'Cliff & The Shadows - The Final Reunion'
(Cliff Richard & The Shadows / DVD / NR / 2009 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Filmed during a three night stint at the O2 Arena in London in Autumn 2009, The Final Tour DVD, with a run time of 137 minutes, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cliff And The Shadows’ first collaboration.
DVD Verdict: With his backing group The Shadows, Cliff Richard dominated the British popular music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, before and during The Beatles' first year in the charts in 1963.
After a tour with The Drifters, the group renamed themselves The Shadows, with Brian Marvin (who "americanised" his name to Hank B. Marvin) and Bruce Welch (both on guitar) being added, Jet Harris replacing Ian Samwell on bass guitar and Tony Meehan replacing Terry Smart on drums.
Cliff and the Shadows appeared in several movies, beginning with Serious Charge in 1959 and, more successfully, Expresso Bongo in the same year. Cliff decided to buy out his own movie contract in order to retain control over the content of his movies. This was followed by a string of hit movies including The Young Ones and Summer Holiday.
'Cliff & The Shadows - The Final Reunion' was filmed during a three night stint at the O2 Arena in London, England in Autumn 2009 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Cliff And The Shadows’ first collaboration, the sold-out crowd are up and baying early, but Cliff has other ideas for them: "Please sit down – you’ll only get tired,” he implores them, a smile spread across his face.
But then, as the opening chords of "We Say Yeah" are heard, several hundred fans bounce immediately to their feet regardless! And, as we progress, judging from the whoops with which the crowd lovingly sing along, it was the pop side of Richard that most of his fans had come to see. Well, that and some very smoothly orchestrated dance moves with Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch - on their trademark triangular dance!
The huge 41-song set - one primarily devoted to early Cliff and the Shadows - contains such musical gems as their #1 hits “Living Doll,” “It’s All In The Game,” “Bachelor Boy,” and “Apache,” as well as a 30-minute bonus feature with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
Now, this so-called (probable) Final Tour performance was incredible, it has to be said, and save for when the audience calming down, restraining themselves for "Sea Cruise" adorning sailor hats, one and all, the noise from the sold-out crowd was continual. And so, if you like this kind of thing, and I most certainly do/did, this is a must have for your collection, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.