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Lady Gaga's Secret World (DVD Review)

7 Apr, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Prebook 4/10/12; Street 5/8/12
Screen Media
$9.99 DVD
Not rated.

Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but you can’t deny that she’s among the hardest-working, eccentric and innovative performers in the music industry.

I mean, who wears a dress made of fresh meat (with a matching hat and shoes, no less) to an awards show, as if it were Versace? And people still talk about that infamous MTV Video Music Awards performance that concluded with the singer hanging from the ceiling drenched in blood with that eerie, lifeless expression on her face. But that’s just who Lady Gaga is. The outrageous costumes, gags and banter — Gaga insists it’s not an act.

Lady Gaga’s Secret World offers a cursory glance at the childhood of Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the firecracker of a performer whom we now know as Lady Gaga. Born in Yonkers, New York, Gaga remained focused on performing at a young age, but for the most part was an average girl. I wonder if her younger self ever imagined that she’d grow up to be a household name.

This unauthorized biography focuses a great deal on the pop icon’s unconventional lifestyle. The House of Gaga — her inner circle of designers and friends — ensures that when the star is out in public, whether walking the red carpet or performing on stage, she gets noticed. You have to admit that they’ve succeeded.

Though, if you look past the wacky wardrobe and flashy appearances, you’ll see that Gaga has a huge heart for people, as evidenced with the way she interacts with her loyal fan base, affectionately termed her “little monsters.” Yes, she endured hardship (from being bullied to being dropped from a record label), but her strong work ethic is what’s keeping her relevant.

Fan or not, the short but sweet Lady Gaga’s Secret World will entertain.

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