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Peter Gabriel: Play - Play (2004)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Peter Gabriel Himself
Kate Bush Herself
Christopher McDonald Barry Williams
Youssou N'Dour Himself
Sinéad O'Connor Herself - segment 'Blood of Eden'
Movie Details
Genre Music
Director Marcelo Anciano; Nicola Bruce
Studio Rhino
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 141 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.4
Peter Gabriel has long been revered for his great songwriting, cinematic soundscapes, riveting concerts, and groundbreaking videos. Is it any surprise, then, that Play: The Videos is a music DVD for the ages? Nope. But that doesn't make it any less thrilling to watch--or to listen to. Gabriel has assembled and polished an evening-filling 26 clips, all of them collaborations with innovative visual artists and directors like Stephen Johnson, Matt Mahurin, Francois Vogel, and Sean Penn. From the 1977 promo for "Modern Love" to 2003's "Growing Up" and much between, it's all here, and most viewers will be pleasantly surprised to find more than a couple videos they missed along the way. The focus is explicitly on conceptual pieces, the lone visual exception being a 2004 live rendition of "Games Without Frontiers" among the extras.

Gabriel says in an accompanying essay that "music can stand more repetition than video and music together." Play gives us something extra in light of that: fresh 5.1 surround mixes in both Dolby Digital and DTS 96/24 for every track, with Gabriel/U2 production vet Daniel Lanois at the helm for most songs. (You'll get standard DTS sound from DTS-capable DVD players and, even better, lossless high-resolution audio from a DTS 96/24-compatible player.) The surround mixes are nothing short of revelatory, using all available channels to amplify Gabriel's ambient side while breaking out the percussion in fascinating ways and driving home the music's subterranean bass. --Michael Mikesell

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 979
Collection Status In Collection
Links IMDB
Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 603497039623
Release Date 11/16/2004
Subtitles English; Spanish; French; Italian; German; Portuguese
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Programmable 18 Track Jukebox
Games Without Frontiers Live 2004
Video Introductions
Trailer for 'Growing Up On Tour - A Family Portrait'
'The Nest That Sailed The Sky'
'Modern Love' Original 1977 Music Video
Trailer for 'Growing Up Live'
Trailer For 'Secret World Live'
96 kHz/24-bit 5.1

*Subtitles on Video Introduction