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Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley - Sp Ed [DVD] [2006]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2011
IF YOU OWN THE PREVIOUS DVD BIN IT AND GET THIS ONE,NIGHT AND DAY IS MY OPINION,THIS IS THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RELEASED BEFORE SO IF YOU ARE A FAN OF ELO GET THIS NOW
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2007
It seems that many older reviews of this are confusing this 2006 release with the old 1978 mono mixed (are they miming?) release which until now had not received the attention it deserved. Yes the old version of this does sound muddy and Yes it does look like they are lip-synching to several songs truth is all other previous releases of this concert used the horribly inadequate TV sound mix which was broadcast in 1978. The band admittedly used a backing track (for time keeping purposes) because of the huge stage they were playing on. Now at long last the sound has been remastered and mixed properly now the band can be heard clearly as the audience did back then ,The string section can be heard properly at last all in glorious stereo for the first time. Overall this 2006 remastered version is a quantum leap in sound quality and should now set the record straight from the biggest grossing band in the world at that point, Now if they could just remove those cheesy '70s effects?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First tip. Look for the reviews that have an Amazon "Verified Purchase" sub title.You will, at the very least know that punter has a copy of what they're writing about.
Second tip. The confusion about this release is entirely warranted and I blame the various companies around the world releasing it. Some have simply taken the previously released dvd and given it the new cover art, including saying it's remastered and has 5.1 sound. I know this because I've bought this title three times trying to get the new audio mix.
Third tip. The ONLY place you can get the newly mixed audio version is by buying the same one I'm writing about. Look at the top of my review and you'll see my name here on Amazon. Below that is the line which starts with "This Review is from:" and is then followed by the products name. If it's in black and CANNOT be clicked on, you're on the right page.
Fourth tip. Click here "Out Of The Blue: Live At Wembley - Sp Ed [DVD] [2006]" for the 2008 re-release with dts 5.1 audio and ignore that it says 2006 in the title. This is the one you want just keep the old one for the "Discovery" video album which is not included here.
Confusion ended!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2007
A few corrections are needed here!
This DVD was released in 2006 and is completly different from the earlier release.
This version is in 5.1 surround sound which makes it a billion times more better.
The sound is very very very different...this time it is LIVE!
The earlier DVD release had some of the songs overdubbed with the original songs over the top, why? Who knows! This DVD is totally live and cleaned up to perfection.
The bonus feature if you like is a replica tour programme which is great, plus it comes in a nice little package.
Great DVD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2009
This is ELO Live!!!!..no "added" on bits from the producer of the original video/DVD..this is pure brilliance!..The late Kelly Groucutt , complements J.Lynne perfectly, and you can here the power of Bev Bevans drums!!!, and the squeaking cellos and Kaminski's violin.
Shame they cant get rid of the original producers, dodgy effects!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2011
You either like ELO or you don't, I do and this DVD has good tracks. "Mr Blue Sky" has such a good feeling to it and the "Roll Over Beethoven" climax shows a band enjoying the music they are making. The camera work is a little weird in places, could have been a lot better, but easy to say more than 30 years after the event. Perhaps the creators could have shortened the starting and ending interviews and added more to the concert footage. I bought the DVD because I missed the first part of the telecast on Sky Arts, it was worth it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2009
When I first published my review in December 2009, I might have been a little hard on this product, and upon second viewing this was the case. This DVD remaster certainly cleaned up many of the technical gaffs that occurred on the original television broadcast, such as the backing track being pushed too high in the mix on the original television mix.

Being born in 1994, I certainly can't vouch for how the television broadcast turned out to be. But I can say that they have cleaned up the sound considerably granted how muddy the original was, heavily edited and pushed out on a mono mix for 70s television, which gave them the unfair reputation that they were simply miming to tape. It was only intended to be a backup if the instruments untuned, or if the drummer had a heart attack from the heat of the stage.

Mercifully, neither of these happened, and it was critised that the audience could even hear the backing track... But that's a long time ago. The DVD has rectified that, and even mixed it into PCM Stereo / Dolby / DCM 5.1 surround sound, which is lovely.

Even the quality, granted it was recorded in 1978, is astounding. Fair enough blacks are crushed, there is comet tail streaking and there is a mysterious halo effect, but there is something about the uncalibrated warmth and colour of the footage is very aethestically pleasing to watch compared to the coldness of digital.

The set line up of this concert are also good, even at a time when ELO had hit their peak in 1978. I'll never understand why Mansfield still insists on directing in such a bizarre way - Silly transitions, recurring footage (a la Mr. Blue Sky) but mercifully it wasn't as bad as Destination Docklands - Which I even said in deadpan I would buy the producing rights and reproduce it myself.

This was indeed shot at the Wembley leg of the tour, however and certainly these will bring back certain memories for those that remember the concert, but please, someone sack Mansfield before he ruins more concerts with needless special effects and goofy transitions.
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on 23 December 2014
This DVD shows the Electric Light Orchestra concert from 1978 at London's Wembley Arena, when the band were at their commercial peak.

All the songs sound great and some of the band's complex arrangements translate remarkably well from studio to stage. 'Turn to Stone' and 'Tightrope' sound fantastic. Bassist Kelly Groucutt sings the opera parts on 'Rockaria!' and on certain songs he and Jeff Lynne sing lead vocals on alternate verses. The beautiful 'Wild West Hero' is another highlight.

The concert is full of energy and enthusiasm. It becomes gradually more manic as it goes along; at the start the band are largely stationary but on the last few songs they are pacing the stage frenetically. A stunning version of the band's cover of 'Roll Over Beethoven' closes out the concert.

Inevitably there are a few omissions: '10538 Overture', 'Ma-Ma-Ma Belle' and most surprisingly the massive hit 'Evil Woman'. These would all have been very worthy additions.

This DVD shows an extraordinary band at the peak of their popularity performing fine renditions of some of their best songs.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2001
Okay. Let's get one thing straight here: the sound quality ain't up to much. In fact it sounds as though Jeff Lynne is singing under wet cement with a mouthful of marbles. Nevertheless, crank up the volume and think "I'm back in the seventies, I'm back in the seventies!" and it won't matter a bit. All your favourites are here and the disc is worth it for the live version of Livin' Thing alone.
1/ Concerto for a Rainy Day 2/ Standing in the Rain 3/ Night in the City 4/ Turn to Stone 5/ Tightrope 6/ Telephone Line 7/ Rockaria 8/ Wild West Hero 9/ Showdown 10/ Sweet Talkin' Woman 11/ Mr. Blue Sky 12/ Do Ya 13/ Livin' Thing 14/ Roll Over Beethoven.
Additionally to the above live tracks, recorded at Wembley in 1978, you also get the full Discovery album presented as recorded, high quality CD sound with a collage of images and videos. So come on. What more could any ELO fan want?
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2000
I purchased this DVD just to see how the group would fair when viewed some 22 years later. The concert chosen was a Gala event at Wembley Arena in 1978 , with a rather unexpected introduction by Tony Curtis. I rember ELO in their prime and although the video footage and sound quality are naturally a bit primative the essence of ELO remains. "Standing in the Rain" "Wild West Hero" and "Mr Blue Sky" are just as much fun 22 years later.
The inclusion of 8 videos from the ,later, Discovery album is a thoughtful bonus " Diary of Horace Wimp" losing none of its charm.
It's a shame that little if any effort was made to clean up the recordings , but you can't have everything.
Overall well worth a look.
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