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Electric Light Orchestra Live Discove (1979)

Jeff Lynne , Richard Tandy , Bev Bevan  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski, Electric Light Orchestra
  • Directors: Bev Bevan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305186391
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Electric Light Orchestra Live Discove" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The Seventies was the decade when rock became show business. And nobody put on a better show than the Electric Light Orchestra. This double feature highlights both sides of ELO, with their space-age live show in the "Out of the Blue Tour: Live at Wembley" (1978, 62 min.), with no less than nine Top Thirty hits, and the conceptual music videos of "Electric Light Orchestra: Discovery" (1979, 39 min.). When "Star Wars" met Chuck Berry, the result had to be seen to be believed! Songs: "Live" - Standing in the Rain, Night in the City, Turn to Stone, Tightrope, Telephone Line, Rockaria!, Wild West Hero, Showdown, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Mr. Blue Sky, Do Ya, Livin' Thing, Roll Over Beethoven; "Discovery" - Shine a Little Love, Confusion, Need Her Love, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Last Train to London, Midnight Blue, On the Run, Wishing, Don't Bring Me Down.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge ELO fan and thoroughly enjoyed the concert (Out of the Blue) and music videos (Discovery Album). I gave this DVD 4 stars only because of the cinematography. With that said... this is definitely a must for any ELO fan and fans of music from the '70s.
For a concert from 1979, I found the sound quality very good. Don't buy this DVD if you are looking for a concert originally recorded digitally. It's from the '70's, when the only things digital were clocks!
I did however, find the cinematography POOR in parts. The director did not seem content on showing the concert, so he "added" special effects and layering. All he managed was to add distraction! I found myself yelling at the screen during "Rockaria!". Why he just didn't show the band playing is beyond me.
The music and performance make up for the directing bungle. The songs are great with a finale' that is second to none!
I wish their earlier concerts were available, even if the filming was poor and the sound was analog.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice representation of ELO at its peak; worth the price. February 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I never actually had an opportunity to see the Electric Light Orchestra in concert, the closest I got to that was watching a show broadcast on HBO back in 1978. I don't know if it's the same show contained here; my memory is a bit fuzzy regarding a 23 year old show. All I remember from that experience was how "cool" it was. As a 13 year old in the year of Star Wars, anything with a spaceship and lasers was all that mattered. The music was secondary. Of course, as I grew older, I paid more attention to music, and always had great appreciation for Jeff Lynne's contributions to popular music. And this DVD is a nice offering well worth its price. Now I knew when purchasing this, I would not get crystalline sound quality. After all, back in the 70's, there was no such thing as digital sound. But the sound quality in the Wembley show is actually very good, much better than some of the concerts released on DVD from the same era (Yes Live in Philadephia 1979 is one painful example of a bad one). It does sound like there are some "backing tracks" in the audio mix, but it is really nothing annoying given the quality of the performance. Picture quality does leave a bit to be desired; not much (if any) better than VHS, and with dated video production effects. But then again, this was the 70's! The real plus here is the full album length video for Discovery. This is almost like a two-for-one deal in just this section of the disc: a great album with very nice sound quality, and some enjoyable "performance" videos. This was a few years before MTV, when the promotion of an image was less important, and videos actually served to promote the music. Of course, the production is a bit "outdated" as well, but if you do get into some kind of "retro" mood, you might just find it enjoyable. Highly recommended if you enjoy ELO's music and want to see them captured at their peak. Well worth the purchase price and more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! a wonderful and rare find for ELO fans September 6, 2002
This video was a fantastic find for me. I always loved the "DISCOVERY" album and I thought as a bleary eyes 16 uear old in 1981 I saw on late night television a whole Video Album version of the album but never heard or saw it ever again so i always thought that maybe I had been dreaming until this DVD surfaced. The Wembley concert while not state of the art in quality compared to today's newer concerts is nonetheless fun to watch. Bev Bevan and Jeff Lynne at their peak. The Discovery videos are wonderful in their simplicity and the music is beautiful. if you have never heard this CD in it's entirity buy it the remastered version and listen to it...All I can say is that this is one of my favorite DVDs
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine the light on your life!! May 19, 2004
Afro having freaks with bad teeth in white-magic satin robes and wizard mustaches rocking my bum-bum. They rock in a digital crystal cavern! They rock from within the single lens of a pair of cop sunglasses. THESE are the types of effects they should have used in Lord of The Rings!! Whoever thinks the visual effects on the videos in this are poor is a ding dong. Why? Because OF COURSE they look dated, thats the whole point! ELO was a liquid gold seventies trainwreck in full technicolor. Nobody does the seventies like ELO. This blew my mind when I saw it the other day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was at this show! September 29, 2004
By mcair
We had fairly good seats in the second section back from the stage on the floor. This was ELO's first night at Wembley on the Out of the Blue tour way back in 1978. Fantastic show. Unbelievable excitement just being there.

I bought this DVD in the hopes of re-living the experience - but the sound is horrible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome January 24, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been an ELO fan for years. I remember seeing clips of this on late night T.V. when I was young and just loving it. Now I can see the whole thing and it is just as awesome as I remember it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I would love to be able to see the concert somewhat as if I were there, I know that can never happen.
I was hoping this wouldn't have been too big a letdown. Before watching it, I had set my expectations rather low so I wouldn't be disappointed.
Sound: I knew that the sound was analog, and figured that the sound quality would not be the best ( #1:live analog recording, #2: 1970s). There *were* some other live recordings from the 70s that do sound MUCH better, so it COULD have been done, but I'll cut some slack there. Really, to me, that wasn't a problem, I got what I'd expected.
Production effects: Again, it was the 70s, so it would be surprising if some of the "special effects" were NOT cheesy and/or overdone. Would've been nice to see better shots of the band from reasonably close and/or gently zooming in/out while panning slightly instead of all the extreme closeup or extreme far shots. But that's not how it was done; oh well. Not a problem, I got what I'd expected.
I can excuse cheesy "special effects" and less-than-stellar sound quality.
What is COMPLETELY INEXCUSABLE is the sync of the audio & video.
Except for the Discovery section, EVERYTHING on the DVD is out of sync by about a full second!
Watching this DVD concert was like watching Kung Fu Theatre with the English overdubs. It would honestly be comical if it weren't for the fact that I shelled out some hard-earned $$, & more importantly, they screwed up the production of what could've been a wonderful DVD...Watch the pre-concert outdoor entryway scene with the Duke & Duchess, or the post-concert reception -- same thing. The ENTIRE audio track was after the video track by about a second!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money.
Get Zoom instead. This DVD is poorly filmed and the sound also leaves much to be desired. The 2001 Concert "Zoom" is great quality, bordering on HD.
Published 19 months ago by E. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars ELO VHS
Love this ELO "Out of the Blue" live videotape. Since VHS has become obsolete, I need to transfer this to a DVD.
Published on January 22, 2011 by Mark in TN
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Blue ELO
This DVD was in the exact great condition as reported. I ordered this for someone else who had wanted this DVD but thought that paying an extra $30 for a brand new DVD was not... Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by scooby
3.0 out of 5 stars Seek out the Remastered Version
This is only good if you want the Discovery Videos! The actual concert sound is awful and not representative of the real performance that night It's in mono sound and has studio... Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Hardcore ELO Fan
I saw ELO's "Out of the Blue" concert when it came to the Oakland Coliseum Arena many years ago. It was one of the best concert performances I have ever seen. Read more
Published on January 22, 2006 by dirthead
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
Well, this dvd has completed my elo collection. I have all their albums and both concert dvds. Having listened to their albums over the last 15 or so years, I always imagined ELO... Read more
Published on October 12, 2005 by Rukesta
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've been a fan of ELO for many years now. Before I saw this DVD, this was probably my favorite band, after the Beatles. Not anymore. WHAT is with "Standing in the Rain"? Read more
Published on June 16, 2005 by TWARN
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance great-sound and quality makes it only 4 stars
Jeff Lynne is fabulous as always, but voice hindered a bit by back up vocals in band. This is nice to have in your collection for ELO/classic rock fans. Read more
Published on March 31, 2005 by music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellence, a reminder of QUALITY AND DEDICATION
First of all, I cannot blindfold myself and ignore the comments that this "IT" individual left for this item and band below. He says he saw them live. Read more
Published on February 6, 2005 by Zeitgeist
2.0 out of 5 stars Here's proof that the '70's was the decade that taste forgot
ELO was one of my "High School" bands. I saw them at the Anaheim Convention Center in 1976 and remember it as one of the best rock concerts that I had the privilege of experiencing... Read more
Published on October 2, 2004 by Fred W. Anson (aka "Mr. IT")
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