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The Six Wives Of Henry VIII [Blu-ray] (2009)

Rick Wakeman , Robert Garofalo  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rick Wakeman
  • Directors: Robert Garofalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5KV5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Rick Wakeman's "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII" is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. In May 2009, Rick Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert & included the Henry VIII track "Defender Of The Faith," that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces. The two spectacular sell out concerts were a never to be repeated event and this Blu-ray shows why they will live long the memory of all those fortunate enough to attend.

1) Tudorture / Henry's Fanfare
2) Tudorture / "1485"
3) Catherine Of Aragon
4) Kathryn Howard
5) Jane's Prelude
6) Jane Seymour
7) Defender Of The Faith
8) Katherine Parr
9) Anne Of Cleves
10) Anne Boleyn
11) Tudorock

Bonus Materials: Behind the scenes with Rick.

Customer Reviews

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Wives Live, Live October 14, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've seen Rick perform over the years as a solo artist, with Yes and with his son Adam, but never were any of those performances staged with all the musicians required to really represent his early work. So it was with great excitement that I noticed a small advertisement for the special engagements at Hampton Court in celebration of King Henry the 8ths 500th anniversary, where Rick presented "Six Wives" in it's entirely to small audiences of 5,000 patrons on May 1st and 2nd, 2009. This was to be my first and possibly last chance to finally see Rick with full orchestra and choir, and though I have never traveled overseas specifically to attend a concert, this seemed like the right time to do it, and the show was absolutely a dream come true.

This DVD very effectively captures the performance, in stunning high definition, with every track and bit of narration included. It will give you a very accurate impression of the actual show, particularly if you turn up the volume! My only quibble is that there was no camera placed above Rick's head to give you frequent shots of his hands at work. So you don't get the first full view of his playing until 27 min. into the concert. Making up for this is the sheer scope of what there is to see here, including 5 piece band, orchestra, choir, narrator, and the castle itself, which is really a key part of the experience. [...]
As for this DVD, get it! Doug
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wakeman Comes Alive November 6, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My, my! I always loved the original, but this concert was nothing short of unbelievable. I can't believe how fast a person's fingers can move. Rick may have aged in his physical appearance (we all do), but there's nothing that's changed in his ability to write and play--except that through decades of experience, he's gotten better.

I am a drummer, and I love different time signatures, but it's quite another thing to write those songs, employ those changing time signatures, and play marvelouly across them. A drummer develops a pattern to fit the time, but Rick has to play melodies across them. Just gorgeous.

I bought the blu-ray. The video quality was so clear, I thought I might just be in the audience. The light show that continued throughout the show was lovely at times, vibrant at others. The sound was crystal clear. I always judge the high end by how well I can hear the cymbals: they were beautiful. I'm not a big fan of electronic drums (always prefer accoustic), but they sounded great, and I'm always amazed by left-handed drummers. He was perfectly in time (and in tune) with Wakeman.

The choir...glorious. Dramatic and perfectly balanced. The orchestra was balanced as well (though I thought the electtic bass drowned out the orchestra's basses). Loved the lady trombone player. The marimba and xylophone were well played, and I could hear them.

The standout musician (beside Rick Wakeman) was Ray Cooper. He seems to enjoy playing, and he has the talent to back it up (used to play percussion with Elton John and a host of others). He's equally adept at congas, tambourine, cymbal rolls. He adds so much spice to the concert. He's been playing since the 60s (at least), so he's been around forever. [...]

Sum it up? Fantastic DVD. Get the blu-ray. Worth every penny, and the little book with the history of Henry the Eighth is worth the price of the DVD itself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After 36 Years...worth the wait October 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Well...the liner notes alone are worth the $11.95. Rick has always been a humorist, (I think he would have been a wonderful T.V. host if he hadn't done music instead)and he shares a few stories about the old days and the making of this album that are a treat. I never noticed Richard Nixon on the album cover...did you? He had petitioned Hampton Court to perform this album back in 1973 but was turned down. Now, 36 years later in front of a very enthusiastic crowd, a full orchestra, and a full choir, Rick brings a fresh performance of his debut album to DVD, and the sound was great. I didn't particularly care for his friend reading notes about all 6 of the wives inbetween each song, but otherwise Rick's performance was a classic. He has lost none of his abilities with age, even donning the shimmering gold cape and ascending a lighted staircase to play the pipe organ on Jane Seymour. If you've ever been a fan of Rick's keyboard mastery, you will enjoy this DVD a lot. A fresh take on an all time classic...ENJOY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long life to king Rick!!!! August 21, 2011
Oh my god.....what a concert!
I see this blu ray yesterday with my best friend Jorge and his son Diego and the opinion of three of us are the same, this guy is like the good wine.....better and better pass the years.
The six wives cries if saw this show.The musician performances are outstanding, specially Rick of course, and the orchestra and choir add a magical touch to this prog rock masterpiece.
The picture quality is topnotch!The camera work is excellent and the audio quality in LPCM stereo is one of the best i ever hear.
Summarizing, incredible show, crystal clear image in 1080i, perfect audio quality (the lowest basses of the pipe organ rumbles my house!)....i haven't much more to say.
A real must by any fan of Rick Wakeman!!!!!
5 stars to me!!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RICK WAKEMAN at his incredible BEST!!!! November 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although the CD version lacks the narration from Mr Blessed, the music itself takes you on the journey through time.

It is truly Rick Wakeman's master work that we have all been waiting 30 years to experience.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I have liked Rick Wakeman for decades
I have liked Rick Wakeman for decades. When he joined the group YES, I was excited. He is nothing short of a keyboard Wizard. Since this is on Blu Ray, I am doubly excited. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HOOK
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Excited
Rick Wakeman's 1972 'Six Wives' album is one of my favorite things in life, and I never imagined giving a one-star review to anything related to it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
This is a well done show by Rick & fans of his music will really enjoy this classic album brought to wonderful life in bluray quality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ClwydJ
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great recording
The DVD is Good quality and better than I expected and I would recommend this product to my friends without hesitation.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Eckermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Wakeman really hits a home run with this Blu-ray concert.
This is one of my favorite video concerts in my collection. I rank it up there with Metallica S & M and Within Temptation's Black Symphony among others, even though the music is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jerry Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then the original album
I wouldn't have bought this except for seeing a few samples on I bought the original album after hearing Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Walter W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing..!!!
This concert is NOT a repeat of the original album. The album was a solo effort. This live concert performance was re written to include an orchestra and choir'
What an... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by NoelCan
3.0 out of 5 stars les music, more theatre
I was expecting more music and less show but I guess this was more about putting his album on stage than the well known and beautiful music.
Published on March 17, 2011 by Ion Balasa
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehwat disappointing
Agreeance with the other reviewers, the camera work is not very good. When Rick played the portable pipe organ at the top of the stairs, all we saw was a distant view of his back. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by billybob
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was a Yes fan, in a big way, in earlier days. I'm a professional musician, so I appreciate technical ability, as long as it's paired to music that makes an emotional statement... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Sax Man
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