The Phoenix XP Production label released a DVD with “everything regarding Madison Square Garden” on it.
To each his taste, but the cover isn’t my taste for sure. Somehow they managed to ruin a great shot. I prefer the way BMG used it for An Afternoon In The Garden way above this unclear usage. Next to it… the colour purple never was my favourite colour, but after sitting through this release I hate it.
The producers love themselves so much they felt the need to present their logo (indeed a huge ugly thing in purple) every few seconds, at least it felt that way. As if that logo wasn’t enough they display their name through every piece of footage, and on the multi screen material even several times…
The navigation of the DVD itself is okay, but it has the feel of the popular “make your own photo slide show DVD”-software. And the background monologue doesn’t make much sense… overall the background music/sound is strange… sometime fragments of the shows and then someone playing on his electric piano, synthesizer or whatever….
The DVD starts with an uninteresting self promo (how surprising!), a more interesting time frame of 1972 and then something that should have been an extra (before and after restoration). The press conference part starts with the pre conference footage, something we got not so long ago on a Tunzi release too. Then we get the press conference itself twice, once plain and once in multi screen. Well, it is a way to fill a DVD… but I can’t sit out the thing twice…
The opening show with the “wrong” music gives a strange feeling, I understand why they did it, but somehow it doesn’t feel right. I have only two words for the explanation about the footage with the opening riff repeated over and over again: EXTREMELY IRRITATING.
The Saturday afternoon show is great – although the quality is far from good. I regard it as playing the CD with poor footage in the background…
The footage of the evening show is slightly better, but unfortunately that one isn’t complete.
The footage of the closing show is very fragmented, so it doesn’t give real listening pleasure. I would have preferred to watch it with one continuous song behind it, especially since it has not the music of the actual show anyway.
The extras are not really interesting, except the radio spot and the interviews . The slideshow shows some dedicated diligent homework, but I miss the value added.
Egotism spoils what could have been a great product. Watching this DVD gave me the feeling that it was more about Phoenix XP Production than about one Elvis Presley. A missed chance!
For those with a newsserver with a long retention: the DVD has been posted on alt.binaries.multimedia.elvispresley a couple of weeks ago.