Reviewed bybob the mooVote: /10
In 2006 we saw the tours of the newly formed Take That and one of thoseconcerts was captured for this DVD. The four members of the originalgroup that hadn't managed to make solo careers take off reformed to awave of nostalgia ready to be mined for a quick final shot of incomeand fame. This may sound a bit cruel but I don't think I'm far off themark as many bands are currently touring on the back of this samefeeling of nostalgia and a quick scan of the audience as the cameramoves around shows that this audience doesn't have many teenagers in it in fact the age range seems to start with those who would have beenteenage back in the day and upwards. In fact if I was being cruel Iwould say that the audience did remind me of a thousand Blackpool hennights all happening at the same place at the same time.
Anyway, back to this show which I thought I would try since I am of theage when these guys were big in my teenage years. The show starts outall very obviously with the big hits bashed out to an audience allsinging along. Of course this is the majority of the gig and it was OKI suppose. The guys themselves didn't really engage with the audiencethat well though and I got the impression that that part of the groupwas perhaps absent from the stage. When they do try to talk to theaudience they do come across as overly scripted. It probably didn'thelp that they opened the show with basic costumes Gary in particularlooking daft in trousers that seemed too small and a shirt/tie thatgave him a David Brent air.
It gets a bit better with some big costume numbers that aren't greatbut mostly do the business in regards big stadium gigs. I'm probablynot really qualified to comment on this type of thing because the lastfew gigs I have been to have been hip hop, with the most recent andbest being The Roots with only a crowd of about 1500. However the "bigshow" aspect is well done. The "making a boy band" bit was a nice tryat something smart but it didn't really work for me. The rest is a biglight show with lots of extras, a few star guests and the obligatoryfireworks display. If you're not really into the band specifically thenit might still do the job as a big expensive show but I must confessfinding it a little bit anonymous and generic.
Overall then, this is for fans and the fans will love it. As a casualviewer (one of very few I imagine) I did find it slick and professionalbut not really the sort of thing I personally would not really like tosee myself. A slick DVD though and the target audience will enjoy it.