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Abba - In Concert 1979 (2004)

Abba , Benny Andersson  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abba, Benny Andersson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Polydor / Umgd
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WPQJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2004 release of the document of the Swedish supergroup's final concert tour from 1979, recorded at Wembley Arena. Includes filmed interviews with the men behind the scenes (director Urban Lasson and tour producer Thomas Johansson), a picture gallery including the original tour program, the movie trailer, a trailer for the 5th anniversary of the musical "Mamma Mia", a 28 page booklet, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and subtitles.

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174 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is and enjoy it! July 23, 2004
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Hey, fellow ABBA fans, let's relax a little bit! You're being WAY too hard on this DVD. Remember it's a 25 year old DOCUMENTARY, not a concert, and it was shot by a network that didn't religiously archive the footage because nobody at the time expected people 25 years later to care! There's plenty of full length numbers, and they rip! Having been lucky enough to have seen ABBA at the Music Hall in Boston during this tour (as did most of Aerosmith, the Cars and the J. Giels Band down in the front rows), I'm delighted now to own this DVD because it proves a point I've long tried to make to my sceptical friends. ABBA WERE UNDENIABLY A GREAT, GREAT LIVE ACT.

I've been professionally involved in the concert business for three decades, I've seen everyone pretty much, and though my personal tastes run more towards The Beatles, The Cramps and Garbage, I rank ABBA as one of the best live bands I've EVER seen on a stage. The vocals were spot on, the band rocked and were very tight, the energy level was through the roof. The group, especially Frida and Agnetha, were very lively, generous and vivacious with the audience, and the songs were just great. Frankly, it was an incredible, indescribable rush to see them live, especially if you'd waited five years for it.

For ages ABBA have been a guilty pleasure for those of us supposedly hip rockers, but unless you're a frigid snob you'll have to admit upon viewing this show that ABBA weren't a corny plastic disco machine - they absolutely delivered the goods. A totally legitimate act with nothing to apologize for. What's also great is that ABBA were based not just on unforgettable hook-laden songs and astounding voices, but there was a genuinely warm and mature sexuality exuding from that stage. Agnetha and Frida were women, not little girls.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the Abba! Wonderful! March 26, 2005
By Art
Wow! I purchased this dvd as an impulse buy before reading any reviews. Before opening it I browsed here and after reading the reviews I almost returned it. I'm glad I didn't! This DVD is a spectacular, enjoyable time capsule that captures one of pop music's greatest groups at their pinnacle of success. Those reviewers who pan the sound quality don't realize that this is the raw sound captured live at a concert. Too many of today's artists either can't sing or overdub their soundtracks after the fact to enhance the sound quality of their recordings. Abba, in releasing this disk, has rightfully chosen not to.

What is this DVD? It is a re-release of a documentary film done about the group's 1979 tour of the US and UK. When reviewing it, you must take it for what it is. It was done before even vcr's. The documentary producers didn't film every minute of the concerts from five different cameras. They captured what they wanted to make a compelling documentary. And they succeeded wonderfully. It is important, though, to remember that 1979 music video style was very different than today. The filmmakers could never have dreamed of 5.1 audio...they produced for 2" mono speaker in the average 1980 tv set.

The first third or so shows the group traveling, hanging out, eating meals, and warming up before a show. Abba songs are the soundtrack, but they are not shown as full concert pieces. The behind the scenes part is great watching of the late 70's lifestyle. The rest of the disk is concert footage, and although it would have been nice to have two hours of a full concert, history has left us with about 7 or 8 songs. Extras include additional songs captured on film but not included in the original documentary.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert Dragged Down By A Decent Rockumentary September 21, 2005
I love ABBA. I have all their dvds available. I brought "ABBA In Concert" last Christmas but haven't found the time to review it until this morning. What can I tell you about this 25 year old tape? Well, let me just say that the perfromances are nothing short of excellent. The remastering job is superb, both visually as well as audio. You feel, for the mos part, like you're at the concert. However, there's one porblem: too much documentary, not enough concert. I was hoping we'd get a full concert rather than a few complete performances and a ton of documentary footage. So while I do recommend this dvd, keep in mind it isn't a complete concert dvd.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loretta In Concert November 7, 2004
You got to hand it to this lady. She has been through everything. I bought this DVD for a friend of mine and we watched it. It's a concert from Edmonton from 1978. Loretta includes her big hits in this show and we loved the way she interacts with the audience. The DVD also includes an updated bio of her life and career. Although the sound and picture quality are bit sketchy this DVD is a must have for any Loretta Lynn fan. So if you cannot visit her ranch at hurricane mills then check out this DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Most ABBA fans know this was originally filmed for Swedish televison back in 1979. At one time it was available on VHS. Bootleg copies have been traded, sold, etc. for years. Now it's finally available on DVD.
As my review title states, they did a great job with the picture quality, but really screwed up badly with the sound. It's a little less noticeable in mono, but in stereo it is very irritating. It does indeed sound like someone is constantly fooling around with the volume control. The original VHS sound was fine. How they screwed up the sound and released it this way,
is beyond my comprehension. I would've given this DVD 3 1/2 stars if it wasn't for the poor sound quality. Hopefully, one day they will re-release this with the audio problem fixed.
And yes, it is not a "complete" concert. You only get about half the songs ABBA performed onstage during this tour. The first 30 minutes of the DVD in mainly a lot of behind-the-scenes type stuff with a few snippets of concert footage. It is not until the get around to their performance at Wembley do you get to the true concert footage, but as stated before, it's only about half the show.
Fans who recommend "ABBA: The Movie" over this, forget that it too also does not show a complete concert either. It also has songs cut off, and even during some of the complete songs, it often cuts away from the stage performance to the idiotic subplot of the dj trying to get and interview with ABBA.
What is so frustrating is that is that we know complete concerts of ABBA were filmed for both of these, but the extra footage is problem long gone or lost in a vast vault somewhere. I doubt if we will ever see a complete ABBA concert on DVD.
I'm just happy that what little there is of ABBA in concert is available on this DVD and ABBA - The Movie (which hopefully will be released on DVD soon). They are both enjoyable despite their flaws and are "must-haves" for any true ABBA fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is another ABBA dvd and I highly recommend it. However
Hey, this is another ABBA dvd and I highly recommend it. However, be aware of the fact that it contains mostly repeats of ABBA performances seen on other dvds too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rudolf Willer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Kimo H. Kuoha
5.0 out of 5 stars ( well having been an ABBA fan since EUROVISION 74 i had to see this...
WOW WOW WOW, i never got to see ABBA as a child my dad claimed i was too young :( well having been an ABBA fan since EUROVISION 74 i had to see this and wasn't disappointed again a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debbie Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It is good.
Published 2 months ago by Armandop1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance as usual
You can never tire of the music from ABBA!
Published 2 months ago by Michael B. Deyoung
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concerts ever
ABBA does not fall into any of the 100 types of rock. They are not Disco, they are not anything like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Stones, AC-DC, Simon or Garfunkel, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Donald Rhoads
5.0 out of 5 stars No ABBA fan should be without this!
If you're a fan of ABBA & ABBA music, you must get this DVD. GREAT concert footage & it's as close as you can get to seeing something impossible: Watching an ABBA concert in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel J. Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars ABBA
If you love ABBA, then this is one you will enjoy having to play at parties on a large screen.
Very retro outfits and very fun .
Published 4 months ago by B. Fields
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a full concert
I was expecting a live concert, however this is a poor quality DVD and is more of a backstage follow the artists. Not good I don't recommend this
Published 5 months ago by Mario F Benitez
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba - In Concert 1979
Music like this is great to listen to and that's why I purchased it because they knew how to sing and write songs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by icefire2
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