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Live in Athens [Blu-ray] (2013)

Peter Gabriel , Peter Gabriel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Gabriel
  • Directors: Peter Gabriel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E6F155E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In October 1987 after many months on the road, it was in the elevated surroundings of the hillside open-air theatre at Lycabettus overlooking Athens that the So tour came to a climactic close. The three nights were filmed in what was the first-ever Peter Gabriel concert to be committed to film. As a concert film, it was brilliantly shot and has now been equally brilliantly remastered, a crystal-clear record of Gabriel and band in their mid-80s pomp. The viewer is placed right in the heart of the action all the way, from the band's synchronized choreography on opening number This Is The Picture, right through to the skin-pricking closer Biko. In between, we're lost in music, spellbound by the spectacle, totally absorbed by the imperfection-free tightness of a band that's been on the road for so long.

Bonus Features:
DISC 1: Youssou N Dour's opening set with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar introduced by Peter Gabriel: (1) Immigres (2) Kocc Barma (3) Nelson Mandela (4) Ndobine (5) Sama Dome / My Daughter

Paul Gambaccini & Peter Gabriel interview from 1986.

Sledgehammer original promo video in HD for the first time.

DISC 2: The Play DVD featuring 23 of Peter Gabriel's ground breaking promotional videos with bonus video introductions, a live performance of Games Without Frontiers from 2004, original promo videos from Modern Love (1977) and The Nest That Sailed The Sky (2000), trailers for A Family Portrait, Growing Up Live and Secret World Live.

Track Listing:
DISC 1 (BLU-RAY) LIVE IN ATHENS: 1) This Is The Picture 2) San Jacinto 3) Shock The Monkey 4) Family Snapshot 5) Intruder 6) Games Without Frontiers 7) No Self Control 8) Mercy Street 9) Family And The Fishing Net 10) Don't Give Up 11) Solsbury Hill 12) Lay Your Hands On Me 13) Sledgehammer 14) Here Comes The Flood 15) In Your Eyes 16) Biko 17) Quiet & Alone

DISC 2 (DVD) PLAY: 1) Father, Son 2) Sledgehammer 3) Blood Of Eden 4) Games Without Frontiers 5) I Don't Remember 6) Big Time 7) Lovetown 8) Red Rain 9) In Your Eyes 10) Don't Give Up 11) The Barry Williams Show 12) Washing Of The Water 13) Biko 14) Kiss That Frog 15) Mercy Street 16) Growing Up 17) Shaking The Tree 18) Shock The Monkey 19) Steam 20) The Drop 21) Zaar 22) Solsbury Hill 23) Digging In The Dirt

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Wait... September 21, 2013
By Loop7
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I was really frustrated this was not released sooner but it was likely smart strategy and we are benefitting from recent restoration and processing technology. I honestly don't know if there's a more powerful and meaningful live show available. While Peter Gabriel: Secret World - Live [Blu-ray] is excellent and offers more theatrical elements, it was photographed in 16mm and the graininess is a bit revealing on Blu-ray. Live in Athens was photographed in 35mm and the impact is stunning. The Athens show captures emotional music played by elite musicians. Manu Katche's drumming is so musical while Tony Levin, David Sancious and David Rhodes are all superhuman.

Also worth noting, we finally get to see and hear Youssou N Dour's opening set with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar which, alone, might be worth the discs's price.

I paid just over $20 in 1990 for the VHS so the $18 Blu-ray disc is a bargain.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just glad the concert and performance was preserved. November 4, 2013
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It's hard not to love Peter Gabriel's live performances but this camera crew does their best to make you try. I'm just glad the tour was caught on film at all, even if done rather poorly and without vision as this video displays. I am a huge Peter Gabriel fan and own all of his other concert DVD's but this one is probably a one-time view.

Gabriel is a genius at telling and acting out the stories of his songs. Sadly, the ad-hoc camera crew seemed unable to consider that Gabriel designed the stage show to be seen from a distance and they kept him close in frame most of the time, negating the effect he was going for in the first place.

The other thing which is troublesome is a SPOILER ALERT so scroll down a bit if you're interested, otherwise buy the video and be happy.
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So, it's like this... I have a pretty good eye for certain details of live performance which is a blessing and a curse. Several songs into the show I realized that with VERY little exception, the vocals (and perhaps much more) were overdubbed later. It was done very well with Peter clearly watching his own mouth to match the cadence but between microphone positioning and the obvious problem of dancing and moving around so much, all except maybe one or two songs are overdubbed in a studio later. This is, in my opinion an unpardonable sin. Big stage shows often do it from Michael Jackson to Madonna, what you see on video is not what happened live and MJ even lip-synced much of his show due to the complexity and energy required for his dance numbers. And, so it is possible the same has happened here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concert, transfer, video and sound September 18, 2013
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I watched my vhs copy of this concert many times, many years ago. The concert is still as great as I remembered, with minimalist but very expressive lighting and choreography. The blu-ray does justice to it, with great video and sound quality. Including the Youssou N'Dour opening set is a very nice touch. The extra "Play" DVD makes this a pretty good deal for any Gabriel fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concert video September 25, 2013
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This is easily one of my favorite all time concert videos. The quality of this video recording is superb. This show features an all star musician lineup with a great setlist. Peter Gabriel is at the very top of his game in this show. Highly recommended for any fan of Peter Gabriel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing concert, amazing video, stale audio November 4, 2013
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The video quality is amazing, and it is great that they have produced such an amazing quality document from an amazing tour after 20 years. However, the audio is so treated and rerecorded in the studio that it taints an otherwise amazing experience. How is Peter Gabriel so vain in this area that he continues to rerecord live concerts in the studio, as in his Play's Live CD and Genesis Boxed Sets? If people wanted a studio recording, they would not be buying the live recording. We want to hear the energy and flaws, just as we have seen in the actual concert. What we have here sounds excellent (quality) yet stale (content).

The other problem in this set is the Play DVD (note: not blu-ray) which is great to have, but uses often inferior quality sources and a poorly designed menu. Every time you play a track, it goes back to the menu again, so very confusing to play all tracks.

So, this is an awesome concert and amazing performance, and quite a good price for what you get...but could have been so much better if not for some silly things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully remastered Peter Gabriel concert November 18, 2013
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What else can I say, PG of yore and this newly remastered concert is sublime. The DTS-HD soundtrack roars to life, each song is wonderfully rendered by PG, Levin, Katche and co.
One bonus is the fact that they included a remastered PLAY DVD with the correct DTS normalization. If you are fan of PG, add this to your collection.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Concert!! September 25, 2013
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I saw this (POV/Live in Athens) concert tour in Dallas, Texas. It was my first Peter Gabriel (PG) concert, and to this day, my favorite concert EVER!!

Peter "connects" with his audience in a way few performers can. He feeds off the crowd energy, and is the one artist who consistently outperforms his studio tracks with his live renditions.

Those who were fortunate enough to see PG (& his amazing team) perform during this tour ought to feel extremely blessed & privileged. There are some magical moments in his Secret World & Growing Up tour performances, but the entire POV/Live in Athens tour was TRULY MAGICAL!!

This concerts versions of San Jacinto, Shock the Monkey, No Self Control, Mercy Street, Lay Your Hands On Me & In Your Eyes are the best of all the live performances I've witnessed. Biko is a close second to PG's Secret World tour.

If you are a long-time PG fan, I know you've likely been awaiting the release of this Bluray disc, which also LOOKS & SOUNDS AMAZING. I can [finally] put my Laserdisc version to bed. I had purchased 2 copies on Laserdisc, just in case one ever got damaged. That is how much I LOVED (was moved by) this concert performance, and this Bluray version is even better, as well as more complete.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars most underrated artist/songwrighter
i ain't no candidate as a musical genius, but in my opinion peter gabriel is as under appreciated an artist in my lifetime. Read more
Published 4 days ago by m. miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
classic...all the best songs with the passion of a live performance
Published 14 days ago by R. centanni
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Gabriel fans!
I'm so glad to see this is finally available in Blu Ray. I am Gabriel junkie, going back to the Genesis years. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Thomas Boothe
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away From this One!!!!
Must Like Genesis ,,I did but Audio is Horrible
Published 28 days ago by Lawrence R. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
I'm always a day late and a dollar short. I wasn't into the 'Peter Gabriel' thing when he was big back then but after seeing all of this I wish I had been.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Etoile de music
Qualiity work by the mixing team....especially stands up remixed Play the Videos....only star left unmarked comes for the misinformation on the cover sleeve... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ahmed Ahne
5.0 out of 5 stars He just gets better, and better
He should've been in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; MANY years prior to 2014.
Plug in and SING along
Published 1 month ago by Okie Katt
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performace by a master
Peter Gabriel is an amazing talent. Very creative in his music compositions, as well as his stage presence, and his abilities to be theatrical on stage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Peter Gabriel fans
This concert DVD (or BluRay) is an amazing representation of two periods in Mr. Gabriel's oeuvre, showing off first his classics from the 1980s, which touches on his earliest solo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben Schmitke
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of over-dubbing and it is obvious
First the good- the transfer and quality are terrific. The show is awesome and seeing Peter performing in his prime is great. The bad- the vocals are heavily overdubbed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Alcott
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