This two DVD set encompasses two separate films, A Weekend at the Greek (shot at Berkeley's famed Greek Theatre at the beginning of his US tour to promote his latest album In Between Dreams) and Live in Japan (shot in Japa... more »n at the end of the worldwide tour to promote his second album On and On) as well as over 30 minutes of bonus footage. Directed by The Malloys, both films blend concert performance with intimate interviews and backstage footage. Live in Japan captures Jack's band in its original trio form, with Bassist Merlo Podlewski and drummer Adam Topol touring Japan in front of rapt Japanese audiences performing selections from Brushfire Fairytales and On and On as well as an early version of “Banana Pancakes” which appears on In Between Dreams. Donavon Frankenreiter and Money Mark make guest appearances. Shortly after the completion of the Japanese tour, the band convened in Hawaii to record his new album In Between Dreams, with Zach Gill from Animal Liberation Orchestra adding piano and accordion. A Weekend at The Greek captures the band's expanded sound and 4 piece lineup ( Gill joined as a touring member of the band) as well as sit ins from the growing Brushire Records family (G. Love, ALO, Money Mark and Matt Costa ). Filmed over two nights at one of the band’s favorite venues, the film captures the magical connection between artist and audience, as well as providing glimpses at the creative process that yielded those crowd favorites. The total running time of the two disks exceeds 3 hours, and both feature stereo and 5.1 audio .« less
Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Rock & Roll, Johnson, Jack Studio:Umvd Labels Format:DVD - Color - Closed-captioned DVD Release Date: 11/22/2005 Original Release Date: 01/01/2005 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005 Release Year: 2005 Screens: Color Number of Discs: 2 SwapaDVD Credits: 2 Total Copies: 3 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"Well, I've fallen in love with Jack Johnson's music couple of months ago and I really LOVE album In Between Dreams, heard it probably fifty times already. So I went and bought this DVD hoping it would be something special, just like JJ's music. But I could not believe! This is NOT a concert show, this is just a documentary with songs in between! What sense does it make to interupt the song line just to tell viewers things that could easily be put in a separate chapter on a DVD? Are you looking forward to hear JJ's best hit Sitting, Waiting, Wishing? Go on then! After one minute, this song is interupted by JJ's explanation of how was video for this song made! Then you go back to the song but guess what - not where it stopped before but almost to the end! Well, some songs are good, I must admit - loved Banana Pancakes, No Other Way and Better Together. I'm giving 2 stars only because I love his music so much but I don't think I'm gonna watch this DVD again. If you want to see what a concert DVD should look like go for David Gray - Live At the Point, but the best one out there is definetely Seal In Paris - that's by far the best thing I've seen."
D. Swanson | Duluth, GA United States | 03/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an awesome DVD for the Jack Johnson fans. I've actually watched it with some friends that have never heard his music. They are now fans!!"
Jeff Edwards Jr | Iowa | 03/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of Jack Johnson's music this is a great concert. He puts on an awesome performance with all of the best songs and also gives the audience a look into what goes on backstage and before the performance."
J. Lopez | Miami, FL USA | 08/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What else can we saw from J.J... excelent DVD...amazing show and perfect 2nd DVD... is a must have.."
A casual DVD
Andy | L.A. | 12/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I missed one of Jack's concert as they were all sold out, looking to find something to experience what his concerts might be like. Unfortunately, this DVD has the potential, but falls short. For example the narrative keeps talking about some of these experiences, as Jack enjoys the crowd singling along. However, you don't get to hear them sing, only very loud cheering which often overshadows Jack's music. Again, in the narrative, other band members briefly notes how Jack might passionate about the song & approach, but they don't actually discuss it, nor let the audience experience it. Essentially, the DVD talks the talk, but fails to show the walk. The first DVD's footage does not capture the feeling of Jack's music,
The Japan version(2nd DVD), has a better editing & art direction in that you can hear the music, the energy is better captured, but unfortunately the footage is more random in that it shifts focus by jumping from concert to concert with each new song as well as being on the shorter side (40 min).
I get the impression that this DVD is more designed for the people who were at the event, and provides a more documentary means than what others are expecting. By no means is this a horrible DVD, as it still is enjoyable, but it can prove to be frustrating in that the crowd's cheering overshadows the music. Jack's fan are not likely to be disappointed,, as I'm one myself, however, the replay factor is severely lacking, thus the value of this purchase can be somewhat questionable. The footage provided promising, but it could benefit from better/more editing. If you can rent this, borrow it, or acquire it on sale, as this DVD is worth viewing Once. But for those of us who want to see what his concert is about will have to keep waiting, as this is not the experience that you're looking for. "