The Cure: Trilogy (2002) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Music
Other || NR - 250 minutes - $29.99 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Elyusha Vafaeisefat || Posted On: 2009-03-13


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Interviews
  • Outtakes
  • Alternate Angles


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (LPCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

After over 30 years of making music, Robert Smith and The Cure remain as one of the most successful musical artists to emerge from the post-punk and new wave movement of the late 70’s and 80’s. Since 1976, the group has released 13 studio albums and a number of those albums have gone either gold or platinum. So to mark the success of the group after three decades of making music, Robert Smith decided to play three albums in their entirety, in the exact order that they appear on the albums. According to Smith, he got the idea after watching David Bowie perform one of his albums in its entirety. So Smith and the rest of the band decided to pick Berlin as their venue to perform this rare concert.

The performance itself is actually quite good for the group being this old. Of course, many of the original members have come and gone but this particular line-up of Smith on vocals, guitar and bass guitar, Simon Gallup, on bass guitar, Perry Bamonte on guitar, bass and keyboards, Jason Cooper on drum and Roger O'Donnell on keyboards was one that Smith really wanted to perform this kind of concert with. What makes this performance so good is that the three albums performed (Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers all mark different points in the life of the band. On the back cover of the Blu-Ray, Smith says of these albums “...Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers are inextricably linked in so many ways, and the realization of this Trilogy show is one of the highlights of my time in The Cure."

With the first set, The Cure’s gothic and post-punk roots are highlighted with their performance of Pornography. Some of the highlights on this particular performance are “Short Term Effect,” “A Strange Day” and “Cold.” With the second set, The Cure play perhaps their most popular album with Disintegration. Here, the group’s synth and new wave influence can be hard with classic songs like “Pictures of You,” “Disintegration” and “Same Deep Water as You.” Perhaps the highlight on the entire Blu-Ray comes with their performance of “Fascination Street.” Here, we get the full energy of the group and its one of the few times director Nick Wickham uses different angles and editing techniques. For their final set, The Cure performs Bloodflowers. With a more mature and modern sound, this album merges the sounds of Pornography and Disintegration into one with their mix of gothic post-punk with new wave influences. “Watching Me Fall,” “Maybe Someday” and “39” are definitely the highlights of this set. The group then finishes off with an encore set as they perform “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep” and “The Kiss.”

As mentioned earlier, what makes this performance unique is the fact that we get to hear the maturation of The Cure over these three unique albums. We also get to hear each album performed from start to finish in its entirety without any breaks. Definitely one of the better concert performances that is available on Blu-ray thus far.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Unfortunately, the Blu-ray does not come with a great deal of extras. The bulk of the special features are 40 minutes of interviews with the band. These are not in HD and therefore look rather grainy on any HD TV. In any case, the group discusses everything from the idea behind the concert to why they chose Berlin as the city to host this concert. The group also discusses their relationship with their fans, the filming process, their emotions while playing as well as if they perhaps have another “Trilogy” left in them.

We also get about 1½ minutes of interview outtakes that don’t really add anything.

The final extra is a set of alternate angle tracks for two of their performances. The first is “Same Deep Water as You.” Here we get the POV of the mic as Robert Smith performs the song. This as well as the next performance, “Plainsong” is not in HD so once again, the grain and poor video quality is obvious. For “Plainsong,” we get almost a backstage POV as well as Robert Smith’s POV while he performs.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As one would expect, the audio quality of any concert is the most important aspect of the viewing experience. Here, we get a great audio transfer on the Blu-Ray with tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as LPCM Stereo. The LPCM track is booming as performances of “Fascination Street” and “39” rock the sound system. As the inside of the BD says “THIS IS A LIVE CONCERT FILM-IT WAS PLAYED LOUD... SO TURN IT UP!!!”

The video quality on the concert is almost as good with its 1080i High Definition 16x9 Widescreen transfer. The concert doesn’t really impose a great deal of camera techniques and angles but what we see up on screen looks crisp and most certainly watchable.



.::OVERALL::.

Although the BD comes with a limited number of extras, I still found the concert to be very unique because of its format and selection of songs. Normally, I would rate any BD disc much lower because of the lack of special features but with concert films, the performance itself is most important. Here, we get top notch sound quality along with a solid picture to give the viewer a great viewing experience. I doubt that fans of The Cure will be disappointed with the Blu-Ray version of this concert. Remember, play it loud!