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Presenting the legend and those around it in a somewhat superficial light, the film is as much a tribute to the Heather-reinvigorated McCartney as to his music. There's plenty of footage of the new Mrs McCartney accompanying Paul on his marathon of television and radio interviews; band and crew members pipe on about how much of an honour it is to work with McCartney; and fans' of all ages gush hysterically about how amazing it is to see the star perform live. After sitting through three hours of such material, you can't help wishing that something would go wrong.
The set-list includes Beatles favourites, tunes by Wings and selected numbers from McCartney's solo back catalogue. Realising the audience's obvious taste for nostalgia, the film mixes shots of the wild contemporary audience with footage of tearful, screaming fans from 40 years earlier. While the songs and audience reactions remain the same, the most touching moment of the film is when Macca performs his tributes to Lennon ("Here Today") and Harrison ("Something").
On The DVD: Back in the U.S. appears to break all DVD capacity records. As well as the main feature, there's plenty of extra behind-the-scenes material and bonus songs. While the picture quality is satisfactory, the three audio soundtracks (including DTS Surround) more than compensate for any visual shortcomings. Playing the disc on a DVD-ROM drive allows access to a secret Back In The U.S. Web site--one of the most comprehensive bonus Web sites ever. Highlights include additional soundcheck clips, outtakes, music promos and extended performances from the show. --John Galilee
The indefatigable McCartney took to the road again at the age of 60 and with a cracking quartet of young musicians (love that "percussion power-house" of a drummer that is Abe Laboriel,JR.) belts out some fabulous new incarnations of Beatles and Wings classics.The set-list is astonishing when you simply read it through in black and white and fills you with renewed awe and appreciation of the great man's astounding legacy of lyrics.In fact,trying to isolate "highlights" from the concert is a futile exercise because there is not a dull moment throughout,and in nearly 3 hours of footage,that's an awful lot of moments ! If you were to twist my arm,though I would rave about the surging dynamism of "Back in the USSR,"Can't buy me love","Maybe I'm amazed","Band on the Run" and "Live and let Die".On the other more contemplative side of the coin we get intensely moving versions of "Here,there and everywhere","Something","My Love","Let it be" and the really touching tribute to John Lennon,"Here today".Also,there is a magical performance of "Blackbird" - a good candidate for my favourite song of all time- where Paul seizes his courage in both hands and sings it just to the accompaniment of his own acoustic guitar.Here,and throughout he is in fabulous voice and if that's what a vegetarian diet can do for a body,then pass me the spinach and squash !Read more ›
This is not your typical concert DVD. It also has footage in between songs of Paul meeting his fans, on the road, in his jet and even jamming with some chimps!
During the concert he pays tribute to his current wife, Heather, his first wife Linda and his friends John Lennon and George Harrison. Some of the crowd shots are excellent and you can see what it means to some of the fans to hear Paul playing these famous songs. One guy is in tears! One of the members of Paul's band says that you can see people getting younger when they hear the first few bars of one of the classic Beatles tunes.
This is a must have DVD for all music fans - buy it today!!
It was a fantastic concert and this DVD captures most of it well.
Only two things spoil this DVD for me and these are, far too many little clips with the fans getting in way of the music and fairly poor video quality.
In this age of digital media why has Macca allowed a grainy sub-standard piece of video to be released?
I know that the golden Beatle oldies that he plays are 30+ years old, but why has he seemingly used video equipment from the same era also, I don't know?!!
One other reviewer mentioned that it could be a problem with NTSC to PAL conversion, but I tried an NTSC copy out in my player and sadly there is no improvement in the picture quality department.
But don't let that deter you diehard fans out there from buying this DVD, I still love to watch it!
However, it's not the sort disc that you want to show off the capabilites of a DVD player to people who don't own a machine of their own yet.
If you do, people will decide to hang on to their VHS's!
It is very much of a case of 7 and a 1/2 out of ten and could do better sort of a thing.
Come on Macca, I know you can do better than this?