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  • Actors: ABBA
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: Nov. 10 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002PQ1PE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,563 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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There are 2 editions of this DVD title released.One is a single disc which is obviously cheaper & then you have the 2 disc Special Limited Edition as described on this page.Beware that Amazon will ship you the single disc version.I complained and was again sent the single disc version in error. Somehow Amazon has a wrong inventory code and will keep shipping the single disc version instead of the 2 disc version. I think I'll purchase my copy in the store to assure I'll get the correct one.
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While I enjoyed the tv show, I found the fly on the wall bonus features much more interesting especially the rare concert footage from 1980 in Japan on dvd 2 which I consider priceless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the ABBA fan Nov. 5 2009
By J. M. Gonzalez - Published on
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For those of you that have seen or !gasp! purchased the bootleg version of this TV special, here's a chance to own not only a remastered version of that special, but all the little extras that come along with this (2) disc version. First off, a description of what this is...this is a TV special. They shot this for Japanese television in 1978 and what was customary then was that not all the songs are performed live. Some are lip sync. Note-this is not a live concert! They only perform for the television cameras and not a live audience. Some of the songs are clearly the recordings while others are performed with musicians behind them (Thank You For The Music) as an example.

The extras include a 'fly on the wall' documentary on the second disc, and on the first a behind the scenes of ABBA in Japan doing promotion and preparing for this TV special. It is in Japanese but english subtitles are available.

Picture quality and sound are great -the bonus track which is 'If it Wasn't For The Nights' is already in the special. The bonus is a remix of that same track
**Also note this is full screen not letterboxed. What more can I say? If you love ABBA and haven't seen this pick this up! If you have, take a look again, this remastered version plays beautifuly and worth having in your collection.

**UPDATE 11/6 - This review is for the 2 disc version, it is my understanding that there is also a 1 disc version that does not include the fly on the wall documentary which by the way is 'ABBA in Japan 1980.' That bonus documentary is a behind the scenes view of ABBA's tour of Japan in 1980. Sound quality on that is fair and includes snippets of there live performance but no complete songs. The second disc also contains a gallery of photographs set to music and a gallery of record sleeves for both LP's and 45's released in Japan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Aspect of ABBA May 4 2010
By G. Cheng - Published on
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ABBA's recorded music are readily available. Their official videos - what they intend to promote, for the public to see - are easily accessible, too.

But these behind-the-scene, fly-on-the-wall footages are rare. Thanks to this DVD release, we're able to appreciate the human side of ABBA.

I'm impressed that the cameras followed them from the minute they stepped out of Tokyo Airport's gates to moments before they boarded a plane back to Sweden. And in-between their arrival and departure, are some of the best-captured tender and candid shots. Like when Agnetha picked up a Japanese boy so his mother could take a photo of them. Or when she looked rather pensive, listening to cassette tapes of music by other artists (but never ABBA, LOL). Or when she hugs a crew member, and slowdanced with Frida, though dressed in a bath robe with her [hair] rollers still on... and on her way off the stage during a rehearsal, stopped to say HELLO to another crew. These show how beautiful a person she is, inside and out! And though ABBA were all aware of the cameras, there were no pretenses - I don't think. Sure, they must have been physcally exhausted due to their hectic schedules, but they were ever so accommodating to the ever-present cameras.

I don't have a problem with lip-synching as long as these are in-synch. And one reviewer already noted how attentive these girls were, knowing exactly which camera to face for their close-up shots. The dancing went very well, too, particularly in "Tiger", where some intense leg movements were showcased. I can't help but wonder, is this the "shy" Agnetha I know? Dancing her heart out with this male Japanese dancer she hardly knew! LOL.

It is a bit sad to watch and compare their 1980 return trip with their 1978 trip; how certain things have changed. Some weariness have started to show, although they still truly want to please their fans. Bjorn was quite insensitive, I must say, to be bringing girlfriend Lena along. And because my focus tends to be on Agnetha [only], I could sense what [hell] she was going through at the time. She suffered alone and quietly, putting up a brave front. And for that, I will always admire her professionalism. She's a mighty fine classy lady!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highest quality Abba DVD release to date Nov. 7 2009
By Dale E. Kronquist - Published on
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Clearly, much care went into the production of this DVD release. The quality of the video from the original full frame (1:33 to 1) video tape masters from this 1978 TV special are very good. The re-mastered sound, both the monophonic audio from the original live numbers, as well as the stereo remasters of the official studio versions of these hit songs that are re-inserted to match these performances, is the best yet. The DVD audio alone serves as a new quality audio reference for these standards.
The lip-sync production numbers are enjoyable, moreover, Agnetha in particular does justice to these lip syncs. She seemed to really care about how these performances came across and really connected with the camera and it shows. I saw only one short lip sync error in the whole presentation. Original introductions by the four, Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anna-Frid are intact as intros to three numbers, as well as the tag-finale.
The live numbers, such as SOS, Thank you for the music and Money, Money, Money are an added treat. As a time capsule, the remastered Abba hits, and the rare look at these two talented ladies, who steal the show, this release is a must for new viewers as well as existing Abba fans. More insights to the band and those times are well showcased in the Documentary and slide show special features. They call it a "Fly on the Wall" documentary.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABBA in Japan-About Time! Dec 25 2009
By Frida Fan - Published on
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This is the long overdue presentation of ABBA's tour in Japan and concert on Japanese television.We have previously seen poor quality video clips and fuzzy lifts on Youtube of the TV show,but this DVD is professionally produced by Polar Music with excellent photography and sound.The 1978 show included all the group's big hits at the time(e.g.,Dancing Queen,Take a Chance on Me,SOS,Eagle,Fernando,Waterloo,Money/Money/Money,The Name of the Game,Knowing Me/Knowing You,and Thank You for the Music;also presented are my personal favorites-That's Me,Summer Night City,Tiger,and If It Wasn't for the Nights).The Japanese sponsors of the show added a lot of supporting dancers,decoration,stage effects,and back-up musicians which evidently reflected what they considered proper and necessary for a rock group--it's a hoot!The documentary portions of their travels in Japan are interesting and well-done too. This is a must for true ABBA fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abba in Japan Feb. 22 2010
By J. Benigno - Published on
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One of the many TV Specials by the second greatest group ever. Haven't opened my copy yet, but glad to get an upgraded quality video of the show, with behind the scenes extras. Since Universal puts out every project that producers approach them with in an attempt to get cleared, as the other monopolies do, the fans should suggest other material in the corporate vaults, such as the numerous TV appearances in the US (such as "Don Kirshners' Rock Concert", "Wonderama", "American Bandstand", "Dinah", etc.) & all over the world. Most appearances are lip-sync, but the appealing interest is in seeing Agnetha appear on stage, at any opportunity.

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