Top notch concert video and good performance by the band.
Steve F | Atlanta, GA USA | 09/26/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is taken from a 3 night stand in Atlanta at the end of the Monster tour in '95. It features a good cross section of R.E.M.s songs. The video has a 'live' feel to it. It's not an overblown production like the Rolling Stones concerts have become (and I'm a big Stones fan). The DVD features sharp images and good sound plus you can skip directly to your favorite songs without having to fast forward thru a tape.
The only faults I find with it is that it's strictly a song-by-song affair with no shots of any type of interaction with the audience (between song banter etc.) and emphasizes a few too many 'singing head' shots. The band seemed to be a little tired after a trying tour (at least on the night I saw them) and it shows at times, but overall it's a good performance."
A Must Have For Any REM Fans or Concert Video Fans
Steve Milani | San Francisco, CA | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD shows concert footage from the end of REM's "Monster" tour and the performance was very high energy and up-tempo throughout. I've been following the band since their first album, but haven't caught them live since the "Green" tour. I was definitely not disappointed by this loose and raucous performance. Michael Stipe's stage presence is as strong as ever, and Mike Mills looks like he's having the time of his life throughout the performance.After reading some other reviews of this DVD I was a little hesitant to buy this disc. However, the comments about the low production quality and terrible sound are completely unjustified. Obviously, this concert footage was shot with several different types of film and edited to look "raw". If you're expecting a crystal clear picture with "studio recorded" sound, then you shouldn't be buying this concert disc. However, if you want a great look at what it would have been like to be upfront at the end of REM's "Monster" tour, you'll be immensely satisfied. This is one of the best DVD's I own."
M. Fetterer | CT | 03/30/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"No where on this page is a tracklisting for the concert, so here goes: 01. intro 02. I Took Your Name 03. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 04. Crush With Eyeliner 05. Undertow 06. The Wake-Up Bomb 07. Revolution 08. Losing My Religion 09. Binky The Doormat 10. Orange Crush 11. Strange Currencies 12. Tongue 13. Man On The Moon 14. Country Feedback 15. Find The River 16. The One I Love 17. Star 69 18. Let Me In 19. Everybody Hurts 20. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) 21. closing credits"
4.5 Stars... REM at its peak
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 11/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Monster" album remains controversial for many REM fans but in my book it remains my favorite album of REM. This DVD captures REM at the end of the "Monster" tour, and the band is in peak form.
The "Road Movie" DVD (94 min.) is a faithful transfer of the original VHS movie, without any extras or bonus features, but with a noticably better sound quality. The song selection features most of the "Monster" albums tracks (8 of the 20 songs), and then some additional similar-sounding songs that would eventually end up on REM's next album ("Untertow", "Binky the Doormat" and "Wake-Up Bomb"). The sound is of course electric guitar-heavy and distorted, and if that is not your favorite REM sound, this DVD is not for you, although there are several more "traditional" REM songs such as "Losing My Religion", "Everybody Hurts" and "Man on the Moon". Peter Buck, not Michael Stipe, is the star of this movie (and it's hard to outshine Stipe), just watch him for example on "Star 69" and "Let Me In", wow.
In all, a great concert movie, with outstanding audio quality, and with REM at its peak. But that's just my opinion."
The best REM Concert DVD
Dave Mackie | Sydney Australia | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometime in 1997 most of this concert was played on Australian TV. I wasn't really an REM fan at the time but being 17 and a nascent music lover I decided to have a look. Well, it knocked me out and introduced me to what is now my favourite band in the world. I must have watched the video I taped from TV a 100 times.
A friend of mine saw them on the Monster tour and said that apart from three songs they performed they were rubbish on the night- this disc however captures them at a peak. Every performance is great, and while the video and audio aren't great- remember this was recorded in the pre-DVD darkages of 1995- just about every song leaps off the screen due to the triple threat of great songs, great musicians and fantastic stage-presence/showmanship!
Peter's solo in 'Country Feedback' is one of my favourite moments in music; other highlights on this disc being Michael during that same solo, crouching and cradling his microphone stand, Mike kicking over his stool at the organ in the 'loud bit' of Everybody Hurts while the veil falls down and Stipe's deadpan introductions to 'Man on the Moon' and 'Binky the Doormat'. Of course it's great to see Bill there up the back and even on bass for a song or two- this was the last major tour with him in the band.
There have been better recorded and better edited concert films but I've never seen one that rocked as hard where it should or made me feel so much in the more poignant bits.
I finally saw REM live two weeks ago and to have them open with the same song this film opens with ('I Took Your Name', a fairly seldom-played song these days) was nothing short of incredible- without this film I wouldn't have been there. One of the great concert films."