'David Byrne: Ride Rise Roar' [Blu-ray]
(David Byrne / Blu ray / NR / 2011 / Eagle Records)
Overview: 'RIDE, RISE, ROAR' is a concert film featuring David Byrne that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen. It is shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour.
Blu ray Verdict: In 'Ride, Rise Roar,' Byrne says that when he came up with the idea to use dancers as part of the show, he wasn't sure how the audience would react, but he was looking forward to finding out. Indeed, having seen three of the tour's shows at the time, I didn't fully get what the dancers were about, but thought the shows were great!
For this eclectic outing Byrne decided to bring contemporary dancing and choreography to the masses by integrating dance and music. Literally. David Byrne is singing and playing guitar whilst he has the three aformentioned dancers busting out these whacky moves all over the place ... in a kind of controlled and spastic chaos.
At some points during certain songs they actually use him as a prop and vice versa. It’s a pretty unique visual experience!
As you watch 'RRR,' Byrne, the choreographers, the dancers, and the musicians all take turns explaining how the show was conceptually put together song by song. By the end you do get a much better sense of what this show was about. It’s all about the art for Byrne and for you to watch it the same has to be said for you too! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.