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Jean Michel Jarre - Solidarnosc - Live from Gdansk, Poland 2005 [DVD and Live CD] [NTSC]


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BU9US2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Over 170,000 people turned out on 26 August 2005 for the concert of French electronic music composer Jean Michel Jarre to mark the 25th anniversary of Poland's Solidarity trade union which helped bring down communism. In front of an enthusiastic crowd massed amidst the naval shipyards in the northern town of Gdansk, Jarre played some well-know tracks including the 'Oxygene' and 'Equinoxe' suites amongst his new repertoire.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lech Walesca's Solidarity movement, Jean Michel Jarre performed an energetic concert in Gdansk, northern Poland. The backdrop was the shipyard where workers went on strike in August 1980 leading to the eventual fall of communism in Poland. The setting includes a moving crane lit from the inside, and the hanger door opening to reveal an orchestra surrounded by sparks from metal welding.

After seeing this, you won't want to watch your Jarre in China DVD again unless you pine for "Fishing Junks at Sunset" or want to demonstrate your home cinema system. It's a far more engaging performance with an energised audience and a happy, star-jumping JMJ, the likes of which we've not seen since the nineties.

Musically the performance has the standard combination of synthesiser, choir, laser harp, and full orchestra. Again, the show lacks a drummer and additional live acoustic musicians but guitarist Patrick Rondat is wheeled out for just 2 tracks before making the tea. Jarre himself spends a bit too much time playing with his hair, an effects pad, a Theremin, and symbols rather than improvising on keyboards. While the track listing is yet again too close to recent concerts there are a couple of enjoyable reworkings of two pieces that haven't been heard for over 10 years: "Industrial Revolution Overture" and "Chronologie part 2". Too many tracks are familiar and up to five tracks aren't Jarre originals, including the encore. However, there are still barnstorming versions of "Oxygene 12" and "Rendezvous 4" to contend with.

The video focuses too much on the stage and not enough on the backdrop as well as inexplicably shortening the beginning of the first track. Luckily the 15 minutes of bonus features provides some refreshing handheld alternative shots from different angles as well as "behind the scenes" footage. The DVD is presented in a solid Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix (no DTS or commentary tracks this time). Although not THX mastered like the China release last year, the picture quality is very good again due to High Definition filming. Strangely the DVD is NTSC and not PAL but most TVs and DVD players should be able to handle it. Also included is a 9 track live CD from the concert.

Not a return to form but the best JMJ concert in the last 5 years and a good quality DVD. Now let's have Houston, Moscow and Paris La Defense remastered please. --Colin Neal

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jan Karstad on 24 Feb 2006
It is good to see that Jarre is now releasing DVD's, and I surely hope they will stay this way.
The concert itself, compared to Jarre in China last year, is better; at least the tracklisting was more variable and he seemed to have more fun than at China. The visuals are too better (especially in Rendez-Vous 2) and the audience seemed to enjoy the gig more too. But still, there's heavy presence of AERO tracks, which sound exactly like on the album... but Industrial Revolution / Chronologie 2 as well as the superb cover version of Mury really make up for it.
The DVD.. the concert edit is good, there's a lack of extras but besides that the set is very tight and has all you need for a concert DVD... if only Jarre would release his past concerts in a superb (or even better) set like this. If you don't have Jarre in China, this is certainly a much better choice.
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A great concert, with some superb music. Only downside is that for a lot of the time, Jarre is jumping with both hands in the air, making the concert at times look more like a keep fit video (see front cover for starters!); and with both hands off of the keyboard it makes you wonder who's actually playing!

Well worth buying, however once you've viewed the concert once or twice, it's unlikely you'll feel any great urge to watch it again.
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By A. E. Deane on 24 July 2013
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Another wonderful concert from this artist. You can feel the atmosphere as if you were there.Can watch this time and time
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mills on 5 Jun 2011
Rather disappointing DVD - struggled to watch it from beginning to end. The Jarre in China DVD on the other hand blew me away.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aneta on 20 Nov 2011
Shipyard in Gdansk, the origin of Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity" and origin of fall of Soviet communism in Poland, was the place where one beautiful August evening 6 years ago, 25 years after this Polish revolution somebody delivered one of the best performances ever...Somebody said "I was there and I will never forget that night. It was like Earth was somewhere behind us, an unseen force was masked behind the darkness, and our only guide back to reality was that mad genius smiling behind the synthesizers!"
I do not say who is that mad genius now but I can describe a little what I have experienced when I touched this DVD the first time: stunning, electronic, symphonic, choir, Chopin, laser harp, innovative, progressive rock, psychedelic, awesome and amazing Randez-vous 2, Vivaldi`s The four seasons: Summer: Presto together with Patrick Rondat and his excellent guitar. Would be Vivaldi proud? I do not know, but for sure would be very mystified. I can say also sth about Russian inventor Leon Theremin (by the way one of victims of Soviet communism) and his cosmic first electronic instrument etherophone from 20`s. Ethereophone can be played without being touched. Very impressive. I can say also sth about courage, imagine and freedom to do things that others do not usually do in music, and.....last what I would mention is respect. DVD is great and worth to be seen
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