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Simon and Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park (1982)

Paul Simon , Art Garfunkel , Louis J. Horvitz , Michael Lindsay-Hogg  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, David Brown, Pete Carr, Steve Gadd
  • Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Michael Lindsay-Hogg
  • Producers: Chuck LaBella, Dan Klores, Danny Harrison, Ian Hoblyn, James Signorelli
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Simon and Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Songs: Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, America, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Scarborough Fair, April Come She Will, Wake Up Little Susie, Still Crazy After All These Years, American Tune, Late in the Evening, Slip Sliding Away, A Heart in New York, Kodachrome, Maybellene, Bridge Over Troubled Water, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Boxer, Old Friends/Bookends, Feelin' Groovy, The Sound of Silence, Late in the Evening (reprise)

Editorial Reviews

What started as a suggestion for Paul Simon to play a concert in New York's Central Park blossomed, on September 19, 1981, as a full-blown Simon and Garfunkel reunion after an 11-year hiatus, and now proves a priceless snapshot of two of America's greatest folk-rock performers. (It's also the rightful bookend to Simon and Garfunkel's acoustic Live from New York City, 1967.)

Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch. The show features a mix of S&G and solo Simon tunes, including all the songs that appear on the CD, with the addition of a reprise of "Late in the Evening" and the first live performance of Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace." This is classic material from start to finish, 87 minutes of unmitigated beauty. --Michael Mikesell

Songs: Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, America, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Scarborough Fair, April Come She Will, Wake Up Little Susie, Still Crazy After All These Years, American Tune, Late in the Evening, Slip Sliding Away, A Heart in New York, Kodachrome, Maybellene, Bridge Over Troubled Water, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Boxer, Old Friends/Bookends, Feelin' Groovy, The Sound of Silence, Late in the Evening (reprise)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkel - Revisited. February 15, 2004
Format:DVD
I was happy to see Simon and Garfunkel in concert on their recent "Old Friends" tour, and was more than pleased by the performance of two men who, by all rights, should've been retired and not in the best of vocal form. The afterglow of the Philadelphia show led me to acquire this DVD from the 1981 Central Park reunion show. Since most of the songs from the current tour are reflected by the Central Park set list, it was worth it for me.

This DVD is actually better than I originally remember from watching it on TV. Maybe I was just too wrapped up in my new wave years (I was a junior in college at the time the album was released), but both men were in strong form vocally. It also meant that, as a greatest hits sort of show, all the bases are essentially covered. Even the Paul Simon solo material comes across as well matched (in particular, "American Tune" which rings truer in the post 9/11 world as it did back then). The instrumentation is a bit dated, Richard Tee's keyboards especially, but that's more the fault of the times than of performance.

And the performances here are superb. Oddly, the one major musical flub from the disc is "The Late Great Johnny Ace." It was Simon's tribute to John Lennon and is when a fan charges the stage, distracting Simon from the microphone. Art Garfunkel is relegated to only one solo hit here, and naturally it's "A Heart In New York." Just as "counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike" gets a huge outburst of applause (it did here in Philly, too), "Heart" brings the crowd to express itself with exuberence.

On the other hand, when Art begins to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it's hard not to notice that he can still sound like the folk singing choirboy of the sixties, and even more so for "The Sound of Silence.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desrves more than 5 stars! January 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video was recored live in Central Park on September 19, 1981. I think it deserves more than 5 stars. I think is the greatest video that ever was. Simon and Garfunkel sing infront of 500,000 people. It contains 2 extra songs that were cut from the album; The late great Johnny Ace, and Late in the evening(reprise). Durring The Late Great Johnny Ace, a duranged fan jumps on stage after Paul sings about John Lennon being shot. Paul gets real scared and the bouncer comes and grabs the kid and takes him away. The highlight of the evening I think is when Paul sang 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Art sings an OK version of Bridge over troubled water. Paul and Art play with an amazing backing band too. Also much of the dialogue that was cut from the record, is restored on the tape. Things such as intro's of songs, Paul introduces the band, and Paul had a speech about fireworks. I think it is great and you should buy it. You can't be considered a Simon and Garfunkel fan without it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia, terrific music, horrible DVD January 13, 2005
Format:DVD
Is there anyone who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s that isn't familiar with the terrific music of Simon and Garfunkel??

Well, this DVD of their 1981 reunion concert before 500,000 people in New York's Central Park brings back lots of fond memories, laced as it with nice renditions of classics like "Mrs. Robinson", "Scarborough Fair", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "The Boxer" and "The Sound of Silence".

Backed by a band of stellar musicians that included Richard Tee on piano and Steve Gadd on drums, the duo also run through some of their solo hits, like Simon's "Kodachrome".

Did I say the concert is terrfic?? Sure it is, but the DVD is truly horrible. The video looks only a little better than its VHS origins, and couldn't the music company have popped up the money for upgrading the plain Dolby Digital 2.0 track to a full-fledged surround track?? That would have made this a truly great package.

Even with these drawbacks, this is a must buy for S&G fans, as well as those seeking a DVD to acquaint themselves with the music of S&G.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great" Doesn't Even Come Close to a Fair Description! September 3, 2002
Format:DVD
A Simon & Garfunkel fan since 1965, I was thrilled to see this concert on HBO back in '81. Everyone who has reviewed it has said the music was fantastic, and it was. It was a reunion concert that left the audience completely satisfied. My reason for writing this review is really to comment on S & G's actions towards each other. They never spent much time looking at each other in ANY concert that I ever saw, so I didn't expect them to do so in Central Park. Some other reviewers have mentioned that, and stated, essentially, that they let petty bitterness show through. I never had that impression at any point. Several smiles were exchanged between them, as well as some of what I presumed to have been friendly comments between songs. During The Boxer, Art Garfunkel put his arm around Paul's shoulders a couple times...and let's not forget the easy way they each slung an arm around the other at the end of the show. I think they were, and are, true professionals who have more class than to display personal problems to their audience(s).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
I can't say enough good things about the concert and the performance. The music is wonderful and the duo sounds great together. The harmonies are lovely.
The 4 stars (rather than 5) is primarily for what the DVD lacks -- there are no extra features, and the instrumental solos seem very muted as compared to the vocals.
But the person who said that "The Late Great Johnny Ace" was cut must have gone off to the bathroom for a bit -- it's definitely there. It's true that the song title is not on the liner notes -- which is, perhaps, suggestive of how much care went into this DVD -- but the full song, complete with the fan coming up on stage while Paul Simon is singing, is there.
I hope they come out with a special edition of this DVD with improved sound mixing, better chapter selection (as others have noted, it's annoying to have two songs grouped into a chapter -- it should be one song, one chapter), accurate liner notes, and extra features (perhaps some commentary).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkle...
Can't beat it, if you've never seen this you should, Paul and Arty are so young, it was a different time...
Published 1 month ago by Roy Batty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concerts ever
Simon and Garfunkel together at Central Park was a once in a lifetime concert experience. Simon by himself will never be the success he was with Garfunkel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara S. Spickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best video of Simon & Garfunkel I've seen
The songs that they sing, the magic of that night, the sound of the duo...all make for an unforgettable concert. They never leave you wishing they'd chosen a different set list. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mccartneyalarmclock
5.0 out of 5 stars One problem
Loved the concert as I watched it on my computer. Problem - I missed PAL format note when ordering. Cannot play on any of my 3 DVD players
Published 1 month ago by JUDITH HAFER
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Country
While this disc is offered in the U.S., it will not play on U.S. DVD players because it is in the European format (PAL). The U.S. requires the NTSC format. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Francis Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The Concert in Central Park is definitely a classic event in music. The music is fantastic and the songs will live forever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Parlapiano, Jr
1.0 out of 5 stars amazon sucks
Very disappointed with the items I received! Neither of the dvd's worked! They were made for some foreign country not for usa. They were both for christmas presents. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jacqueline belding
1.0 out of 5 stars this does not play on a dvd player
when a customer lives in new york state in the usa you would think that the dvd would play on my new dvd player. very dissappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Grace Seitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of these complaints should perhaps be reconsidered?
Great concert; a must-have for anyone who grew up in that era (I would say also for those who did not). There is nothing wrong with it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Schechter
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know how this was ever sold on Amazon!
I don't know how this was ever sold on Amazon! I ordered it, and it came instantly. I thought that it was too good to be true. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. J. Tracy
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