Item description for How to Kill and Be Killed by Derek Webb...
As a vocalist and guitarist for the Houston-based Christian rock band Caedmon's Call, Derek Webb has been integral in shaping the group's signature blend of religious fervor and pop sensibility, a trend which has only continued into his well-received solo career. This concert film captures Webb delivering a live performance in support of his second solo album, 2004's I SEE THINGS UPSIDE DOWN. With the backing of a full band, Webb presents a mix of solo material and Caedmon's Call tunes, including "I Repent," "Saint and Sinner," "Thankful," "Blood of the Lamb," and "Awake My Soul."
1. I Want a Broken Heart
3. Saint and Sinner
6. Somewhere North
7. Can't Lose You
8. Blood of the Lamb
9. Not the Land
10. Ballad in Plain Red
11. Wedding Dress
12. Nothing is Ever Enough
13. Lover Pt. 2
14. I Repent
16. Awake My Soul
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Actors: Derek Webb
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Record Label Sony
Format Closed-captioned / Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher PROVIDENT #130
ISBN 0012321338 ISBN13 0000768352915 UPC 000768352915
Availability 0 units.
More About Derek Webb
Webb is a member of the group Caedmon's Call. Webb sings, plays guitar and banjo and writes songs.
Reviews - What do customers think about How to Kill and Be Killed?
Webb is truely a master of metaphors. Feb 17, 2007
There isn't a musician out there who is able to articulate orthodox theology like Derek Webb. This DVD includes some songs from Caedmons and a lot of his early solo stuff. So there is nothing on here from Mockingbird. I hope that he comes out with a double disc or something that has every song he's ever written on it, but I doubt that will happen. The camera angles aren't the greatest, and can be annoying at times. Derek Webb should be heard by every Christian. Most won't like him, but they are probably tares anyways. lol This DVD is wonderful. Derek Webb is amazing. I own everything that has his name on it. This is a good buy.
Great! Mar 27, 2006
the first person to review this dvd isnt really reviewing the dvd as much as talking about derek's philosophy, but if thats what he wants... Derek has made it clear that he never said that works are a means by which we attain salvation. However if your faith isnt such that it compells you to do such works, then maybe you dont have saving faith. We are to be so grateful and joyful knowing that we are saved in Christ that we should be out proclaiming the kingdom in every possible way. America has really watered down faith and christianity so much that people like the first reviewer cant even understand what it really is. I dont know how we got to this point, but reading the bible on a consistent basis (with understanding and proper exegesis) would clear a lot of things up.
Anyways... great song choices and instrumental performances (especially on lover part 2 and ballad in plain red). Production quality wasnt horrible but it wasnt great either. Derek missed a few notes here and there, but it's not like I could do any better. Overall a great DVD for fans of DW.
mumbo jumbo hocus pocus Feb 4, 2006
i think derek webb makes good music. this dvd was fairly low budget but pretty well done, musically. derek webb doesn't have much stage presence which is ok except there is this kinda "moody" stage set, so it just seems awkward. the standout performances to me were, "blood of the lamb" and "lover part2." the problem here is not the music but the man and the movement.
in the "interview" section of the disk he makes several statements that rubbed me the wrong way, in a big way. at one point he compares the treatment of WARtime enemies to abortion(!). then he rambles on about how Jesus kept the law on our behalf but we still have to feed poor people to have "saving faith," or something like that. which one is it?
then he says no one listens to the Christian message because Christian music isn't "artistic" enough. maybe people don't listen to the "Christian" message because it makes no sense. when you say something like, "you're not saved because you work but if you're really saved, you WILL work" just expect people to rather stay home and watch tv.
i have four words: faith alone dot org.
Some dissapointments, but still a decent pickup. Oct 23, 2005
Derek Webb has established himself as one of the most important and culturally relevant voices in the modern Christian church. As a founding member of pop-supergroup Caedmon's Call, and throughout his solo career, Webb's heart-cry for purity and redemption has stood out as convicting, powerful and painfully honest. He has taken this message of reformation everywhere from small house gatherings to summer festivals. It is a medicine that may not always taste pleasant - but is desperately needed.
How to Kill and Be Killed is a DVD that captures one of Webb's performances while on tour to support I See Things Upside Down, his second studio effort. It features a variety of songs from Webb's repertoire, including several Caedmon's tunes and a Woodie Guthrie cover, with the full backing of a band of very talented musicians. The performance itself is solid. It's everything you'd expect from Derek Webb; passionate, challenging and insightful. When it means to rock, it does. The backing musicians include a "who's who" of "hired guns" who compliment Derek's style fabulously. And in its most tender moments it is emotionally transfixing, as you would expect from a Derek Webb offering.
Where this product falls terribly flat is in its production quality. The audio mix is a bit rough and Derek's vocals are often buried and muddled. At times it's downright uncomfortable to listen to. Visually it doesn't do much better either. It does offer a wide variety of camera angles (including the uber-annoying "web cam" view). Unfortunately the camerawork is poor with many shots being out of focus, or of nothing at all.
The "extras" consist of a slideshow and some interview footage. The interviews are a great feature as Webb speaks candidly for nearly a half an hour on Christians in the arts, the role of the church and several other pertinent topics. The only drawback is, again, the production quality. It's often times hard to hear the audio (which sounds like it was recorded on a camcorder) over the music bed that plays throughout.
Even with this product's production woes it is still worth picking up. Particularly if you are a fan of Derek Webb's music. The song selection is great and the performance is entertaining to watch. And it's relatively inexpensive as well. If you can get over some of the visual flaws and other disappointments you'll find this DVD to be a worthwhile investment. [...]