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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scream for me Long Beach!!!
This is Maiden at te very top of their game. Do not miss this release. Forget Rock In Rio, forget Dance of Death. Finally available on DVD for the first time, the eagerly awaited release of the Double Disc DVD of LIVE AFTER DEATH, the legendary recording of Maiden's four night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984. The release will coincide with the start of the...
Published on 30 Dec 2007 by D. Batch

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1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GIG-RUBBISH DVD.
I've had the official import version of this dvd (from brazil) for sometime now and its better quality than this UK virsion. The picture and sound are awful and this from the original 35mm film? Why no 16:9 picture format and why haven't they restored the picture quality? I've still got the original VHS tape and the dvds no better! The sound is a very poor 5.1 mix (no...
Published on 5 Feb 2008 by Mr. P. A. Johnson


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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scream for me Long Beach!!!, 30 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This is Maiden at te very top of their game. Do not miss this release. Forget Rock In Rio, forget Dance of Death. Finally available on DVD for the first time, the eagerly awaited release of the Double Disc DVD of LIVE AFTER DEATH, the legendary recording of Maiden's four night stand at Long Beach Arena, California, in 1984. The release will coincide with the start of the band's "Somewhere Back In Time World Tour" on which they will recreate many of the aspects of this original and spectacular show.

Disc one contains the recording of this full 90 minute concert. Originally filmed on 35mm, the footage comes alive on DVD resulting in a visually stunning film that far outstrips the usual live video of the '80's. The disc carries two sound options - the original concert audio specially mixed into 5.1 Surround Sound by Kevin Shirley, Maiden's producer since 1999, plus the original stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band's producer from 1981 to 1993. Originally released on video in 1985, this has been largely unavailable for the past 20 years

Disc two has Part 2 of the 'History of Iron Maiden', continuing on the Maiden story from "The Early Days" DVD, along with rare and unseen bonus footage in the form of BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN, ROCK IN RIO '85, and 'ELLO TEXAS, all in all giving a total running time of well over three hours. Plus of course the photo galleries, relevant promo videos, artwork galleries, tour dates, tour programme and other features which all combine to make Maiden DVDs a very special and utterly comprehensive treat for their fans.

FULL LIST OF CONTENTS

Disc 1 -- LIVE AFTER DEATH
Live After Death concert with Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio (90 minutes)

Set list --
Churchill Speech/Aces High
2 Minutes to Midnight
The Trooper
Revelations
Flight of Icarus
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Powerslave
Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run to The Hills
Running Free
Sanctuary

Disc 2 -- DOCUMENTARY / BONUS CONCERT FOOTAGE

1.The History of Iron Maiden -- Part 2 (60 mins) -- Documentary.
Band members, crew, friends and associates talk about the period in the band's career which saw the writing, recording and release of the Powerslave album, and later Live After Death, and the subsequent massive touring. And not just the serious side!!

2. Behind the Iron Curtain ( 57 mins approx) Documentary and Live -- shot during Maiden's historic tour of Poland and other parts to the Eastern Bloc in 1984 featuring interviews, live and offstage footage capturing the atmosphere of this remarkable journey behind the Wall at the height of the Cold War.

3. Live Footage - Rock in Rio '85 (50 mins approx)
Highlights from the Maiden set supporting Queen on the first day of the first Rock in Rio in front of 300,000. A bloody and stirring performance!!

4. Ello Texas -- 15 minutes -- Interview and live. Caught by a film crew in 1983 at the Alamo and sound checking their show in San Antonio.

5. Artwork Gallery, Tour Programme, Tour dates and photo gallery

6. Promotional clips for Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight

In essence, Live After Death, the double disc DVD gives over five hours of content, giving the most complete and in depth exploration of Iron Maiden during what was considered their most pivotal album and tour of their long and distinguished history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOMBASTIC, 22 April 2008
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J. Cunningham "Big Jock" (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This video was made a long time ago. Despite the 20yo sound and production technology this DVD (to me) represents all that was great about metal and rock at this time. I saw Maiden as a 17 year old on this tour and was absolutely blown away by the power of the show. Watching the DVD many years later brought it all back in vivid memory. To me, this WAS Maiden at their best, and it was British Metal at its best also. Dickinson entertains with his antics, Murray/Smith and Harris are masters of their art and Brain is a man posessed.

As for the production quality - it's excellent given that the age of the production, and I would ignore the nancy comments of people who know nothing of the pre-digital perfect age. The entire show is flawed, and brilliant.

At the show I was smashed and about 500ft away, so the DVD's a massive improvement.

Buy it, get drunk, shut the wife in the cupboard, drink a bit more, then put in the DVD, go all the way to 11 and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the golden past!!!, 10 Oct 2010
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Mr. M. D. Williams (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Whether like me you bought this on VHS 25 years ago - or not; I can safely claim that this is even better than it was then....mainly because you don't have to wait ages to rewind the tape or adjust the tracking etc etc
The format is great and they haven't sapped any of it's vibrancy by messing about with the footage or sound, trying to modernise it to death..it's impossible to improve on it anyway, as it's energy and sheer class as it was, is overpowering!
It's basically a bunch of guys playing together at their creative and physical peak absolutely tearing up the stage!!!
Great, great entertainment...a timeless classic..and some fantastic docu/extra footage on disc 2. Up the irons!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Irons Live!, 9 Feb 2010
This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This is a moment of Rock history. There are very few live albums/dvds that capture the essence of a band. Usually, having followed a bands repertoire on CD, one feels disappointed and disillusioned by their performance on stage. Not so with Maiden. This DVD captures both the energy and spirit of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (a musical phenomenon, ignored by the mainstream bohemians, that revolutionised the musical style and content of Metal). At the time of its release on VHS, some fans were critical of the spectacular stage set that Maiden displayed to the Yanks, accusing them of selling out. But, My God, what a set! Not only does the musicianship blow you away but the sight of the special effects, coupled with the Irons interactions with the audience, draws you into the concert as no other could. Usually, when one watches a concert, one tends to look away occasionaly, answer a phone, take a leak, scratch one's balls. But this film hooks you from the start. Bruce has never sounded better, Steve smashes away at the bass with a vengeance, Dave and Adrian seduce their guitars into the finest riffs you will ever hear in a concert and Nicko pounds the skins with such precision and force it seems they may shatter under the wieght of the beat. And, most important, it is more than obvious that the boys are having fun. The shows special effects are the most spectacular I have ever seen (and I saw the original VHS release years ago). This DVD is not only a fantastic record of the Irons at their best, nor is it only a record of that long gone era of the NWOBHM. It is the ultimate in Heavy Metal. Long Live Eddie the Head!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD IS GREAT, 19 May 2008
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
WHEN I SAW THIS WAS AVAILABLE ON DVD, I WAS IN ECSTASY. HAVING BOUGHT THE VHS IN 1986, IT IS FANTASTIC. SOME PEOPLE SAY THE 5.1 IS NOT TOO GOOD AND 2CH STEREO, IS NO BETTER THAN THE VHS, WAS. I THINK THE 5.1 IS GREAT AND THE 2CH, WELL I WON'T BOTHER WITH IT. PICTURE QUALITY IS FAR BETTER THAN THE VHS QUALITY. MAIDEN CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE!!! UP THE IRONS & THANKS FOR THE DVD RELEASE, FINALLY!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD., 16 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Great DVD Maiden at their usual best,well worth buying even though you no doubt have all the songs,good addition to any maiden fans collection..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Running Free, 27 Jan 2013
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J. Ashdown "Jezz" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I bought this 20 years or so after listening to the LP, favourite tracks were 22 acacia avenue and running free, sadly the version of running free on dvd is different to the one on the lp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 1 Jan 2013
This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
This VHS tape was finally cleaned up and re-released on double DVD. I know people was standing in ques to get this...... and with good reasons.

This is the footage from this 23 years old live album with the same name. The sound has been severely enhanced with surround system 5.1 if I am not mistaken. The footage has been cleaned up to. There are some good extra bits too. Most notably the one hour long interview with the band and people around them. That alone is worthy the DVD because this feature is very interesting and captivating.

The Live After Death live show (the same as the double CD with the same name) is the main feature here though. Many would say this is Iron Maiden at their most majestic and best. Iron Maiden mixed heavy metal and progressive rock here with their Egyptian theme. Songs like Powerslave and Rime Of An Ancient Mariner is included. The stirring speak by Winston Churchill is also included as the opener. A superb show and a must have for any music lover.

In addition to the Live After Death, this double DVD does include the VHS tapes Behind The Iron Curtain and Live In Rio '85. You also get the promo videos for Aces High and 2 Minutes To Midnight as bonus here + some other stuff like galleries and some features from Texas.

Altogether over five hours of the best of Iron Maiden. For the normal price of a DVD; it is an absolute bargain and an essential release for any Iron Maiden fan. If you are a prog rock fan only, maybe not.

But 5 stars it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subtlety? Not here, mate!, 31 July 2010
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This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
1983/84. Iron Maiden have started to eat the world.The "World Slavery" tour, from which this is taken is a phenomenal success. This shows the boys in all their excessive, spectacular splendour, with a stage show from the KISS school of restraint, and as such is bound to confirm the prejudices of any one who loves OR hates this kind of thing.Pyrotechnics, dry ice by the ocean, spandex, this is '80s Metal writ very very large indeed.

That's not to say it isn't very good.It is.The musicianship is stunning,the stage show is expertly executed, and HUGELY visual,with a massive stage set complementing rather than overshadowing at all times.Bruce-who will be played by Terry Gilliam in the inevitable biopic- jumps around like a tasmanian devil, tells stories,sings like only a heavy metal hollerer can.His opening vocals on the first couple of songs are a bit dodgy, but once he finds his feet he is away.Adrian-dressed like most of Duran Duran all at once, and Dave, (Jane Horrocks?) are superb guitarists who really know their trade.Steve knows the words to every song,(as he should, he wrote them) and sings all the way through, an endearing trait along with the machine gun bass pose he is so fond of.He founded this band, and must be so proud of this. He clearly loves every minuite.Nicko the drummer is just unbelievable. How do you get to be that good?

They do, of course, spill over into the dreaded world of Spinal Tap, and it would be a brave man who could justify the sight of Eddy running around during "Powerslave".It would also be a very humourless man indeed who would look at the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" with a perfectly straight face.The second movement, where to a plodding bass, the guitarists align in spotlights, waist deep in dry ice, before the final instalment erupts in an orgy of smoke and flashbombs is, quite simply, Tap.It's magnificent, it's amazing, but it IS Tap.The very idea of writing a song based on the poem is itself a brilliant conceit.It could not be presented any other way.There is also an instance of Bruce carrying Dave around on his shoulders later on, and the poor man looks TERRIFIED. Rock Gods indeed!

One for the fans then, mainly, although I would say that to anyone who wants to watch this, the secret is to disengage your reservations and just wallow in it. It is tremendous fun on that level, and although some say the songs and the band lack heart and soul, for sheer entertainment it is among the best two hours you will ever spend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best, 10 Sep 2008
This review is from: Live After Death [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
I bought this when it was first released on vinyl and video...and it is just as impeccable now. One of the greatest tours from one of the greatest bands, this gig stands the test of time and countless....and I DO mean countless....viewings. Metal at its finest.
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