"Introducing Morrissey" DVD review (8/10) by Alistair McKay in Uncut magazine

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Jamie

Bluff, Ardour & Assoc.
I really enjoy this description: He looks, as always, like a geography teacher on the rampage in 1963.
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Not enough- this is a 10/10
The concert is indeed excellent, so I would give it full marks for that. Zero marks for extras because there are none.

The days of releasing 56 minutes of a concert on DVD and expecting people to buy it are gone. Especially when everyone already has it on VHS 20 years ago or can easily watch it on the internet. How hard would it have been to add another concert or Vauxhall in-store signing footage or just about anything to make a fumbling nod towards value for money?
I already have this on VHS but unfortunately getting out the old video player is more hassle than it is worth. Still I'd rather just look at the video cover for 'Introducing Morrissey' than shell out cash for a different format of the same thing. And I don't care how good the picture transfer is. If it's that good release it on blu-ray with a bag full of bonus content and I might consider buying it.

Lazy re-issue, to say the least.
 

marred

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The concert is indeed excellent, so I would give it full marks for that. Zero marks for extras because there are none.

The days of releasing 56 minutes of a concert on DVD and expecting people to buy it are gone. Especially when everyone already has it on VHS 20 years ago or can easily watch it on the internet. How hard would it have been to add another concert or Vauxhall in-store signing footage or just about anything to make a fumbling nod towards value for money?
I already have this on VHS but unfortunately getting out the old video player is more hassle than it is worth. Still I'd rather just look at the video cover for 'Introducing Morrissey' than shell out cash for a different format of the same thing. And I don't care how good the picture transfer is. If it's that good release it on blu-ray with a bag full of bonus content and I might consider buying it.

Lazy re-issue, to say the least.
I'll be buying it. I don't have a VHS player for my tape. Surely you can see a rerelease on DVD is a great decision. No rewinding for starters.
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
I'll be buying it. I don't have a VHS player for my tape. Surely you can see a rerelease on DVD is a great decision. No rewinding for starters.
DVDs are better than VHS, but only in my opinion because the picture quality is better on DVD and you can jump to chapters.
I find rewinding a VHS takes about the same time it takes the poxy menu on a DVD to appear, after all the bullshit warnings you can't skip. But I won't pretend that VHS is not slow and crap quality and annoying to use, because it is.
If I could swap my VHS Moz concert for DVD of course I would. I'm just saying I'm not buying it on DVD, at least not until it is bargain bin price. I'm probably just stingy.
I bought the 'Live in Dallas' dvd even though I had the old video tape, and I watched it once. Same for 'the malady lingers on'. Familiarity breeds contempt.
 

fredkocherpepsi

Active Member
I'm not complaining as I've never owned the VHS, but I do wish there were at least some type of extras on it. Not to mention a Blu Ray release...but at least 25Live is on Blu Ray and looks amazing :)
 

Ben Budd

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I'll be buying it simply because it's the best live release the man has ever done. No way am I missing out on this.

But if I am being slightly twatty - would've loved a blu-ray.
 

ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
I'll be buying it simply because it's the best live release the man has ever done. No way am I missing out on this.

But if I am being slightly twatty - would've loved a blu-ray.
Now there is a good question: what is the best Morrissey concert dvd/video/bray?
I would probably vote for 'M in Manchester'.

p.s. A GREAT extra for 'Introducing Morrissey' dvd would be the full Wolverhampton concert.
 

Ben Budd

Well-Known Member
Who Put The M is more about the occasion than performance. Headmaster, Rush and Push amongst others sound dreadfully flat on that recording.

For me, Introducing... is an energetic rollercoaster from start to finish.

Just my opinion, like.
 

docinwestchester

Well-Known Member
I will not be able to vote until I view "Introducing...". Never owned the VHS.
This is the complete version on YouTube. Unfortunately, the audio sync is a bit off, but you get the basic idea. The montage of stage invaders at the end (58:30) is kind of cool.

 
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fredkocherpepsi

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This is the complete version on YouTube. Unfortunately, the audio sync is a bit off, but you get the basic idea. The montage of stage invaders at the end (58:30) is kind of cool.

Thanks! If I get the jones and can't wait I may have to hit this up. I also have the iTunes preordered since it was cheap and I like being able to watch it on the go :)
 
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ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Who Put The M is more about the occasion than performance. Headmaster, Rush and Push amongst others sound dreadfully flat on that recording.

For me, Introducing... is an energetic rollercoaster from start to finish.

Just my opinion, like.
AW man, I loved Headmaster on that concert, but the highlight for me was 'Jack the Ripper' and the way it went into black&white for a while. I've always thought Jack the Ripper should have been an album track, same for Nobody Loves Us (I know it was on the re-issue). Same for 'I can have both'. I could go on, and on, and on.
 

MozIsGod

Active Member
Can't believe the reviewer said this version of Jack the Ripper was "stodgy." This version has always been my favorite, even moreso than the already excellent Beethoven Was Deaf version.

Also, I agree about the disappointment in not including extras. IIRC "Used to be a Sweet Boy" was played at one of the two concerts filmed for Introducing Morrissey and I'm sure it was filmed prior to editing the track selection for the film. That would have been nice as an extra, even the performance of Shoplifters too.
 

marred

Member
This is the complete version on YouTube. Unfortunately, the audio sync is a bit off, but you get the basic idea. The montage of stage invaders at the end (58:30) is kind of cool.

I'll never understand why people post out of sync music videos. It is beyond me.
 
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marred

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AW man, I loved Headmaster on that concert, but the highlight for me was 'Jack the Ripper' and the way it went into black&white for a while. I've always thought Jack the Ripper should have been an album track, same for Nobody Loves Us (I know it was on the re-issue). Same for 'I can have both'. I could go on, and on, and on.
Yeah Headmaster rips at this gig! Love it!
 

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