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Live Aid (4pc) (Dig) [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bob Geldof , Bryan Adams , Vincent Scarza    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Bob Geldof, Bryan Adams, Stuart Adamson, Adam Ant, Nick Ashford
  • Directors: Vincent Scarza
  • Writers: Bob Geldof
  • Producers: David Fein, Hal Uplinger, Rich Zielinski
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Rhino / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002Z9HT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,243 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Show on Earth 14 Nov 2004
First, lets clear up why there are songs missing - The footage simply no longer exists. Its already been well explained but here goes:
Prior to 13 July 1985 Bob Geldof had said he did not want the concert recorded as it was to be a one off never to be repeated event. The BBC ignored him and recorded it anyway, minus most of The Who set as a power failure within the BBC trucks meant their set was only seen within Wembly. Alas along the way the Beeb deleted some of the tapes in the same way they deleted programmes like Dad's Army, Swap Shop etc.
ABC in America deleted the entire concert. The only footage from America is that recorded by MTV which is littered with commercial breaks and VJ inserts hence the reason some of the songs are missing, but at least its there.
The DVD at 10+ hours is excellent value for money and I found myself getting caught in the emotion of the day even now.
A true defining moment in our history finally available for us to relive.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars live aid ! here at last 9 Nov 2004
Finally a new generation gets to see the pivital event of the mid-80's with live aid.We have 80% of the 16 hour show which raised millions for the starving in Africa.All the stars of the 1980's are here all at there prime from Howard Jones to Duran Duran.The DVD is fantastic with over 10 hours of this brilliant concert filmed part in America and here at Wembley.I don't remember even seeing the show on the Tv which is odd.However this DVD makes up for it in spades as not only a homage to the 80's but to Bob Geldofs sterling effort.This is a must have DVD with all profits going to the Aid charity as it should do.The Special features are somewhat sparse but we do get extra performances plus a documentary.The picture and sound are a little rough but this is explained in the insert booklet.But this doesn't detract from the DVD itself in any way.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - Met with Expectations 21 Nov 2004
How anyone can call this poor quality sound and picture is beyond me. It was screened on BBC1 in 1985 so what you have is as good as it was watching it live, you can't expect any more.
It was 1985 and even existing technology now could not remove some of the occasional picture interference, for me though it adds to the authenticity and is fairly un noticeable. Back in 1985 homes didn't have super surround, all whistles and bells televisions so I wasn't expecting this to be an attack of the senses.
That said mostly the picture and sound are excellent anyway and this was viewed on a surround sound widescreen TV. Way better than what I had expected. I first watched Live Aid as an 11 year old and was already a big fan of a lot of the musicians playing, and its great to relive those moments and also scarey realising I actually remembered it better than I thought.
Quite simply if you want to enjoy LIVE AID again go buy this DVD and remember you'll be giving to charity by buying it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be grateful for what we have!! 24 Nov 2004
As someone who sat and watched the whole event live 19+ (can in really be that long!!) years ago, this has been a long time coming....and proves worth the wait. Yes, there are bits missing, but when you consider that Bob Geldof requested that the BBC didn't even tape the event, what we have is pretty darn good. As I sat through the event again I realised how many of the acts I had forgotten were there. Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Ultravox.....some wonderful blasts from the past.
The highlights are obviously U2, Queen, David Bowie et al. These sections are worth the purchase price alone, and with the money going back to famine relief projects, even more so.
Gripes....some of the US show is a little lack lustre. You get the feeling ( as you did on the day) that the egos were a little more evident state-side. Also, I would have liked to see some of the in-between/back stage bits I remember from the day.
However, as a huge slab of nostalgia this can't be beaten. Bad hair, bad cloths, good music, great cause.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars memories of live aid 16 May 2005
i remember watching the event on tv back in 1985 when i was 16.what i recall the most is STATUS QUO opening the show and the crowd really getting involved in the whole thing.QUEEN were by far the best act of the day belting out classic after classic to a ecstatic response from crowd and critics alike.FREDDIE MERCURY worked the crowd brilliantly and sang and performed every song superbly,what an amazing performance which you will never see the like of again,watch and learn!!as for other acts SADE was pretty good as was STING and PHIL COLLINS especially EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE.I thought U2 were good but went over the top a bit with their set and could have included more songs and cut down on the length of the songs they did do.overall the picture and sound were good considering the 20 year gap and resurrecting old footage onto this legenday concert and enjoy
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LIVE AID 1985 23 Sep 2005
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This is a really great DVD for the 'BEST' live aid performance to date. Gone but not forgotten...
The music and performances on the DVD are really good like Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, U2, Dire Straights etc...
The biggest problems with it, is there are lots of tracks and performances missing!! i.e elton john - i'm still standing
If I remember back then, 'Wham' was in it as well im sure!!!
Not sure why they left these bands or tracks from the DVD, I do know that the microphones were going wrong all day, and some songs you couldn't hear, maybe that was the reason, but they should had put it on anyway!
Its a fantastic DVD, really good, but only 3 stars as its incomplete!
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