A truly spectacular release. The DVD is an updated version of a 1980 TV special for Swedish television. The footage follows ABBA around the USA on their tour of the US in September 1979. Some good atmospheric shots, interviews with Bjorn on the road, an insight into the day to day running of the biggest tour of the 1970's. The DVD then switches to Wembley in November of '79 and the 5 sell out nights ABBA performed. ABBA were never a good live band, but this DVD sounds incredible. The sound has all been remastered and the negatives cleaned up for DVD. There are bonus tracks, interviews with producers of the shows and people close to ABBA at the time. They recount their memories of their time with ABBA on tour. A good insight into what happenned and a few snippets of current information. Will they reform? Not even a billion dollars as reportedly offered recently will make them reform. Extra concert footage includes unseen and renovated "The Way Old Friends Do" preceded by Agnetha and Bjorn recalling how well this track sounded live. So much so they added it to their 1980 album "Super Trouper". A great unseen "Thank You For The Music" and "I Have A Dream", an uninterrupted version in full. A great historical record of a great group at the height of its popularity in the 1970s. This DVD is a must for anyone studying music and of course for anyone who likes ABBA.
I was slightly disappointed with this DVD! If you're a true diehard ABBA fan, then this is for you. The title I found to be misleading "In Concert". Yes, you do get to see them in concert but, and here's the but, a few tracks are interspersed with interviews/comments/ or other irrelevant footage. So for me it did spoil the viewing! There are some great bonus features to equal it out instead. I would much have preferred watching a whole, uninterrupted concert, rather than finding myself 'forwarding it' on repeated views. Still you can't go wrong with ABBA. A good DVD that could have been much better!
This DVD follows Abba on their 1979 journey starting from the US with short Concert footage to wembley stadium which has the full concert footage of some of the songs shown,except for songs like "I have a Dream" which you can watch the full version on the extras footage on the dvd.
Another great thing about this DVD is that it is in 5.1 Surround sound which allows you to get the full Abba experience.
This is a must have for any Abba fan and collector especially if you were not around when Abba was together.
This is a great DVD for fans that want to see ABBA as they really were in the seventies. However, remember that this is over twenty-five years ago and the quality of the picture; the camera work and the sound (God forbid) are not anything like they are now. It is fun to see ABBA camp it up on stage and the vocals (although tough to hear) are actually excellent. The outfits are a riot and only Benny seems to survive the 'big butt syndrome' by hiding behind the keyboards. No more tight outfits, please. The first few songs are not complete in entirety and there is quite a bit of editing for on-the-scenes- commentary about the excitement of doing their first tour. Eventually there are some full-length songs. It seems as if this was a documentary filmed for television in the format it is edited, so be prepared. This is not like a "Bee Gees-One Night Only" concert or an "Eagles" tour that goes from song to song without interruption. It is more of a documentary than a simple concert, but that shouldn't matter one bit for any ABBA fan.