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U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky (2008)

U2  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: U2
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: 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: Island
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017F65AG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on 5th June 1983, Live at Red Rocks will be available for the first time on DVD, and will include 5 previously unreleased songs, a director's commentary, digitally re-graded pictures and a 5.1 mix. 1. Out Of Control 2. Twilight 3. An Cat Dubh 4. Into The Heart 5. Surrender 6. Two Hearts Beat As One 7. Seconds 8. Sunday Bloody Sunday 9. Cry 10.The Electric Co. 11. October 12. New Year's Day 13. I Threw A Brick Through A Window 14. A Day Without Me 15. Gloria 16. Party Girl 17. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock 18. I Will Follow 19. "40"

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I reviewed the show January 28, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
It's hard to believe it's been over 20 years since "Blood Red Sky" was filmed. As a couple of other people have posted who were there, it was an amazing event. It felt historic even at the time.

Although the weather is exactly why it's so dramatic with the fog and steam, the entire show was very nearly cancelled because of the conditions. Like one guy mentioned, it was about 35 degrees out at Red Rocks that night, after a full day of cold drizzling rain.

I was the music editor of the local alt.weekly paper at the time, and had been in on some meetings announcing the filming. Barry Fey, the concert's promoter, had been a very early supporter of U2 and booked them into a small 1400-seat theater in Denver when they first toured the US for "Boy." So they liked Fey and wanted to work with him for this Red Rocks gig.

Unfortunately it got cold in the days before the concert. They actually did officially cancel it -- both The Alarm and U2 agreed to play a second, make-up concert the next day in a local arena (DU, I think, or maybe Regis University). But they decided to do the Red Rocks performance anyway because they'd invested so many thousands of dollars for the shoot -- the pyrotchnics (there are normally no fires atop the dramatic sandstone rocks around the stage!), the camera equipment, the technicians.

I'm sure if the filming hadn't been planned, the performance would have been cancelled in a second. I don't remember if the show as sold out (I kind of doubt it), but in the 9,000-seat amphitheater, only about 3,000 people showed up for the filming. The movie does a great job of making it seem like a full house.

It's to Bono and U2's credit that they came out roaring, and to all music fans' benefit that this performance was caught on camera.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One DAMNED lucky audience ... January 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
You know, I was planning of walking to my local library later today to donate some old videotapes, including this one, for their collection, because I simply assumed that this would be available on DVD by now. BUT NOW I find out that is not the case! Why not, pray tell??? This is one of the greatest concert films ever made, second perhaps only to Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense." The setting, Red Rocks ampitheater near Denver, is a spectacular geological setting, with wind, fog, gas torches producing gigantic gouts of flame high above the audience, and mountain air chilly enough to show clouds of vapor pouring off Bono's skin. As for U2's performance, well, this was at a time (1983) when they were just moving beyond cult status and into rock superstardom, yet were still retaining enough of their keening punk purity to drive an audience into rapture. And what a lucky audience this is! PLEASE get this onto DVD as soon as possible!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic U2 August 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
When I think of U2, I think of Under A Blood Red Sky-Live At Red Rocks. This is U2 at their finest. This is the epitome of U2. I just wish they would release it on DVD....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the experience perfectly! November 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I attended this concert. It was 35 degrees F in bone-chilling fog and drizzle. But Bono and the band quickly made us forget our misery - I think they raised the temperature of the place by 40 or 50 degrees - and this video captures it well. This is the performance that launched the band to superstardom and it's a must-see for old and new U2 fans alike.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a letdown. September 30, 2008
Format:DVD
So, after 25 years, U2 finally releases Red Rocks on DVD. News comes that we'll even get the full performance and everyone gets excited. My copy comes in the mail on release day. I pop it in and as I'm reading the liner notes I see that I Fall Down is not included because of a "camera malfunction." OK, I can live with that.

I come to my favorite song in the show, Electric Co., and I am apalled that the song has been butchered during the "Send in the Clowns" portion. Long-time fans will remember that the original VHS release included the entire song as Bono climbs to the top of a building adjacent to the stage and crouches in the iconic image from the cover of the CD and sings a snippet of Send in the Clowns by Judy Collins. Subsequent VHS releases of Red Rocks edited this segment to remove the lyrical snippet to avoid paying royalties on it. The new DVD version ENTIRELY removes not only the snippet, but Bono's climb to the top of the side building, so the scene makes no sense when Bono is suddenly absent from the stage for an extended period.

U2, with all their money, chose not offer the complete original song to avoid paying royalties again?!?! After 25 years and remastering and the chance to finally release this classic on DVD for old and new fans, they butcher it. Totally and completely lame.

As for the previous review, there is grain on the DVD, but remember, this was shot on video, not film and it is 25 years old. I think in terms of image quality, the remastering is adequate. After all, this isn't high-def here. The colors are washed out, but I don't think any of us expected perfection with this release.

If you don't care that it is an incomplete show, not in widescreen format, and that the band chose to maim Electric Co., then this will probably satisfy you. However, the band should have done better by their long time fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't they mean DE-graded picture? October 6, 2008
By Itchy T
Format:DVD
I've waited years for this to hit DVD officially.
I've bought a bootleg DVD sourced from the laserdisc.....and I also transferred my VHS tape onto DVD.
Both of these versions look better (clearer, cleaner) than the 'official' DVD release.
What a let down! I really don't understand it. WHY? WHY? WHY?
5 stars for the performance/film......1 star for the reissue.
Buy a bootleg on eBay instead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no problems. Everything as expected
Published 1 month ago by Stewart Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 Bursting through that Blood Red Sky
Seeing the band before the fame went to another level is a lesson for all those who want to follow … Its an Awesome concert by a band that was just getting underway to explosive... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars U2 on the edge of Fame and Fortune
I would have given this five stars but the tv production mars the picture, especially with the bright lights. The setting and story behind this show are well known. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. robb
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 at their best, in the best outdoor US venue
They weren't going to get any better than they were on that night. Just electric. You rarely see a band able to move a crowd that way.
Published 13 months ago by torridjoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Classic, must have, lots of extra tracks from old video tape (I had a Beta!) Every fan of rock should buy this!
Published 13 months ago by Trevor Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars God Presenteation
Good songs, the band is amazing, there not to muchto esplain , is better to watch. I recomend this one is a classic
Published 13 months ago by Alvaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of U2
I've seen a lot of shows at Red Rocks, and I'm a big fan of U2 and the "War" album is one of my favorites and they blow it away in the rain. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sammer1231
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Concerts Ever
For me, if I could turn back time and go to any concert, this would be it. I have this on Laser disc and have been waiting for them to get this on DVD so I can get rid of my laser... Read more
Published 17 months ago by F. Sealey
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Concert
The sound and film are good, a little problem sometimes due to is an old concert recorded, at the end it was a good purchase
Published 18 months ago by Isaias Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history.
This is an amazing snapshot of a very young band, poised at the edge of superstardom as they perform their first concert in the United States against all odds. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mamallama 3233
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For real! Next year is the 25th Anniversary. Get moving on this boys!
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