Subtitled The Greatest Hits Tour, the birdlike Aussie's super-glam concert DVD boasts a staggering 28 over-the-top show-stopping tunes, a backstage documentary, screen projections and an interactive DVD-ROM component. Phew. Honestly, I didn't know our girl Kylie even had 28 songs in her repertoire, let alone more than, like, three "hits" (I'm including The Loco-Motion in that tally). But as Minogue explains in the behind-the-scenes interviews, she didn't just want to play the singles this go-round, so a good chunk of the set is made up of fan favourites. Unfortunately, most of these ride a fairly indistinguishable campy circuit-party vibe that gets monotonous by the time Minogue sashays through In Denial (track 9).
The real appeal of the Showgirl DVD lies in the ridiculous spectacle of her stage show. The title's dead-on: this is an old-school, burlesque-inspired, Busby Berkeley song-and-dance froth-fest overflowing with so many feathers it looks like an ostrich exploded. Appropriately, Minogue reveals in Behind The Feathers (the backstage documentary) that it was ostrich feathers that inspired the tour's aesthetic. Sadly, it's the pithiest revelation in a flaccid film - too bad, since Minogue could've taken this opportunity to speak candidly about her struggle with breast cancer... or even just dish on dating Olivier Martinez.