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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Therapy is better than most

    Posted
    OutlandoGirl

    I’m going to review “Better Than Therapy,” the documentary by Jordan Copeland that is part of the DVD and Blu Ray Certifiable set. For those who don’t know, Jordan is a film maker and drummer Stewart Copeland’s son. He had extraordinary access to the band, backstage and dozens of shows on the reunion tour. Since he’s so close to the members of the Police, the interviews have a nice, relaxed feel to them. The documentary also has interviews from various times throughout the tour, so you get a nice feel for the progression of attitudes, challenges, accomplishments, etc. This is one of the few pieces on the Police that is balanced between all three members. Many features or interviews focus on Sting and seem to forget the band is a trio! Kudos to Jordan for giving each guy equal time. I wish there was more footage from the second leg of the tour when the band came back to the U.S. But editing must be a more time consuming process than I realize. Jordan probably had to draw the line somewhere and start working on the editing. I also wish there was more fan footage and some interviews with fans, but the average buyer of this DVD set wants to see the band, not a bunch of strangers. It's just that some of the fans have such interesting stories of the tour, they deserve to be preserved. It would have been nice to have some footage from the Police’s last show at Madison Square Garden, but again, the timing must not have been right. I thought it was an odd choice to include so much of the Australian 60 Minutes interview, since it was almost like Jordan was letting someone else do his job for him. But since anyone outside of Australia didn’t get to see the interview, he probably thought we’d enjoy it. But the 60 Minutes reporter asks some pretty basic questions that most fans have already heard. Though some of the footage was available on the official Police website, it will be new for many people. It’s clear in the interviews that the three band members care deeply for each other but have noticeable personality, creative and musical differences. It’s amazing that the tour lasted as long as it did and was as perfected as it was. Sting and Stewart seem to be frequently at odds and Andy is the peacemaker. But the doc also shows the band mates relaxing with each other, joking with each other and enjoying the tour. Just like old times. I also liked hearing a couple of songs not played on tour and not commonly heard, Low Life being one. I really enjoyed the documentary. I might be biased about the documentary, however, since I’m in it briefly! There’s a quick shot of myself and my friends screaming as the band arrives for their historic “press conference” and short performance at the Whisky in Hollywood in February of 2007. Since I NEVER thought this tour would happen, I'm happy to have “Better Than Therapy” as a wonderful, permanent memory of it. I also bought the vinyl set even though I don't have a turntable. I'm a geek.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great set for hard-core and casual fans.

    Posted
    Spilkman

    I am a casual Police fan so I picked this up because I: 1. Didn't have the big bucks to see the Police on their last tour; 2. Don't have any CD's of the Police; 3. Wanted to have a copy of their greatest hits. This is a really nice collection of their concert in Argentina and probably as good a stop as any to be representative of the tour. The video quality on the DVD is pretty good. The sound on both the DVDs and the CDs is stellar. I also bought a copy of the Police's greatest hits on sale and the sound quality on the Certifiable CDs actually beats it, even though I'm pretty sure the greatest hits have been remastered. I have been enjoying this DVD all weekend and playing the CDs in my car. If you are even a casual fan like me, you'll enjoy this and if you are a big fan then you'll want to pick this up because even though there is nothing new, it's still great to see the Police live in concert. The live versions of the classic songs are performed terrificly, with the standout in my opinion a slower version of "Wrapped Around Your Finger" that beats the album cut. It's also fun to hear sting yell out some phrases in Spanish here and there to the Argentinian crowd. As for the extras, there is a relatively brief 50 minute documentary about how and why the band decided to come back for another tour. The most interesting part is footage from when the band reformed and played a gig at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, a small intimate L.A. club where the Police started out in the 70s. It's pretty cool to see the footage in the small club and to see the reaction of the fans staring at a reunion they never thought would happen (there is a shot of one guy who is so overcome at the club he is crying). Thankfully, the doc doesn't try to psychoanalyze the Police or their music. Obviously, these guys are hugely talented and there are tensions and egos galore, but when they get together they play some great music. My only gripe with the set is the packaging; the recycled plastic case doesn't hold the discs well and mine were loose when I opened the case. I had to snap them back into place. It also would have been nice to have a digital download of the album but at this price you can't complain too much. A great value. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Police/Certifiable

    Posted
    Conzilla

    Here it is in a nutshell. If "Certifiable" is anything like the the last Police concert I saw and heard at MSG, you are in for a musical/visual masterpiece. The aura never left this unmatchable dynamic "trio". Sting is Sting, with his commandingly haunting vocals and spot on bass playing. Andy Summers was electrifying with more lead riffs, along with his distinct chorus/flange mastery. Stewart Copeland, with older bones, glasses, and a graying head, still cracked that snare harder than Chinese Algebra, pounded that bass drum pedal like a cardiac arrest patient, and mastered the high-hat rhythms like only Stewart Copeland can. I have followed the Police all over since I was 18 years old. I have danced at studio 54 with Sting, shared the same restroom with Stewart Copeland, and shook the hand of Andy Summers. This last show at MSG, was the single greatest musical concert my eyes and ears have ever been a part of. I would give up all of my daughters Jonas Brothers CD's to see them again! This is an SOS! The Police were here first, and...last.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excelente!

    Posted
    Lucio23

    I just happen to saw this show, in Buenos Aires. The one will be released. And I was ten meters from stage! Was an excelent performance... Sting´s voice was awesome, Andy rules and Stu, well, he´s the one. I can´t wait to see it. If you want to see how near I was to the stage, check this out. Well, in this intro, i´m not yet into the crowd since I was introducing the show two hours early. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIvsliJVc_0 More memorable song? I love the version of Walking in your footsteps and Synchro II. Also the closing song, Next to you. Ole ole ole ole, Police, police!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Marketing in Over Drive

    Posted
    patzer

    The actual concert footage on DVD 1 is good. The behind the scenes stuff on DVD 2 is ok. The Audio CD's are terrible. The audio is flat. You would think with the advances in technology that they, the Police, would put out better live CD's of the tour with more dynamic range. I just deleted it from my ipod, Apple TV, and itunes. Will probably never listen to the audio CD's again. The whole package is marketing in Over Drive. The bonus CD's are no bonus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Have

    Posted
    floridamtb

    When The Police went on tour many criticized them for changing the arrangement of some of the songs. What else do you do when you haven't put anything new out in 20 years. Great show in Miami. Great DVD, especially like the fact that they include CDs as well. I had the CD in my car stereo before the wrapper hit the floorboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Certifiable Review?

    Posted
    CFC2008

    "Certifiabe" hits Best Buy shelfs on Tuesday November 11 and today is Sunday November 9.I"m sure this will be a great dvd to get and I have it on pre-order,but to review it and post it before it's released in stores ain't to believabe or can your review be "Certiifiable" I think not,5 ***** I had to put a value to submit this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Concert, Great DVD

    Posted
    tdilly

    I saw the Police play in St. Louis and watching this is almost as good as seeing them live. The DVDs and CDs are all great. If you didn't get a chance to see them on this tour, get this and enjoy it any time you want. Plus, it's half the price of the cheapest ticket to the show! What more could you ask?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE IT

    Posted
    Christinemd0919

    This is a great addition to my collection. I saw them four times and went to the last show, and this collection just brings back great memories. It is a MUST have for any Police fan. I LOVE THE POLICE

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    Posted
    drgroove777

    If you love The Police, then you'll love this set! Awesome stuff!! The only issue is an audio/video mis-sync during the first part of "So Lonely". Beyond that, this thing is great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    super concert

    Posted
    Tony43

    This dvd set is incredible. Both the concert and the documentary are extremely interesting for any fan of the Police. Any musician would also be interested in this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    Posted
    marcrued

    well worth the $$$ great quality, brought me back to having seen them live, next best thing to being there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    Posted
    joste44

    The Police are classic, it really doesnt get much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend