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Madonna

Wild Angel DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I’m not sure how many of you out there know the way MSJ operates, but we don’t do negative reviews. That doesn’t mean that we right positive things about items we don’t believe in, though. What it does mean is that we feel our time (and our readers’ time) is better suited covering items that we feel possess merit, than trashing something we didn’t like. So, when we come across something that we dislike more than we like it, we don’t review it at all. This DVD came close to that.

It’s not that the documentary is bad, it’s actually a solid one that has some interesting information for the casual Madonna fan. It’s more up to date than the one I reviewed a year or so ago. It’s just that with an artist who is as overexposed (and I mean that in terms of media coverage, although some might argue that in this case it applies in other senses, too), how much is really left to be said? Don’t we already know most of this stuff? Being an unauthorized bio they had no real access to Madonna at all. That means that this is all rehashes and talking to this person and that from the person’s past. The result is a somewhat distant look at Madonna.

So, the end result, this is a solid documentary that will serve to give casual Madonna fans, and those just looking for a look back at the phenomenon of Madonna some insights. If you don’t already own a Madonna documentary, I’d recommend this one over the one from a couple years back, just because it is more up to date. If you already have that one, it might be a bit redundant to pick this one up.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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