Rhino // 2004 // 131 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // April 16th, 2004
The best band featuring Peter Gabriel...err, I mean Phil Collins.
The rock group Genesis has been around for over three decades and shown to be fairly resilient to change, even if their current popularity isn't as high as in previous years. Originally started in the late 1960s and culminating in popularity in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, Genesis featured pre-stardom singer Peter Gabriel on vocals, guitarist Mike Rutherford (who would later go on to found the '80s group Mike + The Mechanics), keyboardist Tony Banks, and drummer Phil Collins, among others. Gabriel would eventually leave the band for personal reasons and be replaced on vocals by Collins (who would later also go onto a successful solo career). The crest of their career was 1987's smash album "Invisible Touch," which featured such hits as "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," "Throwing It All Away," "Land of Confusion," and the album's title track. Genesis: Live At Wembley Stadium captures the boys on tour from July 1-4 as they play to an audience of 288,000 screaming fans at legendary Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The following songs are included on this disc:
* Domino (Part 1: In The Glow Of The Night)
* Domino (Part 2: The Last Domino)
* That's All
* Land of Confusion
* Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
* Throwing It All Away
* Home By The Sea
* Invisible Touch
* Drum Duet
* Los Endos
* Turn It On Again
I'm what you'd call a 'casual' Genesis fan. I own a few of their albums ('87's "Invisible Touch," 1991's "We Can't Dance," the Collin-less "Calling All Stations") and have enjoyed their music since I was a kid, though it's never seemed quite as relevant as many other bands from the same era (but hey, we can't all be Bob Dylan, can we?). Regardless, Genesis: Live At Wembley Stadium is a fine record of a Genesis concert when the band was at their peak. During the over two-hour runtime, Collins, Banks, and Rutherford cover some of the band's biggest hits (including a great version of "Throwing It All Away" and a fun "Land of Confusion") and reach back into their older catalog (including 1981's "Abacab") to pull out a few surprises. I'm not very familiar with the band's collaborations with Peter Gabriel, so Phil Collins' adult contemporary-friendly voice is all I've ever known (and seems the best fit, especially during this concert). Aside of the music passages, which are very good, Collins frequently jokes around with the concert crowd, even going so far as having them all raise their hands, then mocking them and wondering if they feel foolish. It's in these passages that one can see how much fun the band has and how enjoyable the experience would have been being at the live show. Though in recent years there have been other Genesis concerts released on DVD (including the two-disc "The Way We Walk: Live In Concert," which features more of their recent '90s hits), Genesis: Live At Wembley Stadium is a fine way to experience a Genesis lineup that is most likely a thing of the past.
Genesis: Live At Wembley Stadium is presented in a very attractive 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. I was happily surprised to see this concert presented in widescreen, and the picture is in very good shape. The colors and black levels are all appropriately rendered without any major defects in the image. Because this is a filmed concert the picture isn't Lord of the Rings polished, but fans of the band will certainly be happy with the way this image looks.
The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and DTS 5.1, both in English. I must commend Atlantic on presenting fans with very fine Dolby and DTS mixes. Each song is well recorded and features high-octane bass, lots of those cheesy but fun synthesizers from the 1980s, and prominent placement in both the front and rear speakers. Those in possession of a home theater system will certainly get a kick out of both these mixes. Also included on this disc is a much weaker Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo mix in English.
There aren't a ton of extra features to be found on this disc, though the best is a documentary on Genesis and their 1987 tour. Though it's a fluffy little piece featuring interviews with Collins, Banks, and Rutherford, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, it's still a nice bonus for fans of the band. Also included on this disc are a reproduction of the tour program and a short photo gallery of the band.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* DTS 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Photo Gallery
* Tour Program