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Ah. I've been waiting all year for this. That's right, the excellent Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, comprehensive though it is, was not enough documentation of this excellent and honestly, truly peerless band for one year.

I've seen a few of the Classic Albums films before (now well dated by the inclusion of the Men In Black poster in the record store glimpsed the opening credits) and enjoyed them for the most part, though owing to their compilation for broadcast they are bound not to be too specific. Yes, this series of documentaries has its niche audience, but too much information on one particular guitar solo or synthesizer pattern and common curiosity might begin to wane. So, while the main 2112/ Moving Pictures piece is pleasingly succinct in its discussion of those albums, their creation and their impact, the hour's worth of extras is what the real Rush fans are looking for.

Herein you'll discover detailed analysis of certain tracks (I'm sure you can guess which ones), an informative discussion of influences, a particularly enjoyable improvisation from World's Greatest Drummer Neil Peart (doubly enjoyable as it bears no resemblance to his sublime but rarely altered touring drum solo) and each of the band members discussing warmly why they're so fond of each other, and what's kept Rush going into its fourth decade.

The only gripe I have with this disc is that the new studio performances are overdubbed with the original masters, which (forgive my churlishness) seems utterly pointless, like seeing rock's best musicians soullessly miming on TOTP. However, things such as an aural glimpse of the original up-tempo demo of "Tom Sawyer", the post-fade-out ending to the final version of that track and general depth of analysis that's afforded these great records (when you consider the extra material) makes up for that small oversight tenfold.

A must for Rush fans, and I imagine of some value to fans of music documentaries regardless of their level of appreciation for the Canadian Power Trio. Besides, how can you say no for less than a tenner?
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on 13 October 2010
Well, first you're a Rush fan to begin with if you are reading these lines. The story of the band has already been told in the excellent "Beyond The Lighted Stage" and it is too bad that this "Classic Albums" edition reveals not a whole lot of new details. The introduction of the events leading to 2112 is way to long, reiterating a lot of what has been said in BTLS with basically the same interveiw partners (sorry, I can't stand to watch Taylor Hawking anymore...). Again too bad since I thoroughly enjoyed the Joshua Tree classic albums DVD by U2.... (that focuses a lot more on the music and the recording/mixing). Still the multi-camera rendition of YYZ alone (bonus feature) is worth the price.
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on 29 December 2010
For a Rush fan whose two favourite albums are 2112 and Moving Pictures, this is a great episode of the "Classic Albums" collection! There is a little bit of overlap with "Beyond the Lighted Stage" - the recent documentary of the band - but plenty of background to the two albums that any Rush fan will enjoy. There are some fantastic extras, including the band playing the opening part of 2112 in the studio, which brings into sharp focus their very impressive individual talents. Overall, a great addition to the library of any serious Rush fan.
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on 24 October 2010
Amazon delivered this disc on the release date as promised. This disc will appeal more to the 'buy everything' fanatical Rush fan rather than the casual fan.
It does not have the general appeal of the recent 'Lighted Stage' dvd but it does give a good insight into 2 albums 30+ years old!

My only criticism would be that a disc of this length with extras could include all of the tracks. Great tracks like Witch Hunt, Lessons, Camera Eye et al never get a mention.
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on 1 October 2010
Just got the Blu-ray today and watched it.I must say its not blu-ray material and you would be better off just buying the dvd.I wish they could have included isolated tracks of some songs being discussed.Any Rush is good but still feel a bit short changed.Hope they will tour the UK next year.
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on 27 January 2015
It was a TV Sky Arts 1 programme of which I laid eyes on...Shame..
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