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A Life Less Ordinary - 2003

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This DVD features a documentary first shown in November 2002 on BBC One, and it features interviews with Phil, friends, family, members of his solo band and members of Genesis, including Peter Gabriel. Along the way there are excerpts from various songs, but there's never a full performance of any of them, so if you're looking for a collection of Collins music on DVD, look elsewhere.
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary


A 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer is on offer here, just as it was shown on BBC One last year. The quality is pretty much perfect as the image is untarnished. The only tiny niggle (and this is something that is now standard BBC practice) is that archive footage is all zoomed and cropped top and bottom to make it look widescreen.
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary


Only a DD2.0 stereo soundtrack, which is unsurprising given that this is a documentary. There's quite a bit of music in it, but as it's really only extracts and snippets from songs then DD5.1 isn't too badly missed. It would have been nice of them to make the effort though.

The sound itself is just fine, just as it was on first broadcast. No complaints about the quality. The documentary is narrated by Mariella Frostrup - I felt I had to mention that since her voice has many fans. Can't see what the fuss is myself, she just sounds like she should give up smoking.
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary


The extras here are what seem to be the full versions of interviews used in the main feature, as well as some that weren't. In total the interview footage runs for over 90 minutes, featuring everyone seen in the main feature, but talking at length as opposed to the more soundbite format of the documentary. Each clip is captioned at the start to tell you what they were talking about. Bob Geldof's section probably explains why the DVD got a 15 certificate (his description of Collins is typical Geldof).
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary
Excellent picture, fine sound and lots of extra footage make this a good DVD.

Additional Info

  • Actors: Phil Collins
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, PAL
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Release Date: Tuesday, 17 June 2003
  • Run Time: 155 minutes


Tony Banks & Mike Rutherford Interview from 'A Life Less Ordinary' Banksian Central

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