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Yngwie Malmsteen: Far Beyond the Sun

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Inspired by the flamboyance of Hendrix, the digitally dextrous Swede started out playing in bands, but it wasn't long before he was putting his name (and what a name!) to line-ups skilled enough to support a six-string style that leans as much towards the world of classical music as that of rock. In the course of an ongoing career that encompasses ground-breaking music, global gigging, award winning albums, and as many front covers & critical backslaps as one lifetime can sensibly handle, Malmsteen has virtually reinvented the guitar as an instrument to be seen with. This DVD set includes 4 promo videos ("Bedroom Eyes," "Heaven Tonight," "Save Our Love," and "You Don't Remember"), plus an interview with Barry Barnes conducted in 2006 at Malmsteen's studio in Miami, FL.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Scott Soto, Joe lynn Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal UK
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JCF21G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert T. Murphy on December 25, 2006
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This DVD is a reissue of two concerts, one of which I had previously on a VCR tape. The shows are "Live in Japan 89" and "Trial by Fire:Live in Leningrad 89". The color is great so they must have remastered it and it has a 2006 interview which is interesting along with three extra videos that were used for promos. (Bedroom Eyes, Heaven Tonight, Save Our Love) The guitar players will like the masterclass on a couple of songs. (You Don't remember, I'll never forget and I'll See the Light Tonight) The concert film is shown with the tab that Yngwie plays during the song. A lot of people hate Yngwie, but it ain't braggin if you can do it.

This item changes availability often. Sometimes it show up for $23 US and sometimes for significantly more. Wait for it to show up at the lower price. It's a single disk DVD, no inserts or extra stuff inside but the shows are well worth the price.
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The "LIVE AT LENINGRAD" performance was originally released as a 90-minute performance and in this DVD it was cut to 50 minutes. This is inexcusable. (probably they cut the songs that would repeat after appearing in the Japanese show - but, hey, these are separeted performances!!)

Anyway, this is sheer nostalgy. First, in the 1985 Japanese show, we have Jeff Scott Soto singing at the top of his lungs. Man, this guy can sing! At the Lenignrad show, we have Joe lynn Turner also at the top and Yngwie playing like never.

Well, if this the cheap and dishonest way the record company decided to release the Leningrad concert, one must buy it...
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As soon as I saw that this DVD was going to be released soon, it immediately made it to my 'must have' list! And now I finally have it in my hands and have watched it three times already.

The first thing that struck me was the amazing front cover artwork. I could sit down and watch the cover for hours. The menu artwork is inspired by the front cover artwork. Everytime you click on a menu item, the artwork animates, disappears and another artwork appears as the background to the submenu. The artwork on this DVD is simply brilliant and tastefully done.

The DVD itself is made of two of Malmsteen's most flamboyant live recorded concerts: Live in Japan 85 and Live In Leningrad 89. The first thing that amazes me is the audio visual quality. The remastered sound has lost none of it's rawness. I mean when you watch Japan 85, you would have thought that you were attending this concert! There are a few cheesy animation that was done at the time (which was probably cool then) otherwise the image quality is very clear. The band puts on an amazing display of musicianship with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Marcel Jacob on drums, the Anderson brothers on drums and keyboards and the Master himself on guitars.

On Live In Leningrad, you can tell that Malmsteen has now become more famous than when Japan 85 was recorded. Compared to Japan 85, in Leningrad, Malmsteen has got a huge stage to perform on and has Joe Lynn Turner singing his songs! There is a very elaborate and visual lightshow as well as the fireworks and smoke machine for additional effect. Having a big stage gives the band more space to express themselves and the execution is flawless as usual. The restored image and sound quality has to be heard and seen to be believed.
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I have both of these shows complete on VHS. The Live in Leningrad smokes from start to finish with a minimum of visual jerking off and little post production to fix mistakes.

What is a pity, then, is that the producers of this DVD gave you a half assed and truncated melange of Leningrad and then the earlier Japan vid.

What is even more pitiful, though, is that the Live in Japan part of this particular DVD is an unspeakable abortion. Not only are there all kinds of stupid and obtrusive camera and editing tricks that were out of fashion by 1975, parts of this were obviously redone and some of the audience noise sounds like it was dubbed in later, too. The performance itself was okay, but the visual excesses really get in the way.

The trouble with Yngwie back then, and I have seen him live a hell of a lot dating back to his stint in Steeler, is that he would occasionally get way too self indulgent. There was even one performance I saw at Long Beach where his band members were literally looking at each other like, "what the hell is he doing?" That may account for all the post production on this part of the DVD to fix bits where Malmsteen just got too full of himself and they wanted to dial things back to make it more listenable.

So pass on this and buy the complete Live in Leningrad when it becomes available again and also get the Alcatrazz video of their first Japanese tour. Both are wonderful for Malmsteen fans.
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There is a problem with the Japanese show on this DVD and it is the camera work and effects. For this reason, it's ok to put on in the background while doing something else, however I was unable to sit a put my full attention toward it. It just has too many effects going on visually. It's a shame because musically it is fine.
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