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Filmed over two performances in Rotterdam, Holland in October of 2007, Rush's new DVD Snakes & Arrows Live captures the legendary band in peak form, performing classic Rush material and nine new songs from their critically acclaimed 2007 CD Snakes & Arrows. The 2-disc concert DVD is presented in both 5.1 audio and stereo, and also included is a bonus disc of four songs added for their 2008 American tour, including "Ghost of a Chance," filmed here for the first time.

Since the release of their eponymous first LP in 1974, Rush has continually expanded the definition of "progressive power trio." Guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart combine dazzling virtuosity, laser-beam intensity and unbridled creativity to create a cohesive whole that's infinitely greater than its parts. The Toronto-based group has become one of Canada's leading exports, with a catalog of genre-defining releases including 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Vapour Trails and Snakes & Arrows and a live show which combines musicianship, showmanship and multi-media effects that engage all the senses. Following their previous best-selling DVDs Rush in Rio and R30, Snakes & Arrows Live presents a band not resting on its considerable laurels but still earning its reputation as one of the world's best live bands - one night at a time.


Disc 1
1. Limelight
2. Digital Man
3. Entre Nous
4. Mission
5. Freewill
6. The Main Monkey Business
7. The Larger Bowl
8. Secret Touch
9. Circumstances
10. Between the Wheels
11. Dreamline

1. What's That Smell (DVD Content)
2. 2007 Tour Outtakes
3. What's That Smell Outtakes
4. Far Cry (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage)
5. The Way the Wind Blows (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage)
6. Red Sector A from the R30 Tour

Disc 2
1. Far Cry
2. Workin' Them Angels
3. Armor and Sword
4. Spindrift
5. The Way the Wind Blows
6. Subdivisions
7. Natural Science
8. Witch Hunt
9. Malignant Narcissism - De Slagwerker
10. Hope
11. Distant Early Warning
12. The Spirit of Radio
13. Tom Sawyer

14. One Little Victory
15. A Passage to Bangkok
16. YYZ

Disc 3
Oh, Atlanta - The Authorized Bootlegs
1. Ghost of a Chance
2. Red Barchetta
3. The Trees
4. 2112/The Temples of Syrinx

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zoe
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 221 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G5ZKZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By CQ DX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've been a Rush fan since 1912... kidding, since 1976. The 'fossil' that I am, i've probably seen them at least 40 times live beginning with the 'Farewell To Kings' tour way back when. I have all their CD's and DVD's. I have played their LP's (vinyl records) on an old 'Fisher' tube stereo receiver with 'Realistic' (Radio Shack) speakers, and 8-track tapes back in the day (70's). As an older '40-something' audiophile now thankfully making more than a high school kid did back then, I can now listen to them via high-end McIntosh equipment and Magneplanar hi-res speakers. Rush never sounded better! That said, and with my high expectations, this 'Snakes & Arrows' live DVD is INCREDIBLE, visually and sonic-wise! THIS IS HOW A LIVE CONCERT DVD SHOULD BE DONE! The camera work is stellar, with a good mix of closeups, medium range, and whole stage shots. Audio is excellent, both in stereo and in 5.1. And best of all, Rush is in absolute top form, moving, playing, and singing as if they were 25 again! This is a MUST OWN concert for Rush and/or prog rock fans!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Morin on November 27, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Absolutely flawless! This BD has absolutely stunning camera work, and incredible sound, especially watching it in DTS-HD Master Audio. Amazing that they are only charging $20 for the BD version...This could easily be priced at $30. Every fan needs this in their collection. Rush n Rio was great, R30 was Excellent, this hands down tops both of those.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By D. Webb on December 13, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
My first Blu-Ray purchase ever (this was the release to actually convince me to buy my Blu-Ray player). I knew once Rush had their first Blu-Ray true-HD product that I would take the plunge. I'm glad that I did. I could go on and on about the superiority over DVD, but this release proves why the time is now to upgrade your home theater setup. If you are a Rush fan, this package will return you to the concert hall over and over and over...with an almost godlike seat at the show. I saw the S&A Tour live from 14th row floor, but THIS is far more enjoyable. And there is something to be said when a 5-inch disc made of plastic can contain footage and sound that trumps (in my opinion) an actual live experience. Suffice it to say I have a very large home theater system which includes a sound section that rivals some installations at local bars for their hi-tech dance floors. Today they sell speakers with little 8-inch drivers they call "woofers". I feel so bad that Bose and others went the direction of "scientific and dainty". My speakers are over 7 years old and I'm never switching until the industry gets back to power. My L&R mains and L&R surrounds have (2) 12-inch woofers, each! My subwoofer channel is carried by an 800watt rack amplifier driving two 18-inch woofers in commercial dance floor cabinets. They make *wind* if necessary. I am mentioning all this because I found the surround mix on the R30 Tour DVD to be "OK" and all previous releases (Rush in Rio and back) to be pooooor. The stereo mixes were fine, but somebody was drunk when they did the Dolby Digital mixes...muddy and yucky. S&A Live on Blu-Ray has a phenominal (and I mean phenominal) DTS-HD audio mix that *exactly* recreates the live experience. Perfect tone, mix, warmth, ambience, and depth.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 24, 2008
Format: DVD
"It's the best!! First off, it's RUSH. This concert is amazing. From the many HD cameras capturing the entire concert to the AC3 Dolby 5.1 surround. This is the entire concert to ~ very video on the back screen, every song, and every announcement. The extras features are really funny and you also get an additional 4 songs Live from the tour. This is a treasure for every RUSH fan. If you saw Snakes & Arrows Live then you will remember Geddy filming the audience when they said, "Hi Canada". The DVD includes snippets of audiences from different cities. This DVD has it all.

Thank you Geddy, Alex, and Neil"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Camera Eye on December 30, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
I was just thinking about it and it occurred to me that this is a perfect product for me to review. Why? Rush has been my favorite band since 1978. Ok, Dream Theater has tied that mark since 1992, but I digress... I am a semi-professional photographer (i.e. picture quality) for 6 years (and a photographer for 35 years & have been a more than obsessive hobbyist, but the recording kind (6 CD's in the last 18 years), musician for 25 years, with Rush as one of my key influences. And of course, I've seen them on every tour since 1980 and I saw them 5 times on the tour from which this was culled. So, OK, it's not from a neutral perspective. But it is from a very knowledgeable perspective. This review is from one Rush fan to another...

With that said, having seen the show twice on leg 1 and 3 times on leg 2, I can say the contents of this DVD compared to my memory of the five shows I saw ranks equal to the second best of those two and thus slightly less than the best show out of all five.

The first leg shows were unique in that not 1, but 3 songs that either had not been played live at all (Entre Nous) or not in roughly 24 years or more (Digital Man, Circumstances) were included in the setlist. Only Digital Man remained from those 3 in the second leg. However, Ghost of a Chance, a gem of a song from Roll the Bones, which had been sadly ignored since that tour, was added in place of Entre Nous on the second leg and a few more classic standards were played as well. This tour included the most material from a new album by Rush (Snakes & Arrows) since the late 80's, and the quality of the newest album warranted this.

Rush is the type of band that likes to settle on a set list and continue perfecting the execution of it throughout the tour.
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SNAKES & ARROWS Live DVD = Nov., 25th , 08
not much info listed Officially, but is the Blu-Ray the same (221 minutes total run time i've read for this set) as the regular version? and why is this BluRay listed at 1 Disc at only $20.99, whereas the regular release says it's like $24.99, & it says here that the BR for this is 1 disc only... Read More
Oct 1, 2008 by S. Sequeira |  See all 4 posts
s&a live blu ray?
Both the blu-ray and the 3 disc set have the same runtime of 221 minutes.
Oct 7, 2008 by nickatrounder |  See all 8 posts
Name 5 Rush songs you'd like to see return to their set list on the next...
How about:
1. Chain Lightning - Never been played - wouldn't it be a great opener?
2. Xanadu - Oh, yes.
3. Fly by Night
4. A Farewell to Kings
5. Driven - Sounded better live in person than on the Different Stages live CD
Mar 24, 2009 by Bayou Bengal |  See all 33 posts
Will Previous RUSH DVD's be released on Blu-Ray?
R30 is out on Blu-ray. I doubt the Replay collection will be released on Blu-ray because "Grace Under Pressure" and "A Show of Hands" were shot on videotape and there would be no real gain in resolution if they were transferred to HD.
Jun 29, 2011 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 2 posts
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