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Item: A Collection & New Order Story (Rhino)

"I think the essence is to maintain exactly what they are, whether it be illusion or not," producer John Robie says of Manchester supergroup New Order in a superfluous 1994 doc, New Order Story. "I'm not really sure they're anything more than illusion." Superfluous might not be the right word. Pretentious, nonsequential, confusing, vague: all the reasons we loved New Order in the first place. That said, this 2-DVD set, packaged for the first time on DVD along with the group's complete video catalog, is for super fans only. Lacking information and any relevance to the world around them, New Order Story is a picture of the band at its best and worst, from the resurrection and the triumphs to Bernard Sumner's drugged-out eyes and Tony Wilson's megalomania. The jarring info cards are frustratingly impatient, and the bad Eighties videos are embarrassingly long, but if you love "Confusion" and "World in Motion" as much as "Temptation" and "Bizarre Love Triangle," it's a holiday must-have.

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