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Nirvana: Live at the Paramount (2011)

Nirvana , Nirvana  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nirvana
  • Directors: Nirvana
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geffen Records
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EXA8XC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Featuring the following performances: 1 Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam 2 Aneurysm 3 Drain You 4 School 5 Floyd The Barber 6 Smells Like Teen Spirit 7 About A Girl 8 Polly 9 Breed 10 Sliver 11 Love Buzz 12 Lithium 13 Been A Son 14 Negative Creep 15 On A Plain 16 Blew 17 Rape Me 18 Territorial Pissings 19 Endless, Nameless

Product Description

If you are experiencing issues with playback of your Nirvana "Live At The Paramount" Blu-Ray, it is likely due to a Settings issue. The master and test discs have been QC'd numerous times on multiple players to confirm that they are correct. Here are some trouble-shooting solutions to consider:

1. Please make sure your player is running the latest firmware available from the manufacturer of your device. If not up to date, please update according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
2. Please try to power down your player (reboot) as this sometimes clears the cache of the player and remedies a playback issue.
3. If you are using a separate audio system for sound, please check to see if your system supports the audio configuration listed on the disc's packaging.
4. Verify the issue exists without any enhanced playback processing such as 120hz, 240hz or 600hz refresh rates or motion vector processing. Please consult your player's manual and/or manufacturer's technical support if you are not familiar with making these setting changes.
5. Check the setting on your audio receiver (if applicable) to verify the correct sound field is displayed for the audio configuration selected on the disc. If not, try different selections to see if this affects the playback.
6. Please consult your player's trouble-shooting guide or manufacture's technical support for any further steps.

Please note that great care was given to ensure a quality Blu-Ray disc was created. Audio/video synchronization playback issues have not been replicated at the manufacturer or releasing company testing facilities on multiple players.


Fresh off the release of what was soon becoming the seminal album of a generation, Nirvana took to the stage of Seattle's famed Paramount Theatre to an unwavering homecoming crowd while on the road in support of Nevermind. Launching the nineteen song set with a brilliant cover of the Vaselines "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam," the band cranks out their soon-to-be iconic songs "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Lithium" and "Breed," while delivering earlier fan favorites "School," "Love Buzz" and "About A Girl." The Paramount concert is the only show ever shot of the band on 16mm film and has been transferred to an incredibly detailed 1080p high definition picture. Mixed in 5.1 surround sound from the original multi-tracks, Nirvana - Live At The Paramount, will be available in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long form video formats on September 27, 2011.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed! September 30, 2011
I bought this in addition to the super deluxe box set because I wanted the show on blu-ray and not just standard DVD. I had read about the sync issues on the BD (after purchasing but before playing it), but was hoping it was just minor and that people were over-reacting. Not the case. It is HORRIBLE to watch! You hear Dave hit the snare almost a full second before seeing it. It's just inexcusable. And no, it isn't my player or receiver. I have watched countless other blu-rays on the same equipment and not a single one of them had audio/video sync issues. I tried watching the BD in every sound/visual combination possible. They were all the same; just bad. I couldn't even finish it. I put in the DVD that came with the super deluxe edition just out of curiosity. Sure enough, there are no sync issues at all on the DVD. The audio and video are in perfect time.

I'm with others that hope that there is a recall and reissue of this. I was really looking forward to this on BD and now it's just going to collect dust, unless Best Buy will let me return it. I would gladly buy a replacement if they fix the issue and reissue this.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars can something be an A+ and an F at the same time? September 28, 2011
By joeyjoe
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
10/31/91 was such a vital piece of musical expression! The band wrapped up their US nevermind tour with a stunning home-coming set at the paramount theatre. The band is firing on all cylinders, the sound in the venue is great, and the atmosphere/audience is energetic. In addition, the video transfer is breathtaking and the audio mix is solid. Sounds like an A+, right? welp, the audio and video are OUT OF SYNC with one another. The DVD is in sync, but the blu ray is out of sync! completely inexcusable! The blu ray should be re-called/re-released because this is an otherwise stellar product.

UPDATE: The above review was for the same product listed on this page (nirvana 10/31/91 blu ray), but the copy I initially purchased was from best buy (this blu ray was a best buy exclusive and was released by B.B. months ago). I returned the blu ray to best buy because it was defective (A/V played out of sync on a litany of different systems...including every blu ray/tv set up inside of the best buy store). Point is, contrary to the garbage stated by the manufacturer about this disc being perfectly fine, ITS NOT. PERIOD. I just received my copy from amazon today (1/12/12). I was hoping that the manufacturers had quietly corrected the glaring audio/video sync issues on the latest batch of blu rays that went out to amazon and other retailers etc. THEY DID NOT. Bottom line: the performance contained within this blu ray is amazing! the audio mix and the video transfer are both fantastic! However, the fact that the audio and video are unacceptably out of sync with one another makes this blu ray unwatchable. Of note: it appears all dvd copies of the show are correctly produced/sync'd and all blu ray copies of the show are defective (out of sync).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Complete Show, but Extras? September 27, 2011
I've been waiting for years for Geffen to release this, and I'm thankful they finally did. The video and sound blows the footage from LIVE TONIGHT! SOLD OUT! out of the water, and it's been remastered to HD. You get two viewing options: Original Full Frame, or Anamorphic Widescreen. That's great. What I am disappointed in is that the DVD has extra's, the Blu-Ray does not. With the DVD you get the four music videos from Nevermind (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium, and In Bloom). The Blu-Ray does NOT have these videos. That's a shame. Usually you get more features from the blu-ray. I'm not sure if this was an error or if this was intentional on Geffen's part. I bought the Super Deluxe Edition and the Blu-Ray since the Deluxe set only contains a DVD of the show. Just thought you'd like to know.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great concert; BAD sound sync. January 21, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Don't let the Director/Producer/Manufacturer reviews fool you into thinking that the BD doesn't have sound syncing issues. This isn't a simple customer correctible firmware fix and more than likely your equipment is NOT at fault. You can prove it for yourself by simply putting on two or three familiar concert BD and comparing the results. If your other concerts don't have syncing issues, ...guess what?

I have literally hundreds of video concerts on DVD and BD. None of my other BD concerts display synch problems. Why should this one?

The manufacturer says update your firmware, check the settings and empty the cache.

Folks, this isn't a cache problem, it's a CASH problem, and those who already have yours aren't likely to part with any of it in order to recall discs with an authoring problem. So, it's YOUR fault and will continue to be YOUR fault because after you've paid for the product it's easier for the Director/Producer/Manufacturer to blame "faulty" customers than to step-up and fix the problem.

My suggestion: if you want to see this concert without the syncing issues (and it is a good concert which makes this all the more frustrating), you're probably better off buying the DVD, ...and be sure to get the word out on this BD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still out of sync January 18, 2012
By Ben Q.
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After being out of stock for over a month, it came back in stock. Assuming this was a re-release with the audio issues fixed I ordered it.

Nope, same thing. Will be sending back. The fact they are actually still shipping these to stores with this obvious defect is insane.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicpimp Great show awesome filming and a must have for all ...
I was blessed that I caught sa show 3 months before Kurt's demise .I still know there is no way a heroine addict uses a shotgun for a suicide. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Musicpimp
1.0 out of 5 stars There ARE audio synchronization issues - this is the way to FIX them
This is a very good and very well filmed performance by the band in one of the best of its days. The band is energetic and not tired or bored yet, the venue is right (not too big)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrius Dobrotinas
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't listen or view this purchase
Thie was purchased for a 16 year old who was fascinated by Nirvana. He was pleased to receive this gift but I can't really rate this.
Published 5 months ago by gramsf
5.0 out of 5 stars great period
It came on time. Was a fair price. Brand new, perfect condition. Awesome DVD, most definitely! It was all around a great purchase.
Published 5 months ago by Tommy Utt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Nirvana. Of course, every man who likes rock music, knows this band, which is associated with "grunge". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Full Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana: Live at the Paramount
Nirvana: Live at the Paramount this spectacular concert nirvana love this excellent group for collection for fans of this band
Published 8 months ago by Julia
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray - audio out of sync with video
This is a review of the Blu-ray disc specifically. It appears that the sound is approximately 100-150ms out of sync with the video. The DVD does not appear to have this problem. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show - great footage
It's Nirvana just before they exploded all over the world. They sound great and it's shot on film. What more do you want?
Published 9 months ago by Chris L. Patridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of alternative music!
My mother is a big Nirvana fan, & she loves these live DVDs. The band wasn't around for very long in comparison to some. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana, one of the greatest bands of all time
Are you kidding me? if you love music particularly Grunge you have to have this DVD. Nirvana is clearly in there prime during this concert. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rickey G.13
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Where is the Blu-Ray version?
I heard in another forum that Best Buy has an exclusive on the blu-ray for 1 month. I also heard they have an exclusive on the Super Deluxe Nevermind for 1 month as well. This would explain the lack of a pre-order for the blu-ray, and why the release date for the super deluxe set was pushed back... Read More
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