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Rush - Replay [3 DVD/CD Box Set]
Rush - Replay [3 DVD/CD Box Set]
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 62 reviews)
Sales Rank: 81
Category: DVD

Publisher: Mercury / Universal
Studio: Mercury / Universal
Manufacturer: Mercury / Universal
Label: Mercury / Universal
Format: Ac-3, Box Set, Color, Dolby, Dts Surround Sound, Live, Original Recording Remastered, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Dubbed)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Number Of Items: 4
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 602498560853
EAN: 0602498560853

Release Date: June 13, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: June 13, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
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Customer Reviews:   Read 57 more reviews...

4 out of 5 stars Great product, but why the sudden price increase? Made me buy from BestBuy   June 23, 2006
Well, I was going to get this from Amazon. Don't get me wrong, I love to order from you guys. But suddenly you forced me to go to Best Buy. Why? I wasn't going to pay an extra $16 (when you factor tax in) just for a few bonus songs on the Best Buy set, but when you suddenly raised the price from $24.99 to $35, it made no sense to spend the same but get less from Amazon.

Sorry, guys, you messed this one up.

5 out of 5 stars No bonus tracks but a great mix on the sound   June 22, 2006
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

I would actually give this 4 stars because there were no bonus tracks, but 5+ stars for the sound mix on this, so in reality, I'll call this a 4 1/2 star rating.

First - this program only offers the exact versions of the US VHS (or Beta) releases of each of these videos. I own the Beta for Exit... Stage Left, VHS for A Show of Hands and both for Grace Under Pressure Tour. I never owned a laser disc, so it's very disappointing to know YYZ was included on that and not this. I believe a limiting factor on all of these releases, as far as number of minutes of music, may be the fact that they chose to release with Dolby & DTS Surround BOTH, in addition to Stereo of course. The two previous Rush DVD releases did not include this - only Dolby and Stereo.

Regarding the idea of bonus tracks: I have been to every tour since Permanent Waves, multiple shows on many, and I know what songs were played on each tour. My biggest personal gripe is the lack of extra material from the Moving Pictures tour, of which there is plenty: The aforementioned YYZ, with drum solo; A significant chunk from Hemispheres; Vital Signs; Natural Science; The Spirit of Radio; La Villa Strangiato; Working Man; 2112 - Overture/Temples. All of this material was played on that tour and had to be filmed when this video was filmed. I consider this significant because I believe - as well as much of the fan base - that the pinnacle of Rush's creative output was a succession of five albums: 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures. With honorable mention going to Fly By Night, which was a couple of albums prior to the first of these. Factoring the primary five and Fly By Night into the picture, you've nearly covered the entire setlist from this tour, as well as the lions share of the most significant numbers from these.

Regarding the other two videos, I do not consider these setlists as significant, for the increasing amount of their spottier, 80's album tunes were more densely played within the setlists of those days, though I do recall the Grace Under Pressure setlist being quite good.

The Surround Sound mix is simply awesome. 'Nuff Said.

Now, let me review the video portion: The film quality is clearly lower on the Exit... Stage Left video, very noticeable on my High Def TV, not very noticeable on others. Grace Under Pressure is video and looks fine on either. A Show of Hands is clearly a higher film quality and looks signicantly better than ESL. It also better lit. ESL seems to suffer from an excess amount of use of Red and Green lights.

On to the videos - this is essnetially a review of the shows presented. First, as always their instrumental prowess is undeniable and fascinating to watch. A particular highlight if you REALLY wish to appreciate their ensemble play, is to watch the solo section in "Freewill" off of Exit Stage Left. This would have made an amazing multi-angle section - each member is astonishingly busy and it's an amazing testament that they can make all those notes flow so fluidly together. The last 20 minutes of A Show of Hands is the highlight of that video, as well as Big Money, always a rocking live track - I like the fact that the synths are pulled back on that one. They were a little too much in the studio version - for that song.

Observation - to view these in succession it is very interesting to see the development of this band from a pioneer progressive metal band to a new wave band with progressive tendencies, over this period. I'm glad they got heavy again in the nineties and on. In retrospect, there was some very glossy-sounding, over-produced, commercial stuff coming from them. I also have noticed in each of these that Alex's sound gets progressively thinner. I think this was epitomized by those awful Signature guitars he used at the time, and the Wal Basses Geddy took to, as well as the Steinberger Basses which had preceded them (I played a Steinberger guitar in the music store once and it was the most devoid of tone and character of any guitar I've ever touched). I must reflect as a guitar player to a defining moment: In early May 1990, I saw them on the Presto tour in DC. A month later, the very beginning of June, 1990 - I saw them in Baltimore. Already a PRS player, I was immediately taken that Alex was using PRS guitars througout this show - the first time I'd ever seen him use them. Since the factory is not far from Baltimore, I assume Paul Reed Smith and he had talked when Rush got into town. It was immediately evident that the guitar sound was hugely thicker again, like the old days. Oddly, the Roll the Bones album had a fairly sparse and thin sound, but by the time of Counterparts, Alex had gone back to standing in front of live amps with classic guitars. Geddy followed suit, moving to a Fender Jazz Bass - the same one used to record Moving Pictures (why would it take so long to figure out that was the greatest Bass sound ever recorded??) Anyway, I think these videos clearly document the "thinning" of Rush's sound, and that the events just described were crucial in the "re-thickening" of it. It's a very interesting perspective to notice.

Most entertaining moment, in a funny way: On Turn the Page from A Show of Hands, two or three guys are shown at one point pumping their fists very agressively, literally plunging forward. Without sound you would surely think this was from a Metallica show - they're almost ready to mosh. With sound, comes the comedy because it lines up with the part of the song that leads into the chorus, a part that has hardly any drum, no actual bass or guitar, and a very poppy synth sound driving it. I hate to think how agressive Metallica would make those guys...

Value for the Money: Top Notch. You are still getting way more than you paid for. These release were originally about $30 a pop, totalling $90. They've cut that more than in half and added surround sound, and put it on a media form that will hold up way longer than a crappy VHS tape. All nitpicking aside, there's nothing to complain about, you're getting more than your money's worth - 3 DVD's and one CD for $40...

4 out of 5 stars Missing my favorite part!   June 22, 2006
  0 out of 2 found this review helpful

This title would have received an easy 5 stars had it not been for the fact that they cut "YYZ" on the "Exit Stage Left" DVD. The whole reason I rushed out and purchased this set was because I had watched the laser disc release of "Exit Stage Left" in the early 80's. Gone was not only the long drum solo I have come to love when listening to the CD release of the concert. Not only that, only a small section of the song was overdubbed by speaking of the band members while unconnected video plays. The "YYZ" in the credits isn't even the full version. The remainder of songs and DVD's are everything I'd hoped. I enjoyed the 5.1 mix and the visuals.

5 out of 5 stars Replay x 3, and replay it again!   June 21, 2006
  3 out of 3 found this review helpful

This package is so much better than I feared it may be after reading some of the negative reviews here. (Did they get the same DVDs that I did? I really have to wonder.) Anyway, the video on all 3 DVDs is fine as far as I am concerned, and the sound is even better. What a wonderful trip down memory lane it is. I have been a RUSH fan since the mid seventies (I am rapidly approaching 50 now) so seeing the concert footage of shows I never got to see is a wonderful experience. Enjoy this package for the brilliance that it is, and as I said above, play, then Replay it - not just 3 times but adinfinitum. You won't regret it, and your ears (and your heart) will love it, especially if, like me you are a *true* RUSH fan!

5 out of 5 stars Its summer of 1988 again!   June 21, 2006
  2 out of 3 found this review helpful

I had just turned 14 two days after school let out, a group of us all lived in a plan, and of course hung with the smaller group of guys 2 or 3 years older then us. The one guy I had grown up with had recently birthed into music with a passion and of course influenced us big time. I myself was more worried about girls then music, but slowly my attention was being brought to music and it was more then what was on the radio and the one-hit wonders of the 80's.

Late June and already bored (a good bored mind you, we was out of school) and sitting in my friend Dan's place @ 10:00 AM waiting for the sun to warm up the pool. Dan put in the VHS of Grace Under Pressure and has us all sit down and watch it. At the time only vaguely familiar with songs that he may have on the stereo when we was all swimming or hanging out all day. I saw what it physically meant to me a well stitched band. That was when Rush finally got there claws and grabbed me in with the rest of the fans.

Here I am over half that life ahead and still loving these guys and getting the feeling I had on that peacful warm summers day. Sure the quality is not R30 or Rio but "come on" the tapes are older then some of the fans to the band!! If your looking for something to have during their careers, this is a great stample that shows a whole decade of Rush in true form during the 80's! To make it better they decided to go ahead and add the sountrack to GUP on CD since the other 2 already exist.

Do yourself a favor and sit back in your chair and pop in the DVD's and let the time machine spin and take you back. Think back to those days when this music was new and fresh and breathe in that nostalgia. Admit it, it is bittersweet, cause it takes us back, and only reminds us that those 3 canadian blokes wont be doing this much longer, but they have given us a lifetime soundtrack, and now we have a little more to look back on!!

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