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Pet Shop Boys - Somewhere in Concert

Warner Vision/Warner Vision . R4 . COLOR . 91 mins . G . PAL

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Pet Shop Boys; I've always known them to be the guys who do some cool dancy remakes of classic songs intermingled with their own compositions. Others, like my wife, know them to be more than that.

In 1997 the guys sold out the small Savoy Theatre for 2 weeks, playing to a full house each night. The stage setup was very basic if anything at all with a center mixing stage surrounded by 2 wall screens depicting 2 groups of people chatting away. Not your big budget concert, but more a cozy evening with the boys.

We are treated to 14 songs including "Yesterday When I was Mad", "Go West" and "It's a Sin". A black female singer joins Neil and Chris on stage for support along with a synthesizer presumably used to create all other supporting vocals.

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Up their with the best from Warner Vision yet still a little further to go. What strikes you the most is the brilliant whites that are achieved at times. At one stage when you're in the center mixing area, the lighting simply desolves everything into a sea of white.

There are some very dark/black scenes that seem to come up reasonably well, but those inbetween seem to be a little inconsistent. Once again, a source issue.

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Audio was of a high standard. Alot of their songs are very elctronic sounding so you get that metallic feel to it all. Not that it's a bad thing, it just doesn't feel warm.

My one complaint is that at times the dialogue seems a little hard to discern, whether it be singing or speaking to the crowd. If it were only a matter of putting up the center channel then that should suffice but it seems that the mix also included most of the music in the center channel aswell so there was a little battle going on mid stage.

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Das Interview (The Interview) - This is a behind the scenes look at the preparation for the gig with input from every conceivable person involved with the show. It's a very interesting look at the band and a great addition to the concert itself.

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Good Value for Pet Shop fans although it would have been nice to have more songs on the disc, but alas, we only get what was presented at the concert.


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