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3.08 | 84 ratings

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2 stars The cover art is better than the content itself and gives some false expectations; e.g. there's nothing from the 'old days' even though Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot are represented in the cover design. When one is viewing this DVD, (s)he should be totally prepared to deal with COLLINS-Genesis. Still it's a bit sad that 'Carpet Crawlers 99' doesn't show the occasionally reunited band at all - instead the main actor is clearly supposed to be Rael. Not a bad video - or new version of the song - anyway. Ironically, the similar high artistic level of videos, I must admit, is on the Ray Wilson -featured tracks (that album Calling All Stations maybe isn't a total disgrace after all, but it's Genesis by name only!)

I was glad to get this DVD from my library. Frankly, if I had bought this even at a very low price, I probably would have sold it away. My viewing experience was sort of divided into three sections: first, numerous tracks from We Can't Dance and Invisible Touch (no less than one third of the whole package). Some videos are good but I was anxious to get into earlier material.

But videos from 'That's All' to 'Ripples' have extremely little variation in style. So many live in the studio or otherwise unimaginary videos that there's no much use to have another look. Only 'Keep It Dark' of them has a notable visual profile. Outdoor scenes remind me of 'Strawberry Fields'! 'Robbery, Assauls and Battery' is an acted video but rather clumsy.

Finally the aforementioned Calling All Stations -stuff and a brief return to the best tracks: e.g. 'Home by the Sea/ Second Home by the Sea' and 'No Son of Mine', which is the emotionally strongest one. On the whole I was quite disappointed. The main menu design is fine, playing the percussion/synth riff of 'Mama'.

Matti | 2/5 |


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