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Paul McCartney in Red Square [DVD] [2005]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Castilian
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
  • 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: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000818VEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although Sir Paul McCartney had never actually set foot on Russian soil before, his history-making open air show in Moscow's Red Square in May 2003 in front of 100,000 people seemed like a triumphal homecoming. And in a manner of speaking it was. Dismissed as "cacophonous rubbish" in the 1960s by then Soviet leader and aspiring rock critic Nikita Krushchev and generally viewed as subversive alien propaganda by other mean-spirited senior Communist killjoys, The Beatles were an underground religion in the old USSR with dissidents aplenty - many of them reminiscing in fascinating detail on this DVD - tuning in to Beatlemania courtesy of Russian blackmarketeers who covertly duplicated copies of the bands' albums on discarded hospital X-Ray plates. Here then, finally, was a Beatles legend and songwriter in skin and bone, playing Beatles classics aplenty - a rapturously received "Back In The USSR", "Hey Jude" an enchanting mass singalong, "Two Of Us" and "She's Leaving Home" given a long overdue airing - in the shadow of St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's mausoleum and The Kremlin. Kruschev - presumably more of a Stones man - would have been appalled. Not so Putin and Gorbachev who pop-up to press McCartney's flesh, teach Macca some lingo and express their admiration. In addition to the Red Square gig, there's generous footage of Paul's attendant private visit to St Petersburg plus more live action from the following year when Macca did his stuff during another stop-over in Peter The Great's "Window On The West". McCartney murdered Marxism? There's enough evidence here to give Mr Thumbs Aloft a pretty good shout. --Kevin Maidment

Product Description

DVD-LIVE IN RUSSIA-2003-EAN 5050467831421 -subtitles: english,french,german,spanish,dutch,italian,portugese,russian.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
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The DVD is well worth buying, particularly for the Red Square concert.
Like the USA one, it concentrates almost as much on the audience as it does on the band,
and so makes a statement about that particular performance.
However, although the St Petersburg concert looks just as good musically, the producers
of this section of the DVD have ruined it by switching camera shots far too frequently.
Generally, each shot lasts no more than ONE SECOND, and there are some sections
where there are 2 or 3 shots per second. It makes it completely unwatchable for me.
Worth buying it for the Red Square alone though.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the USSR 4 July 2005
I loved this DVD. It put me in a great mood to hear (and sing along to) so many of Paul's classic songs. Paul's voice is amazing and he is backed by such a talented band who recreate perfectly the soundtack to the 1960s. Having seen Paul and his band live in London, I can say that this DVD is the next best thing to being in attendance. The documentary footage is fascinating and at times moving. Moscow and St. Peterburg are shown to be beautiful cities that know how to rock!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better... better all the time 30 Oct 2005
Being a musician myself, I often wondered why the song "I've got a feeling" was left out of the spotlight- To me, that song is a Beatles ROCK masterpiece and Paul and his band play it just like it dreamed it could be done! - The DVD is worth buying for this song alone (well.. at least for me it was!) If you have the "Back in the US" DVD, I have to say that there are only a few songs that are added on but The band is awesome, Paul is as always..."THE LEGEND" - and the music ... well It doesn't get much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb music,bad video ! 5 stars for the music. 23 Nov 2009
Yepp,the sorry tale of another really great Paul McCartney concert spoiled by random interviews and talking heads telling us how great he is,DURING THE CONCERT.Put them all with the bonus features where they belong for gods sake!Back to the drawing board with this one and re edit it please.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the USSR 21 Jun 2005
By Mr. J. C. Kent VINE VOICE
This is a great DVD!
The main feature is a fascinating documentary that tells the story of the struggle that Russians had in listening to the Beatles under Communist rule. Not very exciting i hear you cry. Well, this is all interwoven with material from Macca's first ever performance in Russia. And what a performance it was! Part of his now legendary 2003 Back in the World Tour (I was lucky enough to see the first UK show of the tour, but that's another story), Paul plays songs from his entire 40 year back catalogue, with a large amount of the show devoted to Beatles songs. All with an absolutely brilliant band complementing.
One massive highlight amongst many is the moment when the writer of Back in the USSR performs that very number for the very first time in front of a Russian crowd. It really has to be seen to believed. And you get to see it twice as once wasn't enough for the crowd that night!
If there is one disapointment with the documentary, it is a bit on the short side. But, dispair not. We are also treated to an extra 55 minute documentary of Paul's St Petersburg appearance last year that, after a short intro, is pure concert footage. The songs featured are mainly ones that weren't played during the 2003 tour (which can be found on the aforementioned documentary and the equally great Back in the US DVD), including Penny Lane and Get Back.
But the best is saved for last. Helter Skelter live with Macca and his band is a pure joy!
The two short extras on the disc are fairly pointless, so i won't waste your time on them.
The picture and sound are first rate, though widescreen would have been nice in the 21st Century.
Overall, this is one great DVD that should not be missed by ant McCartney or Beatles fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have to agree with others who have written the same as I am. The Moscow concert is actually a documentary really, with talkie bits between EVERY song. As a one-off historic standalone concert it would have been great - with a very enthusiastic and mesmerised Russian audience seeing for the first time someone they could never have imagined they would ever see perform in their country. And the performances of the songs by Macca and his (ace) band are stella. The back catalogue available to him is of course the greatest of any performer in the world. And he does all his classics justice here.

Such a shame they chose to release it as a documentary-concert. The documentary is interesting, don't get me wrong. But it would have benefitted from being an item in itself. Say a bonus feature.

On the plus side there is a second concert from St. Petersburg that was filmed during Macca's next world tour and whilst it is only 30-40 minutes in length it is at least an uninterrupted performance. The setlist is fantastic too, with some of the less-often played songs.

The sound quality is good on both concerts, however the visual quality of the St. Petersburg gig is slightly poor in my opinion. It has a grainy quality to it that just looks like poor quality film stock was used.

But hey, it is Macca. He is a legend. And here you have legendary songs played masterfully by Paul and his band. And that makes up one star in my eyes that would otherwise have been docked if it had been anyone else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4,5 stars for Sir Paul in this one!
Amazing setlist. The two shows have only 1 song in common, therefore we have here 30 different songs played live. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gekonst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
All songs performed that were said were on the DVD. interviews and and walkabouts by Paul very interesting too; would recommend it to any McCartney fan!
Published 15 months ago by Clifford Wardell
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
brilliant dvd can`t stop watching it .to watch what the russians went through in the sixtys and to see all those people in red square now is amazing i highly recomend you watch it
Published 17 months ago by brian watson
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
this is a very interesting film of paul in red square good film footage and a great concert its nice to see someone like this
Published on 6 May 2012 by roy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master @ Work
Paul McCartney in Red Square is an excellent DVD package encompassing his Concert In Moscow in 2003/2004 interspersed with a documentary on how during the days of the Soviet Union... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Brawny Withed
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
How can a show of Paul McCartney ever go wrong? Great footage of the show and nice exerts of interviews in between. Very impressed...just wish I was there!
Published on 2 July 2010 by Smashon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic McCartney
Macca goes on getting better and better...don't care what the so called critics say...he is a legend who is able to suit his music to the world and change styles at ease... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by I. J. Davison
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