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Electric Light Orchestra

Bev Bevan , Electric Light Orchestra    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The Seventies was the decade when rock became show business. And nobody put on a better show than the Electric Light Orchestra. This double feature highlights both sides of ELO, with their space-age live show in the "Out of the Blue Tour: Live at Wembley" (1978, 62 min.), with no less than nine Top Thirty hits, and the conceptual music videos of "Electric Light Orchestra: Discovery" (1979, 39 min.). When "Star Wars" met Chuck Berry, the result had to be seen to be believed! Songs: "Live" - Standing in the Rain, Night in the City, Turn to Stone, Tightrope, Telephone Line, Rockaria!, Wild West Hero, Showdown, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Mr. Blue Sky, Do Ya, Livin' Thing, Roll Over Beethoven; "Discovery" - Shine a Little Love, Confusion, Need Her Love, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Last Train to London, Midnight Blue, On the Run, Wishing, Don't Bring Me Down.

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Format:DVD
I would love to be able to see the concert somewhat as if I were there, I know that can never happen.
I was hoping this wouldn't have been too big a letdown. Before watching it, I had set my expectations rather low so I wouldn't be disappointed.
Sound: I knew that the sound was analog, and figured that the sound quality would not be the best ( #1:live analog recording, #2: 1970s). There *were* some other live recordings from the 70s that do sound MUCH better, so it COULD have been done, but I'll cut some slack there. Really, to me, that wasn't a problem, I got what I'd expected.
Production effects: Again, it was the 70s, so it would be surprising if some of the "special effects" were NOT cheesy and/or overdone. Would've been nice to see better shots of the band from reasonably close and/or gently zooming in/out while panning slightly instead of all the extreme closeup or extreme far shots. But that's not how it was done; oh well. Not a problem, I got what I'd expected.
I can excuse cheesy "special effects" and less-than-stellar sound quality.
What is COMPLETELY INEXCUSABLE is the sync of the audio & video.
Except for the Discovery section, EVERYTHING on the DVD is out of sync by about a full second!
Watching this DVD concert was like watching Kung Fu Theatre with the English overdubs. It would honestly be comical if it weren't for the fact that I shelled out some hard-earned $$, & more importantly, they screwed up the production of what could've been a wonderful DVD...Watch the pre-concert outdoor entryway scene with the Duke & Duchess, or the post-concert reception -- same thing. The ENTIRE audio track was after the video track by about a second!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...from the Hand of Mike Mansfield July 30 2001
Format:DVD
Maybe I've just had bad luck, but every live concert I've bought on Video produced and directed by Mike Mansfield have been productions showing little feeling for the live music experience. This unfortunetly is also a Mike Mansfield production and 70's film quality aside, is an exercise in editing suite madness. Lots of swishy psychadelic video wipes, (acceptable..it WAS that era) and multi-layered video effects (good god..what was he thinking). Like the reviewer before, I too was yelling at the screen during Rockaria..nothing to see here..just listen to the music. But surely the point of a live video is to see the guys playing live..if you wanted to have wierd blurry effects, I suggest eating magic mushrooms and watching it. The sound quality is sort of OK.. to give the 70's as an excuse is poor to be quite honest. There were some great live recordings in the 70's.. someone here just screwed up. Sound is muffled and on loud parts is horribly distorted. Oh and it seems someone was sleeping at the mixing desk too, as the cellos cannot be heard! But it is by no means ALL bad..the concert rocks, the beards are great, the spaceship is sexy and Roll Over Beethoven is a fantastic closer!(Just wish I could hear those cellos being tortured so beautifully) The inclusion of the "Discovery Suite" is brilliant in a cheesy way.. Of course the sound here is perfect quality as it is taken directly off the album and Jeff Lynne & Co do a playback number. Just one more thing..DVD was heralded as the next big thing.. How you can put so much information on them, subtitles, extra information, camera angles. There seem to be a lot of DVD's appearing that are basically the VHS video, without any extra information being put on them. This is such a DVD.
So.. if you are a fan...why havent you bought it already?
5 Stars - minus 2 for Direction plus 1 for bonus Discovery Suite
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Format:VHS Tape
I've been eyeing this DVD for quite some time now, and now that I have it, I cant help but feel a bit disappointed. Why? Well, for a few reasons---1.) I agree with the review below about the camera work, it is awful. Either you're 400 feet away from the stage and the band looks like ants, or the camera work is doing trippy circular swirling thing (still cant see the band), or you are right in Jeff Lynne's or Kelly Groucutt's mug. I know it was the 70's, but for god's sake, in 1977 ELO was the biggest group in the world...they could have hired quality producers or cameramen (see any concert footage from Wings, or Led Zeppelin, or the Who...same era, better photography). And I still dont know what the darn ELO ship/stage looks like! It's reached kind of like mythical proportions in my mind...the famed ELO spaceship stage I'd heard alot about from folks who were alive at the time to see them live. In the beginning you can faintly see the outlines surrounded by lights and some lasers. Then the show starts. I have 4X's zoom on my DVD player and I STILL couldnt make it out! But this has to do with the horrible camera work and I suppose that's why I guess you just had to be there. PROBLEM 2: the sound quality is just awful. Again, any other major live recordings from the 70's sound great (Peter Frampton, for example?) so again, why didnt ELO hire good quality sound technicians? I mean considering how the studio work still sounds crisp and fresh, you'd have figured Jeff would have used the same sound engineer or something. The sound is so badly distorted at times that it really ruins the music. Did they even TRY to re-master this? The video is of the late-70's era...below average but watchable. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shine the light on your life!!
Afro having freaks with bad teeth in white-magic satin robes and wizard mustaches rocking my bum-bum. They rock in a digital crystal cavern! Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by M. A. Poitras
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I have been an ELO fan for years. I remember seeing clips of this on late night T.V. when I was young and just loving it. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Dee Frantz
4.0 out of 5 stars ELO A long time ago
if you like concerts from the 1980s this is a good dvd look great
Published on Jan. 22 2003 by Ricky L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUND QUALITY AT IT'S WORST
Don't be fooled by the five star rating given to the concert, it go's towards the 2nd part where all videos are included from the 'Discovery'lp. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by ESSEXRIDER
4.0 out of 5 stars For the True ELO fan
I agree with pretty much what everyone else has already said. For the true ELO, this is a must. BUT, you will be screaming though "Rockeria". Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002 by I_Rogue
2.0 out of 5 stars Purchase "Zoom Tour Live" Instead
While I haven't seen the Wembley show on DVD, I know from the VHS version that the sound is not up to DVD standards, and the video effects look like something from a local cable... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by Jim S
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! a wonderful and rare find for ELO fans
This video was a fantastic find for me. I always loved the "DISCOVERY" album and I thought as a bleary eyes 16 uear old in 1981 I saw on late night television a whole... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by GaryShawn
5.0 out of 5 stars ELOs best music on this DVD
I saw ELO at the Capitol Center in Washington DC in 1978, it was this same Out of the Blue tour. This is as good as it gets when you talk about a concert. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by "turboharley"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Everything But Better Than Nothing
If what I remember of the era is right, that is the satin clothes and the effects were all the rage. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by Stephen P. Sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliving Your Youth
I have been trying to purchase the "Out of the Blue / Wembley" concert on and off for years and was glad to see someone finally compiled and marketed it on DVD. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002
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