Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us
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n 2005, rock legend Paul McCartney crossed America with his record-breaking, sold out U.S. tour. Now, harnessing the power of more than 25 hi-definition cameras and the thunder of 5.1 digital surround sound, PAUL McCARTNEY: THE SPACE WITHIN US captures this epic experience on DVD. Better than a front row seat, this feature-length concert film takes viewers onto the stage and beyond, capturing Paul's out of this world performance--which was beamed to the astronauts aboard the Mir space station who wake up to some English Tea with Paul and the band through a live feed from the tour. PAUL McCARTNEY: THE SPACE WITHIN US FEATURES LIVE PERFORMANCES OF NEARLY 30 HITS INCLUDING: Magical Mystery Tour / Flaming Pie / Maybe I'm Amazed / Eleanor Rigby / Let Me Roll It / Drive My Car / Got To Get You Into My Life / Till There Was You / I Will / Fine Line / Good Day Sunshine / Fixing a Hole / Hey Jude / Too Many People / Penny Lane / English Tea / I've Got a Feeling / Follow Me / Jenny Wren / Helter Skelter / Yesterday / Get Back
- Sound check songs: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Friends to Go," and "How Kind of You"
- More About US: Interviews with Paul McCartney, the band, and the U.S. tour crew
- U.S. tour pre-show film
- On the Road with US
- Create Your Own Playlist jukebox
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To be fair, "US" does have a lot going for it. The hi-defintion clarity of the footage is the best of any of Sir Paul's video releases. The song list is chock-full of gems that have never been performed live in the U.S. -- "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "For No One," "Helter Skelter," "I've Got a Feeling" to name a few -- as well as a host of early Beatles numbers that haven't been dusted off in 30-odd years. And Macca's youthful band continues to keep him rocking like a guy half his age.
But there are, of course, a few sour notes. From the opening lines of "Magical Mystery Tour," the fans -- aging boomers, twentysomethings and even little tykes -- hog a serious amount of face time instead of the performers themselves. Additional footage is wasted on a who's who's montage of celebs rubbing elbows with Sir Paul, including Bono, Jay-Z, Faith Hill, Chris Tucker (?!) and Tony Bennett. These were understandable missteps on the first in the recent slew of DVD releases, "Back in the U.S." Now it's plain annoying.
An endless array of commentators are also rounded up to gush over how special Sir Paul is, and how his music can transcend time, space and the theory of relativity. The problem? No one questions Macca's place in music history. The Beatles are now and forever the toppermost of the poppermost, and the "Cute One" continues to thrive, selling out stadiums and earning Grammy nominations. But instead of treating his fans to a sonic and visual pleasure -- like the straightforward "Concert for George" -- Macca just can't let it be.
McCartney's band is made up of talented musicians who manage to stay in the background while putting out sounds surprisingly Beatle-like, though no one can duplicate George Harrison's guitar or Lennon's voice.
Overall, an enjoyable concert film with well-mixed music and good song selection. The color is also excellent.
McCartney is in fine voice at this concert and I think on a musical level it is definately up there with `Good Evening New York' He does a fantastic version of `Too Many People' from the `Ram'album and some Beatles songs that have never been performed on his other live DVD's.Also I really enjoyed the songs from his new album at the time in `Chaos and Creation' especially a rocking version of `Fine Line'.
If you can deal with the numerous interviews and back slapping this is still a great buy.The music says it all.
This disc does NOT have Dolby Digital or any lossless multi-channel tracks, although it has stereo PCM that can be sent over legacy digital connections, which an A/V receiver or pre/pro can still convert to Dolby Pro-logic or other DSP to simulate a multi-channel ambience, which is not the same as Dolby Digital (or DTS) from the disc though.
A similar case is the Elton John's 60 Blu-ray, the content provider has chosen to only include PCM tracks.
The performance was very nice and Paul's band made a good representation of the original cords/songs, which is what I wanted to hear live from the original songwriter.
The quality of the video was good, however, the director seemed to have the objective of showing the audience and their reactions at almost every other cord, which was a bit too distracting to me. I would have preferred that the camera would stop doing the many shifts between audience and stage, and stayed still a bit longer to show Paul and the band performing, as one would experience at the actual event.
Overall this a good show to keep and to repeat viewing. He is not getting any younger and his compositions and performing style are ideal when heard/viewed from him to recall good memories of the past 50 years.