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Concert for George (2002)

Andy Fairweather-Low , Ray Cooper (II)  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Fairweather-Low, Ray Cooper (II), Sam Brown (II), Albert Lee (II), Olivia Harrison
  • Writers: George Harrison
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Rhino Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CEB4V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Concert for George" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1: The complete concert, including performances not featured in the theatrical version (146 min.)
  • Disc 2: The theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage (140 min.)
  • Ravi's Orchestra mini-feature
  • Monty Python mini-feature
  • George's Band mini-feature
  • Interviews
  • Photo gallery
  • 32-page booklet

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Exceptionally moving but not the least bit sentimental, Concert for George is a splendid tribute to the late George Harrison, whose contributions to the Beatles were so often hidden in the long shadows of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A year to the day after Harrison's November 29, 2001 death, Eric Clapton assembled some musicians--people who had played with Harrison and known him intimately, including McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Tom Petty--to perform his music at London's Royal Albert Hall. They take on not just the predictable ("My Sweet Lord" and "Something," beautifully sung by Billy Preston and Sir Paul, respectively), but also lesser-known fare like "Old Brown Shoe" and "Beware of Darkness," all to superbly empathetic effect. But the tune most likely to make you misty-eyed is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which brings together three of the five musicians who played on the original recording: Ringo on drums, Clapton replicating his own classic solo, and McCartney playing piano and harmonizing with Clapton's lead vocal. Concert for George enjoyed a brief theatrical release, but even those who caught it on the big screen will delight in this two-disc DVD edition. Disc 1 features the complete concert (sans interview and rehearsal footage, but with a few additional songs and in the original running order), while disc 2 contains the theatrical version and some additional backstage and photo material. All in all, a beautiful piece of work. Wish you were here, George--but man, what a way to be missed. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Filmed on November 29, 2002 before a sold-out audience at Royal Albert Hall in London, "The Concert For George" is a beautifully filmed, joyous celebration of some of the most significant music of the 20th Century. Friends including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, the cast of Monty Python and other artists who worked with George Harrison throughout his lifetime, present his music in a special concert to commemorate the first anniversary of his passing. This 2 DVD set includes the full 2 hour & 40 minute concert and the 1 hour 40 minute documentary filmed in high definition by David Leland ("Band Of Brothers") featuring concert footage and interviews with the artists about George's life and music. Documentary produced by Ray Cooper, Olivia Harrison and Jon Kamen.

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145 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George! March 20, 2004
Format:DVD
The concert event had the chance to be sappy and morose. Thank God, it isn't. Instead, it's a lot of George's friends covering his songs, having fun doing it, and otherwise doing what they've always been doing.
Summary: Great guests, superior musicianship. Buy This DVD. Now.
The show opens with a few words from Clapton, who introduces Ravi Shankar and his daughter. They play a fair amount of Indian music. It's pretty good, I have to admit, though not my cup of tea. One word - Ravi Shankar's daughter is quite the sitar player... She plays a piece and violates at least 2 rules of physics. Amazing.
Then the Western band forms up. They play a number of songs, with luminaries being introduces and added to the band over the course of the evening.
Highlights, in no particular order:
1) Ringo :-) During "Honey Don't" Look for Albert Lee. His solo is blistering though short.
2a) Clapton on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
2b) Clapton having the class to not play all the solos thereby making it the "Eric Clapton Show." Instead most of the real guitar work is being done by someone I don't know. I think it's Clapton's long-time guitarist. My son and I call him "THE Guy".
2c) Clapton in general
3) Watch Tom Petty's guitar player get OWNED by George on "Taxman". Tom does this song kinda weird, it's probably the weakest track.
4) Sam Brown. What a voice!
5) Waa Waa. Amazing.
6) Something by Paul, via uke.
7) Ravi's daughter and her sitar. Your eyebrows will fly up!
8) Dhani has George's spooky eyebrow thing going on.
9) Jeff Lynne is there, and takes an active part doing what he does best. Bob Dylan is notably absent.
Every track is worthwhile and many are superb.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overwhelming Experience October 14, 2003
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Worlds beyond the usual concert film, this is a deeply emotional experience for those lucky enough to have had George's music woven into their lives. A perfect balance of joy, laughter and loss, a delicate and perfect balance of rock, pop, blues, comedy, classical Eastern raga and ukelele. Contrary to most tribute and hall of fame concerts finding dozens of dinosaurs falling all over each other in sloppy camaraderie and faulty beats, this assembly under Eric Clapton's direction give specific, tight, heartfelt and soaring performances of exceptional grandeur... so obviously trying to do their best for George that it tears your heart out at points. Clapton's work is both grief stricken and exhilarating, McCartney's sadness renders him unusually subdued and appealing, Anoushka Shankar's performance is absolutely transcendant, and Sam Brown's rockin' rendition of "Horse to Water" is a killer, a real treat. This film is, to put it simply, an exquisite and overwhelming experience. Thank you George. And George, just so you'll know... there wasn't a dry eye in the theater...
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just saw the theatrical release October 3, 2003
Format:DVD
Wow!!!! I don't know how anyone can sit through this with a dry eye!! Stunning, heartfelt performances by George's buddies. Jeff Lynne's sound mix was awesome!! The interviews with Eric, Tom Petty and others really shed light on the love for the man we all miss. George created the original benefit concert and it is only fitting that everyone came together on the anniversary of his death to pay tribute. Now I will wait patiently until the DVD release in November.
Long live George!
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96 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best concerts ever -- great tribute! January 18, 2005
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I am an avid Beatles fan and I was just blown away by the concert.

A. The Performances

Great musicians and friends/collaborators of George: Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, etc. do an outstanding job and everyone of them put their heart and soul into the songs of George Harrison and make them come alive. It is eerie, but when you listen to Clapton singing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Paul McCartney singing "All Things Must Pass," or Billy Preston singing "My Sweet Lord," you could sense the presence of George as they're singing! Their renditions of Harrison's songs were just as masterful as George singing them. Those 3 songs stood out to me.

Some other musical highlights:

1) Ringo Starr's touching rendition of "Photograph" (the words take on a completely new meaning in this tribute) and "Honey Don't."

2) Anoushka Shankar's beautiful sitar playing accompanying Jeff Lynne's rendition of "The Inner Light."

3) Joe Brown's tender covers of "Here Comes the Sun" and "I'll See You in My Dreams."

4) Dhani Harrison's acknowledgement and thanks to all the musicians playing.

5) Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr playing together for the 1st time live in over 40 years!!! And they seem to be having a good time!

6) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and their exciting performance of "Taxman" and spot-on re-endition of "I Need You."

7) Billy Preston's enthusiastic singing of "My Sweet Lord"

8) The funny song "Lumberjack" by Monty Python which really lightened up the crowd and the occasion.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great concert
I am a huge Beatles fan and this tribute concert to George is really the greatest. Many stars playing and singing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Movie fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tribute to George, From his Friends
What can one say when you're in the presence of the best musicians in the world who are performing songs from the life of the greatest Beatle. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ray Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for George Harrison fans
Opening up with Ravi Shankar's Orchestra accompanied by Ravi's daughter.
Great concert with musicians and friends that were part of George's past, with his son on acoustic... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Brian Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is such a fun DVD to watch if you liked George Harrison. Paul and Ringo appear - also George's son Dhani and Eric Clapton - the list is endless - Tom Petty and the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Elizabeth A. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
What a great tribute to George Harrison. Everyone put so much love into the concert. Best kept secret very very good
Published 1 month ago by margherita bucell
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
This was a gift and my mother loves it. She plays this almost everyday. I will recommend this item to my friends.
Published 1 month ago by Lora A Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD CONCERT FILM.
EXCELLENT CONCERT FILM. IF YOU LIKE THE BEATLES AND GEORGE HARRISON, THIS DVD SHOULD BE BOUGHT. PAUL AND RINGO SHOW UP. GEORGE'S SON PLAYS ACOUSTIC GUITAR. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Licata
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tribute to an amazing man
Amazing show! Always loved George Harrison. Really enjoyed seeing his son performing too. (The one who looks just like George) George, thank you for making such wonderful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
what a great tribute to George absolutely fabulous music and well done beautiful songs George wrote and performed will by all
Published 1 month ago by brenda perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best blue ray dvds around.
Sound and picture are simply superb. I love it. And concert is excellent of course. The line up is the top.
Published 1 month ago by Alex Sokol
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Who is the female singer??
That's Sam Brown--she's pretty good, isn't she? "Horse To The Water" is the last song that George Harrison ever recorded, for an album by Jools Holland. Brown also dueted on a song on that album; that's why she sat in with Holland at the Concert for George. Brown's best-known album... Read more
Oct 7, 2008 by D. Witzany |  See all 6 posts
'Concert For George' on Blu-ray? Please!!
Finally, it's coming on blu-ray on Feb. 11. The wait is almost over!
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