Midge Ure: Rewind - Really Swell!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Randy A Salas, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. Randy A Salas

    Randy A Salas Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    1,348
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Singer-songwriter-producer Midge Ure has never really caught in the States, but his new R1 DVD, Midge Ure: Rewind - The Greatest Hits Tour (Eagle Vision, $17.98), is really swell. The former frontman for the group Ultravox (who also never really caught on here) and co-founder of Band Aid ("Do They Know It's Christmas?") offers 19 live songs and much more on the DVD.

    Folks here will be happy to know that the DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen (although with lots of intentionally grainy and overexposed footage) and sounds fabulous in Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 (also DD 2.0).

    The live songs are:
    Cold, Cold Heart
    Call of the Wild
    Fade to Grey
    Dear God
    I See Hope
    (You) Move Me
    No Regrets
    Alone
    Breathe
    One Small Day
    Monster
    Beneath a Spielberg Sky
    Lament
    Vienna
    Love's Great Adventure
    If I Was
    Hymn
    The Voice
    Dancing With Tears in My Eyes

    There's lots of great stuff here, but highlights include mesmerizing renditions of Breathe and Dear God, and an unforgettable performance of the Ultravox hit Vienna--with a special duet guest, British opera tenor Russell Watson, who has done his own cover of the song. The audience is really low in the mix--just enough between songs to remind the viewers it's a concert but not obtrusive otherwise

    The DVD has some fine extras, too:
    * Filmed acoustic solo performances of No Regrets, Vienna and Dancing With Tears in My Eyes.
    * Interviews about 17 of Ure's songs, Ultravox and his demos.
    * Music videos for Under a Spielberg Sky and (You) Move Me.

    The entire prgram runs about 2 1/2 hours.

    Minor quibbles:
    * The editing is frantic during the concert footage.
    * His lip movement doesn't always match the audio, clearly because of multiple takes to provide coverage for the wild editing. Most of the out-of-sync shots are long.
    * No subtitled lyrics. These should be a mandatory feature on any music DVD.

    Anyway, I'm sure I'm posting this for, like, two other people, but I just wanted to make sure fans knew this was a worthwhile release. At $17.98 MSRP ($15.99 shipped from DVD Planet), it's a steal.
     
  2. Andrew Chong

    Andrew Chong Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 7, 2002
    Messages:
    739
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What little I have heard of Mr. Ure's work, I've enjoyed and always appreciated Mr. Ure's voice. I will look for this and pick it up at the right price. Thanks for the alert.
     
  3. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2001
    Messages:
    8,390
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  4. Richard Travale

    Richard Travale Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2001
    Messages:
    3,425
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    The Island, Canada
    Real Name:
    Rich Travale
    Thanks for the heads up Randy. I too am a huge Midge Ure and Ultravox fan.
     
  5. Kelly Payne

    Kelly Payne Agent

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'll just say, make that greater than two.

    Thanks for the head's up. Hopefully I can pick up this and Peter Gabriel's Secret World live soon.
     
  6. Jon Hertzberg

    Jon Hertzberg Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2001
    Messages:
    1,522
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    Jonathan
    Thanks for the info Randy. Love that Ure-era Ultravox and there are some great inclusions from this oeuvre, but where's "Reap the Wild Wind"? That may be my favorite Ultravox song.



    Actually, Steve Strange was the "face" (or the visage) for Visage. While he was a founding member, Ure served as guitarist and sang backing vocals. Ure later left the band to put all his energies into Ultravox, replacing vocalist John Foxx.

    Jon
     
  7. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2001
    Messages:
    8,390
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    ahh...thx for the clarification jon!
     
  8. David Rubenstein

    David Rubenstein Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Vienna has always been one of my favorite songs (although it has a really weird video!!!)
     

Share This Page