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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (DD 5.1 Surround), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geffen Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 97.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MRRRAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NIRVANA'S LEGENDARY NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED 1992 READING CONCERT

Ranked #1 in Kerrang Magazine's "100 Gigs That Shook The World" and voted as "Nirvana's #1 Greatest Moment" by fans in an NME poll, Nirvana's historic August 30, 1992 headlining appearance at the UK's Reading Festival is one of the most bootlegged concerts in the annals of rock n roll. Now, fans will have an opportunity to own a pristine copy of that entire performance -- color-corrected video from the original film with audio sourced from the original multi-track masters. Nirvana Live At Reading will be issued in a limited edition CD+DVD Deluxe Edition as well as DVD-only, CD-only configurations on November 3, 2009, followed by a 2LP version on November 17, 2009.

Review

"Nirvana headlining at Reading in 1992 was something you had to see, and if you didn't see it then it was something you pretended you saw." -- Kerrang (October 2003)

"The staggering energy and intensity radiating from the stage never let up... Cobain's ravaged pop songs coming off like some dream marriage of the Sex Pistols and the Beatles, borne on bracing waves of distorted guitar noise." -- Rolling Stone (October 29, 1992)

Customer Reviews

Kurt and the band were amazing on this dvd concert.
Kevin Macak
Regardless, I was very happy when the DVD came in perfect shape and on time.
Jess
I'm a huge fan of metal music but always loved Nirvana.
Juan Dugand Llano

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Chauncey Gardner on November 3, 2009
Format: DVD
In a word - amazing! Live At Reading serves as a vibrant reminder as to why Nirvana belongs in the pantheon of great rock bands, and how they may likely be the last great and meaningful band to emerge in the past twenty years. Live At Reading captures the band at a crossroads - just a year before in 1991, the band played the very same festival, but was relegated to an afternoon performance somewhere in the middle of the multi-day, multi-band gathering. Just a year later, they would be arriving as conquering anti-heroes, having in the space of a year, accomplished the small feat of changing the face of music. Now the festivals headliners, Nirvana - and particularly Kurt Cobain, had become the subject of much public attention, and amidst a cloud of rumours and innuendo stirred up by the press, the appearance was as much anticipated for the spectacle as it was for the expected performance, a performance that would be the bands final in the U.K. What is captured on tape, hardly comes across as a band in its final moments - Live At Reading explodes with ferocity and moments of sheer brilliance. Granted it has its less than sparkling moments, but those are few and far between, and seem more a by-product of a band at odds with its own success, and adding verity to event.

The moments where Nirvana truly shine are too many to mention - the performance of "School" displays the skills and sound which made Dave Grohl such a key addition to the band. His drumming matches the visceral attack of Kurt's vocals, turning the performance into a thundering pummel that churns the crowd into a sea of screaming bodies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MatthewW on July 2, 2010
Format: DVD
I'm not going to go into detail about what an amazing musician/performer Kurt Cobain was. You know the name, you know the sound, etc. This concert is a must have. Kurt gets wheeled out onto the stage as if the backstage area was a hospital, and proceeds to rip through a set of tunes that are as relevant today as they were in '92. Just buy this, put your feet up, grab a beer, cocktail, ur girlfriend/boyfriend etc.. and watch this band sing and play their hearts out for you! Yes this is THAT good! Hey Kurt, wherever you are thanks for the music & ROCK ON DUDE!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Quesada on December 23, 2009
Format: DVD
One of the things that struck me eventually, was the fact that here were just three lone wolfs and the sound they managed to make was amazing! Most of the bands I can think of are at least 4, most are 5 person bands. And along came Nirvana with three....and played awesomely ! Not having had the opportunity to ever see the band live, this recording is absolutely fabulous to have. I TRULY HOPE THE NIRVANA CAMP PUTS OUT ONE OF THE IN UTERO CONCERTS at some point because I would surely buy it as well. I assume eventually they will & they should. Contrary to what some people know of Cobain's views, he was a paradox when it came to his success in that he wanted commercial validation, and the money from it, as much as the next guy, but certainly shunned the notoriety associated with it.

At the time of this concert he was at a particularly difficult time in his life concerning his family - his daughter was born just 2 weeks prior and the child was removed from their care because of an article appearing in Vanity Fair painting the couple as unfit parents. I read about the incident in two sources and was struck with an idea of the terrible horror I would feel if someone had taken my child from me at any time, let alone shortly after birth. Irregardless of whether there was enough evidence pointing to the possibility of child endangerment due to drug use, I believe the state agency handling the affair should have considered (and had more compassion) a more humane way of handling the whole matter.

So if anyone was wondering why Cobain looked the way he did in the video (actually not as bad as you would think given the circumstances) yet I could see the strain in the man's face during the performance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Gadke on November 10, 2009
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I loved the MTV Unplugged performance and this is a great show with the normal amplified format....or Nirvana at FULL POWER !!! A must have for your collection if your a fan !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Howard on December 29, 2009
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This is a great set-list. The band sounds at their best, although you can see some stress between the band members. They even end the show in their trade-mark ways. Fun to re-live what a nirvana live show was all about. I miss them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Wie on December 30, 2009
Format: DVD
This concert was fortunate to be preserved in time for the enjoyment of all future generations, to offer insight into the culture of an era that redefined the polished trend of music. This is a phenomenal concert.

Part of what makes this DVD great is how unrefined the final product is. Parts where the band faltered were left in instead of edited out. One instance of this is very apparent in "Sliver" where Kurt Cobain starts the song off singing off key, holds back a laugh, and continues to try to find the right note. I would have been exceedingly disappointed if this was edited out. Everything about this concert has been done in tune with the philosophy of the grunge movement in the late 80s and early 90s. Everything from the on stage stumbling dancer Tony Hodgkinson (who "still writes all [their] songs," =) to the chanting of the crowd, singing the songs with equal vocal force against the amplifiers of the band.

Its the small things which make this show interesting. The crowd roaring the lyrics of "Dumb," which was not even on an album yet, and Krist remarks "The power of the bootleg, Kurt!" the tongue in cheek sense of humor of Kurt Cobain being wheeled out to the microphone in a blond wig, all make this an "must have" for any Nirvana fan.

That said, this dvd does have its downside.

For one, some critics have called this "the greatest concert of all time," and while despite being a huge Nirvana fan for years, this simply is not true. Its a great concert, but it by no means tops the performances of Woodstock and various other legendary events.

Another issue, which I actually decided not to give the 5th star for, was the lack of interviews or bonus features.
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