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Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out DVD

Review by Vivian Lee

Composer/musician Stewart Copeland, best known as ex-drummer for The Police compiles his Super 8 camera footage to give a glimpse into the lives of The Police before their unofficial disbanding in 1986.

Parts travel diary, tour diary and just making movies of one’s friends fighting and clowning around, the unpolished graininess of the film lends to the content the intimate feeling of viewing a friend’s home movies rather than a rock journalist peering in from the inside to make a “making of” piece or episode of "Where Are They Now? "

Naturally, as Copeland is behind the lens, he is seen in only a few scenes (most notably one where he’s drumming, holding a microphone for the camera set up on a tripod which is filming Sting fighting with an audience member during a show). His presence is felt with his unobtrusive voice-over narration that helps the viewer sort of follow along his band’s musical history tour with highlights of some amazing live performance footage.

The soundtrack consists of Police songs remixed by Copeland to great effect- the tracks are fun to listen to, and one reacts with a mix of “oh, I remember that song.” or “hmm, that must be a never released one.”

The extra features on the DVD include “Behind Andy’s Camel,” an opportunity to give the Super 8 to Andy Summers for some fun of his own. This section is just as watchable as the main feature of Copeland’s movie.

Ultimately, Everyone Stares is not for those seeking film footage of major fights or some sort of evidence for fault finding. The real draw is mainly for fans of The Police interested in seeing a little of the group’s history. Still, it also has something to hold the interest of general music fans.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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