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The Concert For New York City (2001)

Jon Bon Jovi , David Bowie , Jerry Seinfeld , Kevin Smith  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Nick Carter (II), Eric Clapton, Howie Dorough
  • Directors: Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Smith, Woody Allen, Edward Burns, Ric Burns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 245 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V1WV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Concert For New York City" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Recorded live at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2001
  • Net proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund
  • Play music only option

Editorial Reviews

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On October 20, 2001, this now-historic concert took place at Madison Square Garden, a mere six weeks after the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Thousands of firefighters, police officers, survivors, families, and fans witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event as, in the space of nearly six hours, many legendary musical performers donated their time and their talent to one of the greatest causes ever, in the process giving their audience an unforgettable burst of pure emotion.

Organized by Sir Paul McCartney, the Concert for New York City was an overwhelming experience that deserves to be saved for posterity. The two-CD audio recording is crammed with dozens of superb performances but doesn't give a sense of the whole show that this two-DVD set certainly does. Not only can we relive such seminal performers from that evening as the Who, David Bowie, John Mellencamp, and Sir Paul himself, we can see the charming and personal short films made for the occasion by such New York filmmakers as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, or the dozens of celebrities and unsung firefighters and police officers who immortalized that day with their stories and musical introductions.

There is one quibble: the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," one of the blues standards Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy played, and McCartney's "From a Lover to a Friend" and "Lonely Road" are all missing, which seems curious, considering that the entire show could have easily fit onto two DVDs. So don't erase that videotape you made of the concert the night it aired, because that remains the definitive version. But this DVD (with very good Dolby 5.1 surround sound) comes close. --Kevin Filipski

Product Description

Recorded on October 20th, 2001, this special 2 volume set captures the historic event at Madison Square Garden, as top artists came together to perform and pay tribute to the World Trade Center victims. In addition to the music performed, Hollywood's fin

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One reason to buy: The Who!!! December 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Once again, the Who show just why they are the greatest Rock and Roll band to ever walk the earth. There show was simply amazing. To hear the ovation they got at the end was truly shocking. They get it started with Who Are You and Pete is just amazing in his windmilling. Entwistle keeps it all together on bass and Daltrey gets the crowd going, while Starkey does a fine job on drums. Baba O'reilly and the reaction the crowd gives after hearing the first few cords brings goosebumps to everyone. Daltrey shows hes still go it with a killer harmonica solo in the end. Behind Blue Eyes brings everyone down to tears, only to pick us up again at the end of the song. And in Wont Get Fooled Again, Townshend and Entwistle go crazy, while Daltrey wails away at our ear drums. Starkeys drum solo at the end is just fantastic, and Daltrey gives one more screaming "Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" at the end. They were simply amazing. As Billy Crystal said, they "Just blew me away. Absolutely blew me away."
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Catharsis May 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I am a NYC Police Officer who found comfort and catharsis at this concert. I am grateful to those performers and to the Americans celebrating this music. Seeing the faces of my fellow Americans who gave themselves over to Rock and Roll for a mercurial moment made me proud yet overwhelmingly sad. I know that a lot of my fellow civil servants often have trouble reaching certain levels of emotion and, through good old fashioned Rock and Roll, we were able to let go. Listening again to those first few crashing chords from THE WHO still gives me chills. I know how every one of us was feeling at that moment.
This is not just great classic music -- this music defines us. We grew up on it. Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, James Taylor --this music fueled our youths and made us who we are. After September 11, 01 we found new meaning to these lyrics just as we had discovered more about ourselves. We should be proud to celebrate this music, in a country that lets us play it freely and with the volume all the way up. It reminds us how powerful music can be and how healing. I replay this concert over and over. I recall the images of every wife and girlfriend, wearing their hero's hat and clutching them with all of their might, grateful for that precious moment together. I have new-found love for life, for life's simple pleasures.
Perhaps the concert's newest artist summed it as well as the veteran acts that night. In a song I have loved since I first heard it last summer, though I never fully knew what it meant until that night: "Five For Fighting", SUPERMAN -- "I wish that I could cry. Fall upon my knees. Find a way to lie. About a home I'll never see. It may sound absurd but don't be naive. Even heroes have the right to bleed. I may be disturbed but don't you concede? Even heroes have the right to dream. It's not easy to be me...."
God Bless America.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Concert Ever...With a Few Exceptions June 14, 2004
Format:DVD
Overall, 99% of this concert is very good. David Bowie, the Who, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Elton John all played fantastic sets here. But I have a problem with some of the other music. Eric Clapton plays "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," totally unreated to 9/11. Jay-Z also had no business appearing at this show, especially if the only piece he can come up with is "H to the Izzo." My other complaint is that this DVD is incomplete. Two Paul McCartney songs, one Eric Clapton song, one Goo Goo Dolls' first song, and a good cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends" are all missing. The entire 6-hour concert could've easily been released. But what's here, for the most part, is very good. So on the whole, this is a good buy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Despite the unfortunate historic events connotated with this incredible music event, during which I was just a naive 8th grader, this concert introduced me to some great music that still continues to inspire me today. After flicking through the TV channels until I came up to the first thing I saw on VH1, it was the Who doing Baba O' Riley at this concert. This was pretty much my very first conscious exposure to rock and roll, and what an amazing revelation it was! The Who saved this young impresionable mind from the attractive grip of banal MTV culture. I now have almost every Who CD and follow by my personal creed that the Who is the greatest rock and roll band in the world. I'm greatly thankful that such a phenomenal band was there to lighten the spirits of all those New Yorkers during those tough times with the healing power of Rawk and Roll! Oh yeah, and Bowie performs Heroes, one of the best songs he ever wrote, and it had an extra special impact on the audience that night.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show January 18, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This show was amazing for a number of reasons, particularly due to its ability to get NYC back on its feet after 9/11. As far as the music goes, Pete Townshend and The Who absolutely stole the show. Those guys were incredible. My six year-old son has sworn off the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync for good after seeing The Who do their thing. Nice performances by Clapton, Mick and Keith as well as James Taylor. Paul McCartney was a little hoarse but it was great to see him nevertheless. Adam Sandler was hysterical, while Hillary Clinton got booed off the stage (what were they thinking when they put her in front of that crowd!). A must have DVD.
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Published 6 days ago by Karen Utz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable.
Published 24 days ago by Beth Gilbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 25 days ago by William Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great concert, a must have for anyone who lived through 9/11 and wants to remember the spirit of NYC
Published 2 months ago by Michael L. Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert for a Great cause!
Five star rating for the stars and musicians who performed to raise money for the victims families who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Dobrzynski
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Celebration of LIFE
A GREAT celebration of ongoing life, a month after 9/11. There is rarely a performance on these disks which doesn't bring a reddened eye, with its special meaning, to both... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vyllyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
An Awesome Concert. a great line up of stars if your a musician or just a music lover? This "Concert for New York City" DVD is for you!
Enjoy,
Richie.
Published 8 months ago by Richard DeMayo
5.0 out of 5 stars great remembrance
Not only great music, but Opera Man plus the "...Osama Bin Laden, you can kiss my royal Irish a$$!" speech. Read more
Published 11 months ago by elizabeth m. thune
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Wonderful DVDs! This is a very meaningful production. My favorite is the opening act, with David Bowie singing "America"! Fantastic!
Published 11 months ago by Christine Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars I got ripped off
recieved the CD's and they are blank...NO MUSIC ON THEM. TOTALLY DISGUSTED. and I cannot return them because i threw out all the paper work...never again
Published 12 months ago by Theresa Krause
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