The Come Together Tour

Third Day
( [email protected] ) Aug 08, 2003 12:54 PM EDT

Third Day's Come Together Tour, a follow-up to the band's successful Offerings Experience DVD, commits the sell-out concert experience to film in atypical and often entertaining ways.

Fans hoping for a completist version of the concert, showcasing the Come Together Tour's set list from beginning to end, may be disappointed. Most of it is in there, but offering a comprehensive recording of the concert is not what this DVD aims to do. Instead, it feels more like a promotional video about the band and the "Come Together" concept itself. Not that that's a bad thing.

In between the live concert footage, there are about a dozen talking-points segments inserted, and most of them are as absorbing as they are eye-opening. There's fascinating never-before-seen footage of the band recording Come Together that makes you feel like a fly on the wall, witnessing parts of the creative process that we fans never get to see. There are the requisite segments explaining the "Come Together" concept, and highlighting Habitat For Humanity. There are dress rehearsal hijinks, insights on how life on the road can quickly lead to burn-out, and a segment that reveals how band member Tai Anderson was largely responsible for creating the look of the Tour's production.

As for the live portions, it's not exactly news that there's something about full-length concert videos that have gone out of vogue in recent years: watching a concert on television, being utterly detached from the action, just can't compare to the energy and excitement of being there, taking part in the event first-hand.

That said, The Come Together Tour fights a winning battle against that stagnation by employing theatrical-level film techniques (it's even letterboxed), crisp, gorgeous transfers, and plenty of inventive camera action. Regarding those camera moves, they usually enhance the quality of the video, but there are a few moments (like the super-rapid editing during the song "Alien," which made my eyes hurt) that are simply too distracting.

But when the camera slows down long enough to let you see each member of Third Day fully, you gain a better understanding of just how magnetic a group of performers they are. That and the vast amount of drool-worthy extras included on the disc are more than enough to justify adding this enjoyable DVD to your collection.