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All that you CAN leave behind!
on 26 November 2001
Well done U2, an absolutely average offering from the Elevation tour. This is a DVD for die hard U2 fans only.
Disc one, which contains the concert, is a quite mediocre offering with what seems like a serious amount of over-dubbing in the studio. The sound is nothing spectacular and the camera angles become quite annoying as they jump from the crowd (shots of Bono's head as seen between a fans fingers) to the extreme close up's of Larrys ear.
The redeeming part of this disc is the "Making Of" featurette, narrated by Tom Dunne one of Irelands leading DJs and lead singer with Irish band Something Happens. It gives an in depth look at what goes on behind the scenes of a U2 gig, and the tremendous amount of work that goes into each one. Very enjoyable.
Disc two promises the choice of three cameras on the concert, Director-cam, Bono-cam, and Crowd-cam. What you get is one camera taking up 3/4 of the screen with the other two intercutting in a "picture in picture" fasion. You do get the option of switching between the three, but the sound on this is truly apauling, especially on the Director-cam.
There are two snippits from past video releases which only serve to make the package look more attractive. There are also three extra tracks from the bands rooftop performance in Dublin last summer.
The redeeming quality on this disc is a five minute Road Movie which takes us from an empty arena right through the errection of the stage, the concert, and the taking down of the stage while Walk On plays in the background. This in itself would make a novel video.
All in all you get 30 monutes of watchable footage from the two discs.
It is a pity that U2 did not put as much effort into this offering as their fans and crew put into their gigs.