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Old Feb 13, 2005, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default Paul McCartney in Red Square DVD

I noticed that Amazon now has the DVD listed (see link above), although without much in the way of details yet. It's coming out on May 31, 2005. I taped the A&E special when it was on, but I'm looking forward to getting the DVD without commercials. I understand there are also going to be many extra features. It was a great show, so I strongly recommend that any Paul fans get this, if only to hear him play "Back in the USSR" (twice) for the Moscow fans, including Putin.
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Old Aug 12, 2005, 02:13 AM   #2
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I see lots of pre-talk, but couldn't find a topic which dealt with reviews of the Dvd.
I wasn't in much hurry picking up the dvd since I had the complete concert on bootleg dvd uncut, something the official dvd clearly isn't. But I bought and watch it recently.

I'm sorry to say that there is no such thing as a perfect Paul McCartney live dvd, where you can enjoy watching a full unedited concert.
Performances badly edited, film footage of Richard Lester cut in between shots of the performance, long shots of the audience, black and white shots.Now we have interviews with fans in between the Red Square performance. In the case of Calico skies they couldn't even wait till the song was over,they had to cut it in two for some interviews.

I know the Beatles had a huge impact, and it's a historic moment when a Beatle performes in Russia for the first time. But why wasn't it posible to make a seperate segment of the fans interviews, instead of cutting them in between songs.It's nice to hear it once, but to keep hearing the interviews between the songs gets annoying.

The show itself is great, as always I might add, but you might as well be watching "Back in the U.S.". Thankfully there are some differences with the inclusions of "Helter Skelter" "I've got a feeling" "Drive My Car" and "Penny Lane". I like the "St. Petersburgs" portion the best, but the other "extra's" aren't that special.
A documentary on Russia and the Beatles, with little new facts and really not that interesting. What I mean is the fact that the Beatles has such influences in people's live and on the course of events is interesting, however the documentary isn't, in fact I find it poorly done. The special look Behind the Curtain is nice to see at least once and perhaps twice, but then you've seen it.

"Back In The U.S." comes closest in being the perfect Paul live dvd, "Red Square" is needed to keep your collection complete. Apart from the St. Petersburg concert, there is nothing to make me watch the DvD more then one time. It's an historic event nevertheless, but if you buy it to watch a concert then you'll be disapointed.

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Old Aug 12, 2005, 04:00 PM   #3
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I was really hoping that this was the one. One concert, less possibilites of showing unrelated footage. I'll see if I buy this in the... future.
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 12:35 AM   #4
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I didn't think it was all that great as a concert film, but I thought it was really interesting as a documentary. If you're looking for a straight concert film, this won't be your thing, but I thought all the extraneous stuff was really interesting, putting music in the context of culture and history. Trouble is, I'd be less likely to watch a documentary over and over than I would a concert film.
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Old Aug 13, 2005, 12:52 AM   #5
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It doesn't even work as a documentary. A short bit taken from the History channel, with some well known facts about the Beatles, waven in with some events about the Sovjet Union. If you go by its cover it should be a concert film not a documentary, you expect a concert film. If only the Red Square part would be more complete and wouldn't include the interviews between songs, or even in the middle of a song it would be much better.

You don't get the feeling like you're watching a concert. Again it's a shame about the production. I just keep my remote handy the next time I'll watch the Red Square part, or even better I just watch my bootleg of the complete concert.

Documentary was nice to watch once, and it's special that the russians get to hear "Back in the USSR" live for the first time. But lets not overblow it. I don't want to see Breznev I want to see a performance by Paul. No talking between songs, but if a complete concert is to much to ask I want to at least be able to see the songs one after another.

Like I said, it's still kinda worth it for the St. Petersburg concert.

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I tend to agree with both Rell and Legs, I liked the documentary aspect, it brought be to tears a few times, knowing what so many of the older fans in Russia had been through to hear our beloved Beatles...

I do hate that the whole concert is chopped up with the interviews thrown in, I would loved to have seen the concert whole....
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 11:36 AM   #7
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this dvd was a bit boring only because it was a documentary, i didn't like it that much, but i did like the bonus concert.

and the other thing i didn't like about this dvd was the camera angles and they kept zooming in and out too much. oh and the audio was very poor, the sound engineer kept lowering and adding volume during the show,didn't set the levels good for when you listen to it in 2 channel speakers, though in the 5.1 surround it sounded better.

I think back in the U.S was a better dvd/show than the red square one. less boring and better audio and visual support.
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Old Aug 16, 2005, 09:34 PM   #8
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Yes... I kind of agree with you, Heather... I didn't think that the documentary approach was all that great... but, that bonus concert WAS very good! Yes, agree that BITUS was a better dvd, but, still, I like the Red Square one, none-the-less. Any Paul is good Paul!
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Old Aug 17, 2005, 01:00 AM   #9
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It’s just like when I bought Washington D. C. concert. It lasts only for half an hour, but interviews and documentaries are between every song. Wouldn’t it be more simple to put them in the end of the DVD? If there's Brezhnev with Paul, i'd better buy some other disc, especially as I've seen that Spb concert for 2 times on TV.

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