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Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (In Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra
In Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Actors: Malcolm Arnold, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord
Director: Andy Finney
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     0hr 53min

Overshadowed in rock history by the Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed and the symphonic rock of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra is an event that shouldn't be forgotten. Composed by ...  more »


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Actors: Malcolm Arnold, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord
Director: Andy Finney
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Deep Purple, Classic Rock, DTS, Classical
Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 05/06/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1969
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1969
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 53min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Rock goes classic
George | Georgia, Tbilisi | 04/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The new EMI DVD is the third video release of the 1969 Concert film. Sadly it doesn't contain any more footage than either of its predecessors, but it is certainly worth buying again.

The Concerto was originally filmed by British Lion Films, and edited down to a 52 minute programme eventually broadcast by BBC2 in April 1970 as "The Best Of Both Worlds". This DVD is not taken from the 35mm film footage but is actually the edited television video master. Therefore it misses an orchestral chunk from the First Movement (just before Blackmore's guitar work out), and part of Paice's drum solo. The film masters (most probably complete) were unfortunately stored in colour separated reels, and as a consequence restoration was well beyond EMI's budget for the project. Still, let's look at what we have got..

Even though it's a little soft in places, the picture quality is actually very clear, a big improvement on the video tapes, though the format differences may account for a lot. What really hits you is the incredible sound quality, extremely sharp. For me it was like hearing and seeing the show for the first time, which is what I would want from any DVD of already familiar material. So rather than gathering snippets for a detailed review, I ended up just sitting back and becoming engrossed in the whole thing.

Having attended the 1999 Concerto, the differences between the two nights are striking. In 1969 the (mostly young) audience downstairs are standing, much as at Proms concerts, making for a very close atmosphere in the hall. The orchestra for the most part seem unimpressed by the view in front of them, both of the virtually unknown young band letting rip, and beyond them the tightly packed ranks of teenagers dancing to the rockier parts of the music.

The band themselves all play extremely well, and it's interesting to see just how integrated the two newcomers from Episode Six are. Personally I much prefer the band's contribution in the 1969 Concerto to the 1999 repeat, particularly the fabulous sound from Blackmore's Gibson. The supposedly duff performance of the orchestra has never bothered me, and still doesn't.

As already mentioned, the DVD contains the full "Best of Both World" TV broadcast, including a fascinating opening three minute introduction. (Not listed in the package... more about that later..) After the opening titles (drunkenly letracetted at some wacky angles) this shows clips of the afternoon rehearsals; conductor Malcolm Arnold chatting with Jon Lord, and Deep Purple running through 'Child In Time'. If only more existed. Sadly we don't get to see Deep Purple's 'More Shades..' Concerto support slot at all, it simply wasn't filmed.

As for extras, we get an audio commentary by Jon Lord, recorded in 2001. It's an interesting listen. The photos are ok, though I still don't really see any use for them.

Finally, the packaging. I quite like the acid mock poster cover, the front of the original programme reproduced for the internal leaflet, and the Harvest logo on the disc. Unfortunately attention to detail is lacking elsewhere, with Gillan's photo missing from said leaflet. Not good.

Niggles apart, I know I'll be playing this DVD more than I ever played the videos and previous audio releases; it has never looked or sounded better."
Gimme my 11 minutes back!
Miguel Lescano Cornejo | Guayaquil, Ecuador | 12/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First, I must confess I'm not a Deep Purple fan. However, when I first listened to "Third moment: Vivace Presto" on the radio around 1999, I was thrilled. So I got the recording, and I can truly say to you that this DVD has almost ELEVEN MINUTES CUT OFF the First Movement. This completely ruins the continuity of the music, in much the same way as Disney did with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" on Fantasia."