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3.0 out of 5 stars Good - Could have been better, 7 Jun. 2010
This review is from: U2 360° At The Rose Bowl [Blu-ray] [2010] (Blu-ray)
After catching the 360 show in Cardiff, I was eagerly anticipating the release of the concert on Blu Ray. Cant help but feel slightly disappointed.

The overall performance from the band is good, we all know Banjo's voice aint' what it used to be, which is excusable after so long in the trade. The major gripes are with the production.

Firstly, it seems that the director has had too many cameras at his disposal. The editing jumps far too quickly from one camera to another, mixed with arty-farty shots to a point where it really begins to get on your nerves after a while.

Secondly, much of the concert has a grain effect rendering for artistic purpose which sort of defeats the object of filming and releasing in HD. Also, most of the bonus footage is only in standard definition.

Finally, the biggest gripe, as mentioned before, the omission of Breathe as the opening track. The main feature seems to open half way through the second track!?!? No band entrance, no build up! Very strange. Who ever decided on this ought to have the contents of my Wheelie Bin tipped on their heads!

Overall, a decent release, could have been better with a little more care and attention. For fans and collectors. For those wanting to see a classic U2 gig, captured in all its glory and well presented, go for Zoo TV in Sydney or Elevation in Boston.
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Initial post: 8 Jun 2010 10:57:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2010 10:57:17 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2010 18:38:20 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
Utter nonsense Kevin. Spockwad is correct. There is no U2 concert film with more edits than on the first song of this one. And it doesn't get much better thereafter. It's attrocious. Made me feel sick so quick are the cuts between the band members.

And talking of Hamish, all is forgiven! I doubt he would have been party to the horrific editing out of Breathe and the Bowie video countdown intro.

Boston show release is far superior. Look at the negative comments that this 360 disk is getting on Amazon US for example. I've never seen a U2 DVD get such a bad rap on it's release. There is no smoke without fire...

Naff editing, setlist butchering and poor video quality have diminished what should have been a great concert's fine representation on film.

Let's hope (as is often the case) that they release another show - this time with another director at the helm.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2010 20:01:18 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2010 21:47:48 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
Whose a hater Kevin? Who said that. I never said I hate U2. I love the bloody band - that's why I and so many others are disappointed with this release. You sound a bit like a fan boy who will accept anything they do without question or critique... that's not even doing U2 any favours - if they don't see where they went wrong how can they improve in the future?

And no, I never visit U2.com to log in with my subscription or U2start.com or www.u2wanderer.org etc ;) These are all totally alien websites to me.....

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 10:48:22 BDT
Well if your a member of the sites you mention, you will know that MANY are happy with the DVD and infact are putting it just behind ZooTv as one of U2's best live videos,

definately not a fanboy, but imo and so many others opinion this is one of U2's best live dvd's and much better than chicago or boston.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 11:01:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2010 11:50:31 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
Yes, but with all due respect Kevin many/most of the fans on these sites ARE die-hards/fan boys call them what you like. It's easy to be so drawn in as a fan that you can't or won't accept when something is not as good as it should be. You know the adage about a mother not seeing any blemishes on her baby....

Even so look here for criticism on the ommission of Breathe: u2.com/news/title/360-times-seven

And I would also say to you Kevin take a look around some of the reviews and follow up comments both on Amazon UK and US. There is a lot of 'more reasoned' non-die hard fans unhappy. On amazon US after 10 years on sale the Boston show has 16 1* ratings - after one week on sale the 360 show has 6!!

Hell, there was even a facebook page launched to try and stop the editing out of Breath!

I rest my case, but if you love it then good luck to you and enjoy.

Sadly, I however don't recognise the awesome spectacle I saw @ Wembley last year from watching this concert release.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 18:22:07 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 19:39:55 BDT
Dm Blackwell says:
At no point did I tell you what you should or should not like, and you won't be able to find a quote of me saying that to you so let's just dump that nonsense overboard before we start shall we?

I'm not changing my mind at all, and neither have I indicated so. I have highlighted the Breath issue as one of several things that are the points of concern for those who have bought this disk. I haven't mentioned the lousy editing and poor image quality for a while, but these other issues have not gone away - I have just avoided overcomplicating the responses I have made as the Breath issue is the biggest and most worthy of complaint.

"your really asking to respect reviews on amazon?"

I'm not asking you to do anything, but in my opinion yes you should respect the views people have posted on Amazon as they represent the more rational fans, as opposed the fan boys views on the forums.

If you'd bothered to take my advice and read the reviews on Amazon US and the other places mentioned you would see that the Breath issue, the lousy editing and the poor video quality have enough numbers and substance behind them to be effectively statement of fact, and as there are now negative views expressed on U2.com it certainly is something the band and management (and Tara Mullen who is the DVD production queen) should take note of.

But as I said Kevin before you went off accusing me of telling you what you should or shouldn't like, each to their own. So just to get this straight:

** if you love this disk then fair play to you. I'm happy for you and to except that a lot of people like it. And you in return should be ok to except that a lot of people don't **.

So that's that put to bed I think don't you? Genuinely I hope you enjoy the disk.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2010 21:32:48 BDT
Gmcevoy says:
The criticism is deserved. Terrible high def release. Noise levels are criminal. Performance is flat and there is a severe lack of stage shots which, let's be honest, is what this tour was all about. Too many edits, too many cheesy fades, it's too dark. U2 are just no longer able to put out a good concert release.

Posted on 4 Jul 2010 22:49:58 BDT
Love the band, never seen this DVD, but the verbal boxing match this review has created is fantastic!
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