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U2: PopMart Live from Mexico City (Limited Edition)

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Filmed at the Foro Sol Autodromo in Mexico City on 3rd December 1997, PopMart Live from Mexico City was directed by David Mallet and first released on video the following year; this is the first time it has been released on DVD. Described as a sci-fi disco supermarket, the PopMart Tour opened in its ¢¬spiritual home¢¬, Las Vegas on 25th April 1997. All trash and kitsch, PopMart introduced a giant mirrorball lemon, a 100ft cocktail stick - complete with olive, and the works of Lichtenstein, Warhol and Haring, to a live rock audience: a production experience never quite seen before. Originally filmed on analogue video, the film has been transferred to a digital format with re-graded and cleaned pictures. Great care has been taken to maintain the original look by simply enhancing it, with an added degree of sharpness and contrast unavailable when originally filmed. The audio has also been re-mastered and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. PopMart Live from Mexico City will be available in two formats: a Standard 1-disc format containing the concert, and a Special Limited Edition 2-disc format, the 2nd bonus disc containing previously unreleased live audio and video material, including documentaries, a PopMart tour visuals montage, and DVD-ROM extras.

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Disc 1 1 Pop Muzik 2 Mofo 3 I Will Follow 4 Gone 5 Even Better Than The Real Thing 6 Last Night On Earth 7 Until The End Of The World 8 New Year's Day 9 Pride (In The Name Of Love) 10 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 11 All I Want Is You 12 Desire 13 Staring At The Sun 14 Sunday Bloody Sunday 15 Bullet The Blue Sky 16 Please 17 Where The Streets Have No Name 18 Lemon 19 Discotheque 20 If You Wear That Velvet Dress 21 With Or Without You 22 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me 23 Mysterious Ways 24 One 25 Wake Up Dead Man

Disc 2 1 Please 2 Where The Streets Have No Name 3 Discotheque 4 If You Wear That Velvet Dress 5 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me 6 Mysterious Ways


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Product Details

  • Actors: U2
  • Directors: David Mallet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Island Records/Interscope/UMe
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUCQFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "U2: PopMart Live from Mexico City (Limited Edition)" on IMDb

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There are so many reasons to recommend this--I can't believe it's finally on DVD!

The Pop Mart tour and album were incorrectly derided by some critics--and even the band apparently--as a failed experiment. Wrong. That album was some of their coolest music ever, and the tour, while it started rough, by the time of this show is just monster (no pun intended). This BTW was the largest video screen every constructed; after the tour it was sold off in pieces to sports stadiums and the like.

Granted, it you don't like the "ironic" U2 and songs like "Discotheque" you'll probably hate the "lemon" part which is totally Spinal Tap (although that was sort of the point). Too bad, because right after that song they do THE definitive version of "If You Wear That Velvet Dress," which far surpasses the recorded version.

The show opens with a seamless segue from "Pop Music" on the P.A. into "Mofo." "Mofo" was an interesting, if not fully realized, track from the album but here it absolutely kills in a different arrangement. Just like "Elevation" live blows away the recorded version, so it goes with "Mofo."

There's also a slightly altered version of "I Will Follow" (different guitar patch, Larry alters the drum pattern) and a great version of "Last Night on Earth." One of the better versions of "New Year's Day" appears on this disc. Interesting thing to note: all the people at the show cheer all the new tunes and apparently know the words (even to tunes like "Already Gone"). Americans tend to applaud only the singles and the well-known hits.

The sound's great, the band's tight, the crowd is absolutely bonkers. For videos I rank it up there with Live from Sydney (Zoo TV) as their best.
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I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years. I recorded the audio of this off of Showtime the night of the concert. (The first hour was simulcast on MTV.) When it came out, I got the vhs video - just in time to make a new set of cassettes, as the first ones I made had broken. And now, finally, the DVD.

I had been a fan of U2 before this night in December 1997 but this show made me a superfan. If this was an "off night", as some have said, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this performance and I can hardly stand to hear the songs sung any other way. Either live or studio.

It took me a long time to like "Mofo", the long, strange techno dance song from the Pop album which opens the show. I used to skip over it and go directly to the more familiar "I Will Follow". Nowadays I look forward to hearing it.

You have to keep in mind, at this point in their careers, at least from my own vantage point, it looked like the band had something to prove. They'd been lambasted for years. First for being too dour and preachy, and then with Pop for being too silly and lightweight. Too "disco". Or whatever. Bono comes out with a crew cut which, to me, meant that he was starting from scratch. New growth. New beginnings.

The show really kicks in to gear, I feel, with "Gone" - which takes the album version to a new level. "Even Better Than the Real Thing" is next followed by the similarly themed "Last Night On Earth" and "Until the End of the World". Bono plays around with the lyrics here, turning "End of the World" into a confessional. He's the one at the party bringing everybody down, talking about doom and gloom - it makes more sense this way as he sees himself here, apparently, as trying to repent a little and loosen up.
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I own every U2 concert DVD that has been made and even though they might have had better "concert" eras like the Joshua Tree tour or the early years when at Red Rocks, hands down this is the most innovative concert experience to date. This DVD captures the amazing stage show as well has the great performance by U2 extremely well...Considering ALL THE LIGHTS and Gigantic LED screen (If only HD was more available and used during the filming of this). As for the DVD itself speaking of the limited edition. I couldn't ask for better packaging. The casing just looks cool. As you open it up, you will see a booklet that comes with it as well as a pop out of The Edge. I was very happy to pay the extra money for the limited edition. Best packaging, best "extra" disc, best stage show and a great performance makes this concert DVD five stars.
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Great show live. Any U2 show live is a great one but don't miss this. This album and tour was amazing. Listen to PLEASE and it is hauntingly reminiscent of 9-11's tragic events. The songs are more serious than the production with a huge arch, mirrorball lemon, the tinyt nun that has since disappeared, towering screens, an olive....Hard to beleive this all took place 10 years ago. Nice to re-live a concert that truly rocked my world. No disappointments here.
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When I first heard in March 2007 that POPMART was finally going to be released in June, I was excited. Then it got delayed until September. But it was worth the wait. You have to have an HDTV LCD to really appreciate how extraordinary this tour really was. All the vibrant colors of the images displayed on the worlds biggest TV screen and all the flashing disco strobe lights make this a visceral experience.

I went and saw this tour back in 1997 in Foxboro and to this day, this is a spectacle that has not been attempted to be matched by other rock bands. The stage blew me away. It was so huge that I didn't think any band could put together a stage like it. Did it take away from the music? Of course. But that is what U2 concerts are about. It's an event, not just a concert.

U2's stages during the 1990's (ZooTV and POPMART)were so over-the-top and so ahead of its time that it was hard for any other rock band to match them. Nor would anyone try to attempt to.

Rumor had it that it cost U2, with no corporate sponsorship, $250,000 a day to move it city to city. Think about that. $250,000 everyday! And many cities that U2 stopped at did not sell out. Example: in Houlihans Stadium in Tampa which holds about 70,000 fans...POPMART only drew about 20,000! So in many markets, U2 lost so much money that that is the reason they haven't played stadiums in America since. In Europe, POPMART was seen as a major milestone. But in America, POPFLOP, as many critics called it, was a failure. Hence, the Elevation Tour 2001 was U2's back-to-basic tour with a stripped down stage and "only about the music" theme.

With the release of the dvd on Sept. 18, it's a dvd I think will do well. New fans will be curious to buy because of the cool packaging.
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