enjoyed this dvd very much, however the video quality was not that good.
it was originally an hbo special. so the quality should have been great.
but hbo did'nt put out this dvd. some other company, 'rhino home video'
i've found some of the video's on youtube. so if you want to see pat in her prime.
this dvd is it.
William N. Kristman | 05/08/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was going to buy the summer vacation video because it got such good reviews but unfortunately it's $45 here so i picked this one up instead. The show,although short ,is very good with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Her voice was excellent and the guitar work was great. The sound is suspect with it sounding like the mics were placed back in the corners of the auditorum or something. After awhile i got used to it. Camerawork was ok .Very few audience shots though. Pat mentioned at one pt that the show was being taped for hbo so maybe they cheaped out because it was just for tv audience originally .
This is the real stuff
Gerald B. Johnson | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 02/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not really a big Pat Benatar fan, but I caught this concert years ago on TV and loved it. I had a taped copy that I've watched many times, and was delighted to find it released on DVD. The first couple of songs are weak admittedly, I think they were obligatory "Push latest release" performances. But then the concert slowly starts to build, getting better and better. This is a 'real' concert, no overdubs, no retakes, no self-indulgent solos. Just drums,guitar,bass, piano and the lady herself. There are a few rough/slow spots, but I can live with that because its also balanced by those magical moments where the band really clicks and the music takes off. Thats what rock and roll is.. magic. If you're more concerned with video/sound quality than with the performance itself then you may want to pass this one by. My main concern is "Does it rock?". If it does then the rest doesn't matter. The video and sound is acceptable (ie it doesn't get in the way), the muscianship is workmanlike, and yes it does rock."
GotALife | 07/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I find this video very easy to watch and listen to. It is not what I call "over-clipped", in other words the camera shots don't just constantly hop around. There is of course a reasonable amount of camera changes, but it's not extremely excessive like a couple of the concert videos I've seen. There are a decent amount of shots of "the rest of the band" which is another thing I like to see in a concert video. There are not a lot of crowd shots (are there even any?) which is fine with me, but if you like a lot of crowd shots that may disappoint you.
This is a basic concert video in that there are not streams of extra dancers flitting around the stage, no real costume changes, not a lot of "production". It's just Benatar and Band doing their thing which is also just fine with me.
I saw some of the other reviews referring to "bad sound" and that concerned me while I was shopping for this. I think it's fine. I would like to point out that there are audio settings on the DVD for Dolby 5.1 or Dolby 2.0 (stereo) and I'm wondering if some of the sound criticisms come from not making the proper sound selection from the menu. If I try to play Dolby 5.1 on my stereo-only equipment it does of course sound like garbage, kind of similar to what I think some of the other reviews are describing. Anyway if I play it as stereo it sounds fine, perhaps not excellent, but it was after all recorded in 1983.
As a casual Benatar fan I did not notice Benatar suffering any substantial vocal fatigue, but that may very well be something a more dedicated Benatar fan might hear. I can't say whether or not this is one of Benatar's better performances as I haven't seen any others, so again I'll have to leave that to the more serious fans. It did seem like they were putting their hearts into the performance, not just trying to get through it. At any rate I'd have to consider it to be better than a "good" performance.
Sidenote: I really enjoyed watching them in their classic early 80's look. It wasn't necessarily one of my favorite era's but it certainly brought back some memories.
I have no regrets whatsoever about buying this DVD. Heck, I've already watched it more than I've watched a couple of music DVD's I've had longer."
They got the date wrong...Amazon, please correct it.....
JD in CT | 01/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This concert was recorded in December 1982....December 1982....December 1982.....
How do I know? I was there at the New Haven Coliseum when it was filmed.
It first aired as an HBO special in....1983. People looking at the date of this DVD might be mislead into Benatar was touring off her '83 live album. Nope. She was promoting 1982's 'Get Nervous' LP.
So, you wanna know how the show/DVD are? Excellent. She was in her prime. "Shadows Of The Night" was a big radio hit at the time. She never had an album chart this high again.
If you're a fan of vintage Benatar, check this one out."
Thomas Calhoun | Charlotte, NC United States | 06/22/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's great to have this Benatar concert on DVD, but you would think this was from a budget label instead of Rhino. No extras at all and the packaging is devoid of any liner notes or info about Pat at all. At least Rhino could have restored the missing tracks from the show. The box even has the number of tracks wrong. It's a good peformance from Pat marred by a very poor job from Rhino on the DVD."