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America: a Tribute to Heroes [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Muhammad Ali, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Wes Borland
  • Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Joel Gallen
  • Writers: Ann F. Lewis, Bill Clark, Chris Connelly, David Leaf, David Wild
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warner Music Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T31Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian


Tribute albums and concerts come and go, but America: A Tribute to Heroes may well stand the test of time. Recorded just 10 days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this two-hour US TV telethon has an appropriately sombre tone; it's also refreshingly unpretentious and ego-free, with no audience and no onscreen identification--of the musical artists or the actors and others who speak between songs. There are some passionate and moving performances by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Limp Bizkit and friends, Neil Young (the much-praised "Imagine") and several more, easily eclipsing the couple of outright turkeys (the overwrought theatrics of Enrique Iglesias and Mariah Carey). To watch the programme after the horror may have started to fade is to be reminded of the extraordinary emotions the tragic events aroused; and while pop music may be superfluous in the big picture, its power to inspire and perhaps even heal is something to behold.--Sam Graham,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "chrisanddel4eva" on 3 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
This dvd is very moving and at times can get a little morbid but what do you expect after 9/11. The perfromances are great, mariah carey sings a beautiful rendition of hero and the dvd is crammed with stars from all areas of the entertainment field. Buy it, watch it, and remember those who lost there lives on 9/11.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Murton on 21 May 2004
Format: DVD
2 hours worth of comedy, music and moving scenes this is a great DVD and a fitting memorial to all those who suffered on September 11th.
You name them they are on this DVD. There are great acts throughout without forgetting why the DVD came about.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corocota on 10 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
It's not definitely what I expected. Besides the cover, it's basically a TV show. It didn't impress nor moved me at all.

I was expecting a true tribute, not a tele-marathon thing.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Instant Media Classic! 8 Dec 2001
By Ed - Published on
Format: DVD
I saw this with a group of ten or so friends when it originally aired. We sat there in awe for two hours. I think it was the power of the people who spoke and of those who performed. The DVD was on my wish list nearly immediately after. Their selection of songs, was nearly impeccable. I didn't care for Iglesias mostly because it was more a love song, but maybe it was appropriate to others. The highlights for me were Neil Young doing "Imagine." That alone is worth the admission. Also the appearence of Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits of "NYPD Blue" standing together like partners again, and talking, appropriately enough, about the cops who risked their lives, and died saving others. Limp Bizkit with Johnny Rzeznik (of Goo Goo Dolls) doing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" was equally awesome. Fred Durst looked to me like he was talking to us as he sang many of the lyrics. The Boss, Billy Joel, Eddie Vedder (with Neil Young on the organ), Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi (a spectacular rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer") round out the cream of the crop musically. Superb speeches by Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Will Smith and Ali, and many more strike a chord both uplifting, and I think heart-breaking at times. It closes out with awesome speeches by Robert DeNiro (wow!) and Clint Eastwoood (wow! wow!) along with a performance of "God Bless America" by Celine Dion and a moving performance of "America the Beautiful" by Willie Nelson, with backup by everyone present. WOW! is the least I can think of to describe it as a whole. GOD BLESS the USA!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An appropriate and well-performed tribute. 2 Dec 2004
By J. Williams - Published on
Format: DVD
I'm a New Yorker who witnessed the 9/11 attacks first-hand, and experienced the aftermath. I watched this tribute live when it first aired and I felt at that time that it was very respectfully produced, with some standout performances and very little in the way of "marketing" or promotion going on from any of the performers (with a few exceptions), as there so often is in these kinds of compilations.

The performance I remember most is actually U2's rendition of "Peace On Earth/Walk On", at which point during the live telecast I admit that I completely lost it. There were other moving performances but this is the one that affected me, and the one that I remember - not only is the version on this DVD better than what was recorded on their CD "All That You Can't Leave Behind", the lyrics summed up the whole experience perfectly for me, and it was obvious that U2 as a band was deeply moved by the experience themselves. The montage set to their song "One" also greatly affected me, although this was not a live performance.

As a tribute, this is probably the best that anyone could have done - the music is varied and the performances generally very good, and the tone is right given how close it was to 9/11. For me, it's a must-have reminder of that day, as I consider it part of my experience of going through 9/11's aftermath. It was a terrible tragedy but it's not one that we should forget.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular! 6 Dec 2001
By Christopher Browning - Published on
Format: DVD
I missed the original telethon airing, because I was one of the operators accepting donations for the United Way September 11th Fund. I am proud to now be able to own the DVD release, and further contribute, as proceeds of the DVD sale go to the Fund. This is not just an awesome DVD simply because so many great entertainers offered their time to help, but also because so many people responded and offered assistance. The true spirit of America can be seen here. Take home a piece of American history.
Dedicated to those lost in the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding and moving DVD, but let's not confuse the issue. 3 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a DVD that truly captures the feelings and emotions we will never completely forget following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The performances are heartfelt, and the between-song montages and speaking segments by various celebrities are often as moving as the musical performances. This tribute is as good a historical document of that tragic event as any, as well as a document and testimony to the willingness of Americans, famous or not, to pull together when needed the most.
I do have to comment on a previous reviewers observation about the supposed irony of performers on this tribute who later took anti-war stances. We're talking apples and oranges here. This tribute is about performers showing their respect and heartfelt feelings towards the victims and heroes of September 11; it's not about politics. It is entirely reasonable and not at all ironic that a performer would wish to devote their time and emotion to a tribute of this nature out of respect for the victims, yet later be critical of the decision to invade Iraq. I would be more concerned about people who CAN'T separate the two issues.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Flawless 22 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If ever there was a night of songs sung from the heart, this is it. A 2 hour snapshot of our country's emotion put out for all to see. I don't know of any collection anywhere of such a diverse group of musicians singing like they never sang before. Everyone I know seems to have thier favorite song, and it is almost impossible to say who gave the best performance. My personal favorite is Neil Young's flawless version of "Imagine", but if someone said they liked Wyclef Jean's version of "Redemption Song" better, I won't argue. Or Springsteen's "My City of Ruin". Or Dixie Chicks' "I Believe In Love", get the picture. A surprising welcome addition (subtraction?) is no audience during the entire show! No applause needed here, the silence after each song allows us to reflect on the meaning of the performance. The show is presented in it's entirety, including the commentary between songs, all 21 of them.
The DVD picture is very clean, especially for a television broadcast, and the sound is very good stereo (no Dolby 5.1 here) but this in no way detracts from this exceptional night. Even if you recorded it the night of the original broadcast, like I did, you will be very happy if you buy the DVD.
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