Released exclusively on the long since discontinued and deleted format of LaserDisc on the 15th of September 1992 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 issued on the VHS format in Europe, UK, Japan, USA. The only NTSC releases 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 USA only LaserDisc and VHS is a short edited down version of this release timing out at only 1 Hour and 36 Minutes long with about 28 minutes omitted from it’s original length. This “Edited Edition” is what is offered here for CURE Purists who want the exact version as it appears on LaserDisc.
B) The Japan and UK VHS versions are the only editions of this release that contains the FULL 2 Hour and 4 Minute version
“play out” is sourced from the US only LaserDisc from which this REMASTERED DVD comes from. This “Edited Version” from US only LaserDisc version is missing the following segments seen exclusively on the VHS versions from UK and Japan.
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
For the most complete version of the release of “play out” please see MVR’s “the cure play out “DELUXE EDITION” 2 DVD Set (1992) (Remastered from LaserDisc to DVD)” (also available here at MVR).
The USA LaserDisc version: Does not include any of the 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. The USA only LaserDisc version is 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 includes an entire extra song, the live unplugged version of “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”.
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 US version from LaserDisc of “play out”.
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
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
DAY 2; Wembley Arena, London, The Great British Music Weekend 19th of January 1991
A8 Behind The Scenes
A9 Pictures Of You
A10 Fascination Street
A12 A Forest
B1 Backstage At The Wembley Arena
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 The MTV Studios:
B5 A Letter To Elise
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
Total Running Time 1 Hours and 36 Minutes