Trilogy [DVD] review by The Cure

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  • Released: Jun 3, 2003
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (13 votes)
The Cure: Trilogy [DVD]
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Sound — 9
What makes this DVD so unique is that the band plays 3 of their albums back-to-back-to-back in Berlin. Frontman, Robert Smith, claims that he got the idea when he attended a David Bowie show in which Bowie played one album in it's entirety. The Cure personally compiled the DVD after 2 sold-out nights in Berlin. The sounds range from dark ambiences all the way to the beautiful, light, love songs. Anyone familiar with the band will be able to appreciate this DVD set. Note that with the proper software, you may be able to rip the audio on to CD, making for a wonderful 3-disc set.

Content — 10
I, for one, like this just as much, if not more than their "Live 2005" DVD. I'll give a brief overview of the sets. Pornography. The live version of the album is far more intense than the standard version heard on the studio album, namely in the first half. The instruments are dark and heavy and the band played it all perfectly. My only complaint is that the title-track "Pornography" didn't make for a good listen, namely due to the fact that the album version was mostly sampling and it transposed oddly. Disintigration. A great set. It is far more upbeat and lighter than Pornography, but includes renditions that excede most of the other ones that they create on stage. They always play everything just a little differently. My main complaint is that they rushed "Lovesong". Other than that, I loved it. Bloodflowers. A very slow album in a sense. Nothing is rushed and most tracks are over 5-minutes, and one is even over 11 minutes. It contains the best key-board, guitar, and drumwork on the set. Smith's voice drones a little, but this album contains the catchiest lyrics and most intense songs (with the exception of some of Pornography). Note that there is an encore section including "If Only Tonight we Could Sleep" and an uncut version of "The Kiss". Both performed to their full potential. This makes the runtime over 3 hours. There is also a 20-minute interview with the band in the bonus features. Quite a nice touch.

Production Quality — 7
The songs are rather catchy, but you'll never listen through it all at once. Probably one set at a time. The Cure is an acquired taste. The camera work and set is better than in their 2005 DVD. Picture and sound is perfect. Includes 5.1 dolby digital audio.

Overall Impression — 9
Better than on CD. Great renditions of old songs. It also has the nice "emotional" touch most studio albums lose and only a live show can provide. The speeds vary from their albums. Their are a few moments where the sampling gets annoying, but it is breif. For the 3+ hour runtime, the $15 is well worth it.

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