documentary helped me to understand, is that Billy Corgan is the essence of the Smashing Pumpkins, and he's on a journey that will never stop evolving because he as a person will never stop evolving. He explains a lot of struggles he has dealt with, from therapy to trying to understand the fans, and how that has affected his artistic direction. What comes across most to me in this documentary is that Billy truly does want to keep on keepin' on with the Smashing Pumpkins. He wants to give us what he's always given us -- thoughtful songs, beautiful melodies, and superb musicianship. He still knows how to rock our socks off one minute and sing us to sleep the next. That hasn't changed.
The second disk (concert) is fantastic! The sound/video quality are great. I suppose the setlist might leave something to be desired for those looking for a lot of songs from their older catalog, but I was personally very impressed with the new material. Gossamer was a major highlight, and it rocked just as much as the live version of 'An Ode to No One' from the Pumpkins' Music Video DVD. Starla, an old favorite of mine, was also great. Billy's vocals were as good as any other show, Jimmy's playing was amazing as always, and I actually really liked watching the new members. Ginger, their bass player, really seems to have a knack for adding flare at just the right moments in a song. The keyboard player, Lisa Harriton, plays beautifully and adds incredible dimension to the music. Jeff Schroeder, guitar, is new as well, and he can actually keep up with Billy's playing. He has some solo spots throughout and proves over and over to the audience that he's worth listening to. All in all, I love the new SP cast. I'm also glad there's finally a Smashing Pumpkins concert DVD that you can watch all the way through, from one song to the next, without any interruptions or interviews thrown into the middle of it. Lord knows we've all been waiting for this.
Keep on rockin' Billy."
Worth The Wait
W. Hartman | TX | 11/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So I'll be honest, I bought this not for the documentary, but a nice, high fidelity copy of Gossamer (hey, it's an awesome 'jam' track!). It had been disappointing to be unable to get any good bootleg tracks, so the Fillmore concert in high fidelity was nice. The video quality leaves a little to be desired on the bonus feature tracks from the rehearsal, but the main feature quality was pretty good.
Packaging was top notch.
Just as a side note, I notices that there wasn't *any* css protection on the DVD which made ripping a little too convenient. This makes me kinda wonder if this is a wink-wink-nudge-nudge from the band there. Or their content distribution people are just incompetent.
Bottom line, even if you're not a die hard Pumpkin Head, this is a great concert and interesting documentary."
Stoked about this DVD!!!
Shannon C. Arner | Wake Forest, NC | 11/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, let me say that SP allowing fans to record the residency shows in Asheville, NC was amazing and a fan's dream. I thought having a DVD of being front row in Asheville, NC to watch and enjoy forever was the best item a true fan could have but I was mistaken... this DVD captuing the band's take of the residencies are a dream come true! It is great to see what the band's take of the shows are coupled with my own recorded DVD. Also, I agree with the review by Moonchild above that the product description sucks so I thought I would inlude some info I found from Pitchforkmedia.com ...
Smashing Pumpkins Chronicle Reunion on DVD
If All Goes Wrong is a double-disc affair. The first disc features the titular documentary, which chronicles the band's reunion and live residencies in San Francisco and Asheville, North Carolina last year through interviews with band members, fans, journalists, and other musicians. Also on the disc: a featurette about Pumpkins fans called Voices of the Ghost Children and, inexplicably, an interview with the Who's Pete Townshend.
The second disc of If All Goes Wrong features The Fillmore Residency, a collection of live performances from the band's residency in San Francisco. Also included are five bonus tracks lumped together as Live From the Floor of the Fillmore, which are just that. All told, the second disc of the DVD contains seven different exclusive new tracks.
Coming Home Media will release If All Goes Wrong on November 11.
If All Goes Wrong:
01 If All Goes Wrong
02 Voices of the Ghost Children
03 Interview with Pete Townshend
The Fillmore Residency:
01 The Rose March *
02 Peace + Love *
03 99 Floors *
05 Lucky 13
07 Death From Above
08 The Crying Tree of Mercury
10 Heavy Metal Machine
12 No Surrender *
13 Gossamer *
Live From the Floor of the Fillmore:
15 99 Floors *
16 Peace + Love *
17 No Surrender *
18 Mama *
19 Promise Me *
* previously unreleased