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Pictures At An Exhibition (Special Edition) (2010)

Emerson Lake & Palmer  |  NR |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Emerson Lake & Palmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S6T68A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Pictures At An Exhibition was filmed at the Lyceum in London in December 1970. A slightly different version was
recorded for a live album release in Newcastle in early 1971. The film version was finally released in cinemas in 1973
and has had brief previous releases on VHS and DVD. This new special edition, forty years on from when it was
originally filmed, has the most complete version of the film available and is presented in the best possible sound and
picture quality, complete with the original seventies psychedelic effects. The band is in fantastic form and their
awesome musicianship is instantly apparent.

Pictures At An Exhibition: 1) Promenade 2) The Gnome 3) Promenade 4) The Sage 5) The
Old Castle 6) Blues Variation 7) Promenade 8) The Hut Of Baba Yaga 9) The Curse Of Baba Yaga 10) The Hut Of Baba Yaga
11) The Great Gates Of Kiev 12) Take A Pebble 13) Knife Edge 14) Rondo Bonus: Pop Shop 1971 - 1) Interview 2) Rondo
3) Nutrocker 4) Take A Pebble 5) Knife Edge 6) Blues Jam / Nutrocker
Bonus Features The previously unreleased live performance from the Belgian TV show Pop Shop from 1971.
Original theatrical trailer for Pictures At An Exhibition .

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's have a real review of the product, shall we? August 27, 2010
By Chuck
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having just finished reinforcing my sagging old postal box in anticipation of the oncoming barrage of hate mail, I'd like to present a few points about this release which you might find usefull.
The Amazon Editorial review is pretty complete and accurate so refer to that for DVD specifics (sans ranting and raving.) There's one thing they didn't mention since the DVD cover (insert actually) gets it wrong. The jacket states that the sound is PCM Stereo. It is most certainly NOT stereo, in PCM or any other format. It is the same mono soundtrack that the previous DVD had, at least as far as the P@aE concert is concerned. I've never previously seen the Belgian TV footage that is included here, but it also is simple mono, issued from both L & R channels. I listened carefully to the entire disc (over 100 minutes longer than the previous one!) in Sony headphones and there is not a single sound from either side that is not precisely duplicated on the other. Credit Eagle Rock Entertainment for having the sense to NOT create a fake digital stereotrack, which would've been easy with today's mastering software, and keeping the film's original integrity. I don't pretend to know if the original audio recordings still exist somewhere, but I DO know that remixing and sync-ing them for this edition WOULD be a hellatiously time-consuming and expensive project, and the few die-hard ELP fans like you and me out there just plain don't rate it. Fact of life...
That said, I'm delighted to have this even though I bought the 2001 version not long ago, and it's the ONE to have if you don't own this piece of prog history. The extras are extensive and as good or better than the centerpiece suite. As ELP were known for, they almost never played songs "straight" like you'd hear them on a studio album.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHEN will ELP's Camp Get This One Right?? July 30, 2010
I've said it before, in previous reviews: the ELP camp consistently &^@!!?!!'s on its fan base. After all these years...the constant complaint about this concert has been the superimposed psychodelic and cartoon crap. I read once that a "clean" videotape copy exists, sans the obnoxious effects. I've hoped against hope that someday "they'll" get it right...apparently not. After all, these are the same people who blew it with the "Beyond the Beginning" DVD ( California Jam footage out of sync with the audio, while stereo audio from the one-time FM simulcast exists; a disjointed montage of concert clips, etc ).

Fortunately for me, another reviewer posted that the "bonus" concert is nothing other than the Masters of the Vaults footage, already out for a few years. That footage, too, hasn't been changed...more superimposed images, albeit not as blatantly obnoxious as the Lyceum debacle. Tell me again just where the incentive for buying this latest rip-off is?

If anybody from ELP's management happens to be reading this...I won't buy this concert until you get it right. NOBODY WANTS MARVEL COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS ON TOP OF THIS PERFORMANCE. If you STILL don't understand, back up and read this again. That means actually going to the trouble of doing some research,and tracking down that pristine copy...we'll wait. We'd rather you take your time, and GET IT RIGHT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film of an often underrated band August 28, 2010
Prog-rock, for sure, so if you don't like that; this isn't the thing for you. But if you like a creative combination of classical music, rock techniques and showmanship, and some great writing, this is the deal. Some of the music is very beautiful. And for those of us who're a bit older, it brings back the wonderful innocence and excitement people had at seeing this sort of thing live. Excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a wasted opportunity April 11, 2011
I never saw ELP live but I remember seeing the movie of Pictures (along with 'Woodstock' and 'Grave New World' - a fantastic triple bill) back in the early 70's. That was a good version. This version, with all the needless psychedelic add-ons is dreadful. There is a place for cartoons and psychedelia - for example, they were an integral, and I think valuable, part of The Old Grey Whistle Test - but here, they are totally distracting and disruptive. I cannot bear to watch this movie. (Of course, the music is good.)

As with many other commenters, I hope that at some time the real video is released.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same? November 10, 2010
I have both Pictures at an Exhibition DVD's the Lyceum DVD, and the more well known one.
While the Lyceum DVD offers a few extra songs, the cartoon overlays
are three times more annoying. I'm as big an ELP fan as anyone, but I'm going
to pass without even watching this DVD. One day, preferability before I pass
to see them 'Live in Heaven', I'd like to see the straight no cartoon version.
Hey boys (ELP) your fan base isn't growing, it's getting older and wiser.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Those cartoons. After all these years these marvel cartoons hasn't been removed from this ELP historical performance and now they are presented as psychedelic effects (laughs).

This is an authentic early performance with no gimmicks or overdubs. The band performance and image are very good and naive: K Emerson, in his brand new suit, fighting with the oscillators of his new MOOG synthesizer; G Lake is absolutely fantastic in the breathtaking acoustic solo; C Palmer was even then a solid drummer and it can be seen trying to get into the rhythm on a part of The Great Gates of Kiev.

The extra material was already available on previous DVD Master from the Vaults.

I recommend this DVD but I put one star just because the cartoons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars real retro
While it is a good video I think that I would have been better just buying the CD as it really is the music that I love
Published 14 months ago by Captain Pugwash
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
The music is great, and I expected a "live concert" atmosphere, but some dimwit(s) decided that the addition of sophomoric "psychelic effects" (often prolonged and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by William J. Libera
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition version provides footage of songs not otherwise easy...
I now have both the regular version of this disk and the Special Edition. Being a huge ELP fan, getting the extra songs on the Special Edition version was a special treat. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh....
Not the best ELP live disc. I prefer Live at the Royal Albert Hall or Live at Montreaux. This is cool to see them in their early days but the sound and production is just not that... Read more
Published 19 months ago by BassJas
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus feature = most of Brussels 1971 film
In addition to the December 9, 1970 London Lyceum footage, this "Special Edition" includes a bonus feature consisting of most of the February 6, 1971 concert shot at Theater 140 in... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Vote Libertarian
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy
DO NOT BUY! This is the worst video I have ever seen. Most of the best bits are COVERED over with someone showing off their immature psychedelic color washing or comic book... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Timothy J. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Get Rid of the Cartoons
I too would pay good $$$ for a copy of this without the cartoons. Not worth buying otherwise. Just get the CD.
Published on February 4, 2011 by Frankolino
2.0 out of 5 stars Great performance overshadowed by special effects
For a collector its worth it. The music and live performance is ELP historic. The special effects layered over the live performance takes away from your imagination. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Filbyrocks5
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Bonus Material, Crappy Main Feature
The psychedelic stuff did not look good and there was way to much of it in the main part of the feature. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by shiloh sales
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP-PICTURES.
Published on October 20, 2010 by music man
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