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U2 - Zoo TV, Live From Sydney

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Product Description

1. Opening Track
2. Opening Sequence
3. Zoo Station
4. The Fly
5. Even Better Than The Real Thing
6. Mysterious Ways
7. One
8. Unchained Melody
9. Until The End Of The World
10. New Year's Day
11. Numb
12. Angel Of Harlem
13. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
14. Satellite Of Love
15. Dirty Day
16. Bullet The Blue Sky
17. Running To Stand Still
18. Where The Streets Have No Name
19. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
20. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
21. Show Me The Way To Go Home
22. Lemon
23. With Or Without You
24. Love Is Blindness
25. Can't Help Falling In Love

Zoo TV represents U2 at their most ambitious. The multimedia event combines two stages with live music, pre-recorded tracks, and 36 screens flashing an array of words and images. (Video artists include Kevin Godley, Anton Corbijn, and Brian Eno.) The theatricality extends to the quartet themselves, since Bono, as "The Fly," enters the scene in black patent leather--shades of '68 Elvis--while Adam Clayton sports a platinum mohawk. In order to recreate the experience for the home viewer, slogans are superimposed over footage from this 1993 engagement, e.g. "question everything," "this is not a rehearsal," etc. As Bono quips, "The latest and greatest in software, hardware, and menswear--we've got it all here." With so much going on, the most dynamic material tends to work best, like "The Real Thing," "Bullet the Blue Sky," and "Mysterious Ways," complete with belly dancer (in keeping with the song's Moroccan-set video). The foursome also tackles a few covers, like Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love." Towards the end of the latter, Reed appears via video monitor to sing along. Arguably, the whole Mister MacPhisto thing--Bono as satanic lounge lizard---doesn't quite work, but U2 deserves props for taking chances when most bands in their position would be resting on their laurels. With the accent on material from Achtung Baby and Zooropa,Zoo TV: Live From Sydney first appeared on VHS in 1994 and garnered a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: U2
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • 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 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEZC7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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127 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Hawkmoon on September 11, 2006
Format: DVD
This is U2 at their creative highpoint. Zoo TV was far ahead of it's time, and is captured very well on this release. Disc 1 is the same as the 1994 VHS release. The video has been cleaned up to todays DVD standards, and is worth getting for that alone. However, the sound has been upgraded as well, and will not disappoint.

The sound is available in Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby
Digital 5.1, and DTS.

Extra Disc:
'Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World' (4:19) is an edit of several concerts from the ZooTV Tour.

Bonus track 2 is 'Desire' (5:18) from the well-known 'Zoo TV Special' filmed in New York's Yankee Stadium, recorded to promote the ZooTV-Tour.

The Fly' (4:37) and 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' (4:23) are recordings from the Stop Sellafield Concert from 19 June 1992 in Manchester. Both songs have only recently been released on the single for 'City Of Blinding Lights'.

'A Fistful of Zoo TV' (7:50) is an edit of various scenes from the ZooTV era, while a text tracker informs about the materials used for the stage, PA and
so on. Brief snippets of Mr. MacPhisto are included in the mix, as well as a reference to the ZooTV Confessionals, which are another extra on the DVD.

Zoo TV - The Inside Story (4:11)
Brian Eno and The Edge explain how the idea for ZooTV developed from the video for 'The Fly'.

Trabantland (7:45)
This is the story of the 'Trabbie' and U2's love for it during the time. Paul McGuinness, Anton Corbijn, Bono and others comment.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam J. Jones on September 16, 2006
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This is unquestionably the best live U2 on DVD, though "U2 Go Home -- Live from Sloane Castle" is also essential. The Zoo TV extravaganza was unprecedented in its scale and complexity, but what's amazing about this show is that the staging always complements the music, and never overwhelms it. The media-overload setup is absolutely dazzling, and it's imaginatively deployed throughout, but the emphasis is always on the four men at the heart of this great band. I bought this concert on VHS, found it later on a pirate VCD in Mexico, and am delighted to see it finally on DVD. Highlights include a "Mysterious Ways" for the ages (featuring fantastically passionate singing by Bono, and Morleigh Steinberg in a belly-dancer cameo -- she's the woman who would later become Edge's wife); a titanic "Until the End of the World" (aggressive and dangerous-seeming, in a way that U2 music rarely is); "Stay," "Bullet the Blue Sky," "Daddy's Gonna Pay ..." The rapturous Sydney crowd laps it all up and screams for more, and who wouldn't? This is an unmissable document of perhaps the most mind-bending rock-'n'-roll tour of all time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Memo Alfaro on September 2, 2006
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By far the best U2 show recorded. The perfect mix of songs in an era where the band was confused, yet remarkable and groundbreaking. Highlights from this concert include: The Fly, Mysterious Ways, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Bullet the Blue Sky, Lemon and Love is Blindness. A MUST for all U2 junkies.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Machnick on August 31, 2006
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U2's ZooTV Tour was one of the greatest tours ever recorded. U2 went above and beyond what most artists would do to create this tour. I have the VHS version and have worn it out. I can not wait for this DVD to be released. If you want to see a really cool concert from one of the greatest live bands ever, buy this DVD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By joe mama on September 25, 2006
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Clearly, this 1993 show from the Zoo tour in Sidney Australia is a favorite among U2 fans, and it's easy to see why. The band was tight and energetic, they were full of passion, and the stage production was simply incredible -- especially for its time. And, yet, after watching U2's most recent tours on DVD ("U2 Go Home: Live at Slane Castle" and "U2 Vertigo 2005: Live in Chicago"), I'm not nearly as impressed as I thought I'd be with the fabled Zoo tour.

In all fairness, I should come right out and admit that as an ardent U2 fan from the early '80s, I began to lose interest with my favorite band around the time Zooropa was released. I loved Achtung Baby, but I somehow felt that the Zooropa and Pop albums were trying a little too hard; in an effort to stay ahead of the game, I thought that U2 was losing sight of whatever it was that made them great in the first place. To me -- and to many other fans from my era -- U2 had no need to reinvent themselves; their sound was already revolutionary, and any major departure would be a step backward.

Having seen U2 in concert four times between 1983 and 1988, I skipped the Zoo tour and didn't shed a tear. I felt I had seen U2 in their prime and at the so-called top of their game. Ironically, it wasn't until years later, when I watched the 2000 Slane castle DVD, that I began to discover and appreciate U2's music from the '90s. Watching U2 in 2000, I realized that they hadn't lost a step since their "glory" days; they could still play and perform as well as ever, and, in some ways, I liked them even more.
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