Kylie Minogue is an Australian dance diva who started performing in 1987 with her remake of the song, The Locomotion. I vividly recall that infectiously fun tune as well as the video that lit up MTV for months on end. Kylie's success in the USA on later songs was mixed until her recent smash hit off the Fever album. Over the last 15 years, I've seen her go from the cute little girl next door to one of the sexiest babes making music. That she's also performed in a handful of movies, had some of the most energetic concert tours in the business, and started her own line of lingerie seems like icing on the cake. She is truly a renaissance woman compared to those who've followed in her footsteps.
Kylie Fever 2002 is a concert film of this babe recorded in Manchester England which follows up last year's, Live in Sidney, with a bigger budget, more energy, and an even more outrageously fun series of programs/chapters. In each segment, there is a theme that ranged from futuristic techno_robot, to sexy love_kitten and a lot more in between. The titles of each segment give you a good idea of what to expect and here's a list of songs for each act:
2: Droogie Nights
3: The Crying Game
4: Street Style
5: Sex In Venice
7: Voodoo Inferno
The songs themselves were:
Come Into My World
Love At First Sight
The Crying Game
Confide In Me
On A Night Like This
In Your Eyes
Light Years/I Feel Love
Lucky (I Should Be So Lucky)
Better The Devil You Know
Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Okay, there was a great selection of tunes and what amounts to a great series of floor shows with some of the most technically advanced effects and choreography. The show itself was about 108 minutes long. There was a fair amount of adult oriented content in the show although nothing too outlandish. The concert was exceptionally fun to watch and even though I've seen it several times, it remains very fresh to me. With the light show and animated screens, I bet this will be a big hit with ecstasy users too.
Video: I've seen dozens of concert tapes, laserdiscs and dvd's with few coming even close to this one in terms of clarity. The widescreen format chosen for the concert was very good in that it allowed me to see how much was going on across what looked to be a very large stage. Concerts are notorious for looking lousy on the small screen but this one proved that belief wrong.
Audio: The sound was great! The dvd gives you the choice between Surround and Stereo with the former having an edge if you have the right system. The actual sound being so good, I'm sure some of the hacks out there will be suggesting the entire concert was lip-synched but it was obvious that she was singing the material at the time. She added something to each track beyond what her studio albums had which added enjoyment to the show as well.
Extra's: The dvd had some very well done extra's. It included a 34 minute documentary which helped show some of the attention to detail directors Alan MacDonald and Will Baker took to make Kylie look so good. You get to see her in various stages of undress too which was fun to watch-especially the wet T-shirt sequence of a photoshoot.
The dvd also had a 25 minute long section called "Projections", which was essentially the light show used on the screens of the concert. There were lots of different visual art styles represented and it included lasers, animation, and some interesting effects I hadn't seen before.
Another useful extra was the digital programme included. It had a lot of still photography as well as a description of each Act. It took awhile to check out all it offered and I was pleasantly surprised at how much was there.
The last major extra was some DVD_Rom material. I don't have a computer that will play it so you'll have to see for yourself what's on that part of the disc.
Final Thoughts: I really liked this one. I thought the sound and picture were first rate, the content a blast to watch, and I can't say that there were any noticeable problems. Fans of Kylie should buy a copy and anyone that likes dance/pop music should at least rent it. I know that music tastes are very subjective in regards to reviews but this one really did a great job on all levels.