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Concert for George [Blu-ray] (2011)

Eric Clapton , Paul McCartney , Rhino  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne
  • Directors: Rhino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Surround Sound, Digital Sound
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Records
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GF244K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blu-Ray pressing. Filmed on November 29, 2002 before a sold-out audience at Royal Albert Hall the Concert For George is a beautifully filmed, joyous celebration of some of the most significant music of the 20th century. Includes breathtaking performances of some of George's songs from rock's most influential artists and pop culture icons including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Monty Python with Tom Hanks, and Ravi and Anoushka Shankar.

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148 of 156 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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5 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving beyond words December 8, 2003
By afan
Format:DVD
I watched this dvd over the weekend and all I can say is that it moved me to tears. Incredible throughout, but especially the ending. My favorite two pieces would have to be "Isn't It a Pity" and "Horse to Water". I watched the latter song no less than 7 times in a row. Who the heck is Sam Brown? Oh my God, she steals the show.
Excellent sound and video. You must buy this.
Peace to all.
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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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best concerts ever -- great tribute! January 18, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.

B.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
George was the best Beatle
Published 7 days ago by June Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with order
Published 14 days ago by Wanda Kalinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed and recommend.
Published 14 days ago by Jose Franca
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Viewing and Listeing.
I was really touched by these performances. Heck, I hadn't realized before how much of George Harrison's music I knew - and really enjoyed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth S. Case
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert
Loved seeing Clapton,Lynn, Preston and Mc Cartney. It's really a good concert. We've watched it several times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Capelle
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous concert. Definitely the "who's who" of ...
What a fabulous concert. Definitely the "who's who" of musicians playing George's songs and they nailed them.
Published 1 month ago by Tim F
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray review
I'm assuming in this review that you already have and love this on DVD. Get the Blu-Ray. The video is much better. Ringo's red coat pops on the Blu-ray. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Tribute
George Harrison was always kind of thought of as the forgotten Beatle. When as a songwriter you live in the shadow of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the body of work they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars concert for George
being a product of the 50-60's transition this tribute should be a staple to all collections. Use for your kids and grandkids to show when music and lyrics mattered.
Published 2 months ago by Kal Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable testament !!
The concert as a whole was a very spiritual testament to George, and I was impressed not only by the quality of the music, but by the humility and cooperation of one and all to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diss gruntled !!
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