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Neil Diamond: Hot August Night/NYC - Live from Madison Square Garden [Blu-ray]

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Recorded live at New York's Madison Square Garden in August, 2008, the DVD and Blu-Ray include the entire show from beginning to end and feature 25 career-spanning hits from Neil's phenomenal four-night sold-out run at the fabled concert hall.

Also includes the exclusive bonus feature "Welcome Home Neil," a behind-the-scenes look at Diamond's pilgrimage to his childhood home in Brooklyn.

Blu-ray features full 1080p High Definition Picture, LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround Sound (48kHz/24 bit) Track listing: 1.Holly Holy 2.Street Life 3.Beautiful Noise 4.Love On The Rocks 5.Play Me 6.Cherry, Cherry 7.Thank The Lord For The Night Time 8.Home Before Dark 9.Don't Go There 10.Pretty Amazing Grace 11.Crunchy Granola Suite 12.Done Too Soon 13.Brooklyn Roads 14.I Am...I Said 15.Solitary Man 16.Kentucky Woman 17.Forever In Blue Jeans 18.Sweet Caroline 19.Sweet Caroline (Reprise) 20.You Don't Bring Me Flowers 21.Song Sung Blue 22.I'm A Believer 23.Man Of God 24.Hell Yeah 25.Cracklin' Rosie 26.America 27.Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show BONUS FEATURETTE: "Welcome Home Neil"


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Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Diamond
  • Directors: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Columbia
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030BOCKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By D. MCGUE on February 1, 2010
Format: DVD
Superb concert! Neil Diamond looks and sounds great! His voice has not changed! This DVD was recorded in 2008. The quality of the DVD is absolutely perfect in audio and video! He sang ALL his oldies, EXCEPT Hello Again, Shilo, Desiree, Longfellow Serenade, Heartlight, and September Morn. The audience at Madison Square Garden was clearly delighted!. I've been waiting for this since the Neil Diamond, Greatest Hits Live DVD of 1988 and I certainly was NOT disappointed!

The included CD, titled "Neil Diamond 10 Favorites", includes:
Cherry, Cherry
Shilo
Sweet Caroline
Hello Again
September Morn
Forever in Blue Jeans
Play Me
Pretty Amazing Grace
Love on the Rocks
America

In the "Welcome Home Neil" segment on the DVD, Neil Diamond revisits his childhood neighborhood and home in Brooklyn. It was cute that when he chatted with four African-American guys in their late teens, they "didn't have a clue" who he was. Later he chatted with his team and planned the concert.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Pfleeger on July 6, 2010
Format: DVD
Neil Diamond videos have been sort of hit or miss affairs over the years. Even though Diamond is known for doing great shows their power has not translated to video very well (see Greatest Hits Live). It can now be said that there is a Diamond concert video that captures the intensity of an actual show.

Shot by Hamish Hamilton,Hot August Night:NYC gives us a glimpse of the 2008 Tour in front of a hometown crowd who is in love with the entertainer. The show capures twenty-eight songs in just over two hours as Diamond takes us through most of his catalogue from his earliest hits to his latest Home Before Dark material. Backed by the band that has supported him for the past thirty years or so Diamond makes it look easy. The high point of the show is a rousing mid set Sweet Caroline that has the entire arena on its feet.

The only bonus feature is Neil Diamond Coming Home which takes the singer back to his old Brooklyn neighborhood and apartment fifty years later.

This is a worthwhile DVD to watch if you have an interest in one of America's most known singer songwriters.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By BluRay Fan on February 25, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What do you buy a blu ray musical performance for? Good video? yes, but you probably get it for the lossless audio track. The TrueHD track on this disc is very poor. It is more like 3.0 rather than 5.1. And the center channel is carrying at least 80-90% of the 3.0. The rear channels are non-existant. The stereo mix is brighter and has a better mix out of the front 3 channels. If you like Neil just get the DVD.

The video is good and the concert is superb like all of his concerts are. It is just that the disc is bad. I have over sixty blu-ray and HD DVD concert discs. This audio mix is one of the worst, similar to some of the first to come out 4-5 years ago. Rating purely on the audio. I would have given it one but Neil is outstanding.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Buchanan on March 2, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First of all I am a lifelong Neil Diamond fan. I saw this exact concert here in Denver. The great thing about this DVD/Blu-ray is that it is the only video I am aware of where we have a complete Neil Diamond concert. So I will rate in 3 categories.
Performance - Neil has been around for some time now. It has been awhile since the first Hot August Night. But luckily, he was in great voice for this concert. Much better than when I saw him live in Denver. Fans will not be disappointed. Full length concert in hi-def, does not get much better for fans.
Video - I would rate a little lower than I was hoping for here. Not quite as sharp as the best concerts, and some cameras were not as focused as others. But on most TVs, this will be a very pleasant picture.
Audio - again I have some minor issue here. Another review indicated the sound on the true 5.1 track is mostly center channel and almost no rears. Not sure how his system is set up, but that is not the case. The Blu-ray and DVD 5.1 tracks seem to be mastered about the same. The center channel is actually barely used. Vocal comes out of both left and right mains. Sound stage is all in front. Rears are fully engaged but used for arena ambience and crowd noise. Overall the sound is good, but vocals should be in the center channel, and overall sound is not quite as dynamic as the best concerts videos.

All said...a must for Neil Diamond fans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on April 10, 2010
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First off, let me say this, never mind what else you've read, this blu ray disc's surround audio is very good, not perfect but say a 4 or a 4 1/2 out of 5. I played it on a PS 3 connected HDMI to a digital amp with ability to decode the usual and the more recent audio formats and have this to report. The LPCM 2.0 output played through the stereo mode of the amp is satisfactory but nothing to shout about -- stable sound imaging, but congested with slightly boomy bass at higher volume. The Dolby True HD 5.1 output when I perversely played it through the 2 channel mode of the amp sounded worse. The sound was muffled with poor stereo image and sounded awful enough for me to switch off in a hurry. But this same True HD 5.1.output when properly decoded and played through the 5.1. mode of the amp brought back the smile to my face. The differential output through the various speakers varies of course with the track played but generally is about 20-25% each from R and L front, 15-20% subwoofer, 10-15% each from R and L rear speakers and only 10-15% from the central speaker. Despite this timid output from the centre however, the stereo imaging from the 2 front speakers is excellent and the vocals from Diamond and the backup singers are easily discernible even with the full band playing, down to the last p's and t's and sibilants. This type of mix is much preferable to one with a strong centre speaker output which overwhelms and destroys the stereo illusion (for audiophiles getting a centre speaker is akin to getting the bubonic plague). The interesting thing about this particular 5.1 mix is that whilst it uses the centre sparingly as an in between "filler", it uses it more as an ambience channel.Read more ›
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