Lou Reed's Berlin details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Lou Reed, Fernando Saunders, Sharon Jones, Antony|
Lou Reed's Berlin
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Oct 2008|
Most helpful review
BerlinBy a customer from Liverpool , 03 Dec 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Interesting enough if you like Lou Reed's music. Worth it alone for the few minutes footage of Antony Hegarty singing 'Candy Says' - breathtakingly beautiful.
Lou Reed's BerlinBy THESAINT1 (5 reviews) from London , 02 Dec 2010I had the good fortune to watch this concert in New York, at St. ann's, in Brooklyn. And what an amazing show it was. Berlin is probably Lou's best album, and although much maligned on it's release in 1973, by a bunch of small minded critics, those of us who loved it realy LOVED it.It's worth remembering that at the time the charts were dominated by Carol King, Glam Rock, and disco, this was so different, many just couldn't get their heads round it. But hey who thought it would ever be performed in it's entirety and in such a spectacular way. Lou is clearly caught up in the emotion of the event, and by the time we get to Caroline says 2 he is pratically in tears. This is powerfull stuff, that doesn't seem to have dated a day. This dvd captures the event as well as any rock concert dvd can, and the sound is just amazing. So don't waste time reading reviews rent it, watch it, LOVE IT!
Amazing concert, despite the directorBy Caspersozza (4 reviews) from London , 13 Sep 2010First the bad stuff. Director Julian Schnabel's attempt, in his onstage intro, to ingratiate himself with Lou's yiddishe mama is as creepy as its inclusion in this film is self-indulgent. Nobody cares, Schnabel - get over yourself and get on with it! His idea of creating visual atmosphere is also a little iffy: cameras go in and out of focus and sway around too much, with the edit all-too-often missing the person who is actually playing at that point.
Lou Reed's voice is also noticeably weaker than it used to be in his heyday, and his always-idiosyncratic phrasing is occasionally self-defeatingly eccentric to the point where you think he has forgotten the words.
All that said, this is a fantastic concert, a really warm, vivid realisation of these extraordinary songs. Reed's electric guitar playing is surprisingly fired-up, and the control he visibly wields over this exemplary group of musicians is very impressive - sensitive to his and Bob Ezrin's wonderful arrangements while also allowing them the freedom to really cut loose at times. The result is a performance that throbs with passion and commitment, with the empathetic conviction of Lou's delivery (despite the vocal issues mentioned above) making the emotions behind these heartbreaking, defiant, compassionate, angry and tragic songs come to life in a way that reaffirms your faith in the power of music.
The encore version of 'Candy Says' has been widely praised, but it might be worth noting that Antony Hegarty's vocal style is a marmite affair, and certainly won't be to everyone's taste. Some will be incredibly moved by his tremulously emotional delivery, while others won't be able to listen to that mannered warble with a straight face. Oh yes, and the DTS HD sound mix is superb.
A mixed bagBy a customer from Hull , 30 Jun 2009I am a long standing fan of the original album and really enjoyed the film. However it would be difficult to reccomend it to anyone not familiar with the album. As with most concert movies the filmakers don't have much room to do much other than point cameras at the stage. There is a bit of projecting bits of film which relates to the story but overall the most striking visual feature of the film is Lou's wrinkled face.
Thankfully they don't make too kuch of 'the kids crying ' sequence, surely the most harrowing song ever recorded.
There is another highlight in the encore when Anthony Hegarty does a storming version of 'Candy Says'. Makes you wish he done a bit more in the concert itself as he is a bit wasted as a backing singer.
BerlinBy Writeman (1 review) from Abingdon , 15 May 2009For fans of the album only.
BerlinBy a customer from Liverpool , 03 Dec 2008Interesting enough if you like Lou Reed's music. Worth it alone for the few minutes footage of Antony Hegarty singing 'Candy Says' - breathtakingly beautiful.
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