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U2: Elevation Tour - Live In Boston [DVD] 
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Until The End Of The World
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
I Will Follow
Sunday Bloody Sunday
In A Little While
Stay (Faraway, So Close)
Where The Streets Have No Name
Bullet The Blue Sky
With Or Without You
Wake Up Dead Man
Sound: Dolby 5.1, PCM Stereo
1 Hour 46 mins Live Concert
After the huge lavish spectacles of previous tours, U2 decided to tone things down a bit for Elevation, which accompanied their All That You Can't Leave Behind album. Just as the album marked a return to a simpler more stripped-down sound, so the live shows did away with the glitter-ball lemons and huge stadiums, returning to smaller venues and all-together more intimate shows. From the small stage with its heart-shaped walkway, and a minimum of special effects, the emphasis is on the music, and from start to finish Elevation provides a welcome reminder of what a great band U2 are. Recorded in Boston, the show features a healthy mixture of new and old tracks, which--considering they were written over the course of two decades--sound as fresh and relevant as ever. From classics such as "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "I Will Follow" right up to instant favourites such as "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation", every track is stunningly executed. If you saw the concerts, this is a worthy lasting souvenir, if you didn't, watch this recording and you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't go.
On the DVD: With the full concert on the first disc, the second one contains a wealth of superb extras. For starters there's the "Another Perspective", which enables you to watch the concert from alternative points of view--the "Fancam" (from the heart of the crowd ensconced within the heart-shaped walkway) and the "Directorcam" (from the production office where director Hamish Hamilton creates his masterpiece). There's also a Road Movie, which gives a time-lapse photography look behind the scenes of a day on the road, and an insight into how to turn an empty, cold impersonal indoor arena into an intimate, spectacular concert venue. It also includes some alternative live takes of some of the key tracks from the album, including a fantastic performance of "Beautiful Day" from the rooftops of Dublin. With the concert offered in a choice of sound ratios (Dolby 5.1, PCM Stereo) the songs sound even greater. As concert DVDs go, Elevation is a definite benchmark. --Helen Marquis
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So, while this is a five-star DVD - great sound, picture, good tracklisting (but sadly no "One"), and lots of extra features - it doesn't even come close to capturing the experience of seeing this band live on their most recent tour.
That obviously sounds like a cliche - when does a concert video ever replicate the experience of a concert? But I think it is especially true in this case. I have seen videos of tours that I have attended, and have often thought that they captured the atmosphere pretty well. But Elevation 2001 was on a wholly different plane for me - it reached pinnacles of ecstasy and emotion, and was a genuinely spiritual experience. No concert video could ever match that.
Having said that, the DVD is one of the few ways I have of reliving the experience, and there is no doubt that U2 has power even on the small screen. So to all of those who see the DVD and think that it looks amazing, you're right - this is a great DVD.
But believe me, it's nothing compared to the real thing.
All the old faves are here, from Bad to a stunning version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which gives a feeling of what we missed at the Arnheim gig, where the whole crowd sang along. Even the newer songs have a special meaning live, none more so than "Stuck in a moment" and "Elevation" (which saw us drowning out the band - imagine that, 20,000 people drowning out U2's PA)
Whatever you're involvement with U2, from hardened fan to casual listener, after watching this you are left in no doubt that this is the biggest band on the planet and anytime you want to question that, they will be more than happy to prove it to you.
The songs shine and the camera work truly captured the spectacle. I won't repeat the praise all the other reviewers have given on this page, I agree with them all.
A few points of the extra features are questionable. The "Bono-cam", (a minicamera on Bono's glasses) gives an amazing perspective of what he must see regularly, standing in front of many thousands of fans, but there are only fleeting shots of his eye view, and only for three songs, as his glasses disappear after "Until The End Of The World" during a mock fight with Edge, perhaps stolen by a fan he was too close to.
Next, why have a "Directors view"? Who wants to listen to nearly 2 hours of "Cut to 9, back to 6, QUICK, BACK TO LARRY"?. And why did the three perspectives have to be shown all at once, surely the one you choose should be in full screen.
Lastly, "The making of Elevation Boston" annoyed me. After watching the show and thinking, "WOW, that was amazing!!", a commentator comes on and pick out a load of faults about lighting, fan response and band mistakes, and after saying all that says, "And you didn't even see the best show, that was the opening night". It really bursts the bubble of all you were just impressed by.
The other half of the extras are great and the show is fantastic, takes pride of place by the DVD player, buy it!