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Rush - Rush in Rio

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Product Description

Revered and idolized, RUSH - Geddy Lee on bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson on Guitar and Neil Peart on drums - give an outstanding performance in this amazing show shot in the world famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filmed on November 23, 2


Taped in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the final night of Rush's 2002 Vapor Trails tour, this double-disc set finds Canada's famous power trio giving its all for 40,000 of the most rabid Rush fans ever gathered under one sky. Sure, the guys are all pushing 50. Bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee strains to hit some high notes, and guitar wizard Alex Lifeson occasionally sounds a tad bored. But by and large they remain at or near the peak of their powerful game--and, from the looks of it, they're having more fun than ever. Drawing from 15 of their 17 studio albums and leaning heavily on Vapor Trails, they celebrate their stylistic range (progressive-leaning classic rock to dense but melodic post-grunge) and the far broader scope of drummer Neil Peart's considered lyrics.

The concert alone pushes three hours, and disc 2 offers a lengthy documentary and multi-angle options for three songs. The Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 sound quality is generally good, if overly compressed. Peart's drums sound fabulous, in fact: splashy and tight and far more natural than they've sounded on any Rush album, live or otherwise, in years. Not to be missed--and needlessly hard to find--is a 1975 promotional clip for Fly by Night's "Anthem." This set is a must, even for the doubtful. --Michael Mikesell

Special Features

  • Features 28 songs spanning their entire career including the classics "The Spirit of the Radio" and "Tom Sawyer"
  • "The Boys in Brazil," a documentary by video director and longtime Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan
  • Multi-angle viewing options on "La Villa Strangiato," "YYZ," and "O Baterista"
  • Easter eggs

Product Details

  • Actors: Rush, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart
  • Directors: Daniel E. Catullo
  • Producers: Daniel E. Catullo, Alberto Magno, Allan Weinrib, Bryan Domyan, Glenis S. Gross
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Anthem / Zoe Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (646 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG89W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rush - Rush in Rio" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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By Kevin Nieman on December 28, 2003
Format: DVD
I know RUSH. I know their albums, and I have been to enough RUSH concerts in person to have a very good feeling about how RUSH is in concert. However, nothing could have prepared me for the things I saw in this stupendous RUSH concert DVD.
RUSH "IS" Alex Lifeson, who plays about 100 guitars on stage, Neil Peart, who plays on more drums than a human really needs in his drumkit, and Geddy Lee, who plays practically every electronic gizmo not used by the other two.
RUSH has always mixed musical virtuosity with a rock-anthem bombast and prog-rock sensibility that makes some people smile but makes others cringe. That's okay because RUSH was never a populist band in the first place. They formed their little niche in the rock world, yet they never quite attained the kind of popularity enjoyed by other bands of their ilk, such as Led Zeppelin, Yes, Van Halen, et, al. Hence, they have enjoyed a sort of cult status among their fans, who see RUSH as modern-day philosophers who just happen to play rock music.
So, it was with this knowledge that I watched the "RUSH in RIO" DVD concert. The thought that prevailed in my mind was about the unadulterated joy and excitement of the masses of Brazilian fans watching the show. This was the first time a Rio audience has seen a RUSH concert in the nearly 30 year existence of the band, and it seems like that 30 years of pent up energy spills out all at once!
Fortunately, someone decided to film this!
I guarantee you. No matter how many RUSH concerts you have seen, you have NEVER seen fans react to the band like they did in Brazil. NEVER. I sat in shock watching the thousands of bouncing Brazilians gleefully singing along to "YYZ," which Neil Peart aptly reminds fans in the package's liner note, IS AN INSTRUMENTAL!
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I originally gave this three stars but after listening to the entire concert I raised it to four. There are definitely some sound problems early on but they were pretty much resolved by about 25 minutes into this 2 hour and 50 minute concert. It was apparant there was no sound check and the sound engineers had to make adjustments as the band played on. They were successful however and for the most part the sound is fairly good. Rush puts on a tremendous show playing songs from throughout their career. I would recommend this for all Rush fans as well as anyone wanting to see a great band.
Here is the track listing:
Tom Sawyer
Distant Early Warning
New World Man
Roll The Bones
The Pass
The Big Money
The Trees
Free Will
Closer To The Heart
Natural Science
One Little Victory
Ghost Rider
Secret Touch
Red Sector A
Leave That Thing Alone
O Baterista
La Villa Strangiato
The Spirit of Radio
By-Tor and the Snow Dog/
Cygnus X-1/
Working Man
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Format: DVD
The Rush in Rio 2-disc set comes with one disc that holds the entire 3 hour concert and another disc with special features. There is also included a small booklet with some interesting reflections on the tour and concert by Neil Peart. 3 hours is a lot of video to store on a single DVD, so some compression artifacts are to be expected. Despite this, the video looks very good and is generally crisp and bright.

On the audio front, some people have complained about it being a bit muffled. However, it really isn't that bad and the music still sounds great to me. There are two Dolby Digital mixes included on the disc, one stereo and one 5.1. The stereo one has less crowd noises, so if you're only interested in the music it may be desirable for that reason. However, if you really want to get the "concert experience," go with the 5.1 mix. The front channels are dominated by the music, while the rear channels have quite a bit of crowd sounds. This mix lets you get a palpable sense of what it must have been like to watch the show in the midst of 40,000 energized Brazilian fans, so it's the one I usually listen to.

The DVD is very professionally-edited and they clearly had a ton of cameras recording this concert. I was happy to find that the video is comprised more of extended shots of each of the different musicians playing their instrument rather than lots of short clips. This way you really get a chance to see each performance. When one artist is playing a prominent part of the song, we logically see mostly them. The camera angles are great, also.
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Format: DVD
Note: This is the concert DVD of Rush In Rio, this does not contain the special features disc like on the 2 disc Rush In Rio set.

This Rush concert was filmed in Rio de Janeiro on November 23, 2002 during Rush's Vapor Trails Tour. This is an excellent concert and is definitely worth buying. The only question is: To get just the concert (this product), or to get the concert, a 50-minute Rush in Brazil documentary, and some multi-camera views of YYZ, O Baterista, and La Villa Strangiato (the original Rush In Rio 2-DVD set). I'm a big documentary fan so I would buy the original Rush In Rio, but for brand new Rush fans who just want a good concert, this is the DVD.

Rush In Rio was filmed on the last date of the Vapor Trails Tour. Not only does Rush's music make this a good show, you also have 40,000 chanting fans in the audience singing along with the music. Another Rush first is that this is the entire concert on DVD. In the past, a few songs were not included on the DVD, this time though you get 2 hours and 45 minutes of solid Rush music. 29 songs in total and they include:

1. Tom Sawyer

2. Distant Early Warning

3. New World Man

4. Roll The Bones

5. Earthshine

6. YYZ

7. The Pass

8. Bravado

9. The Big Money

10. The Trees

11. Freewill

12. Closer To The Heart

13. Natural Science


14. One Little Victory

15. Driven

16. Ghost Rider

17. Secret Touch

18. Dreamline

19. Red Sector A

20. Leave That Thing Alone

21. O Baterista (Drum Solo)

22. Resist (Acoustic)

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