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KP says: The Cure - Festival 2005   Rating: Rating: 3/6   
Updated: 2006-12-31 08:32:25    Type:  music dvd review     English  View Comment Details   
This one has an insanely cool setlist. We're talking "A Night Like This", "The Kiss", "Shake Dog Shake", " A Strange Day", "From The Edge Of A Deep Green Sea" and many many more... But when you hit earth again and start wondering if it was worth your flight - well then, it wasn't quite.

After the "Trilogy" dvd from Berlin I guess it is a logical move The Cure has made with this one. "Trilogy" is the ultimate music dvd. The picture and sound is nothing short of perfect. It cannot ever be topped. It blows you away.

The idea with "Festival" however, seems to be some kinda bootleg feel. Fairly low picture quality most of the time (partly taped by the audience). What I don't get is why the sound has to suck as well... It sounds like it hasn't been processed. Like a raw soundboard output signal direct to minidisc. While you can live with the picture quality you'll never learn to love the sound quality. Then there's the aspect ration. It flips between 4:3 and 16:9 throughout the disc. Doesn't really make that much of a mess on my 4:3 set. But I'm fairly sure that it'll piss off many a 16:9 owner.

You cannot help liking part of the experience simply because of the fantastic setlist. But the quality is simply too low, making it impossible to really fall in love with this dvd. Perfection is better.

[2006, Suretone/Geffen]
 
The Cure - Festival 2005 (music dvd review)
 
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Reply #:    Name : KP     Country : Denmark     Created : 2011-04-23 01:26:35   
I'm currently enjoying the audio of this release. Think I'll have to eat my words sound-wise. No problem really. Sounds great. And the setlist is like earlier mentioned: outstanding.
The video looks like crap - still, on a brand new 16:9 tv. It doesn't flip, but it is grainy and just not cool to watch. Well, once the audio is on your Squeezebox, you couldn't care less I guess.
The Cure is an outstanding band. This release is not. But either watch Trilogy, or go see them live, next time Robert lifts his fat ass from his sofa. :) Love you Robert, Rock on!!! 
 
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