Barbra Streisand is world renowned for thrilling audiences with her magical performances, her supreme vocal talent and setting box office records. Now fans can get front row seats to the best of Barbra Streisand captured i... more »n THE CONCERTS, a new 3-disc DVD showcasing some of her most memorable concerts, special exclusives including 17 songs never-before released on DVD and behind-the-scenes moments with one of the most beloved artists of all time. The 3-Disc DVD set offers fans an all access pass to two of her most memorable concerts in their entirety. DISC ONE captures the record-breaking, 2006 North American tour from the sold-out Ft. Lauderdale show, with special guest multi-platinum recording artist, IL DIVO. Fans will get a chance to experience 10 songs never-before-seen on DVD, including "Unusual Way," "A Cockeyed Optimist" and "My Shining Hour," all of which are the first time Streisand has ever performed them either in the studio or live. Bonus features include five additional songs as well as interviews with the behind-the-scenes team who create and execute this musical and visually explosive experience. DISC TWO allows fans to experience the unforgettable 1994 concert Live at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA that documents the magic of her first concert tour in 27 years. For the first time on DVD, this special concert includes the first-ever live performance of "Lazy Afternoon" and the "Yentl Medley." DISC THREE presents "Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album." With video and vintage performance footage from the `60s and `70s never before seen on DVD as Bonus Features, the disc includes video performances from Streisand's Emmy award winning television specials including "People" from My Name Is Barbra 1965 , "Yesterdays" from Color Me Barbra 1966, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" from The Belle of 14th Street 1967, "Silent Night (Sleep In Heavenly Peace) from A Happening In Central Park 1968 and "Cryin' Time (with Ray Charles)" from Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments 1973. Disc #3 is jam-packed with exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage including the making of the award winning, number #1 album The Broadway Album and video clips from her childhood, extensive one-on-one interviews and a montage of the numerous awards she's received throughout the years. Streisand The Concerts is an extraordinary collection of the very best moments and highlights from Barbra Streisand's legendary career and includes more than 60 songs spanning classics such as "Funny Girl," "The Way We Were," and "People," as well as never before performed "The Music of the Night," and "Somewhere" with Il Divo. Barbra Streisand is the music industry's #1 best-selling female artist with 50 Gold, 30 Platinum and 13 Multi-Platinum albums to her credit. She is second in the all-time charts, ahead of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, exceeded only by Elvis. She continues to be the highest-selling female recording artist ever. Streisand remains the only artist to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, and Peabody Awards, and the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.« less
"Those of us fortunate enough to have bared witness to the career of this amazing artist since the beginning, know we have been and continue to be in the presence of absolute one-of-a-kind greatness. Those that haven't and think they know and have heard greatness, you can't even imagine.
Even if one isn't into this genre of music, you owe it to yourself to purchase this DVD and experience some of what so many of us have had the pleasure of for what's approaching now 50 years! I tell you, you will become magnificently enlightened because there's been no other vocalist to date that can come close. Yes, she IS that much better than any other.
You will hear the message in every song, every expression. A message of truth and passion from an artist who must have been inside the heart of every songwriter whose songs she has interpreted through her soul and her magnificent vocal instrument. There can be no other answer to how she is able to convey the depth and meaning of a song, all the while commanding you to listen to the lyrics and feel the meaning the way the composer had intended, and all without you even realizing it. You will find yourself waiting to exhale after every powerful note, but the greatest power is in her ability to deliver a note so softly, so gently, as nearly a whisper--it will leave you breathless. I'm sorry, but you don't need to scream and high-power through every song to show you can sing, like so many today. The true artistry is in the nuances, the subtleties.
I recommend this DVD to anyone truly interested in having your heart and soul, not just your ears, entertained. And when you're done with this magnificent selection, treat yourself to Streisand from the beginning, from Funny Girl through the years to this piece of work . . . then you too will understand what millions of us have been experiencing for nearly five decades, and why we feel we have been in the 'presence of true greatness'."
Life cycle of an artist - work in progress continues ..
Allan Murchie | 03/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Concerts DVD documents another milestone in Barbra's career.
2006 is simply Streisand at 64. Fresh. Surprising. Intimate. Silly. Supreme. After a dozen viewings I'm thinking this is Barbra's greatest concert recording.
If you 'GET' Barbra, get the 2006 concert asap. I'm not giving any spoilers, keep the surprise for yourself.
My copy arrived from Amazon-UK mid March - who could wait? The inclusion of the '94 Anaheim Concert and Putting It Together (the making of the Broadway Album) makes this a must have set. The three UK discs are region free and PAL."
When will we see the likes of talent like this again?
Chasmn | 04/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is true that Barbra's voice has changed over time. In the 2006 concert DVD you will notice that her range is lower and there is, at times, some hoarseness, which I did not notice at the two concerts that I attended. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable instrument and her interpretive abilities are in full force. If in doubt, simply listen to "Unusual Way". I recently attended a Celine Dion concert and, although her voice is in top form, as an audience member, I did not feel a connection to her singing. When Barbra sang "People" at the St. Paul concert, I was astounded at her ability to deliver this song to the audience after 40 years of singing it. She simply touched us all at the level of Soul.
In the 1994 concert DVD, Barbra was in top vocal form. I especially recommend the 1994 concert CD which is taken from her New York performance. Her rendition of "My Man" from that concert is vocally stunning.
Well my friends, I think that this 2006 concert DVD is Barbra's swan song, at least in terms of singing concerts. So don't be overly critical; simply watch and enjoy one of the greatest performers to ever grace the stage. When will we see the likes of talent like this again?"
Streisand at her best
Siep Kuypers | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was there, in 2006: Barbra in Las Vegas. And again in 2007, in Berlin, Dublin and London. Four wonderful concerts - and finally the DVD is here. It's everything I hoped for - and more. Barbra's simply brilliant: she's in great voice, sings songs she hasn't sung in ages and is very, very relaxed: she really seems to be enjoying herself. This (Florida)concert is very close to what I saw in Vegas and Europe. The Bush skit is missing - many people don't mind, but I would have loved to have seen it here - even as a bonus. The quality of this DVD is amazingly good. it has been shot in HD/widescreen and it shows. Both the picture and audio look and sound great, although this version of the concert is completely blown out of the water by the Blu-ray edition - but that's a different story.
Highly recommended - for the casual fan, the hard-core fan (like me) and anyone who simply enjoys great music - and a great performance.
Oh - and the Anaheim '94 disc, plus the bonus Making of the Broadway Album are more than icing on the cake. The Anaheim show features one of Barbra's greatest performances ever, while The Broadway album is one of Streisand's top albums - ever!
New *TREASURES* (sort-of) To Add To The Collection!
Alex Honda | Los Angeles, CA USA | 04/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's some new stuff to add to your Barbra collection with the BARBRA STREISAND: THE CONCERT DVD set.
First off, the concert from 2006 features songs that have been beloved by Barbra fans for many years but we've never had the treat of seeing them performed live. Some songs have been performed on live albums like "Starting Here, Starting Now" (from Live Concert at the Forum) and "Come Rain Or Come Shine" (from Streisand: Live In Concert (2 CD's) or if you were lucky enough to get the bonus CD from the "Timeless" Concert). Other songs like "(Have I Stayed) Too Long At The Fair?" and "Funny Girl" have never been performed live (at least not to my knowledge) so you get some new stuff to see.
The musical intro and outro is from the Funny Girl (1964 Original Broadway Cast) overture and Barbra performs "The Music That Makes Me Dance," which was replaced with "My Man" in the movie version of Funny Girl.
Another highlight from the 2006 concert DVD is a Q&A with the audience where they get to participate in a short sing-a-long to the song "Stoney End" (Stoney End). I wish this was longer!
---BONUS MATERIAL ON DVD #1--- (performances unless noted/play-all feature/selection)
***Nobody's Heart (Belongs To Me)/When The Sun Comes Out*** I love the song WTSCO from The Second Barbra Streisand Album and Barbra can still work this song. Oh I wish she would do an album of these types of torch-songs!
***The Woman In The Moon*** Truncated version of the song from the end of the tour in Los Angeles, CA. Another song heard live on A Star Is Born (1976 Film) soundtrack and movie, but never performed since.
***Senza Catene/Regressa A Mi*** These are performances by the group Il Divo. They also duet with Barbra during the concert.
***Interview****5:50-Minutes Behind the scenes with crew on the production of the concert and song selection.
***Interview***10:05-Minute Executive director of the Streisand Foundation, Marge Tabankin, discusses the many charities that benefit from the foundation.
---DVD #2---1994 CONCERT AT THE ARROWHEAD POND I believe this is the concert that aired on HBO that was filmed after Barbra's triumphant New Year's Eve Concert in 1993-94.
---DVD #3---MAKING OF THE BROADWAY ALBUM FROM 1985 First time on DVD showing the recording sessions for acclaimed The Broadway Album and Barbra talks with famed movie director William Friedkin. The bonus clips are all from the various Streisand Television specials which aired from 1965-1973. These television specials are available in their entirety from the box set Barbra Streisand - The Television Specials.
The CONCERT... set also comes with a small color booklet with liner notes by writer and musical supervisor Jay Landers and has some pictures in it.
So even though it isn't an earth shattering live cabaret performance filmed at the "Hungry-i" from the 60s that was "found" among the vaults, STREISAND: THE CONCERT offers enough new material to keep us fans happy.
Of course Barbra's voice has changed over the years, as she might not have the range she used to, but she still has that vocal power and unmistakable sound that is pure Streisand."