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U2: Popmart Live from Mexico City

U2: Popmart Live from Mexico City

  • U2: POPMART – LIVE FROM MEXICO CITY (DVD MOVIE)

U2′s PopMart Live from Mexico City is released on DVD for the first time on September 18th in two formats, a Special Limited Edition 2-DVD Deluxe Packaging version and a single disc, Standard version. Described as a sci-fi disco supermarket, the PopMart Tour opened in its “spiritual home”, Las Vegas on April 25, 1997. All trash and kitsch, PopMart introduced a giant mirrorball lemon, a 100 foot 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. Filmed at the Foro Sol Autodromo in Mexico City on December 3, 1997, PopMart Live from Mexico City was directed by David Mallet and first released on video the following year. Both the video and audio have been digitally remastered and the DVD includes a brand new 5.1 surround mix in DTS and Dolby Digital of the concert.

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  • Anthony Ian "anthony_ian" says:
    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Must-Have for U2 Fans, September 1, 2007
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    Anthony Ian “anthony_ian” (Chicago, IL United States) –
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    There are so many reasons to recommend this–I can’t believe it’s finally on DVD!

    The Pop Mart tour and album were incorrectly derided by some critics–and even the band apparently–as a failed experiment. Wrong. That album was some of their coolest music ever, and the tour, while it started rough, by the time of this show is just monster (no pun intended). This BTW was the largest video screen every constructed; after the tour it was sold off in pieces to sports stadiums and the like.

    Granted, it you don’t like the “ironic” U2 and songs like “Discotheque” you’ll probably hate the “lemon” part which is totally Spinal Tap (although that was sort of the point). Too bad, because right after that song they do THE definitive version of “If You Wear That Velvet Dress,” which far surpasses the recorded version.

    The show opens with a seamless segue from “Pop Music” on the P.A. into “Mofo.” “Mofo” was an interesting, if not fully realized, track from the album but here it absolutely kills in a different arrangement. Just like “Elevation” live blows away the recorded version, so it goes with “Mofo.”

    There’s also a slightly altered version of “I Will Follow” (different guitar patch, Larry alters the drum pattern) and a great version of “Last Night on Earth.” One of the better versions of “New Year’s Day” appears on this disc. Interesting thing to note: all the people at the show cheer all the new tunes and apparently know the words (even to tunes like “Already Gone”). Americans tend to applaud only the singles and the well-known hits.

    The sound’s great, the band’s tight, the crowd is absolutely bonkers. For videos I rank it up there with Live from Sydney (Zoo TV) as their best.

    Sure by this point, after Zoo TV, U2 fans had pretty much had enough of the “irony” phase and thankfully they moved on. But it’s a kick to see that huge video screen and the whole spectacle.

    The “limited edition” of this DVD includes a second disc which includes videos, tour documentaries and addtional tracks, although the tracks on this seem taken from raw video feeds while taping the shows–not bad, but not as polished as the final versions on the concert proper.

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  • Jayson "Jayson" says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One Awesome Show, October 12, 2007
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    Jayson “Jayson” (Chapel Hill, NC USA) –

    I can’t believe it’s been nearly 10 years. I recorded the audio of this off of Showtime the night of the concert. (The first hour was simulcast on MTV.) When it came out, I got the vhs video – just in time to make a new set of cassettes, as the first ones I made had broken. And now, finally, the DVD.

    I had been a fan of U2 before this night in December 1997 but this show made me a superfan. If this was an “off night”, as some have said, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love this performance and I can hardly stand to hear the songs sung any other way. Either live or studio.

    It took me a long time to like “Mofo”, the long, strange techno dance song from the Pop album which opens the show. I used to skip over it and go directly to the more familiar “I Will Follow”. Nowadays I look forward to hearing it.

    You have to keep in mind, at this point in their careers, at least from my own vantage point, it looked like the band had something to prove. They’d been lambasted for years. First for being too dour and preachy, and then with Pop for being too silly and lightweight. Too “disco”. Or whatever. Bono comes out with a crew cut which, to me, meant that he was starting from scratch. New growth. New beginnings.

    The show really kicks in to gear, I feel, with “Gone” – which takes the album version to a new level. “Even Better Than the Real Thing” is next followed by the similarly themed “Last Night On Earth” and “Until the End of the World”. Bono plays around with the lyrics here, turning “End of the World” into a confessional. He’s the one at the party bringing everybody down, talking about doom and gloom – it makes more sense this way as he sees himself here, apparently, as trying to repent a little and loosen up.

    Another classic, “New Years Day” – really hot version of this one, as we head over into the most excellent version of “Pride (In the Name of Love”. Bono’s voice is touching, more moving than usual here with this all time classic. Which leads us to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – again, even better than the album versions, especialy at the end with the audience singing. If I remember right, they were probably getting a cue from the MTV truck at this point, as the first hour was coming to a close. They riff around for a minute or two and it’s literally spine tingling hearing Bono sing with this loud, worshipful crowd. They move into “All I Want is You”, which I like live anyway because the original has all that needless movie orchestration. I could never appreciate this song until I heard it live.

    A hot version of “Desire” follows, along with a haunting version of “Staring at the Sun”. Bono leaves the stage as Edge takes a beautiful solo turn with the slower version of “Sunday, Bloody, Sunday”.

    If you had no other reason to consider buying this DVD, “Bullet the Blue Sky” on this disc is worth the 20 bucks all on its own. I out and out hated this song for some reason until I heard it here. Bono takes his time with the dramatic speaking bit and it works really well. There was something edited off the original broadcast here, as Bono started ad-libbing pieces of West Side Story. I guess they couldn’t get the rights for distribution or something, but I still remember it from the original show.

    “Please” is awesome here as Bono implores believers everywhere to stop worshipping for a while and “get up off your knees” and do something good in the world. Bono as modern day Old Testament prophet works for me. This segs very nicely into “Where the Streets Have No Name”.

    There’s a short break and the band comes back with “Lemon”. Still not one of my favorites but I give them props for trying to have some fun. “DIscoteque” is an appropriate followup here and “If You Wear That Velvet Dress” slows things down a little. Bono’s dancing with a girl from the audience and she almost goes to sit down when the song ends but he keeps her for another one: “With or Without You”. Bono’s voice is breaking a little at this point in the show but it works really well with the tender lyrics. It might have been cheesy if his voice was in perfect shape.

    Another short regrouping and we’re back with the Batman song, which really rocks here. “Mysterious Ways” gets revamped a bit but it was so overplayed when it was new, I still can’t listen to it much. Bono asks the crowd, “What do you want”? The obvious answer: “One” – which he dedicates to the late INXS singer,Michael Hutchence, who had just recently passed away, less than a month before this concert. As much as “One” was played out, it never gets old to me and this version of the song is so moving, it’s irresistable.

    The show closes quietly with “Wake Up, Dead Man”, another in a series of quasi religious songs U2 had recorded for the underappreciated Pop album.

    For me, U2 had never sounded this good…

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  • J Lance says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most entertaining concert and best product packaging, September 21, 2007
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    J Lance (Indiana) –
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    I own every U2 concert DVD that has been made and even though they might have had better “concert” eras like the Joshua Tree tour or the early years when at Red Rocks, hands down this is the most innovative concert experience to date. This DVD captures the amazing stage show as well has the great performance by U2 extremely well…Considering ALL THE LIGHTS and Gigantic LED screen (If only HD was more available and used during the filming of this). As for the DVD itself speaking of the limited edition. I couldn’t ask for better packaging. The casing just looks cool. As you open it up, you will see a booklet that comes with it as well as a pop out of The Edge. I was very happy to pay the extra money for the limited edition. Best packaging, best “extra” disc, best stage show and a great performance makes this concert DVD five stars.

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