Tuesday, July 10, 2007

U2: Popmart Live Finally On DVD

This press release just found it's way into my email. At last another one of the great U2 concerts for the world to finally enjoy on DVD. I'm happy that it didn't take as long for the band and label to release this DVD as it did for them to release the 1993 Sydney ZooTV concert. For all the talk about bootlegging and piracy in the marketplace the bands and record labels have to take some responsibility. If they'd only release more of this kind of vintage material then people wouldn't be going out and buying it illegally. Me? I'd love to see more U2 stuff out there - especially the ZooTV/Achtung Baby era material. Still Pop was a bloody impressive album, containing some of the band's best songs and this remains an impressive tour (I had to drive to Melbourne in a clapped out Beetle to see it and took out Skippy on the way back, but that's a story for another time), so I'll be buying it, cranking it up and enjoying it. Now if only they'd release the Achtung Baby: The Videos, The Cameos, and a Whole Lot of Interference from Zoo TV video I'd be even happier, not to mention the Lovetown movie.


Filmed at the Foro Sol Autodromo in Mexico City on 3rd December 1997, PopMart Live from Mexico City was directed by David Mallet and first released on video the following year; this is the first time it has been released on DVD.

Described as a sci-fi disco supermarket, the PopMart Tour opened in its “spiritual home”, Las Vegas on 25th April 1997. All trash and kitsch, PopMart introduced a giant mirror ball lemon, a 100ft cocktail stick - complete with olive, and the works of Lichtenstein, Warhol and Haring, to a live rock audience: a production experience never quite seen before.

Originally filmed on analogue video, the film has been transferred to a digital format with re-graded and cleaned pictures. Great care has been taken to maintain the original look by simply enhancing it, with an added degree of sharpness and contrast unavailable when originally filmed. The audio has also been re-mastered and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

PopMart Live from Mexico City will be available in two formats: a Standard 1-disc format containing the concert, and a Special Limited Edition 2-disc format, the 2nd bonus disc containing previously unreleased live audio and video material, including documentaries, a PopMart tour visuals montage, and DVD-ROM extras.

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