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on 30 December 2007
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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on 22 April 2008
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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on 10 October 2010
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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on 5 May 2015
Well it doesn't look like a Maiden tour likely this year, so get your fill of Live Maiden with what is in my opinion their best Live DVD. Especially if you like it a bit long haired, tight trousered and old skool ;) If this is your first Live Maiden DVD, get it you will not be disappointed, I cant watch this sitting down, gotta stand and get in the party spirit. Oh, and buy the CD too, that's brilliant. UP THE IRONS!!!
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on 19 October 2014
The live concert is ok but maybe the sound quality is not the best and some of the songs get a bit twiddly diddly with the solos and become a bit samey. However the DVD is worth the money just for the documentary, a fantastic and funny insight into a band on the road and in the studio. In many ways Maiden are more Spinal Tap than Spinal Tap.
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on 5 February 2008
The definitive 80's Heavy Metal concert of All Time.
Finally in DVD the show that represents Iron Maiden at the very best of their careers.
Anyone who wants to know why Heavy Metal music changed the world in the 80's has to buy this DVD and find it out for themselves.
It's a shame that after this, Iron Maiden could never achieve this type of quality in a concert.
To me, this will forever be the best Heavy Metal concert performed by the best Heavy Metal band of all time.
Buy it NOW.
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on 9 February 2010
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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on 1 January 2013
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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on 19 May 2008
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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on 5 February 2008
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 DTS)and sound depth and insight is nonexistent. I hope that in the near future this gig gets the full-on Blu ray and/or HDDVD treatment it deserves.The single star is for disc two.
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