U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky
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I come to my favorite song in the show, Electric Co., and I am apalled that the song has been butchered during the "Send in the Clowns" portion. Long-time fans will remember that the original VHS release included the entire song as Bono climbs to the top of a building adjacent to the stage and crouches in the iconic image from the cover of the CD and sings a snippet of Send in the Clowns by Judy Collins. Subsequent VHS releases of Red Rocks edited this segment to remove the lyrical snippet to avoid paying royalties on it. The new DVD version ENTIRELY removes not only the snippet, but Bono's climb to the top of the side building, so the scene makes no sense when Bono is suddenly absent from the stage for an extended period.
U2, with all their money, chose not offer the complete original song to avoid paying royalties again?!?! After 25 years and remastering and the chance to finally release this classic on DVD for old and new fans, they butcher it. Totally and completely lame.
As for the previous review, there is grain on the DVD, but remember, this was shot on video, not film and it is 25 years old. I think in terms of image quality, the remastering is adequate. After all, this isn't high-def here. The colors are washed out, but I don't think any of us expected perfection with this release.
If you don't care that it is an incomplete show, not in widescreen format, and that the band chose to maim Electric Co., then this will probably satisfy you. However, the band should have done better by their long time fans.
Fanatics may be well familiar not only with the original video (and bare bones DVD release), but with the entire concert through bootleg recordings. For everyone else, the band has finally released the entire show on DVD, or most of it. With the exception of I Fall Down, which was not captured on video due to equipment failure, this release features all of the songs, and in order. Only a few snippets of Electric Co and Two Hearts are snipped out due to rights issues with Bono singing parts of Send In The Clowns and Let's Twist, respectively. (They had the same issue with the album release, too).
Just to be clear, the original album on vinyl and CD has the same name (UABRS), but is only 'Live at Red Rocks' for two songs (Gloria, since he says 'This is Red Rocks during the breakdown, and Electric Co). This DVD is the full performance from June 5, 1983. The venue is impressive when seen from the air (a helicopter looms overhead to capture footage), and while the weather does not cooperate with rain and fog, the crowd is very into this show. This performance, and the subsequent album and video releases helped cement U2's reputation as a top live band, and they would go on to dominate arenas and stadiums...right through the next millenium.
The image is better than ever; folks may remember the muddier VHS look (the weather that day didn't help). The sound is excellent here, very clear and crisp. The band is enjoying this, and Bono does the now-famous white flag business during Sunday Bloody Sunday.Read more ›
I've bought a bootleg DVD sourced from the laserdisc.....and I also transferred my VHS tape onto DVD.
Both of these versions look better (clearer, cleaner) than the 'official' DVD release.
What a let down! I really don't understand it. WHY? WHY? WHY?
5 stars for the performance/film......1 star for the reissue.
Buy a bootleg on eBay instead.
I still have my VHS tape of this concert, and I did a side-by-side comparison of tape to DVD. I don't think there's a person alive who could deny that my 17-year old videotape looks better than the DVD image. Sure, VHS tape is never going to be video perfection -- BUT the fact remains that the DVD quality is noticably worse. The lower image quality is noticable right away even during the host's introduction of U2.
What could account for this image degradation? A few possibilities: 1) the tape itself has deteriorated. I consider this unlikely, as I assume (hope) they stored the tape safely. 2) the DVD is revealing more clearly the inherent flaws in the original tape. This is possible, but my DVD set of "Barney Miller" looks just fine and that was a TV show from the late 70's! 3) The producers did a piss-poor job with this DVD transfer. I believe this to be the most likely reason.
Of course, they butchered "Electric Co." as many others have noted. I was disappointed but not surprised about this one -- I think they figure "why bother paying for song use rights when this issue will only be noticed by a relatively small number of customers?"
Why do I still give it 3 stars? The SOUND is much improved, as expected, which is critical since the CD version is a measly 8 songs, most of which did NOT come from the Red Rocks concert. Also, this DVD does include several more songs than the VHS version so those are great to have.
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