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Morrissey 25 Live(2013)
MORRISSEY 25 LIVE is a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world's most iconic and enigmatic performers. Shot during Morrissey's most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on March 2nd, 2013, the film opens with fans talking about their unwavering devotion to the singer and the unique appeal of this unusual venue a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center on the previous night. Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium had sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey's penultimate performance on the US Tour. The first authorized Morrissey film for nine years and featuring many classic tracks from the artist's prolific repertoire, Morrissey 25: LIVE is an unmissable DVD release for fans worldwide. Track Listing: 1) Alma Matters 2) Ouija Board, Ouija Board 3) Irish Blood, English Heart 4) You Have Killed Me 5) November Spawned A Monster 6) Maladjusted 7) You're The One For Me Fatty 8) Still Ill 9) People Are The Same Everywhere 10) Speedway 11) That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 12) To Give (The Reason I Live) 13) Meat Is Murder 14) Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want 15) Action Is My Middle Name 16) Everyday Is Like Sunday 17) I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 18) Let Me Kiss You 19) The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
For more about Morrissey 25 Live and the Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray release, see Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on October 21, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
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Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Jeffrey Kauffman, October 21, 2013
If you were asked what the single most influential British band of the 20th century was, chances are your answer would be one of only two iconic outfits, either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. It may come as something of a surprise, then, to hear that Britain's own New Music Express, kind of that country's version of Billboard and Rolling Stone combined, instead named The Smiths as the title holder of that particular honor. While The Smiths never quite had the overwhelming success on this side of the pond that they did in their native England, they did achieve a certain renown over here and they paved the way for their lead singer Morrissey to take off on a sometimes odd but always interesting solo career.
This fascinating concert documents Morrissey's March 2013 performance at a rather odd venue: Hollywood High. In a way, that's appropriate, for Morrissey has often played with style and perception in much the same way that Bryan Ferry has, and in fact as odd as it may seem, I've often considered the two to be comrades in arms. Morrissey's piquant sense of humor permeates his lyrics and he moves through a career wide span of music here, backed by an able though at times kind of minimalist sounding band. His set list includes:
1. Alma Matters
2. Ouija Board, Ouija Board
3. Irish Blood, English Heart
4. You Have Killed Me
5. November Spawned a Monster
7. You're the One for Me Fatty
8. Still Ill
9. People Are the Same Everywhere
11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
12. To Give Is the Reason I Live
13. Meat is Murder
14. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
15. Action is My Middle Name
16. Everyday is Like Sunday
17. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
18. Let Me Kiss You
19. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray, Video Quality
Morrissey 25 Live is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Productions with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1. This is often a really beautiful looking presentation, though as so often seems to be the case with live performance videos, occasionally the stage lighting gets in the way of being able to discern fine detail. That's more than made up for, however, by a beautifully sharp and generally well defined image which also features consistent contrast and nicely solid black levels. Director James Russell captures the concert from a variety of angles and for once there's not the nonstop "hyperkinetic cutting syndrome" in attendance, meaning you can actually see what's going on.
Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Both the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 mixes on Morrissey 25 Live sound great, supporting the singer's very distinctive voice and his nice sounding band. One thing that kind of surprised me here is just how sparse some of the arrangements were, but that actually allows individual lines and instruments to come through all the more clearly. Fidelity is top notch throughout this presentation.
Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Morrissey 25 Live presents the always slightly off kilter singer sounding surprisingly spry and energetic. The concert has a nicely filmic sweep and the song list is very enjoyable. Recommended.
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Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray, News and Updates
• Morrissey 25 Live Blu-ray - September 12, 2013
Eagle Rock Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Morrissey 25 Live on October 22. 25 Live is a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world's most iconic and enigmatic performers.
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