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The History Of Iron Maiden, Part 1: The Early Days (Two-Disc Edition) (1981)

Iron Maiden  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Iron Maiden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B29Z2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 2-DVD set chronicles the first part of the Iron Maiden story - from their beginnings as a group of teenagers in London's East End through their huge breakthrough third album, The Number Of the Beast. Included is a fantastic collection of rare and pr

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop thinking. Start buying. February 20, 2005
I avoided buying this for a while. Anytime I see old footage and do NOT see 5.1 Digital Dolby, I suspect the worst. Still, with a holiday gift card in my hand and Iron Maiden love in my heart I made the leap.

Disc One: 3.5 stars

Right away I was amazed. I simply could NOT believe how good "Live at the Rainbow" sounded! I mean if this old show sounded like THIS I was in for a real treat. Not being a fan of the D'ianno era I was still interested from the aspect of history. Then the "Beast Over Hammersmith" started. I thought it sounded a bit over done but I dialed my sub woofer down a bit and was generally pleased with the results. I patiently sat through some duplicate songs... waiting for '83. I mean Live at Dortmund was a later show right? The sound was bound to be killer right? Well, it was terrible! Sour mono mixed with periods of the tape being eaten or stretched, you choose, but I was decidely diappointed, especially when I heard snippets from this very show on the interview portion with a very NICE pseudo "surround" (like the first two concerts!). I'm not sure what happened here, but it's quite obvious not enough care was put into this.

Disc Two: 4.5 stars

To say the interview left no stone unturned would be an understatement. I learned so much about how the band was formed and saw so many past members I came to the conclusion most of England at one time was a part of Maiden:) At any rate, my 4.5 stars are definately devoted to the interview which spans 90 minutes and 91 members. It's not without its faults though; they spend way too much time discussing what Steve Harris had for lunch and not enough about why key members left. Still, I love the effort. The rest here does little for me.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time great music DVDs June 28, 2006
During their early days from 1980 to 1983, Iron Maiden was most likely the greatest metal act on the planet. This double DVD catalogs that time in enthralling detail. Three shows, a 90-minute documentary, and a host of other goodies make this one of the most complete DVDs ever produced for a band. The DVD is a fantastic buy for its price, and the material is essential for any metal fan. Buy this now.

If you still need more convincing, think on this. Three shows are included on Disc 1 from each of the three years between 1981-83. Live at the Rainbow, the first show, is a half-hour sprint through Maiden's earliest, punkiest material featuring original frontman Paul Di'Anno. Di'Anno turns in a great show here, and makes you wish he was still with Maiden - until you see the 1982 Beast over Hammersmith show, with Bruce Dickinson. Maiden's classic singer is a bit younger, less assured during this show than he would be later on, but he does do well enough to make you forget all about Di'Anno. By the 1983 World Piece tour, which is catalogued in the third video, Maiden is at the peak of their powers, and the concert reflects that. All three shows are more than worthy, though the Hammersmith show is a bit low-res.

Disc 2 is where many Maiden fans will find themselves fixated. The centerpiece is the 90-minute History of Iron Maiden, Part 1 documentary, which sets a new gold standard for band trivia and minutiae. The documentarians take 8 years of Maiden and find many former members that even Maiden hardcores will never have heard of, now looking like respectable British citizens but proud of their time with one of the all-time great rock bands. The story is captivating, the anecdotes are often hilarious, and it will leave you calling your bandmates for practice (if you have any).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Iron Maiden video yet! January 3, 2007
Though I've been a huge Iron Maiden fan for over 20 years and have tons of videos including bootlegs, it took me a while to pick up this one...and after viewing it I must say I was very impressed as this is without question their best and definitive video to date...and this is only Part 1! To be honest I've been getting somewhat tired of the band as of late they've been releasing so much live material...a live double album/DVD after each studio album/tour plus that boxset which seems to have neverending endless live versions of "Sanctuary" and "Iron Maiden" but watching and listening to this DVD made me realize once again what a great ferocious band Iron Maiden is in the live setting. The concert footage and documentary material deal with the band's history from their very beginnings in 1975 till the Piece Of Mind era circa 1983.

Disc 1 is all concert footage. It starts off with Live at the Rainbow from 1980 which features Paul Di'Anno as well as Adrian Smith who had just joined the band, this was right before their 2nd album Killers was to be recorded and released. The video has been around for years though very hard to find and now looks and sounds better than ever. For those of you who've never witnessed or heard the Di'Anno era live this is a must-have, while only about a 1/2 hour in length, the sheer power of the band in their early days will floor's funny seeing when Dave Murray was young, he was moving and banging his head all over the place while when I saw them live not long ago he just stood and smiled for 2 hours, not that there's anything wrong with that, he must be pushing 50!

The next two concerts, both about 45 minutes each are from the next two tours with their then new singer Bruce Dickinson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this one covers my favorite part of the bands history
this one covers my favorite part of the bands history, and I have actually purchased this dvd twice because someone borrowed a copy and ruined it, so I love it.
Published 1 day ago by Joseph Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden
5 stars,easily earned that,a very comprehensive look at this influential band. Performances,old shows music videos,it's all here. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Published 6 months ago by mike childress
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it
If you are a Maiden fan, this is a must have! Great dvd with lots of background and good stories and old footage.
Published 10 months ago by Scott Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars the first 4 albums.(clive)
Nick package n sound n video.

Every maiden fans should get this. U gotta love maiden for the documentary.
Published 16 months ago by fingon3020
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden
Awsome, awsome, awsome dvd...great behind the scenes and lots of info on the incredible band that is Iron Maiden...Highly recommend to all Maiden fans!!!
Published 17 months ago by Samson
4.0 out of 5 stars I rated this 4 stars because:
I have this Dortmund Germany concert on a 2 dvd set that I bought online and it has some audio problems but it still sounds good
from a transfer of a show called Pop/Rock... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden DVD
I am a huge Iron Maiden fan especially of the early years. This DVD set is awesome for that as it has early rare footage of the band with Paul D. Read more
Published on February 13, 2011 by Ernie
5.0 out of 5 stars best metal dvd
This dvd captures Iron Maiden in their prime, young and hungry. Not like a lot of music dvd's that were shot after a band was over the hill. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by dandylion
5.0 out of 5 stars Up the Irons!!!
This will be a great addition to your Maiden collection. It is jam-packed with tons of material including both Di'Anno and Dickinson era footage. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by S. Roemmich
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with Maiden all over again (Pt 1)
I have never seen iron maiden concerts from the early days and it is unbelievable how awesome they sound. The concert was from early 80s but the video and audio quality is awesome. Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by Abdul Fazrul
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When is Part 2 being released ?
Live After Death is the History Part 2. I'm guessing Maiden England will be History Part 3, and Live at Donington will be Part 4. Maiden England should have a SIT concert on Disc 2.
Aug 11, 2008 by Renfield |  See all 2 posts
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