I bought this DVD off a popular auction site for £10. I had previously watched one of the episodes on 4 Music.
The DVD contains six episodes of "Off The Record" which is a reality show based on girl group Girls Aloud. This DVD is a few years old, it's not up to date as one episode was based around promoting single "Whole Lotta History", which was from their 2005 album titled Chemistry. However, it's still a good watch and it's worth owning if you're a fan as not many copies were made of this particular DVD.
The episodes vary but they are a great insight into the lives of the girls and what they get up to during their days off. The girls come across as fun and down to earth. It's nice to see them behind the scenes, seeing what they get up to and what they talk about. I must say that the DVD changed my opinion of Nicola. I used to think she was a little stuck up but when you get to know her she comes across as a nice person, just a little reserved, which isn't a bad thing. You also get the chance to see the girls perform intimate gigs which show off their amazing vocal skills. The DVD shows the girls sing live and you get to hear every note loud and clear. They can certainly sing, even if most of the songs feature Nadine on lead vocals. Share the vocals girls!
The DVD is fun to watch and it's rather amusing at times. The episode where Nicola was drunk on the bus made me laugh and I loved the episode in Greece where their manager tried every effort to keep the girls entertained!
This is a fun DVD and worth watching if you're a fan. Even if you're a casual fan it's still great T.V and it's changed my opinion of them.
Girls Aloud are a British girlband consisting of five members ; Nadine Coyle , Cheryl Cole , Sarah Harding , Nicola Roberts and Kimberly Walsh. Girls Aloud were formed on the reality television show ; Popstars The Rivals in 2002. Since then they have become a huge success. To date they have had eighteen top ten singles , including three number ones. Their style of music consists of pop and electro pop.
Girls Aloud : Off The Record was actually a six-part series that Girls Aloud recorded for E4. The series was then released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2006. The show comes under the reality-tv genre. The show follows Girls Aloud on their day to day life as part of one of Britian's top girl bands..
It wasn't until recently that I knew about this DVD when I saw it sitting on a shelf in Woolworths for £6.
I enjoyed watching this DVD as it gives a real insight into what life is really like for members of a successful pop group. All the members of Girls Aloud are really genuine and down to earth , so it is nice to see how successful five normal girls have become.
Not only do we get to see their 'working' lives , we also get an insight into their personal lives , and get to meet members of the girl's families. If you're a football fan , then you may be interested to hear that Ashley Cole makes an appearance on this DVD. (Those of you who don't know , Ashley is married to Cheryl).
Considering Girls Aloud's fan base consists of young girls , I was surprised that the DVD contains a lot of swearing. There is also some 'drunken' scenes which I wouldn't consider appropriate , considering their fans look up to the girls as role models. Although looking at the positive side , at least the DVD shows the real girls and not the 'perfect' versions of them that we see on the television.
The member of Girls Aloud which I found to stand out was Cheryl. She was so funny! I found myself in hysterics a lot of the time!
I would definitely recommend this DVD even if you are not a Girls Aloud fan! You won't be disappointed!
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December 28th 2009
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Well what can I say,to behonest I was very sceptical about this dvd and about girls aloud in general until i watched this dvd.I was really blown away by the songs,the outfits and just general performance.
I felt this dvd from 2006 showed the edgier sound and style of girls aloud,the whole dvd had a more mature sound and feel to it that I was expecting. This dvd really provided an insight into girls aloud,and I have to say they were all completely different to what I was expecting,they were actually down to earth!
The 6 episodes are packed with what goes on behind the scenes with the band members,what they go through,where and when,it shows there cometimes hectic lifes,through both a personal more private perspective and work perspective. Even though this dvd did not cover a massive period of time (april to may ish time 2006),it still alowed you a sort of birds eye view into girls aloud and their world, which I found insightful to say the least.
Not something you would watch again and again,but definately workth watching at least once
Girls Aloud's fame is increasing, and the public and demanding more and more of Britain's most popular girl band since the Spice Girls. So Girls Aloud came up with their new documentary series, called Girls Aloud: Off The Record, which was to be shown on E4 on TV in 2006. The show was a success and they released a DVD of the show, containing 6 episodes, plus the pilot episode which I don't believe was shown on TV.
The show shows us all for the first time what it is like to be in Britains best girl band, following the girls making appearances on TV, travelling around the world and enjoying down time with their families and partners, and preparing for their first ever tour as a band. However, the show is aimed more towards the older fans of Girls Aloud. There is a lot of swearing from the girls, and you are shown video of the girls after nights out partying when they are drunk, so perhaps not one to show your kiddies.
Over the course of the series, we see the girls heading off to Ibiza to perform in Ibizian clubs, flying to China with London's Mayor Ken Livingstone, and meeting the locals in Greece and doing a bit of sight-seeing.
I really liked the fact that we see the girls being natural as well. Cheryl takes us home with her to Newcastle on a flying visit, and it is sad how upset she gets that she doesn't get to see her family enough. The scenes with her and her nephew make you realise how much family life they have to sacrifice. There is also a funny incident involving Cheryl and a pupy!
We also see Kimberley at her London flat she shares with her boyfriend Justin. Nicola also heads home and we meet some of her family too. Sarah gives us a few laughs when the grils are allowed to test drive some fast sports cars....cringingly embarassing!
The girls also released a single when the documentary was being filmed, Whole Lotta History. We see them on the shoot for the video, and then seeing the video for the first time. Nicola whinges a lot saying she looks terrible but the other girls are quick to reassure her. We also see their reactoin to the songs Number 6 chart position, Nadine seems very unimpressed but Cheryl seems thrilled!
I must say the documentary is definitely focused on Cheryl Tweedy and her fiance Ashley Cole, but many argue that these are the two the public follow most out of all the girls. Nadine's high profile relationship with Jesse Metcalfe is mentioned but Nadine is clearly trying to avoid it being spoken about throughout the documentary. Sarah's "friend" Calum Best makes a brief appearance but Sarah does have a go at him off camera, then he comes back pretending everything is fine!
Seeing the girls in China was very interesting as the crowd had no idea who they were and weren't overly interested. The girls didnt really like this, and Nadine was very annoyed that she thought it was their worst appearance by far. It is interesting to see them trying to adapt to other cultures. They also travel to Australia to promote their single, and visit some Koala bears.
Overall I think the show is a great insight into what the Girls get up to, not only in the UK but around the world too. They are seen acting normally, enjoying normal life with families but also working hard for the band. But dont forget...we are only seeing what the Girls and their record company want us to see...
The DVD is selling for around 12 pounds on Amazon, but I am sure if you hunt around you could find it cheaper. A great DVD for fans of Girls Aloud.
PS. The theme song for the series was the Girls Aloud song "Models" which can be found on their Something Kinda Ooh single and their album Chemistry.