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Abba: In Concert [DVD] [2004]

ABBA    Exempt   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: ABBA
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Track Listing:

  • 1. Waterloo
  • 2. Eagle
  • 3. Take A Chance On Me
  • 4. Voulez Vous
  • 5. Chiquitita
  • 6. I Have A Dream
  • 7. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • 8. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • 9. Summer Night City
  • 10. Dancing Queen
  • 11. Does Your Mother Know?
  • 12. Hole In Your Soul
  • 13. The Way Old Friends Do
  • 14. I Have A Dream
  • 15. Thank You For The Music


The title ABBA--In Concert is perhaps a little misleading in promising something a bit more "live" than is actually delivered. While this "official" TV film provides a fascinating insight into ABBA's 1979 tour of North America and Europe, the first segment of the 50-minute documentary is given over almost exclusively to behind-the-scenes material. As the film progresses and the action shifts from the US to London's Wembley, more live performance footage is included such as full length renditions of "Chiquitita", "Dancing Queen" and "Summer Night City".

Made by Swedish television company SVT, and released for the first time on DVD in 2004 to coincide with ABBA's 30th anniversary, Urban Lasson's film begins by charting the group's attempts to crack the US. Rather than using a narrator to guide the viewer through the scenes, the film competently uses stylish images to tell the story of the group's trip across the continent. Recorded at the height of the disco era, the American footage is dominated by images of roller skaters, and some of the live material from the Wembley shows was shot by a roller-skating cameraman, so that he could move more quickly on stage to get the best shots.

The four split just a couple of years after this tour, making the film one of a few quality recordings of the band playing live. It's a shame that additional full performances of other ABBA favourites were not recorded, or included in the final cut. However the disc does include previously unreleased DVD footage of "The Way Old Friends Do", "I Have A Dream" (Unedited Live Version) and "Thank You For The Music" to partially compensate for this.

On the DVD:As well as the bonus concert performances, the DVD includes recently recorded interviews with the film director Urban Lasson, and the promoter and tour producer Thomas Johansson. A tour souvenir programme picture gallery is also included, and the disc comes with a 28-page colour booklet, which features an excellent extended essay by Carl Magnus Palm on the making of the film. The soundtrack has been painstakingly remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, making the live performances sound stunning. --John Galilee

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba In Concert (1979) US and Wembley. 8 April 2004
A truly spectacular release. The DVD is an updated version of a 1980 TV special for Swedish television. The footage follows ABBA around the USA on their tour of the US in September 1979. Some good atmospheric shots, interviews with Bjorn on the road, an insight into the day to day running of the biggest tour of the 1970's. The DVD then switches to Wembley in November of '79 and the 5 sell out nights ABBA performed. ABBA were never a good live band, but this DVD sounds incredible. The sound has all been remastered and the negatives cleaned up for DVD.
There are bonus tracks, interviews with producers of the shows and people close to ABBA at the time. They recount their memories of their time with ABBA on tour. A good insight into what happenned and a few snippets of current information. Will they reform? Not even a billion dollars as reportedly offered recently will make them reform.
Extra concert footage includes unseen and renovated "The Way Old Friends Do" preceded by Agnetha and Bjorn recalling how well this track sounded live. So much so they added it to their 1980 album "Super Trouper". A great unseen "Thank You For The Music" and "I Have A Dream", an uninterrupted version in full.
A great historical record of a great group at the height of its popularity in the 1970s. This DVD is a must for anyone studying music and of course for anyone who likes ABBA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT ABBA EXPERIENCE 26 July 2011
By dan88
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This DVD follows Abba on their 1979 journey starting from the US with short Concert footage to wembley stadium which has the full concert footage of some of the songs shown,except for songs like "I have a Dream" which you can watch the full version on the extras footage on the dvd.

Another great thing about this DVD is that it is in 5.1 Surround sound which allows you to get the full Abba experience.

This is a must have for any Abba fan and collector especially if you were not around when Abba was together.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars abba in concert 1979 17 April 2004
By A Customer
i found this very disapointing .the track list looks impressive but they only play half of alot of the songs too much talk and not enough music
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was Twenty-Five Years Ago...ABBA 10 Aug 2005
This is a great DVD for fans that want to see ABBA as they really were in the seventies. However, remember that this is over twenty-five years ago and the quality of the picture; the camera work and the sound (God forbid) are not anything like they are now. It is fun to see ABBA camp it up on stage and the vocals (although tough to hear) are actually excellent. The outfits are a riot and only Benny seems to survive the 'big butt syndrome' by hiding behind the keyboards. No more tight outfits, please. The first few songs are not complete in entirety and there is quite a bit of editing for on-the-scenes- commentary about the excitement of doing their first tour. Eventually there are some full-length songs. It seems as if this was a documentary filmed for television in the format it is edited, so be prepared. This is not like a "Bee Gees-One Night Only" concert or an "Eagles" tour that goes from song to song without interruption. It is more of a documentary than a simple concert, but that shouldn't matter one bit for any ABBA fan.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little something missing 21 Jun 2007
I was a little disappointed in 'Abba - In Concert' - but not because it's bad.

The sound quality, in particular, is excellent - I shut my eyes a couple of times and could imagine being right there in the crowd. Also, it's filmed very intimately - the real focus (and rightly so) being the band and not the crowd, with plenty of close-ups and on-stage shots. And all the 'life on the road' clips at the beginning are insightful and intriguing.

But while the performances are good, I think the concert falls a little flat in parts. In 2007 we are used to seeing highly produced and choreographed music shows, and Abba's energetic but slightly inpromptu stage movements look quite dated now.

Also, I know that the film was only ever supposed to be an hour long, but I can't help but feel a little dissappointed that we didn't see the whole concert from start to finish - it might have made up for the fact that the majority of songs were short versions.

Having said that, it's worth a look, and while some of the magic is missing, it's still Abba and the music is still fantastic!
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2.0 out of 5 stars ROYALTY BOOST EXERCISE 20 Oct 2014
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the performance was very average.It was bolstered with exterior shots.Obviously as they rarely performed live there can't be much too see.You got the impression that the ladies in ABBA didn't particularly want to be there.Lets just sit back and wait for the royalty cheque to arrive.Which is what they have done ever since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
great concert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abba DVD 5 Jun 2014
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A great Abba DVD that has the tracks I wanted to hear, good quality sound/picture and all at a brill. price, its down to this seller who sells good quality at a fair cost.. Thanks I will be back to you....
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