Live After Death
UG Team, on february 18, 2008 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sound: There just aren't a lot of bands with the showmanship that embodied Iron Maiden during the 1980s, and thankfully we get the opportunity to relive those years through the band's latest DVD Live After Death. The new release looks back to what could certainly be called Iron Maiden's most grueling tour and features 2 disks that are a compendium to the double album of the same name. A lot of us out there feel that you really couldn't go wrong with Maiden most of the time, but Life After Death is the ultimate in terms of a visual greatest-hits package.
The first disk covers the 1984-1985 World Slavery Tour, which pretty much set the standard for touring bands everywhere in terms of it's duration. The featured concert on the disk was filmed over 4 days at Long Beach Arena, with a setlist that included classics like The Trooper, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Flight Of Icarus, and Run To The Hills. These are all songs that most Maiden fans embrace, and the band never disappoints with it's live performance. In fact, seeing the energy and flawless sound of Bruce Dickinson and the boys is a true testament to why they have become legends in the metal world.
The second disk is worth the price of the DVD itself, with a full-length documentary called The History Of Iron Maiden: Part II. It goes beyond the tour and tells what exactly was going on behind the scenes -- whether that be getting drunk and playing Connect Four, making the video for 2 Minutes To Midnight, or the feeling the pressure of the unrelenting World Slavery Tour. There are interesting stories from pretty much every member of Maiden, and you certainly get a better idea of what the personalities are like within the band. // 10
Content: As was mentioned earlier, there is a lot to be seen and heard in Live After Death. Not only is the entire first disk devoted to the World Slavery Tour (in which Bruce Dickinson proves that he is the ultimate frontman; that man never tires of lifting his arms up and down), the second disk offers even more live footage. The famous Rock In Rio concert from 1985 runs around 50 minutes, while the documentary Behind The Iron Curtain (approx 57 minutes) contains 6 performances. Also included on the second disk is a promo video titled 'Ello Texas, which although a little grainier in quality, features some memorable interviews with Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson. // 10
Production Quality: We might not have had HD cameras back in the '80s, but the footage from the World Slavery Tour doesn't need to rely on the cream of the crop equipment. You get an entertaining show, and more importantly, each band member is shown several times over. The camera work is clean, steady, and to the point, so you're not getting overly artistic footage that distracts from the performance. The video on Life After Death is far from being sub par and after all this time is still highly professional in quality. // 9
Overall Impression: The main feature is the 90-minute long World Slavery concert that features 13 songs, but you don't just get classic songs on Life After Death. The documentaries should be just as interesting to most Maiden fans, and finding out all the behind-the-scenes dirt that went on during the tour will likely make you want to re-watch the live show all over again. Even if the DVD didn't include 2 disks, either one would have made a pretty essential piece to add to the Maiden library. If you are someone who longs for the classic songwriting and performance ability of early metal bands, Live After Death should be on your DVD wish list. // 10
Live After Death
GNRrockslife, on february 18, 2008 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sound: This DVD was recorded at Long Beach Arena, the main concert was filmed March 15th 1985; the second of four sold out nights of Iron Maiden headlining in Long Beach. The footage was previously available on VHS and Laserdisc, but the new DVD transfer is much improved. The color is quite vivid and looks fresh, which will be a nice treat for old fans who have worn out their old VHS tape. I can't comment on the 5.1 audio track as I don't have a 5.1 system, but all reports on it in reviews I've read have been nice. The band was spot on this performance. Often the live album is the same name is held in regards as one of the best metal performances in history, the DVD really shows it. Maiden were at the peak of their creativity in '85. Bruce's voice is a little whiny in spots, but they had also been touring for 8 months straight when this was recorded. // 10
Content: The DVD features well over 5 hours of Maiden. Disc one of the set is the concert video Live After Death. In over a 90 minute performance, Maiden rolls out their hits such as The Trooper, Run To The Hills and 2 Minutes To Midnight, as well as some less played gems such as Aces High, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Revelations and Flight Of Icarus. The stage was the most theatrical show Maiden have done to date, with an Egyptian themed stage in support of their 1984 album, Powerslave. The stage features a moving lighting rig, pyrotechnics and a two story Eddie whose eyes spark. Disc two begins with Part 2 of The History Of Iron Maiden, which is the follow up to the 2004 DVD, The Early Days. Part 2 of the series focuses solely on the writing and recording of Powerslave, as well as their 13 month World Slavery Tour in support of the album. The documentary is incredibly in depth, featuring interviews with band members, as well as management and technicians associated with the band. Next up is another documentary called Behind The Iron Curtain. Also originally released on VHS as a 30 minute long video EP, the DVD transfer is doubled in length with 30 minutes of never before seen footage. The video documents Maiden's tour of Eastern Bloc in 1984, making them the first western band to take a full production into Communist Europe. In addition of the document footage, there are 7 live videos recorded on that leg of the tour. An hours worth of footage from when Maiden opened for Queen at the very first Rock In Rio on January 11th 1985 is also included. The footage is low quality, and only half of the show was inculded due to the rest of it being too damaged to put on the DVD. The full show has been circulating among bootleg traders for years, however the footage on the DVD is cleaned up a lot from the bootleg, and the audio is a lot clearer. Filmed in front of 300, 000 fans, it is to date the biggest concert Maiden has played to date. There is a 15 minute promotional spot of the band in Texas on their 1983 World Piece Tour. It features footage of the band visting the Alamo, as well as Flight Of Icarus and 22 Acacia Avenue, and the band soundchecking Wrathchild in Austin. Finally, there are 2 promo videos, Aces High and 2 Minutes To Midnight and 5 or 6 picture gallerys. // 10
Production Quality: The thing that stands out the most in terms of production is it lacks the quick editing of later Maiden videos. Fans who have seen Rock In Rio or Death On The Road know what I am talking about. This is due to the fact that Steve Harris didn't do the editing on Live After Death. The camera angles on the main concert are quite innovative, and a breath of fresh air compared to more recent Maiden DVDs. The footage is much more crisp than the VHS release, and they really went above and beyond in remastering it. All in all the DVD was well produced and fortunately doesn't suffer from a lot of the technical issues on Death On The Road. // 10
Overall Impression: Live After Death is without a doubt the essential Iron Maiden DVD. The live footage captures the band in their prime and at the height of their popularity. The documentaries offer an insightful glimpse into the world of Maiden in '84 and '85. I don't really have any complaints, except for the inclusion of only half of the Rio gig. I have the bootleg of the whole show on a DVD somewhere, and the footage of the rest isn't too much more deteriorated than what was included. My guess is it was cut for time purposes. I would buy another copy no doubt if it were lost or stolen. Coming from a die-hard Maiden fan, the most impressive thing was that there were no promises about it not kept. The last few years in the Maiden world, everything has had something go wrong and they had to break a promise. I'm glad to say this is not like that. The DVD appears exactly how they said it would. Up The Irons! // 10
Live After Death
Irish Dman, on june 11, 2008 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: What can I say? This is Iron Maiden in the pinnicale of their career!
Bruce Dicknson on Vocals, Arian Smith and Dave Murray on Guitars, Steve Harris on Bass and Niko Mc Brian on Drums is the ultimate line-up for a metal concert. The songs on this DVD are mainly off the Powerslave album. Examples of these songs include 2 Minutes To Midnight, Aces High, Powerslave and the epic Rime Of The Ancient Mariner! Also included off previous albums are Revalations, The Trooper, Number Of The Beast, Iron Maiden, Sanctuary, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Run To The Hills and Running Free in which Bruce includes the crowd spectacularly and is a prime example on how this band is one of the great metal bands of all time! This DVD was recorded in LA's Long Beach Arena in which they sold-out four consecutive night's during the World Slavery Tour. // 10
Content: The content on this DVD is top shelf stuff! There is two discs: Disc 1 is the Live After Death concert itself, Disc 2 includes The History Of Iron Maiden Part 2, Behind The Iron Curtain, Rock In Rio and the videos of Aces High and 2 Minutes To Midnight. The History Of Iron Maiden Part 2 is a very entertaining insight to recording of Powerslave and the tour of the album. Including the back-story about Misson From 'Arry and some of the band's more wild night's out! Behind The Iron Curtain is an insight on how Iron Maiden was the only band to play in the Eastern Bloc featuring unseen preformance's and interviews. // 9
Production Quality: The Quality of this DVD set's the standard for Music DVD's in terms of content and preformance! The every song can be heard prefectly aswell as the crowd singing along with them! Overall the sound, production and the quality of this DVD is top-dog. There is not many Technological tricks because of the era that the VHS version of this DVD was created but the stage lighting and effects make-up for this. // 10
Overall Impression: This DVD is essential to any fan of Iron Maiden or Metal! The most impressive thing about this DVD is the concert Live After Death itself but everthing on this DVD is amazing! If I lost this DVD I would buy Two of them to make sure I'd never lose it again! I would recomend this DVD to any fan new or old of Iron Maiden as it is a grea insight to the band and their history during the time when they ruled the metal universe! // 10