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DVD Review: U2 DVD Collector’s Box

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The U2 DVD Collector’s Box contains two DVDs: U2: An Unforgettable Journey and Bono: God’s Favourite Son, both of which are unauthorized (in other words, don’t be expecting any U2 music for your listening pleasure).

U2: An Unforgettable Journey charts the band’s evolution, from their humble beginnings back when they were called Feedback and rocking Dublin classrooms, to becoming an influential band that sells out every show they put on. The band of four friends have remained together, a rarity nowaday, and managed to find a purpose in rock music, and in the process have inspired millions of fans around the world.

An Unforgettable Journey includes behind the scenes interviews with peripheral people such as Irish press and friends of friends, still photos, old footage and news bits. Unfortunately, much of the footage is grainy, and the sound quality is at times muffled — had there been subtitles available in English at least, the sound wouldn’t have been an issue. The DVD included two special features. The first is a U2 “masterclass” full of trivia questions, and the second is a discography of everything the band has ever done, categorized by album, single, bootleg, and remix. The film portion of the DVD is 60 minutes with a 4:3 screen format.

Bono: God’s Favourite Son puts the spotlight on crusader and U2 front man Bono, who is known for activism regarding a variety of causes. The film chronicles his start and early days with the band, to his rocket ride to success. The fact the U2 has helped the Dublin economy is just more proof of Bono and his boys’ efforts to spread the wealth around.

Both Paul McGuinness, who promoted the band through years of tours in America, and fellow Irishman Bob Geldof, who organized the Band Aid and Live Aid concerts for Ethiopian relief efforts in 1984 and 1985, are also discussed in regards to Bono’s giving nature.

In the end, it’s clear that Bono wants to be remembered as charitable. The DVD also includes a trivia quiz and discography, arranged by album, single, soundtrack, and bootleg. The film portion of the DVD is 61 minutes with a 4:3 screen format. This DVD menu is more user-friendly than the other, and while the footage and pictures are grainy, the sound quality is better.

In all, I don’t think hardcore U2 or Bono fans will find much new information here. It’s all a rehash of what can be found with a little digging. But for those who know little about the band, this DVD box set is a good way to learn a bit about the band and its front man. I myself fall somewhere in between, having several of their CDs and catching a concert just last year. But since I’m not a die-hard U2 fan, there was enough in the DVDs to keep me interested.

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