'Culture Club - Live in Sydney'
(DVD / NR / (1983) 2006 / Eagle Rock)
Overview: Culture Club was one of the most successful British acts of the eighties. With major hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic, they had album sales in the millions across the globe. In 1984, fresh from winning Best New Act at the Grammys® and Best British Act at the Brits, and with their album "Colour By Numbers" going platinum around the world and hitting No.1 in over 50 countries, they took their live show to Australia for the first time. This concert was shot in Sydney by Channel 9 TV in front of a wildly enthusiastic sell-out audience, and perfectly captures the sheer excitement the group generated at their live shows.
DVD Verdict: As I'm sure all you other CC fans were too, I was so excited to see another DVD featuring a live performance of Culture Club! Yes I was very happy with the 'Kiss Across the Ocean' concert from the Greatest Videos release, but this - dating back to their prime in 1984 - was just a majestic gem to behold all of its own! That said, Boy George's vocals on the first few songs - like 'Mister Man' - are not nearly as solid as those on 'Kiss Across the Ocean.' For some strange reason he also ad-libs many of the lyrics, but let's put that down to the mid-80s and all that went with it being in a top notch band, shall we?! In this new-to-DVD show, the band also seems not to gel as nicely as they did during the 'KATO' era, with there being less interaction between Boy George and the other bandmates ... besides Helen Terry, who he gets alog with on stage like a constant house on fire! The songs come at a very fast pace and please know that he doesn't really introduce the songs. Watching Boy George back then with long hair and a big bow - and sometimes even the ugly police cap he was fond of wearing - deos take you back to a curiously-clothed era, but I personally preferred his stiff hat and swinging braids myself! There are definately some highlights on this DVD though such as a short featurette containing great never-before-seen footage and interviews. The song 'Melting Pot' was a great close to the concert. In fact, the play list is also a little better then 'KATO,' and he does himself vocally proud on such songs as 'Victims.' I miss the full ochestra they had on that song on 'KATO,' but you can't have it all! I still enjoyed myself! This is a Full Screen Presentation and comes with the Special Features of an Original Channel 9 featurette from 1984.