By Tim Parks
Sticky & Sweet Tour
Madonna’s eighth worldwide concert was hailed as “a two-hour multi-media juggernaut,” according to the Los Angeles Times, while the entertainer herself was referred to as “our lady of perpetual motion” by the New York Post.
Her “Sticky & Sweet Tour” shows that at 50, Madonna can outperform artists half her age, and serves as a semi-retrospective to her career.
A heavily choreographed production is coupled with an assortment of old school hits and tracks from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy, which is broken down into four segments: “Pimp,” “Old School,” “Gypsy” and “Rave.”
Standout moments include her re-working of “Vogue” with traces of “4 Minutes” mixed throughout. Her early hit “Borderline” is resurrected as a rock anthem and performed for the first time since the “Virgin Tour” in 1985. “Into The Groove” receives accompaniment by videos of late artist Keith Haring’s works. “She’s Not Me” becomes a nod to four of the many different looks that Madge has sported throughout the years.
And, since the tour was filmed in Argentina, she also trots out “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and “You Must Love Me” from the film Evita.
It’s easy to see why this musical venture was named the most successful tour by a solo artist in history.
Available March 30.
The T.A.M.I. Show: Collector’s Edition
The T.A.M.I. Show is the stuff legends are made of, and not just because of the musical artists that participated in its filming on October 29, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Its name may ring a familiar bell, but unless you were able to go to the movies during that era – chances are you have never seen it.
It is credited with being the first-ever concert movie and has become a much sought-after commodity among rock ’n roll aficionados; since it has never been made available on DVD or shown in its original theatrical format for nearly 46 years.
Home viewers can now glimpse legendary performances by The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Lesley Gore and Marvin Gaye are among the popular acts of the days-gone-by captured on celluloid.
Thanks to today’s technology, The T.A.M.I. Show receives a high-definition makeover, while preserving the momentous occasion in all of its “singin’, swingin’, rockin’” glory.
Available March 23.
Out in the Silence
Out in the Silence details the controversial backlash of a same-sex wedding announcement placed in a small town Pennsylvania newspaper.
Filmmaker Joe Wilson takes the opportunity to delve into why his declaration of love for his partner causes such an uproar in the town that he grew up in, where he was always an outsider within the community-at-large.
He also seizes the opportunity, on an artistic level, to offer up a unique approach to the atypical documentary brand of filmmaking, as he serves as both subject and witness. Wilson becomes an investigator of sorts, as he attempts to walk upon common ground wearing both pairs of shoes, in an effort to bridge the gap between the two communities’ value systems.
Available March 9.
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story
Cross-dressing performer Eddie Izzard is the subject matter of director Sarah Townsend’s intimate glimpse inside of the British comic’s private and professional lives.
The documentary brings into sharp focus Izzard’s days of obscurity in the entertainment world to his ascent to stardom, courtesy of interviews that illustrate his dogged determination to make it big, which are tied together with clips of him performing on stage and home movies of a young Izzard longing to bring his talents to the masses.
The DVD also showcases his triumphant sold-out performance at Wembley Arena during his comeback tour, the culmination of his childhood dreams realized.
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story is both a testament to the trial-and-error aspect of the human spirit, as well as being both comical and poignant at the same time.
Available March 2.
This Best Picture Oscar nominee is set against the backdrop of 1960’s London, and centers on sixteen-year-old Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan, also being recognized with a nod from the Academy in the Best Actress field), who engages in a relationship with an older man named David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard).
This coming-of-age tale, adapted to the screen by author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity and About A Boy), captures the uncertainty of young love, when Jenny falls under the dangerous tutorial of David’s sway, as he precariously inches her away from the life that her father (Alfred Molina) and school headmistress (Emma Thompson) have envisioned for her.
Available March 30.
This article was first published in March 2010.