One of the biggest alternative bands out there, The Cure set out to record a two-night event that linked three of their albums, Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers , together with sold out crowds looking on as the band played each of the three albums in their entirety. Now, nearly seven years later, Eagle Rock Entertainment has decided to bring this multi-night event to Blu-ray in full HD with lossless audio. Previously only available on VHS and DVD, Trilogy can now be enjoyed by The Cure fans in full high-definition.
Three of The Cure’s most admired and influential albums performed live in their entirety to sell-out crowds over two memorable nights in the Tempodrom Berlin November 2002; a three-hours-plus epic captured in Hi-Definition video and 5.1 surround sound. Singer of The Cure, Robert Smith, had this to say about the 2002 concert: “The albums Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers are inextricably linked in so many ways, and the realization of this Trilogy s how is one of the highlights in my time in The Cure.”
Ready for more blasphemy on my part? Yeah, I was never a huge fan of The Cure. Sure, I’d heard their songs but never sought out their CDs, but after listening to this three-hour plus epic of a concert, I’m more than convinced to check out the rest of their works. Perhaps it’s just because I’m a fan of live concerts, but seeing a band play three of their CDs in their entirety from start to finish is really one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen. It’s truly a fantastic concert and one I greatly enjoyed watching, even though I (previously) wasn’t a fan.
I was really quite surprised by how the three CDs flowed together effortlessly, which I suppose is the reason they were combined into a trilogy. Lyrically and methodologically, the three albums created a sound that, while unique by themselves, when played together they obviously created an aural union. Pornography starts out the trilogy with incredible power, while Disingegration calms things down a bit. Bloodflowers finishes it off with an equal pairing between the two and even the titles of the albums represent their sounds remarkably well. I’m not one to get drawn into imagery and word usage, but The Cure is definitely one of the most in-depth bands when it comes to word play that I’ve ever heard.
The track listing is as follows:
1. One Hundred Years
2. A Short Term Effect
3. Hanging Garden
4. Siamese Twins
6. Strange Day
2. Pictures of You
4. Love Song
5. Last Dance
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers for Rain
9. The Same Deep Water as You
1. Out Of This World
2. Watching Me Fall
3. Where The Birds Always Sing
4. Maybe Someday
5. The Last Day Of Summer
6. There Is No If…
7. The Loudest Sound
Overall this is a fantastic concert and anyone, The Cure fan or not, who hasn’t seen this one yet should do themselves a favor and do so. With this Blu-ray release soon hitting shelves, now’s never been a better time.
Eagle Vision HD shot the film in 1080i/60 back in 2002 by way of twelve cameras and despite the bump in visual clarity due to it being full 1080i, the concert really doesn’t look all that great. The lightning of the event in particular causes plenty of grain to rear its head and overall this isn’t something you really watch for visual clarity, although the sweat beads can definitely be counted if you’re so inclined.
The audio, however, is really what you’ll come to this release for. Available for listening is a DD5.1 track that, while good, is really not worth even looking at due to the other two options available. The LPCM Stereo track is by far the loudest of the three and with proper equipment you may get more enjoyment and depth out of the audio you would with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 96/24 track, but it’s really up to how loud and booming you want the music to get. Either the LPCM or DTS-HD track is a clear step above the standard DD5.1 track, so no matter which route you take between the two, you’ll hear this concert in remarkable clarity.
The rest of the extras are pretty generic and, for the most part, are presented in standard definition. The only extras that are not presented in SD are the Encore Tracks (“If Only We Could Sleep Tonight” and “The Kiss”) and Credits (yeah they’re a Special Feature apparently…strange). The remaining extras, including Interviews with Group Members conducted after the concert itself, Interview Outtakes and Alternate Angle Tracks. Why the Alternate Angle tracks aren’t just angle options that you can switch between on the actual concert I don’t know, but they’re a definite step down from the 1080i concert image.
Overall the concert is worth picking up if you’re a fan of The Cure, but newcomers should still check it out regardless. It’s certainly a fantastic way to get into the band and the packaging, a slim digi-pak like release with a two page booklet included, will save some shelf space to boot. Recommended.
The Cure – Trilogy arrives on Blu-ray on February 3rd.