"First of all, I have to tell you that I'm not a HUGE R.E.M. fanatic...just a casual listener. When I bought this I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it and I was proved wrong. This is a fantastic DVD and is worth every cent. R.E.M. plays a good show and this proves it. The crowd is awesome and it is so cool to see Michael Stipe interact with the crowd. The DVD consits of the bands July '03 sold - out show at Germanys out door Bowling Green Stadium and the documentary " A Stirling Performance" based on the bands legendary Stirling Castle performance in Scotland and features live and of course, documentary footage.
The set is:
1. Begin the Begin
2. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
3. Maps and Legends
7. The Great Beyond
8. Bad Day
9. The One I love
10. All the Way To Reno(you're gonna be a star)
11. Orange Crush
12. Losing My Religion
13. At My Most Beautiful
15. She Just Wants To Be
16. Walk Unafraid 17. Man On the Moon
18. Everybody Hurts
19. So fast, So Numb
20. Country Feedback
21. ***Permanent Vacation
22. Imitation Of Life
23. It's the End Of the World As We Know It(and I feel fine) This is a wonderful DVD and a wonderful concert. I recommend this to anyone who likes R.E.M. I garuntee you'll enjoy it!"
John Mack | Phoenix, AZ USA | 08/15/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The performance is five stars, the song selection is five stars (even without Radio Free Europe). The color on this looks incredible on my hdtv and sounds pretty good on the surround. So why three stars? The camera work. I swear they show every face in the crowd lipsyncing. They also flash around and can bring on a case of vertigo. This is a GREAT dvd to keep on in the background, but to me is very irritating to watch because of the camera work. Stipe gives a great performance."
Among the best I've seen...
Cape2 | Virginia, USA | 10/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoy these concerts on DVD and have seen a good number of them. I usually find that I need to watch the concert twice to really get into them, but when I bought Perfect Square on a whim and saw it for the first time, I was hooked by the second song. The scenery of the concert location is beautiful, as is the stage itself. The crowd is humongous and energized. The picture and sound are both good, and the performance is fabulous. I was very impressed. It's now an easy favorite."
Are You Having Fun?!!!
Vic the Dude | Kalispell, Mt United States | 03/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was at R.E.M.s first U.S. stop on this recent world tour when they played their first ever Montana concert here in Missoula. It was without a doubt one of the best shows I've ever seen from anyone, anywhere. Ever since that evening I was hoping that the band would release a DVD from the tour so that I could relive this concert over and over. Perfect Square is fantastic! The flow of the set list is perfect, and when they get into their biggest songs (Losing My Religion, Man On The Moon, etc.) the crowds enthusiasm and love for this band just gives you chills. Great great show. My 4 star rating is due to the busy MTV style editing, although it does not annoy the viewing too much. Still, a little too much chop chop for me. A more accurate rating would be 4 9/10 stars. Sit back, crank it up, and enjoy a great R.E.M. show!"
Blast from the past
Simon Crowe | Greenville, SC United States | 06/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD reminded me why I was an REM fan in the first place. Recorded in Germany in 2003, the concert features plenty of hits (Man on the Moon, One I Love), some obscurities (Begin the Begin, Maps & Legends) and some recent songs I hadn't paid enough attention to (Electrolite and Imitation of Life, which sounds like a lost classic)
All three band members look like they're enjoying themselves, but the real focus is of course Michael Stipe. Stipe's in good spirits , interacting warmly with the crowd, and making you wonder why you stopped listening to this band. REM is a band that has been nothing but themselves for over 20 years, and this DVD shows they're still capable of rocking hard and making great new music. The disc also includes a charming documentary about REM's concerts at Stirling Castle in Scotland in 1999. Recommended."