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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember That Night - The Basics
Any way you look at it, this DVD package is great value for money - the sticker on the outside says it all - "Over 5 hours of footage plus bonus content, including additional tracks, music videos, documentaries and photo gallery." Given the wide variety of songs, it's difficult to characterise this DVD. I guess you could say this is a combination of the heartfelt On An...
Published on 23 Sep 2007 by Marcus Hawkes
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crucial region coding missing from description.
I am sure the Blu Ray version of this disk is excellent but sadly. Amazon neglected to mention that this particular version is Region A and therefore useless to those of us with Region B players. Just be aware that this US import in REGION CODED and you need not just a blu-ray player but one that plays Region A blu ray disks.
Published on 16 Aug 2008 by Mr. Alan T. Fidler
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember That Night - The Basics,
This review is from: Remember That Night [DVD]  (DVD)Any way you look at it, this DVD package is great value for money - the sticker on the outside says it all - "Over 5 hours of footage plus bonus content, including additional tracks, music videos, documentaries and photo gallery." Given the wide variety of songs, it's difficult to characterise this DVD. I guess you could say this is a combination of the heartfelt On An Island songs, with Pink Floyd classics. A considerable amount of work went into it - there is something here for everybody.
Director David Mallet (who also did the highly acclaimed Pink Floyd Pulse DVD) has put together a great mix of shots from the many cameras in the Royal Albert Hall, and which combines a selection of clear shots of the band with the artsy/abstract ones (I especially liked the closeups of Gilmour's fingers working the guitar). This is not Pulse (an arena extravaganza show), but rather a rendering of the On An Island tour show which was geared for theatres (many lights all around the stage, lots of smoke, and some lasers during the later Floyd songs). This show is more moody and personal, with more feeling, than an in-your-face arena show. More about the people and the music - more genuine or intimate in a way (I do love arena shows too). It was filmed at the end of the tour, so the band had the songs down to perfection (and this is the best from the 3 nights of Albert Hall shows). They obviously enjoyed doing it. Amazon provides a good example of the video with their excerpt from Breathe.
David's band includes Richard Wright from Pink Floyd, Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music (an excellent addition, who also co-produced and played in the OAI CD), Jon Carin, Guy Pratt, and Steve DiStanislao. Guests include David Crosby and Graham Nash, David Bowie, and Robert Wyatt.
Disk One is all concert, and is a full 2 ½ hours long (no filler breaks between songs, like on some DVDs - Sir Paul are you listening?!). Songs are: Speak To Me, Breathe, Time, Breathe, Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue, Red Sky at Night, This Heaven, Then I Close My Eyes, Smile, Take A Breath, A Pocketful of Stones, Where We Start, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Fat Old Sun, Coming Back To Life, High Hopes, Echoes, Wish You Were Here, Find The Cost Of Freedom, Arnold Layne (w/Bowie) and Comfortably Numb (w/Bowie). The performance of Echoes (23 minutes) is worth getting the DVD alone. The fast moving band silhouettes during the strobe sequence of Take A Breath are brilliant. Bowie makes Comfortably Numb his own.
Disk Two has lots of extras: 30 minutes of Albert Hall extras (Wot's Uh The Deal, Dominoes, Wearing The Inside out, Arnold Layne (w/Richard Wright) and Comfortably Numb (w/Richard Wright)); Europe tour documentary; Dark Globe performance from the tour; acoustic studio Echoes (not listed); Astronomy Domine (Abbey Road); This Heaven (AOL sessions); BBC Mermaid Theatre concert (Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue, Take A Breath, High Hopes); Making of OAI documentary; West Coast tour documentary; music videos (On An Island & Smile), Island Jam 2007; a photo gallery.
There has been talk of Easter Eggs. The only "hidden" material I'm aware of are a 7-minute fun acoustical studio version of Echoes that runs right after Dark Globe on Disk Two, and that you can click Enter when the wire-man appears during the documentary for extra material (anybody find anything else?).
The package is a tri-fold digipak, containing two DVDs and a 20-page booklet. The booklet is a cool collection of photo collages, including lots of band pics, news clippings, and tour paraphernalia. Audio options are Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. Amazon also shows a Blu-ray version of the DVD coming out later this year (the concert was filmed in high definition).
Overall, this is a generous package by one of rock's greatest guitar masters - excellent music, audio and video - highly recommended!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable,
This review is from: Remember That Night [DVD]  (DVD)David Gilmour is well known for his work as a quarter of Pink Floyd during their most successful period. However, he should also be known as a great performer in his own right - particularly on the strength of this DVD. I know someone who actually attended the Albert Hall gig and was blown away by it - he has a copy of the DVD to keep reminding himself how good the night was!
The material here comprises a large chunk of Pink Floyd's better known material, along with songs from his latest solo album, On An Island. The highlights for me include "Take A Breath", "Time", and "On An Island", but the whole performance is spectaular. Gilmour's vocals have always been as inspirational to me as his guitar playing, and this still holds true. His voice is as good as it ever has been, perfectly pitched and completely clear.
The guitar playing on this album is also phenomonal. Every solo is perfect - particularly the old favourite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". The arrangement for "Shine On..." is a little different to normal - with the first verse being Gilmour's guitar and vocals on their own, but that really shows his talents to their full - whilst the guitar in that section may not be difficult, his voice is what really carries it.
The addition of David Bowie is both a blessing and a hindrance. His vocals on "Arnold Layne" are very impressive - better by far than the original. However, his version of "Comfortably Numb" was a bit of a let down - the only part of the DVD that didn't exceed my expectations. Although I admire him for trying to do something different with the verses, I felt that the song had been changed too far beyond recognition. Thankfully, disc 2 features an alternate take of "Comfortably Numb" with Richard Wright supplying vocals - a much better performance. However, the guitar work on both versions is, as ever, exceptional. This is possibly one of the best live DVDs I've ever come across. It doesn't matter if you are a die-hard Floyd fan or not - you will love this DVD.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crucial region coding missing from description.,
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This review is from: David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray] [Region A]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)I am sure the Blu Ray version of this disk is excellent but sadly. Amazon neglected to mention that this particular version is Region A and therefore useless to those of us with Region B players. Just be aware that this US import in REGION CODED and you need not just a blu-ray player but one that plays Region A blu ray disks.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT NOW!,
This review is from: Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)I was at the first Albert Hall show in May 2006 and it was mind-blowing! For the first time since 1987 David Gilmour & Rick Wright perform "Echoes" on a tour! WITH SO MANY LASERS! THINK OF THE LASERS!
Seriously though, you get a live version of "On An Island" plus a collection of brilliant Floyd songs: "Shine On", "Fat Old Sun", "Wot's... Uh The Deal?", "Wearing The Inside Out", "Coming Back To Life", "High Hopes", "Wish You Were Here", "Echoes" and "Comfortably Numb", not to mention David Bowie providing vocals on "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb"! What more could you want?
61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who needs Pink Floyd?,
This review is from: Remember That Night [DVD]  (DVD)"The Voice And Guitar Of Pink Floyd", it proclaims on the sleeve.
It's a deeply emotive subject, Pink Floyd. Since the triumphant Live8 appearance, promoters have been waving enormous cheque books at the band, hoping to tempt the two camps into some kind of salaried, enormous tour of the worlds megastadiums for hyper profit.
What "Remember This Night" proves is that talent cannot always be bought. Despite the lure of touring under the Floyd name (which would have been an easy cashcow) and coasting on former glories, Gilmour chose to put this venture out under his own name, which, given the intimately personal nature of the accompanying record ("On An Island"), is only appropriate. Also, the tour is accompanied with an album of new material . No nostalgia smash'n'grab from the artistically bankrupt here.
Captured over three nights in London at the conclusion of the tour, the DVD documents, as best as one can, the exact emotional temperature of those shows. Musically Gilmour and his band (comprising 71.4% of the most recent touring lineup of Pink Floyd : only a second guitarist and that all important drum stool differ) are a precise unit - the music is fluid and faithful to the spirit of the recorded versions, the band are able to improvise and follow the muse of the moment, and to all intents and purposes, this is the closest thing you will come to Pink Floyd.
The first half of the main set - aside from opening with a brief précis of part of "Dark Side Of The Moon" - comprises of the new studio record, recreated live in it's entirety (following the Floyd tradition of sets since the Seventies). In concert, the material fulfils it's potential as a cohesive unit is, frankly, far better than the recorded versions.
The second half sees Gilmour and his band offer a 90 minute set of Floyd classics. Eschewing obvious crowdpleasers such as "Money" and "Another Brick In The Wall" in favour of lesser known - but equally valid - LP tracks, the band offer the closest thing there is to Pink Floyd in the world. Note for note, you could listen to this - and there is no way you wouldn't know it isn't the Floyd themselves. Highlights include the resurrection of "Fat Old Sun", "Wots Uh The Deal?", and "Arnold Layne" (all last performed by Pink Floyd around thirty five years previously, if at all), but for me the absolute highlight is the reappearance of a definitive, transcendent "Echoes". Widely regarded as the singularly most representative Floyd track, Gilmour and his band perform an epic, compelling version of the song that may very well stand forever as the definitive live release.
For the encores, Gilmour and Co. are joined by David Bowie for renditions of "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb" to round off a two and a half hour package that is musically a treat and visually provides a solid and representative experience of the night itself : as a concert itself, "Remember That Night" is an excellent document that perfectly captures the evening itself, doing so in an unhurried, mature visual style that neatly avoids the jarring and infuriating (and rapidly-dating) jumpcut stuttering of other modern concert videos.
On the second disc, viewers are treated to a truly bloated package that is excellent value for money. 13 bonus live cuts are included - covering the first show of the tour in a tiny theatre filmed for the BBC - alongside almost every other song performed on the tour that isn't on the main disc. (In addition there is an acoustic jam on "Echoes" that is an entertaining curio). On top of this there's three documentaries which total around 70 minutes and reveal the bands working methods and personalities in a revealing manner that seems to cover most of the tour, as well as two music videos and a previously unreleased studio jam. I'm sure there's a kitchen sink in there as well.
Whilst the package is never going to satisfy everyone (primarily because it doesn't have the words P*** F**** on the cover, nor Nick Mason on the drumkit), "Remember That Night" is a excellent package that manages to comprehensively cover and capture the spirit of David Gilmour's tour in 2006, and provide a worthy addition to the Floyd legacy. If you love Pink Floyd, you need to get this
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Gilmour,
This review is from: Remember That Night [Blu-Ray] [DVD]  (Blu-ray)I got Blu Ray few days ago and play it on my PS3 and Samsung HD ready (32" LCD on 1080p) ... Picture is not so good on the concert, but on Disc 2 is much better. Sound on both Blu Ray's are perfect. By my opinion, on the concert blu ray has too much grains on the picture, so there is no big different between DVD and Blu Ray (only in details, must say). So I am not disapointed by this product (sound is very good), but expect little bit more of video quality and difference between DVD and Blu Ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding,
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This review is from: Remember That Night [DVD]  (DVD)5 stars are not enough to rate this item. Video and audio quality are outstanding. Simply put, there are too many highlights to list; Echoes on it's own would justify purchase. Superb, do not hesitate in buying.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Region coding,
This review is from: David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray] [Region A]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)Warning this blue ray disc is region coded A (America) This will not play on a European PS3 (region B).
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, pity about the video quality,
This review is from: Remember That Night [Blu-Ray] [DVD]  (Blu-ray)Musical Production 5 Stars
Audio Production 5 Stars
Video Production 2 Stars
Video Quality 0 Stars - Crap!
Average 3 Stars.
Viewed using a Sony Blu Ray 300 Player and Mitsubishi 1080p projector with approx 84" screen diagonal.
As somebody who has been a fan of Pink Floyd since they visited my University in 1968, when I was a student, and have learnt David's guitar solo in Comfortably Numb (thanks Total Guitar!) for my own enjoyment I feel I am entitled to express my utter disgust at the video quality of this production.
But first let me say that David, his guests, the musicians and his audio crew have done a fantastic job and I enjoyed the Blu Ray DVD when I closed my eyes. No Pink Floyd fan could possibly be disappointed by the music and audio production. I am envious of those who had the opportunity to see the concert live; it must have been a fabulous experience.
So what's wrong with the video then?
Just about everything you could imagine.
There are several cameras that should never have had their power switched on but instead they should have been thrown in the nearest skip. The camera in the choir directly behind David and the one in the gallery directly in front have so much visual noise on them that you have the impression you are watching through a very dirty window when the director switches to them. There are several other cameras with the same problem. It is very obvious when the director does a cross fade from one of these cameras to a different, quieter, camera. Same light level, same image; this is an example of an appalling video production. I am not surprised that the name of the video production company doesn't appear anywhere on the credits.
There are several cases where the camera shots of David are hugely over exposed, not as some form of special effect because if it was, the director wouldn't cut to a correctly exposed camera and back again. Either the director or the camera engineer should be hung, drawn and quartered.
The director had to be using a small monitor, because tight shots of a hand strumming guitar strings don't work on an HD 84" display; they just make you feel nauseous. The director has yet to learn that on high resolution images you have to let the subject's movements and the viewer's eyes do much more of the work. He should go watch a 70mm IMAX film. He'd learn something.
... and I hate being constantly distracted by the director's ego; this is a concert not a video clip or a trailer.
There are times when the director thinks that he is more important than the show he is supposed to be presenting, cutting camera sources so wildly that you have no idea what the actual visual effect on stage was supposed to be.
Hello! I didn't buy this Blu Ray to see what an immature clown the director was, I bought it to see David Gilmour's production. ( Just as some journalists today seem to feel they have an obligation not just to report news but to create news, directors like this one seem to feel that their manic antics somehow benfit the production. Here's a message to the director. They don't! )
I watched the Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same, Blu Ray, before this one. At no time did I remember being distracted by the quality of this 1976 production; I only remembered enjoying it. So I went back and took a second look at the Led Zepplin Blu Ray and sure enough, there was very little noise (film grain) and no unintended over-exposure and consistent image quality regardless of which camera was being used in the Madison Square Garden production. In 1976 this could only have been made on film stock. The fact that a 1976 production, that has sat in the film cans for more than thirty years, was visual superior to a 2006 HD video production is a damning condemnation of the video production company responsible for this garbage.
Would I recommend somebody to buy this Blu Ray? No. Buy the regular DVD and watch it on a standard definition TV or a laptop. Viewing it on anything bigger than this will just disappoint. If you feel compelled to buy the Blu Ray and view it on anything bigger than a regular 20" TV then be prepared to feel that it would have been better to have draped a muslin cheese cloth over the screen so that the complete show would have the same crappy, but consistent, image quality.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember this DVD,
This review is from: Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)I will try to be objective though I am biased when it comes to Mr Gilmour's offerings.
The musicianship is A1 and the sound (to my ageing ears) is great. My regret is that I can't 'Remember that night' because I didn't get a ticket but this is a top class substitute.
I loved the version of Echoes (not seen that 'live' since the Live at Pompeii film)and really enjoyed the extra disc with the making of the CD and DG and chums on tour.
If you like DG / Pink Floyd then you will love this - it really is extremely good.
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