Elton John – Someone Like Me (Eagle Media DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Documentary: C+
John is suddenly getting documentary attention he rarely got at his peak and
that includes a few programs that do not license his music, like the
British-produced Someone Like Me (2007)
which has good interviews with several persons (including himself) and is not a
bad 98 minutes. However, it could have
been better and is an adequate crash course in his career at best.
advantage, it goes back to long before he became a musician and explores the
British scene in a way all other works on John have not. Instead of coming out of nowhere and becoming
a phenomenon with only an angle on who he was personally, it gives us an idea
of known British culture of the time and matches it with the years before his
breakthrough and peak period. It is
worth a look and fans will definitely want to see it once.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad with its mix of new HD, old
analog video and film footage, but offers more motion blur than expected. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is adequate,
especially since the only music is generic, thus missing surrounds are not an
issue. Extras include discography, black
& white Carnaby Street newsreel, why he bought The Goon Show scripts, more
on his AIDS Foundation and more extended interviews.
on Elton, start with the recent DVD/CD set Rocket
Man – Number Ones, which also offers links to0 his classic albums in SACD
- Nicholas Sheffo