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Lady Gaga's huge Monster Ball tour which lasted for over a year and a half and played over 200 dates comes to DVD. The footage for the DVD was filmed over two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in February 2011.
The main footage begins with a 5 minute intro which features Lady Gaga arriving at the venue and getting ready. The show itself is amazing and I think the DVD really does make you feel involved with the show. The filming and quality are great, some of the shots are ones which are unachievable for a fan in the audience so these add a little extra. Gaga sings all her hits up to and including Born This Way. There is a storyline running through the show of Lady Gaga and her friends trying to get to the Monster Ball. The set goes through several changes beginning in a downtown New York scene which moves onto the subway followed by a dark forest and finally arriving at the Monster Ball. There has obviously been a lot of effort put into the show, nothing has been forgotten about. The show is more than simply a performance of the albums. Also included in the main footage between set changes are short clips of the action backstage during the show. This includes not only Gaga but her dancers. It is only a small part of the DVD but I really like this as it's not a part you get to see normally. Of course Lady Gaga is the star of the show but I feel the dancers play a huge roll and they feature prominently in the DVD.
My only minor disappointment with the DVD is the extras. There is an a cappella version of Born This Way, a photo gallery and a 12 minute 'Backstage at the Monster Ball' feature. The backstage feature gives an insight into what happens prior to the show and also includes Liza Minnelli meeting Lady Gaga. These bonus features which are there are good however my disappointment is about something that is missing. Anyone who saw the show live will know that during set changes there were several videos made specifically for the tour played. I hoped that these would be included in the DVD but they are not. Instead this is where the backstage footage is shown. The videos were long so they probably thought it would be better not to put viewers through the long wait that set changes take. However they could have included the films as extras. Like I said this is only a very minor thing and anyone who didn't go to the show wouldn't know about them.
For any Lady Gaga fan the DVD is a must own. I went to see the show live, have spent many many hours both before and after on youtube watching clips and despite that I've still watched the DVD numerous times since buying it a few weeks ago.
Pretty sure I'll still be digging out this DVD in years to come.