Warner Vision/Warner Vision .
R4 . COLOR . 130 mins .
M15+ . PAL
When the Chilis let loose early on in their career with an assault on Stevie Wonder’s simply awesome Higher Ground, keeping the funk and adding just the right measure of rock, it was a telling portent of what was to come.
We said it looks like you could could do with a good feed!
Flash forward to the Noughties and much success later their mission continues, with this stunning gig caught under the watchful eye of Ireland’s Slane Castle in August 2003. From dusk ‘til dark, a set top-heavy with tracks from the past two albums Californication and By the Way is catapulted out – and considering the hit swathe these two discs carved themselves there’s little cause for complaint. Getting the last release’s titular song out of the way first up, the gang mix it up through to the end, where a couple of older faithfuls such as Give it Away and Under the Bridge get the 2003 spit and polish.
For those intent on knowing the entire set list, here goes…
By the Way
Around the World
The Zephyr Song
Throw Away Your Television
Don’t Forget Me
Right on Time
Give it Away
Under the Bridge
The Power of Equality
Anamorphically enhanced, 1.78:1 vision that’s stunningly pristine and sharp as the sharpest of sharp things is the order of the day, and considering the many potential pitfalls involved in shooting live extravaganzas, it’s hard to imagine it looking better.
This is accompanied by three perfect audio mixes in Dolby Digital 2.0, DD5.1 and DTS 5.1 flavours. While all are capable of rocking the foundations, if your gear supports 5.1 we seriously suggest ramping it, the resultant subwoofwoof boost in combination with the beautifully mixed front and rear stages being certain to leave any listener wowed.
Little is on offer extras-wise, however we do get the most peculiar bonus thing we’ve yet seen. This comes in the form of six TV screensavers, featuring the show’s rear-projected stuff accompanied by selected live tracks. Other than that, two easily found Easter googies offer up John singing falsetto and Chad ‘n’ Flea with some drum ‘n’ trumpet farting about.
With superbly kinetic direction that manages to keep up with these four exceedingly dynamic buggers, this is how a concert should be presented on DVD; raw yet curiously polished, and with more energy than a warehouse full of fluffy pink battery-operated bunnies could ever muster.
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