As one of the most acclaimed guitarists for over a decade, Steve Vai continues to push musical and technological boundaries to the extreme with this groundbreaking DVD. This program includes the complete "Alien Love Secret... more »s" album, featuring unique footage that allows you a special view into both Steve's guitar playing as well as the creative musical mood of each song. Songs: Bad Horsie, Juice, Die to Live, The Boy from Seattle, Ya-Yo Gakk, Kill the Guy with the Ball/The God Eaters, Tender Surrender.« less
Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock & Metal Studio:Image Entertainment Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 01/19/1999 Original Release Date: 01/01/1998 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998 Release Year: 1999 Run Time: 0hr 35min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 1 Edition: Special Edition MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English See Also:
"This is essentially the "Alien Love Secrets" album, which was recorded around 1994, with Steve Vai and his group lip/finger synching along with the music. Mr. Vai accurately and quite interestingly synchs along, as precisely as you'd expect from someone of his perfectionist qualities. Needless to say, while it's not an authentic performance of the songs, but rather a recording of the guys synching along with a prior recording, it's the next best thing.
Not much else to comment on, as far as the performance is concerned. It takes place on one set, with Steve changing suits/skin colors (!!) between several of the tracks. His children even show up on "Ya Yo Gakk" and do silly things for the camera. The video transfer is pristine, and I have absolutely no qualms with it.
Now, the extras. The commentary track with Mr. Steve Vai is quite entertaining, although there are dead points here and there where he gets caught up in the movie and doesn't say much. His stories and description of things are always good....you get the feeling that he's sitting there, talking to you specifically about the songs. There are also alternate angles for a couple of tracks, which is nice, but probably won't be accessed more than once or twice. A featurette made as a promotion for his 1996 Epic Records recording, "Fire Garden", lasts about roughly 7-8 minutes, and is fun to watch. A discography, pictures, and other small things round it all up.
Although released pretty early on in the life of DVD technology, it remains one of the more fascinating and worth-while purchases of the musically-related DVD's that have been released up to this point in time. Steve Vai fans, guitar fans....I can't imagine you turning this one away."
Alien Love Child DVD Review
Tamer Sayin | 07/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It was only a matter of days after seeing Steve Vai play live on the most recent G3 tour with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci that I decided to purchase this disk. There is nothing more exciting than seeing Vai play live, he is one of the most captivating performers of all time. That being said, you can imagine my disappointment when, during the first song, I realized that this is a collection of music videos and not live performances. I kept trying to tell myself at least I could still watch Steve's showmanship, but that thought went away every time I saw the drummer tap another crash cymbal. I know millions of people watch MTV to see their favorite artist pantomime their songs, but it just seems wrong to watch Vai do that.I'm not sorry I bought it; I'm happy to have it in my collection. I just won't be watching it much."
Is this a live dvd?
brian | south carolina | 04/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ive watched the vhs version so many times now and still cant see that this was not a live show. (was it a live show? did steve actually split into 3 versions of himself on one of the songs?).
the sound quality is superb and the choreography is perfectly matched with the songs.
(i could do without the little kid playing drums though....)"
Steve Vai the Man
Tamer Sayin | 07/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are Steve Vai fan or high quality guitar music lover, get this DVD as you can watch Steve playing (This not a Live Show), Steve even though not playing in real time, faitfully follows his solo lines, Great music but bad cameraman, constant moving camera gets bit annoying after awhile. But the music is fantastic."
DealHunter | Los Angeles | 06/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Go through the discography screen by screen, and every time you see a cover of one of his records, press the "Arrow Up" key followed by the "Enter" key. This will bring up images of Steve, his band or even alternative cover artworks for the respective albums."