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Prince: Sign O The Times - Live

Prince , Sheila E. , Prince , Albert Magnoli    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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In front of a crowd at the Rotterdam Music Hall, Prince and his band bring to life his album "Sign 'O' the Times" that garnered him a Grammy nomination for "Album of the Year". This ground-breaking concert film has been completely digitally restored, enhanced and remastered in Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 in time for this DVD release! Directed with the raw energy of the Minneapolis rocker himself, the movie is punctuated with specially filmed, dramatic vignettes appearing occasionally between songs. Drummer Sheila E. rocks the house and Sheena Easton makes a special appearance to strut her stuff. You won't want to miss these sizzling live renditions of his hits such as "Little Red Corvette" and "U Got the Look". This is Prince unleashed!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot describe it! June 22 2005
Who cares how long it took..? Actually I do, and so do plenty of others it seems - it's at sales rank position 73 on 22 June 2005 and apparently still rising! Still, here it is at long last.
On a technical level, the DVD surpasses all expectations. Audio and image are crystal clear which is particularly amazing for something recorded almost 20 years ago now. If you ever had this on tape you will be amazed. As other reviewers have said, the picture quality for You Got The Look is indeed the dreadful exception but you get the promo video for the single, not live footage, plus it is meant to be a "dream sequence" and I think was inferior on the original VHS edition of the movie. The audio for the track is however of the same quality of the rest of the DVD and great to listen to with its extended intro.
As for the live performances of Prince and his entourage, be in no doubt that this is the best you will ever get, and that's pretty near perfect. The arrangements of the songs taken from the album are in many ways better than on the album itself, particularly "Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" which is far more energised than the album version as recorded in Paris, "Hot Thing" with its fantastic extended organ intro, "Forever In My Life" with its wonderful warm up and much improved "gospel" backing, and "I Could Never Take The Place..." which is just Prince at his absolute best. Overall of course there are no duds here at all - I just thought I should mention my favourites.
Be in no doubt - whether you bought this on tape the first time or are diving into Prince's back catalogue to understand what the fuss was all about in the 80's, you really should buy this DVD.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! Jan. 25 2005
By C. Pina
Finally, an official release of a great piece of musical nostalgia. It just so happens Alliance Atlantis is also affiliated with the movie's original distributors, Odeon Films. This probably explains why the picture and sound appears to have come from a good high-quality source. There are no extras, but that's OK. I'm just glad that this film's getting the DVD remastering treatment it deserves. Better than all previously-released VHS, laserdiscs, and DVDs (PAL or otherwise) combined!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The DVD You've Been Waiting For Jan. 4 2005
By A Customer
If you've been waiting for a professional DVD release of this must-have classic, then I recommend purchasing this item. Many fans have resorted to purchasing "hobbyist quality" transfers while waiting for a professional release. Alliance Atlantis is a professional film/broadcast production and distribution company based in Toronto, Canada. Alliance Atlantis' release of this classic provides a basic, professional quality release with sound and video that appear to be every bit as good as the original. While the DVD doesn't feature any sort of extras, it does offer professional quality Dolby 2.0 or Dolby 5.1 mastering. Kudos to Alliance Atlantis for finding the way to bring this grossly overlooked classic into the modern age!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal June 11 2005
By Dennis
One of the best - if not THE best - rock concerts ever recorded on film. Anyone who has been waiting for the DVD release should wait no more. Don't know if this is an "official" release, and don't know why it's only available on amazon.ca. But sound and widescreen picture are great. I've played my VHS version a hundred times, but there are things on this version I've never noticed before, or heard before, the sound is that good. Yes, for some reason the "You Got The Look" video is out-of-focus and grainy, but the sound is still OK. Until he releases a DTS-ES version, this is the one to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! Aug. 14 2006
By Rip
I've owned the VHS version of Sign O The Times for years, so I didn't really expect any surprises. In fact, I was hesitant to purchase this Canadian import since I had no way of knowing how good the quality would be. I've flirted with the idea for months and finally came to a decision after reading the reviews here and on other sites online. First of all, the dvd arrived WEEKS before I expected it. Found the package in my mailbox and quickly loaded the disc into my dvd player. The first thing I saw were vibrant horizontal streaks running the length of my tv screen. ("I knew it was too good to be true.) As I watched with some disappointment, I remembered a conversation I had with a coworker earlier today in which I explained my preference for watching dvds on my laptop because the resolution was so much better (!!!). I immediately set up my laptop and loaded the disc. I wasn't prepared for what I saw. This dvd version of Sign O The Times is simply BEAUTIFUL! The resolution is crystal clear and the colors are vibrant. The audio is pristine; the stereo mix clear and bombastic, the separation supurb! In fact, I plugged in my cheap set of headphones and was amazed at how great this disc sounded. Can't imagine what I'll hear once I get a pair of quality headphones. (Gotta wait til the family leaves before I plug in my external speakers.) While sampling the disc, I was reminded of why I fell in love with this performance when I first experienced it many years ago. The distributors of this Canadian version obviously took great care in transferring SOTT into the dvd format. As you can tell, I'm greatly impressed. I highly recommend the purchase of this disc. I commend Amazon.ca for their excellent service and for allowing me the opportunity to re-experience Prince in what's arguably his finest performance on film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prince - Sign of the Times live
Interesting concept combining pre-recorded video and a live performance.

Audio and video are good although I'm not sure they are always in sync.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rock Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince is Prince
I bought this as a gift for my niece - she was ecstatic as she had just seen him in person in concert a week before her birthday. Prince is Prince and seldom, if ever, disappoints. Read more
Published on June 3 2012 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Prince Video! :)
After reading many reviews, I purchased the Canadian version of Prince: Sign O The Times - Live...and LOVED IT!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2012 by MurphyBrown
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as could be!
I bought this dvd based on a review I read on amazon's website. It stated the canadian version's 5.1 was a better choice. Read more
Published on July 7 2011 by Steven A Rodrigues
4.0 out of 5 stars Sign O The Times on DVD
I love Prince. I love this concert film. I was looking for a good DVD of it. I read a lot of reviews and they all suggested to get it at Amazon.ca. I did. Read more
Published on June 14 2011 by Jennifer Catullo
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the brazil bootleg
i actually have the brazil bootleg if this film and i have to say this version is better than that the sound and picture quality is amazing thanks amazon took me awhile to look for... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A Princely Concert Film
If you were fortunate enough to see its original theatrical release, Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" (1987) truly rocked the big screen. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2010 by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!
I made the mistake of ordering the "other" version of this disc, and the sound and picture quality was just awful. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2010 by aknate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is the one and only right and proper release of Sign of the Times
and it really looks like it has been remastered... Read more
Published on July 4 2010 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Crisp, clear and entertaining from beginning to end. You guys have definitely made my day. Thank you!
Published on Aug. 23 2009 by Y. Fobbs
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