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US Festival 1983: Days 1-3

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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MVD Visual
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The ultimate concert took place on Memorial Day Weekend 1983. Curated by Steve Wozniak (Apple computers), the 3 days of New Wave, Heavy Metal and Rock are legendary. Features performances from U2, the Clash, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men at Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A few minutes for 3 day show? REALLY?? December 3, 2013
I went to this festival . (BOTH Years it was held) For ALL 3 days, and it was BAD ASS!!! it is BS they barely have a few hours on this video. I'm holding out until they put together a complete package. If they can do it with Live-Aid, they can do it with US!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.... December 9, 2013
By D
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was extremely disappointed with this DVD. Obvious from the cover, it was a "highlight" of the US Festival. A TRUE music fan would have been exstatic to have a boxed set of this....showcasing EVERY band's FULL length performance over the three day festival. I would have PAID to have this for sure. This DVD is only a "cliff notes" version and a poor one at that. I was extremely disappointed over the fact that Berlin's song wasn't even a full song....maybe 30 seconds of coverage/music of their performance while the rest was listening to Mark Goodman talk and watching a bunch of people dance. I was even more upset that Mark Goodman once again talked over U2's performance. Why couldn't the interview portion be at the beginning or the end....NOT DURING!!!!

This DVD could have been really something amazing had it been full performance. Maybe they will get wise and release it in full format. If you are set on having just a glimpse this is your DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Us Festival was one of the landmark festivals of the 1980s. Several artists have capitalized on their appearance in recent years, including Quiet Riot, Triumph, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. There is a 3-disc set available of Metal Day with Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, and more. But there is not much out there for fans of the pop side of the Us Festival.

MVDvisual fills a bit of that void with ’83 Us Festival Days 1-3, available on DVD. The disc features live performances by Divinyls, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Missing Persons, and Stevie Nicks, as well as interviews with organizer Steve Wozniak and MTV veejay Mark Goodman. The interviews overlap some of the music, and that is a bit disappointing, but that’s a minor complaint considering the importance of the documentary. The best performances on the DVD come from U2 (“Sunday Bloody Sunday”), Triumph (“Lay It On The Line”), and The Clash (“Should I Stay Or Should I Go”). In fact, The Clash’s performance was their last with Mick Jones, making the song choice even more poignant.

Day 1 (Saturday, May 28th)
“The Boy In Town” Divinyls
“The One Thing” INXS
“Jeanette” The English Beat
“Rock This Town” Stray Cats
“Double Talkin’ Baby” Stray Cats
“Who Can It Be Now” Men At Work
“It’s A Mistake” Men At Work
“Should I Stay Or Should I Go” The Clash

Day 2 (Sunday, May 29th)
“Breakin’ The Law” Judas Priest
“You Got Another Thing Comin’” Judas Priest
“Lay It On The Line” Triumph” Triumph
“Fight The Good Fight” Triumph
“A World Of Fantasy” Triumph
“The Zoo” Scorpions
“Can’t Get Enough” Scorpions

Day 3 (Monday, May 30th)
“Sex I’m A” Berlin
“Find Another Fool” Quarterflash
“Sunday Bloody Sunday” U2
“Electric Co.” U2
“Words” Missing Persons
“Magic Power” Triumph
“Stand Back” Stevie Nicks
“Outside The Rain” Stevie Nicks
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I’ve already read the previous reviews posted here and hope I can add a bit of clarity to the situation – as I seem to be one of the few reviewers who wasn’t at the California concert in 1983. (With an estimated 670,000 people there, I can now see why so many reviewers commented on that.). But I’m on the East Coast and not a fan of huge festivals where you can’t hear the performers, let alone see them.
As another person pointed out, many of the performers who were at the Festival (which Steve Wozniak dished out $22 million to mount as a free event) had contracts that limited whether their performance could be recorded and, if so, how many songs were allowed. This was, of course, before iPhones, though there were camcorders and I’m guessing that there is some private video out there of the performances not on this DVD. If your favorite act is not here, I understand, but if it is, then you MIGHT consider it, but know what you are getting.

The DVD has 3 days of programs. Each one fills 44 minutes so it is obvious that this was originally meant for commercial TV or – most probably MTV. I say that because the performances are separated by comments from “Woz” as well as MTV DJ Mark Goodman. These interviews are more recent. At the end of each day’s program there are two sets of credits. The credits from 2003 are given but also a set from 2009, which may be when Goodman and Woz added their commentary. And now it is being released in 2013 by MVD.

The images are standard 4:3 resolution – not wide screen – which again gives the impression that this was for television viewing. And don’t expect Hi-def or hi-fi sound . For a guy who invented one of the first PCs, I was surprised at the low video resolution on this DVD. The bands vary in style and name.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why would anyone buy this? November 21, 2013
If they can put a couple of songs on here......why can't entire sets be released? You only get a couple of songs from each group. Triumph has 4 or 5 songs....WHY? They have already released their entire concert on DVD/CD a couple of years ago. Same with Priest......they released their entire video concert on 30th anniv of the Screaming for Vengeance CD reissue. Come on Scorps.....Ozzy......VanHalen......get with the program and bury the hatchets.......put your entire set on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Poor quality, 4x3 format, had to reload and buffer several times. Didn't even finish watching because it was difficult.
Published 16 days ago by David Marchal
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not even enough
yea its good, but the 83 us fest , 2nd day, the day i was there, and loved every minute, was the greatest day of rock n roll in history, to that day. Read more
Published 17 days ago by sean mcmahon
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its ok
Published 27 days ago by The R
1.0 out of 5 stars okay
Limited performances and after the fact narration from Mark Goodman - can be more comprehensive if they can get the rights to the other performances.
Published 28 days ago by sidney jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish it was longer
I never knew about this festival. My only complaint is that some artists did not make the Ozzy. :( Great mix of genres and songs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Fernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars OK recap but incomplete
There is too much narrative by former MTV personality. I don't care you lived down the street from Brian Setzer and that is his real hair. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve-o
4.0 out of 5 stars MTV APPLE II festival should have been the name
the background story to this movie is incredible I remember being there and being in that crowd on day 2 and was a huge huge deal to come home and say I was there and it's even a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rrixxster
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoulda Bought It Sooner
Does it make me biased if I was there? I hope not, but maybe it does. I should have bought this DVD a long time ago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Desert Angel
3.0 out of 5 stars 1983 was a long time ago.....
Probably a great video if you were there. Partial sets of the acts that were there. Video is 1980's quality not high def like modern shows. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glenn M. Mcclain
5.0 out of 5 stars Old 80's
Bring back good old days love it that old 80 sound were did time go wish i was there. Thanks
Published 3 months ago by tim
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