My biggest criticism of the show -- and the #1 reason why the big-3 networks are losing viewers to cable TV and DVD -- is that there were way too many commercials. As a result, they sacrificed three numbers -- "Drowned World" (which was the best vocal performance of the entire show), "Paradise," and "Lucky Star." Hopefully, those will be restored for the DVD release.
Watching the show on television confirmed for me was I suspected when I saw it live -- that Madonna lip-synched "Sorry" and "Erotica/You Thrill Me." However, the choreography during both numbers was flawless, and I have always forgiven her for lip-synching at times in order to enhance her physical performance.
The excision of the crucifixion scene was the biggest fucking joke ever. Funny that the "Christian" hypocrites who had a problem with it had nothing to say about Madonna writhing erotically on a stripper pole during "Like A Virgin" while newsreel footage of horse-racing jockeys getting maimed and paralyzed in severe track accidents ran in the background. Also, no complaints from the Christian right about two half-naked men feeling each other up, one with the Star of David painted on his torso, during the performance of "Forbidden Love." And no word from the neo-cons when the camera zoomed in for a close-up during "I Love New York" and, even though they bleeped it, you could totally read Madonna's lips when she says, "You can go suck George Bush's dick!" The most pronounced irony was that during the performance of "Live To Tell," Bible verses of Christ's teachings ran overhead, which few of those who identify themselves as "Christians" seem capable of following. The mentality of the Christian right is the reason why I have lost all hope for the future of the human race -- they are utter morons who hide beyond the veil of religion like the cowards that they are in order to justify their bigotry, hatred and and narrow-mindedness.