'Arcade Fire - Reflektor Tapes' [2 Disc Blu-ray]
(Arcade Fire / 2-Disc Blu-ray / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 'The Reflektor Tapes' is a visually stunning and hypnotic documentary about the making of Arcade Fire's hugely successful 2013 studio album Reflektor by director Kahlil Joseph (who also directed Beyonce's Lemonade film).
DVD Verdict: This incredible visual experience, 'The Reflektor Tapes' received its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary captures recording sessions, live performances and the band's time in Haiti, a country with which they have a long-standing relationship. Indeed, the second disc in the set features Arcade Fire's full length live concert from Earl's Court in London on June 6th, 2014 during the Reflektor tour, which perfectly complements the documentary.
Oh, and for those not in the know, Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, consisting of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. The band's current touring line-up also includes former core member Sarah Neufeld, frequent collaborator Owen Pallett, two additional percussionists, Diol Edmond and Tiwill Duprate, and saxophonists Matt Bauder and Stuart Bogie.
Disc One: The Reflektor Tapes (Documentary)
Disc Two: Live At Earl's Court: 1) Reflektor 2) Flashbulb Eyes 3) Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 4) Rebellion (Lies) 5) Joan Of Arc 6) Rococo 7) The Suburbs 8) Ready To Start 9) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 10) Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 11) No Cars Go 12) Haiti 13) We Exist 14) My Body Is A Cage 15) Afterlife 16) It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) 17) Sprawl II 18) Normal Person 19) Here Comes The Night Time 20) Wake Up
Disc One: Here Comes The Night Time Special / Promo Videos: (1) Reflektor (2) We Exist (3) Afterlife / Afterlife from YouTube Awards
Disc Two: Director's Cut Tracks: (1) Flashbulb Eyes (2) Here Comes The Night Time (3) Reflektor (4) Sprawl II (5) The Suburbs
Their critically-acclaimed studio album, Reflektor, which came out in 2013 would go on to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 all-genre charts. With that as its backbone, 'The Reflektor Tapes' showcases superbly Arcade Fire's rise to the top of the charts, what went into it, and also highlights the time they spent in Haiti; let alone their devoted love for it.
The concert portion itself is amazing, colorful, so visual and full of life, and if hearing all their great tunes wasn't enough, the Blu-ray and DVD collection includes additional bonus features such as alternate versions of several stand-out songs. In closing, 'The Reflektor Tapes' us an incredible, truly spectacular visual journey to take - for fans and lovers of great music alike - and containing over four hours of entertainment, is a must-have especially for the fans of Arcade Fire, of course. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.