Thursday, July 11, 2002 @ 1:24 PM
Maiden Prepares To Release The
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For Immediate Release:
ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR EAGERLY AWAITED FIRST DVD
Iron Maiden have confirmed the release of first-ever DVD Rock in Rio on
August 20th on Sanctuary Visual Entertainment through Columbia Music Video.
The Double DVD set contains their live concert performance filmed at the
world famous Rock in Rio festival in 2001, in front of a sellout audience of
250,000 fans and a global TV audience of millions. The concert was filmed by
Globo TV with 14 cameras, including 2 cranes and a helicopter, and a further
4 man camera team, which was directed by Dean Karr (who worked with the band
when he directed the video for "The Wicker Man"). The monumental task of
editing the 60 hours of footage was completed by founding band member and
bassist Steve Harris.
Instead of using the existing TV broadcast, the show was completely re-edited
by Steve Harris to create an explosive two-hour visual feast of the band's
intensity on stage. The concert contains thousands of edits (more than the
likes of most full length action movies such as Lord Of The Rings or Gladiator
!) in a relentless two hour stage performance.
The band's 18 song set covers tracks from their recent Brave New World
studio album through to the classic metal anthems including "The Number Of
The Beast," "Fear Of The Dark," "2 Minutes to Midnight," and their UK Top Ten
single "Run To The Hills."
The concert sound also had special treatment as it was mixed and produced by
Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Journey), who produced
Maiden's last studio album. Kevin, assisted by Steve Harris, crafted the live
recording into Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. For fans of home cinema, a DTS
(Digital Theatre Sound) track was also added so that when watching the live
show, you feel like you are in the front row with the entire crowd behind
you. This DVD is one of the very first to give the fans the potential to
access both DTS and 5.1 sound.
Comments Steve Harris, "As this was our first-ever DVD release, we wanted to
make sure that it was absolutely right. The picture and audio quality are the
highest possible, as we really pushed the limits technically when the DVD was
authored. I think the fans will be blown away. The few people who have seen
and worked on it have all commented that we've really managed to capture the
live energy of such a massive event, which for me is fantastic."
Contained on the bonus disc is over an hour of in-depth interviews with band
members about the show and their experience as one of the world's biggest
live acts during their 25 year career. An exclusive photo diary, narrated by
long time official photographer Ross Halfin, animated menus and other hidden
extras complete the bonus disc. The Limited Edition double DVD is available
in unique 'sensaround' packaging. For those who still haven't got access to
DVD players, there will also be a double VHS version available in some
countries, also available through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment.
This was the third Rock in Rio festival which also featured headline
performances from Guns N' Roses, Sting, Neil Young, Britney Spears and Oasis
among others. The entire festival was viewed by an estimated TV audience of
over a billion people worldwide.
For more information and advance clips check out www.ironmaiden.com.