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The Last Play at Shea

Billy Joel  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Joel
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CYVZ36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Billy Joel’s Front Row Ticket Santa
• Interview with Popular Rock and Sports Journalist Chuck Klosterman

Editorial Reviews

Two New York icons meet for one final time in The Last Play at Shea. Academy® Award-winning documentary writer Mark Monroe (The Cove) chronicles the intersecting histories of the landmark Shea Stadium and the legendary performer Billy Joel. An engaging look at the highs and lows of the New York Mets and the music career of Joel, The Last Play at Shea interweaves interviews with players and performers with exclusive concert footage from the good-bye performances in July 2008. New York City serves as a background for those who were there – including Sting, Christie Brinkley, John Mayer, Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett and others – to share their stories of these electric summer nights. The film, narrated by New Yorker Alec Baldwin (TV’s “30 Rock”), also highlights a special performance by Paul McCartney.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG ... LONG ... LONG OVERDUE January 13, 2011
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I remember filing out of SHEA that hot summer night in 2008 - stunned at what I'd just witnessed - and already chomping at the bit for a CD or DVD of this historic show. After seeing a bunch of garbage on youtube, we FINALLY got to see it at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and I was FLOORED.

OK - in the interest of full disclosure - I'm a huge Billy Joel fan, and even bigger Paul McCartney fan, and (alas) a die-hard NY Mets fan. So, really - what's not to like.

Billy Joel turning over the mic to Sir Paul - at his own concert, in his own backyard, was really classy. So much so, that when McCartney opened "the new Shea" (CitiField), he invited Billy to perform with him. No big deal ? Tell me, for as often as Paul is a "special guest" on the concert stage, how many times does he bring on a guest ?

NOTE: It's not a straight concert film - there's lots of New York history - baseball and otherwise - in the mix. I really was hoping they'd have done a treatment similar to the "Concert For George" (George Harrison tribute) DVD - one disc with the theatrical release (edits, interviews, backstory, documentary stuff), and one with just the concert (beginning to end).

UPDATE - JUST ANNOUNCED JAN 21: There will be a CD/DVD set called "Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium", to be released March 1st. NOW it seems all will be right in the world ! Set list looks like a combination of the two-night stand, with guests from both nights.

Still, top to bottom, the movie is terrific. Very informative and entertaining.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAREWELL AND GOOD NIGHT February 8, 2011
Most people this week will be talking about the latest big screen blockbuster to make its way to DVD. I'd like to highlight something a little different. A documentary that I would guess most haven't even heard of. And yet it's a fitting tribute to the careers of one of America's top living songwriters and...a baseball field.

THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA is a tribute to both Billy Joel and Shea Stadium. The documentary is never boring and leaves you wanting more (word is we will get as I've heard the concert in question is being released as well). It starts with a goal, Billy Joel putting on a concert to be the final event held at Shea Stadium before it meets the wrecking ball. But it's more than that.

Rather than a simple film concentrating on one topic or the other, the film blends the stories of both leads into one. We get the background life story of Billy Joel in more of a topographic style instead of in depth and of how the events that shaped Shea Stadium also affected his life as well. For instance the construction of Shea Stadium was what prompted his family's move as it was being built where they once lived. The stadium hosted the New York Mets which Joel came to love. And its opening event was one that changed his life forever.

The first big event held in Shea was the live performance by the Beatles in the 1965. There is little doubt that you've seen the footage of the event with them being driven to the stage in center field and then hopping on the stage to thousands of screaming young girls. It was the Beatles that Joel saw on TV that made him decide that's what he wanted to do.

But the film doesn't only focus on Joel. It also tells the story of the New York Mets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As a child I saw on our old B&W TV a broadcast of The Beatles Live At Shea. It was so wonderfully inspiring to a young child and it kicked my love for music, already budding due to having a sister eight years my senior who exposed me to great music, into a higher gear that hasn't ever left. This documentary is every bit as inspiring and it is with great hope that the current generation will watch this with that same awe and wonder.

"Last Play At Shea", the documentary, is chock full of interesting facts about how Shea Stadium came to be and its storied history. Theres the Mets and how their history dovetails their "The Haunted House". There's the landmark "Greatest Concert Ever", The Beatles Live At Shea Stadium, and how its legacy never left and even to this day is stil considered a landmark for the stadium and history. Then there's Billy Joel...The quentessential New York hometown boy who, outside of The Mets, owns a big chunk of Shea. It's all here and is lovingly, and very informatively, told in an entertaining as well as authoritive way.

Finally, there's the final concert itself. If ever there was a concert that unified a large hoard of people in a huge areana, this is it. Billy Joel assumes his role as fellow New Yorker, Mets fan, and artist with humility and grace. His respect for what he is a huge part of is delivered in a truly inspired performance. He starts with a mass of many and ends up with a house united as one. He rightly calls it "spiritual" and his humbleness in letting Sir Paul McCartney end the show with "Let It Be" is one of the most perfect acts of selflessness you ever see on stage by a rock 'n' roll superstar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Was sent the UK zoned DVDS!
VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED! Sadly I waited too long to return it. I really wanted to watch this. I LOVE Billy Joel. Bought this as a present to me. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amy Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Order Snafu
Was sent the European DVD, zone 2. Had to return. Don't know how to reorder without getting the same thing. I've seen concert on TV and it is one of the best of all time!
Published 1 month ago by bruce w campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Wow...Billy...Garth...McCartney and an amusing account of Shea Stadium's history. Also tells about Billy's early life. Excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BJSG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great birthday gift .
A no brainer gift for the music and baseball fan in your life. A little history, sports and music rolled into one package. Very entertaining
Published 1 month ago by M
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE!!!
This disc will likely not work if you live in the US due to the region code it is made for. I did not realize this until we got a region error message on playback. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma E Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of format!
I bought this DVD for a Christmas gift. I searched for it on Amazon and it popped right up. I chose the first one on the list. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Gaudette
1.0 out of 5 stars If you live in the US do not buy this DVD it won't play here
I ordered this as a Christmas present for my husband. We go to watch it and it comes up saying disc error incorrect region code. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Cassagio
1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware
Doesn't play on US made DVD players. Rip Off Region 2 is all they have in stock. Amazon scrwewed us again
Published 4 months ago by Ben C.
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong format of DVD
i don't hate it, i just ordered the incorrect version of DVD. i didn't know there was a European version of the DVD format. i need to return it and get a new one.
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Manion
5.0 out of 5 stars A Last Note, A Last Play, at Shea
So here's the disclaimer: I am a native New Yorker, a fan of the Beatles (who isn't?), a fan of Billy Joel and my beloved Metropolitans, otherwise known as the New York Mets. Read more
Published 5 months ago by niara
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