'Immagine in Cornice: Picture in a Frame'
(Pearl Jam, et al / DVD / NR / 2007 / Rhino Records)
Overview: Catch the sights of Italy while rocking out with Pearl Jam, and the band's new DVD, Immagine in Cornice: Picture in a Frame. Pearl Jam traveled to Bolgna, Verona, Milan, Torino, and Pistoia last year, and they are showcasing the events so people worldwide can be in the audience.
DVD Verdict: There is little doubt that Pearl Jam is one of the best live rock bands in the planet, as anyone can confirm by listening to any of the 150+ live bootlegs they released in the past few years! Indeed, most recently, they put out a great boxed set of shows recorded Live At the Gorge in eastern Washington that they made into a 7 disc boxed set. Okay, so maybe I'm just overly spoiled!
I mean, let's face it; Pearl Jam haven't really sold records in any massive numbers since their debut album, Ten, but what makes them such an enduring, and great band, is the fact that they kick major ass in a live show. Personally, what I like about Pearl Jam — other than the fact that they champion good causes, and generally seem to be legitimately nice guys — is the fact that they still know how to rock.
'Immagine in Cornice' is actually a documentary about the band's tour of Italy. It does a great job showing the backstage activities, together with commentaries and interviews with the band. However, the music is still the most important part, with superb performances of new songs and old classics. It also helps that the italian audience is very enthusiastic - they really make the concerts even better to watch.
What makes this DVD just a bit different is what you see in between the great concert footage. Such as when you see Eddie huddled down with an Italian interpreter to get the words just right so that they translate to "in a time of war, we will sing songs that speak of the importance of peace." Seriously, you've gotta love these guys.
Another highlight of this DVD is the picture quality and cinematography. Although the DVD is not Hi-Def, everything was shot in Hi-Def and it pays off - the picture quality is stunning. You will not be disappointed. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind-The-Scenes Fan Pass
Bonus Section: 'A Quick One (While He's Away),' 'Throw Your Arms Around Me,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'