Cubism is a concert film for a show from the duo's concert tour to promote the Fundamental album. The film was shot at the show in Mexico City on November 14, 2006. The booklet that's included with the DVD is very well-done. It contains a nine page article, which tells about stories and anectdotes from the tour. It's a long read, but an interesting one.
The DVD itself contains the concert film, which runs for about 103 minutes. The Pet Shop Boys included a great mix of songs from Fundamental and older songs from their catalog. One of the most poignant moments in the film is the performance of the song "Dreaming of the Queen." While they perform the song, footage from right after Princess Diana's funeral is shown on the screen behind them. It's definitely the most somber moment of the show. However, the set list is made up much more from such upbeat numbers as "Left To My Own Devices," "I'm With Stupid," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)," "It's A Sin," as well as other songs.
For extras, there is a short documentary about the Pet Shop Boys in Mexico. You need to have to subtitles on if you don't know Spanish, because quite a bit of the documentary is comments from fans that are in Spanish. There is a photo gallery that runs for about two minutes. While the viewer doesn't have any control over when the pictures change, the slideshow is set to the music that's playing in the background. It's probably one of the more interesting DVD slideshows I've seen. There is also commentary of the concert film provided by Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and David Barnard.
If you're a fan of the Pet Shop Boys, I would recommend purchasing this DVD. It's a well-done presentation of a great performance.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD that my husband purchased.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
I'm a freelance writer whocovers anime and manga on her blog, Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga. I also have a music blog called AeschTunes that I post at every once in a while. … more
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