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The Six Wives Of Henry Viii - Live At Hampton Court Palace [Blu-ray] [2009]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029Z0JAK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rick Wakeman s The Six Wives Of Henry VIII is one of the landmark albums of the seventies, a critical and commercial success that has sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide. In May 2009, Rick Wakeman finally achieved his long held dream of performing the entire album live at Hampton Court Palace. It was the first time the whole album had ever been performed in concert & included the Henry VIII track Defender Of The Faith, that had to be cut from the original album for space reasons, plus new opening and closing pieces. The two spectacular sell out concerts were a never to be repeated event and this Blu-ray shows why they will live long the memory of all those fortunate enough to attend

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. JONES on 9 Oct. 2009
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First, a word about blu-ray. I must admit to having been a bit agnostic about the advantages of this format. Could picture quality really be significantly improved? And sound quality?

Well, here was my answer. The advance in picture and sound delivery not only enhances the feeling of a live performance, it's actually more like being there than being there. You can hear the different strands of sound from orchestra, choir and band clearly enough to appreciate all the elements that went into the concert. No less impressive is the visual aspect. The colours are vivid and the images as sharp as one could wish. Rick's keyboard technique is truly amazing, and this format really does justice to it.

I was present at the concert and really enjoyed it, likewise the complete live CD which I reviewed at the time. As the film makes clear, Rick's efforts to get Six Wives performed at HC go back to the early seventies, but to be selfish for a moment, I am thankful for the delay. At the time I would have been far too young to go, and even if I were not, would have to doubt that I would have seen quite the consummate professionalism from all concerned that was on display here, nor indeed some of the spectacular lighting and scenery effects.

Brian Blessed's contribution has quite reasonably been edited down a little from the CD version, but I was delighted to see the "Gordon's Alive!" incident left in, and the spirit of his enthusiasm and humour well retained.

To be objective for a moment, not many extras on this disc, but Ricks' backstage insights are quite entertaining and interesting. And in the end, for me at least, it's all about the concert.

An unreserved five stars and a thumbs-up for blu-ray, at least as a format for live music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Harris on 7 Nov. 2009
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Masterpieces like this were my justification for buying a Blu-ray player.
I've been a Rick Wakeman fan from the start and this performance did not disappoint me.
An unexpected bonus was the 25 page booklet on "The Musical Story of The Six Wives of Henry VIII".
It is 1080i HD 16:9 with DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 or LPCM Stereo and it is always wise to select the audio stream in the Audio Setup menu (especially if you have just been listening to a DTS audio CD on the player).
It includes Defender Of The Faith. The only bonus feature on the disc is "Behind The Scenes with Rick". NOV 2009
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By music lover on 6 Oct. 2009
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Thank you to whoever said 'yes' to releasing this on Blu ray, it is superb, fantastic picture quality, right down to Rick's unshaven face and the clothes pegs holding his music sheets in place! Colours are so good, just turn up the sound and enjoy Rick's amazing skills. A must buy disc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By auryn on 13 Oct. 2009
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Great picture, great sound, great music, really a "must have" for Wakeman Fans.

BUT: it's a 1080i blu-ray (NOT progressive) !
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Having bought this on vinyl back when it was first released it was played to death.
Times move on sold vinyls bought CDs and for some reason never replaced it.
To buy now on Blu Ray DVD it is a magnificent reminder of both the period and how good Rick was and still is. I'm not sure that Brain Blessed adds to the show but am reluctant to remove a star for him. Everything else sound , picture & location are fantastic and thanks for reminding me of good music.
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If you were unlucky not to be at the Hamoton Court Palace to witness this live, then this is the next best thing.
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I could have gone to this concert but, like a grumpy old man, I assumed that it would rain and i'd be better off getting the dvd. Well, it didn't rain but the DVD is a treasure.
I'm letting you know that the Blu Ray is just fantastic; the clarity of picture is astonishing and highlights the gorgeous scenery of Hampton Court, Rick's wacky clothes and, of course, six wives of Henry VIII !!
The pieces from the original album, which I treasure on vinyl, have been augmented and enhanced to fill a larger 'time space' . It's great music if you are a fan of Rick's technique, which I am. The band is nice and includes Rick's son, Adam.
A wonderful addition is Brian Blessed, as narrator. He bumbles along, gives us a rendition of 'Gordon's Alive' and appears very 'fresh' to the script he is asked to read.
Rick waited decades for permission to play at Hampton Court. IN every sense, then, this Blu Ray is a worthwhile piece of rock history.
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