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DVD Review: "Genesis: The Movie Box 1981-2007"

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Although Genesis has stayed away from the studio since 1997's poorly-received (and Phil Collins-less) Calling All Stations, the band hasn't given their fans much reason to complain: Over the past 11 years theyve released six boxed sets, covering studio material, rarities, and live concerts. The seventh and final in the set is Genesis: The Movie Box 19812007. The set includes five DVDs, including two concerts new to the format, all with new 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital sound mixes. Though it's not without its faults, the box is a fine addition to the Genesis collection, and will appeal to anyone who's enjoyed the band live in concert throughout its tenure as a pop group.

The Movie Box opens with Three Sides Live, available for the first time on DVD. Chronicling two New York performances from the 1981 Abacab tour, the band is in fantastic shape, though Collins' voice shows a few signs of wear and tear on some of the higher notes in songs like “Abacab." The video, already dark and grainy, has been cleaned up as best as one could expect, but the audio particularly the DTS mix--is phenomenal. As with the original video release, many of the songs are interspersed with behind-the-scenes clips, giving the concert more of a “documentary" feel. While the clips are interesting--Collins taking calls on-air at Philly's WMMR and a stage technician opening up one of Banks' many synthesizers are some of the highlights--die-hard fans might be irritated that many of the songs are not fully complete in form. A number of songs, including obscurities like 1971's “Fountain of Salamacis," are available as audio-only tracks.

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