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At The Apollo [2008] [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Domino Records
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1L2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,904 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This first official live release from Arctic Monkeys documents the last gig of their 2007 world tour at the Manchester Apollo. The tracks include: 'Brianstorm', 'I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor', 'Fake Tales of San Francisco', 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'The View from the Afternoon' and 15 others.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Snerdle VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a concert DVD like almost no other released today.
The camera doesn't jump about all over the place or cut from one image to another with such lightning speed it sends the viewer dizzy. Nor is there constant cutting to the audience, showing people jumping up and down and exhaustively clapping with their hands above their heads, as it seems audiences feel obliged to do these days to show they are 'having a good time!' Indeed the audience aren't featured at all. The only time you can see them is from the backstage camera when they are viewed in the distance and individuals can't be picked out. The jumping up and down and clapping actually looks even sillier in microcosm.
No, this is a concert film that could have been made forty years ago in that the camera often lingers on the musicians long enough for the viewer to take in what's going on. Even the split screen technique is straight out of 1970 Woodstock, and rather than gimmicky seems quaintly old fashioned these days, certainly when compared with the lightning intercutting of most modern music DVD's
All this is actually quite refreshing and makes for a pleasant change. However the DVD isn't perfect.
The stage is often rather dark, again this is how concerts used to be and it takes a bit of getting used to after the frequently brightly lit modern concert films.
Although the number of songs is generous, featuring all the well known numbers a few of my favourites such as 'Mardy Bum', 'Riot Van' and the ep tracks 'Despair in The Departure Lounge' and 'Who The F Are the Arctic Monkeys?' are missing; and the extras which are supposed to be worth 'over an hour of extras' don't actually amount to that much.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of this film at the Show Rooms in Sheffield on 5th October where it was very well received. This is an amazing film like no other I have ever seen. It is an intimate and exciting portrayal of the bands gig in Manchester in 2007. It is a slick, well shot film of a cracking, intense performance with a great song list. This brilliant, humourous film, with a few surprises, is well worth having.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Frampton on 3 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
How do you capture a band like the Arctic Monkeys and still preserve their shear excellence? This is how. Shot like a film showing the band as a whole, no crowd capturing gimics like the BBC to show the crowd are enjoying themselves. A film, documenting the genius. Capturing the energy and brilliance. Great setlist. If you havent seen this band live, this is the closest you'll get to feeling the vibrance. If you have, this is the perfect way of reminding yourself!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucy's Review Shack on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
This is a pretty good live DVD. The director (Richard Ayoade - star of The IT Crowd) has clearly tried to create a concert film rather than just a live recording. Almost the whole of the show is shot in close up and mid shot. This is great in some ways as you get to see the performance in real detail, the blood sweat and tears of Matt Helders on drums and the cheeky facial expressions of Alex Turner. I think some longer shots, crowd shots for example would have given the film more atmosphere, it almost feels like they are performing to an empty room. Plus it would have been great to see more of the lighting effects for example which are normally pretty good at Arctic Monkeys gigs. There are little tricks such as split screen used and this also follows through into the extras where you can see different angles and focus points.
All the best songs are there, except Mardy Bum (which I get the feeling the band may now exclude due to it's mainstream popularity) and they are all played brilliantly. This is despite the fact Alex Turner is completely wasted throughout, which is a little annoying. There's also a guest spot from Turner's Last Shadow Puppets band mate Miles Kane.
If you are a fan, you will know they don't release much official merchandise, so this is one to cherish. It's kind of a low key affair though so don't expect a rip-roaring party spectacular.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E. Young on 13 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
If you've never had the opportunity to be in the front row at an Arctic Monkeys gig then this is what you are missing. i've been near the front at a number of their early gigs (spitting distance from the bassist) and this video took me right back to that moment immediately. it's almost like being one of the band members - the cameras must have been right on the stage with them. it's intense. they're not the most talkative band (i kind of like between-song-banter) but that is a mere quibble. the energy from this video is intense. i have surround sound and cranked it up, turned out all the lights, sat back and enjoyed the show. It is so great to have a real CONCERT vid rather than all the back and forth to the crowd to remind you that you should be enjoying it (which i always thought was basically like laugh tracks on sitcoms). This way, it stands on its own two feet and it stands proud. Man! I'm gonna go watch it again now.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 July 2015
Format: DVD
Surprisingly enough, despite being at the top of their game for ten years now, 'At The Apollo' is currently the only Arctic Monkeys DVD which has ever made available, but I sure hope that this won't be the case by the time another decade has past. Then again, perhaps this isn't to much of a surprise really, as the band aren't known for releasing all that much memorabilia.

Recorded during the final date of the Arctics 2007 world-tour at The Apollo in Manchester, Alex Turner and his boys play all the phenomenal hits and fan favourites from the 'golden years', as well as some excellent B sides. There's also a guest spot from one of Liverpool's finest young talents Miles Kane, a long-time friend and collaborator of Alex. Miles takes to the stage to play on 'Plastic Tramp', one of the band's best early B sides.

The DVD, which is a must for avid fans and is also available to buy on CD, features a 'Multi Angle Camera View' of the band's drummer Matt Helders. It's an unusual and artfully put together, focusing largely on Alex and Matt, is well shot, just like a film, and uses the deliberately old fashioned split screen technique, something of a rarity with today's music DVDs.

I have to say though, it doesn't really capture the audience, with the nose, and indeed shots of them, kept down to a minimum, so some might say that it doesn't offer the full experience of an Arctic's gig, if that sounds like a turn-off for you, then you'd be probably better off just sticking with the albums, and giving 'At The Apollo' a miss.

DVD Track Listing

01. Brianstorm
02. This House Is a Circus
03. Teddy Picker
04. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
05. Dancing Shoes
06. From the Ritz to the Rubble
07. Fake Tales of San Francisco
08.
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