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Van Halen: Live without a Net

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Filmed in 1986 at the New Haven Coliseum in Connecticut, this DVD features top hits plus the always anticipated guitar, bass, and drum solos, from Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Alex Van Halen.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Van Halen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • 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: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000286S9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on September 23, 2004
Format: DVD
I've been a VH fan since 1979. The sheer energy they put form both live and on their studio works was second to none. Edward was the master guitarist of the up and comers and this DVD proves what he could do when he's not tanked!!. The band is having a great time and the tunes rock. If you liked the DLR years (and I do) but have a hate on for the post DLR years, you're missing a very good live DVD. Sammy was fronting the band at this point and time and he was a very good choice. Sure the band dynamic changed with him in and Dave out, but life goes on. VH in 1986 was a great live band with or without Dave and this DVD proves it. Sound is good as is the quality for the most part. If you like VH and you enjoy watching a band have fun live this DVD is for you.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. DEATS on September 18, 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD features the complete New Haven concert from the tour to support the bands first album with Sammy Hagar. Live Without a Net takes you back in time to 1986 when the second incarnation of Van Halen was still green; A time when the band was full of energy, fun and love for one another. A time when the music was the most important thing for all of them. Indeed, this is a different band than what we see five years later on the Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now DVD from 1991. Here we see Sammy Hagar even picking up lead guitar duty on the keyboard ballads Love Walks In and Why Can't This Be Love. In addition to that two Hagar solo tracks: There's Only One Way To Rock and I Can't Drive 55 are incorporated into the bands set as if they were Van Halen songs. In the not too distant future egos would inflate and each band member would exist as a island on stage, but for the time being it's 1986 and this is Van Halen in their prime.

Only three stars because there's nothing special here. No special features and the new DTS and DD 5.1 audio mixes could have been better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greatwood on May 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I'm so glad they finally decided to release this on DVD! I had the VHS version for years and finally wore it out..This is by far the finest example of Van Halen in concert in my opinion..They are at the top of their form and Sammy Hagar is a perfect complement to the band..and besides that he plays a pretty mean guitar himself...check out his riff on Love Comes Walking In...

You can tell the guys are having a great time and that's what rock and roll is all about! High Energy and Good Times! This DVD brings back a lot of memories and it's hard for me to believe that it's been almost twenty years since this video was made...where did the time go..

Van Halen was the premiere band in the eighties and their high energy style was an anthem of the times! Just like Zeppelin ruled the seventies and the Beatles the sixties..for any fan of classic rock this DVD is a must have! Now the quality of the video is not as sharp or clear as I would have expected but it's still pretty durn good!!

5150!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Some Gravity on January 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I have been a fan of Van Halen since I was in the fourth grade, and when it comes to Van Halen, the worst decision the band ever made was to hire Gary Cherone to be the lead singer for the band after Sammy Hagar left (it was a dissapointment to see David Lee Roth go, but Sammy Hagar was a good choice as a replacement). So now, along with Van Halen's reunion tour that brought Sammy Hagar back and their new greatest hits album, another thing that was needed for that finally came to DVD is the "Live Without A Net" concert, which, while it was originally released on video, thanks to the great world of technology, it is now also available on DVD. This concert was filmed in 1986 at Connecticut's New Haven Coliseum, and this was when David Lee Roth had been fired from the group and Sammy Hagar had been hired as the new lead singer. As already mentioned, some die hard David Lee Roth fans might not like this. But if you like Sammy Hagar and you are a loyal Van Halen fan with either David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar (the only Van Halen material not worth having is the Gary Cherone stuff) then you will probably like this DVD. The songs on here are songs that were originally recorded in a studio with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, and if you are fan of Sammy Hagar's solo material, then you are in for a treat: One song performed live on this DVD is "I Can't Drive 55", one of Hagar's most popular and best known solo songs. Here you will also get to see Michael Anthony's bass solo, Alex Van Halen's drum solo, and Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo (when it is time for Van Halen to do his guitar solo, after he smokes a cigarette, he does his solo with a cigarette at the top of his guitar). The best part on the whole DVD-by far. We have been waiting for this legendary concert to be released on DVD for years now-if you get the chance to buy this DVD, don't turn it down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack on January 11, 2005
Format: DVD
Eddie Van Halen was one of the guitarists who first inspired me to pick up a guitar and amaze me with his two handed tapping technique. So this DVD has its place in my DVD collection.

This DVD really highlights the band in their hey day, enjoying themselves and showing the energy playing in front of a crowd can bring induce. Despite the absence of Roth, they were still able to find success with 5150 and ride that wave of success and churn out plenty of 5150 tunes. Sammy still manages to sing a couple of pre-5150 tunes and shows he is not unfamiliar with a fret board.

The footage is good enough for me. The sound though is not the best, but considering this was recorded almost 20 years ago, you cant expect the same recording quality as today due to technological advances.

Anyone who likes Van Halen will appreciate them not just for their ability to compose good music, but also becuase Eddie is a legend amongst guitar circles for his innovative playing.

I think this shows Van Halen at best, having a good time, working the crowd and playing good music. Throw in some 80's fashion and glam and you've got an entertaining DVD.
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