"An early music DVD release (1999) but don't let that put you off. The picture quality and 5.1 surround sound are perfect. We've all heard of poor 5.1 music DVD's, but this is extremely natural sounding and you feel like you are actually there.Donna Summer is one of the most gifted female singing artists of our time, and her voice sounds even better in 1999!Fans and non-fans will enjoy this show because it includes many of her greatest hits, as well as new music. Also included is the hit "No More Tears-Enough is Enough" which she originally recorded as duet with Barbra Streisand. On the DVD, she is joined by Tina Arena for this duet and it is very impressive. Tina Arena has a fantastic voice too. Tina's career hasn't been all that great possibly due to her bad choice of material over the years.Other highlights include a re-working of "Dim All the Lights" where Donna reveals the true side of dealing with record companies. I am thrilled that "On the Radio" and "I Feel Love" are included on the DVD. No sign of "State of Independence" but time doesn't allow artists to sing all their songs at concerts.I now await a Donna Summer music video clips DVD."
C. Tolley | hampton, tn United States | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"naturally, i have been aware of donna summer and her music for many years, even though i had never actually watched her perform her hits on stage. i caught this show on its original airing on VH1, and i was completely spell-bound. Her presence on stage, her command of the audience, and, above all, the power and richness of her amazing voice nailed me. Never resorting to impossible-to-sing-along-with vocal gymanastics, unlike most modern-day divas, Ms. Summer just sings the songs the way they should be sung, with power and precision, and a lot of soul. Her performances of 'Someone to Watch Over Me' and 'If There is Music There' are awe-inspireing. 'Bad Girls' and Hot Stuff' never sounded better, and 'Last Dance' was extraordinary. This concert should be seen by all wannabees in the dance music industry as proof that there should be first and foremost a voice to carry the song. This wonderful lady is proof of that, she's a living legend, and has never sounded better in her life!"
A Rare Voice that has Improved with Age
C. Tolley | 01/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know how it's possible, but Donna Summer's voice has actually IMPROVED over the years. Her updated readings of her classic hits add a new richness and fullness to these fine songs. It's amazing to see her bring a song like "I Feel Love" to LIFE, which was such a studio creation in its original form. You'll love "Dim All the Lights" even more after hearing Donna's story about who she originally wrote this song for (but then changed her mind and kept it for herself!). And who would have thought that Australian chanteuse Tina Arena could fill in for Barbara Streisand on "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" and not suffer from the comparison?This DVD is a MUST-HAVE for anyone who has ever enjoyed a Donna Summer song, and it also is likely to win over non-fans through the sheer power of her voice."
MY RATING WOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS IF POSSIBLE !
An Audiophile Viewer | Hong Kong | 01/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD's been out for a while, so surprising I am the only first to write this review. After several trials of serious listenings to songs by songs in this title. I would like to make a fully review as follows:- If 10 stars is full for rating.1. SOUND QUALITY - 9 stars 2. PICTURE QUALITY - 8 stars 3. MUSICIANSHIP - 7 stars 4. SONGS ATTRACTION - 9 starsDonna is sexy and beautiful at the concert, most titles are all hot popular hits. It is enjoyable to listen to all previous superb hits specially the song ON THE RADIO with the tremendous recording technique to make a super presence of being there at the concert.... the audiences' singings with Donna are so transparent to make me feel like being at a forest listening to all those different kinds of birds warble together, what a thrill ! Probably those people would feel like that if they play with 5.1 surround systems, the presence is so fantastic !Tina Arena appeared in the title NO MORE TEARS who replaced Barbra Streisand is a brilliant take. Hope Tina will release more albums of hers, she really is a good singer.Anyone who specially loves disco and Donna's singing does not buy this DVD will miss out the best music in their collections."
Live and Much , Much more. . .
Danniray99 | Expatriate in Germany | 08/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Donna Summer was a radiant 48 years old at the time of this great live 1997 or 1998 VH1 concert. While Summer had long shed her voracious "Bad Girl" image of the seventies, quite a bit of her ponyish beauty remained intact here. This concert does full justice to her still-beautiful chameleon-like voice as she moves easily from full-throated disco ("MacArthur Park") to pop standards (an exquisite version of Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me")and broadway ("If There is Music There,"), to pop-rock ("She Works Hard for the Money,"), country ("I Don't Wanna Work"), sultry gospel-blues ("Riding Through the Storm") and back again. Summer's rapport, ease and generosity with the audience is equally gratifying. Not unlike many other great artists of yesteryear, feature-length concert footage of Summer is hard to come by, so this DVD is definitely welcome! The sound quality is absolutely amazing--especially given that it came out in 1998, around the time that DVDs first took off! At its best, this concert effectively showcases all the qualities--part glamour girl, comedienne, renegade, devoted wife and mother--that set Donna Summer apart from the rest of the pack."