Released exclusively on the long since discontinued and deleted format of LaserDisc on the 10th of July 1991 in Japan and four days later on the same format in the USA. The following has NEVER been released on DVD until NOW!
This REMASTERED DVD is sourced directly from the original high quality LaserDisc to DVD for the first time ever! Quality is unmatched as it transferred from the long since deleted American LaserDisc from nearly THIRTY years ago.
Background: This performances and docustyle segments combined together was originally issued first on the VHS format in Europe, UK, Japan, USA. The only NTSC release on LaserDisc was from the USA. The American LaserDisc was sourced for this REMASTERED DVD. Even now the LaserDisc of this release has been sold for over $70 in the USA as used.
“play out” as a release to put it simply is extremely rare. Why? Because there are TWO versions of this existing artifact from the band:
A) The original Japan and UK VHS versions are the only original editions of this release that contains the FULL 2 Hour and 4 Minute version
B) USA only LaserDisc is a short version of this release timing out at only 1 Hour and 36 Minutes long with about 28 minutes omitted from it’s original length that was only available on VHS. This “DELUXE EDITION” is the combination of both the LaserDisc in it’s entirety and the missing segments that were released only on VHS are now combined together for the full length version in the BEST possible quality.
A majority of “play out” is sourced from the US only LaserDisc from which this REMASTERED DVD comes from. Please note that while the US LaserDisc whilst rare is still NOT THE COMPLETE RELEASE of “play out” as mentioned above. The US only LaserDisc version is missing the following segments seen exclusively on the VHS versions from UK and Japan. They are:
1) DAY 3: Jonathan Ross Show: 23d of January 1991 (various clips of performances including
“Hello I Love You”, “Just Like Heaven”, “The Walk”, “Bland with an Edge”)
2) DAY 5: MTV “Unplugged” 24th of January 1991: A lengthy and interesting backstage segment for MTV. Footage includes the band applying make-up for the performances. Just Like Heaven and If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
The USA LaserDisc version: Does not include the two above mentioned segments and is only 1 Hour and 36 Minutes long. Please note that while the USA LaserDisc of “play out” whilst rare is still NOT THE COMPLETE version of this release missing the segments previously mentioned.
The Japan and UK VHS Version: This original release includes 28 additional minutes of footage pushing the total length over two hours and includes a segment with Jonathan Ross and the band performing “Hello I Love You”, “Just Like Heaven” and more songs. The VHS release also includes a more lengthy backstage segment revolving around the MTV unplugged performance and as an extra bonus TWO entire extra songs from unplugged “Just Like Heaven” and “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”. This UK PAL VHS was sourced (for the two sections mentioned above) for best possible quality to create the remaster to your 2 DVD Set. This very RARE release as “play out” the complete version was never released in it’s entirety as a home video VHS or LaserDisc in the USA or any other format ever with the exception on VHS in UK and Japan!
MVR is presenting you with a completely unique opportunity to own “play out” in it’s entirety on DVD from the BEST possible sources.
MVR has brought together “play out” from two of the absolute very best quality sources. We have combined the high-quality LaserDisc at 425 lines of resolution along with the segments that are missing (as mentioned above) from the UK VHS Master version and bringing them together to present a one of a kind CURE item!
The most complete version of “play out” sourced from BOTH LaserDisc and the UK VHS Master to bring you the absolute best quality that has ever been available anywhere in the world of this historic release from The Cure in it’s entirety on DVD for the very first time!
Still to this day, The Cure’s “play out” (in either the short or long version) has NEVER been officially released on DVD until NOW! So here it is for the first time ever on DVD for all The Cure devotees is the COMPLETE version of “play out” comprised of BOTH the LaserDisc and (when needed for the extra segments) from the UK VHS.
Another original offer from your team at MVR!
Description: Exclusive tour behind the scenes footage along with concerts including three songs from the album Wish. A collection of live performances along with behind the scenes candid footage of the band as they go from city to city to promote their latest album. Included are candid moments backstage at concerts, behind the scenes footage and funny bits as well. An absolute must-have for any Cure Collector.
DVD Menu divides content as “Side 1” and “Side 2” to mimic the content style of the original LaserDisc
Track Listing (Please note bolded segments that were missing from the LaserDisc release came from the only source available, official pre-recorded home video)
disc 1 of 2
DAY 1: T&C II Club London, 17th of January 1991
A1 Behind The Scenes
A2 Wendy Time
A3 The Big Hand
A4 Away (Cut)
A5 Let’s Go To Bed
A6 Strange Day A7 Backstage
DAY 2: Wembley Arena, London, The Great British Music Weekend 19th of January 1991
A8 Behind The Scenes A
9 Pictures Of You
A10 Fascination Street A11 Lullaby
A12 A Forest
B1 Backstage At The Wembley Arena
DAY 3: The Jonathan Ross Show: 23d of January 1991
(various snips of performances including ”Hello I Love You ”, “Just Like Heaven”, “The Walk”, “Bland with an Edge”)
Harold and Joe
disc 1 of 2 Duration: 56 Minutes
disc 2 of 2
DAY 4: E – Zee Hire Rehearsal Studio: London, 22nd of January 1991
B2 The Blood
B3 The Walk
DAY 5: MTV “Unplugged” 24th of January 1991 Limehouse Studios London, UK
B4 Backstage At Limehouse: A lengthy and interesting look backstage. Footage includes the band preparing, practicing a bit having their make up done and some funny comments including one member showing his phone book.
B4 Entrance of the band from backstage to the stage floor
Just Like Heaven (Sourced from DVD)
B5 A Letter To Elise
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
B6 Boys Don’t Cry
DAY 6: Dominion Theatre: London, Rehearsals For “The Brit Awards 9th of February 1991
B7 Rehearsals For “The Brit Awards”
DAY 7: Dominion Theatre, London, “The Brit Awards” 10th of February 1991
B8 At The Fiction Office
B9 Backstage At The Dominion Theatre
B10 Never Enough
B11 “The Brit Awards” Presentation By Roger Daltrey
“play out” Credits VHS (Original Version 1)
“play out” Credits LaserDisc (Revised Edited Version 2)
disc 2 of 2 Duration: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Running Time of discs 1 & 2: 2 Hours 6 Minutes or 126 Minutes
Basic Content Summary (Original Full Length Release)
Day 1: T&C II Club, London – 17th January 1991 [Tracks 1 to 5]
Day 2: Wembley Arena, London – 19th January 1991 [Tracks 7 to 9]
Day 3: Jonathan Ross Show – 23d January 1991 (various snips including “Hello I Love You”, “Just Like Heaven”, “The Walk”, “Bland with an Edge”): Harold and Joe
Day 4: E-Zee Hire Rehearsal Studio, London – 22nd January 1991 [Tracks 11, 12]
Day 5: MTV “Unplugged”, London – 24th January 1991 [Tracks 13 to 16]
Day 6: Dominion Theater, London, Rehearsals for “The Brit Awards” – 9th February 1991
Day 7: Dominion Theater, London, “The Brit Awards” – 10th February 1991 [Track 17]
Total Running Time 2 Hours and 4 Minutes