Getting on stage with Robert...
As 'Robert Smith' put it himself, "The albums 'Pornography', 'Disintegration' and 'Bloodflowers' are inextricably linked in so many ways and the realisation of this 'Trilogy' show is one of the highlights of my time in The Cure."
Filmed over two nights at Berlin's Tempodrom in November 2002, this concert features 'The Cure' performing three of their most admired and influential albums live and in their entirety in front of a fanatical sell out German audience.
Beautifully shot with spectacular lighting effects and stunning sound this is a landmark concert that is finally seen and heard in its full glory on this Blu-ray release.
Have you ever watched something that enlightens your soul, but you are not quite sure how or why? Well, that's what happened to me after watching this for a full on four hours.
Now four hours is a long time to endure any kind of artist, but in saying that, DVD players do contain a pause button and a scene select so you can enjoy the three albums at your own leisure.
Now, I wasn't bored, but deeply affected by the eerie sounds and beautiful mood fitting lighting effects that were trying to tempt me into a sleepy dream world of heightened pleasure. My eyes were drawn to the very cleverly done graphic back drop and added artistic camera effects taking my full attention to ignore anything else happening in my life.
As you would expect from a new Blu-ray release, the picture and sound quality is sincerely to die for, whether in Surround Sound, DTS or Dolby, this DVD seeps quality in every aspect, giving you a pleasurable feeling that you are onstage with Robert and his crew.
I've never myself seen 'The Cure' live, so I wasn't sure what to expect and surprisingly to me, all the band members are very calm, relaxed and hardly move from their spots for the entire show. Robert has always been labelled an artistic depressive, but he is smiling and most definitely enjoying his time on stage, almost as if it is one of the most proud moments of his life and on an odd occasion; even shares a few jokes with his band members.
Even though the set starts a little slowly with the entire 'Pornography' set, it is obvious that are a few nerves hanging around the stage and finally the band relax when the 'Disintegration' Set starts. All songs are mirrored exactly as the original recordings sound - beautifully sung, beautifully played and magical from an influential point of view. The crowd also seem to be awe of the mighty presence in front of them - yet sadly, the crowd noise isn't so apparent, taking the 'Live' feel on holiday to the Bahamas- why do they do this? I want to feel as though I am there, in the crowd, but I do feel as though I am there but on stage.
The bonus encore set features two tracks from the "Kiss Me Kiss Me" album; 'If Only Tonight We Could Sleep' and 'The Kiss' which is a very welcomed end to a sublime show.
All in all, I think this is a bargain purchase for your money, and for those fans out there - you will love the interviews with outtakes - giving you an insight into the real world of "The Cure". Not a fan of "The Cure" or not heard any of their back catalogue? Well, check this DVD out as an excelelnt starting point.
Review by The Fluffmeister