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Reviewed January 29th, 2002 by John Randall


What other concert can you get Paul McCartney, The Who, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, James Taylor, and many others?

If somehow you are one of the very few that missed The Concert for NYC – it was a mega star concert to raise money for the victims of the September 11th disaster.

No only is their a ton of great music, but great comedy by veterans like Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and more.

You probably remember the “A Tribute to Heroes” telethon (how could you of missed it, it was on about twenty different channels simultaneously), which was similar in nature to what “The Concert for NYC” was, bringing in various stars and artists, from the new to the old, in an effort to raise money for the victims and families of those that were affected by the disasters of September 11th. The “A Tribute to Heroes” telecast was released on CD and DVD late last year, whereas just the audio CD for “The Concert for NYC” was released making us wonder when and if a DVD of the presentation would be released... it seems the wait is over. A two disc DVD set no less!

The video of the DVD is presented in 1.33:1 (full screen) format and blows the original broadcast away. Image is crystal clear and there doesn’t seem to be the littlest problem with the transfer.

The audio is really where these discs shine. Presented in both PCM uncompressed stereo and also a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix – both sides of the coin should be very happy. I actually enjoyed the 5.1 mix much more than the PCM track. Be careful – if you don’t choose 5.1 from the menu, it defaults to PCM. You can change it via the remote of course as well. The soundtrack was actually better than I thought it would be. It will give your sub a good workout – that is for sure. Surround channels are used mostly with audience noise, but this is a good soundtrack with different instruments being heard out of each front speaker.

Also, they have done a really nice job dividing up the chapter stops. There are 40 on each disc!

Sorry, but no extras were included – but who cares. Sure, some behind the scenes footage would be nice – but I’m not going to complain. This was a landmark event and it well preserved on DVD to last a lifetime.

Don’t forget that proceeds from this DVD go to the victims of the tragedy. Of course this set is highly recommended. It’s one damn good concert DVD.

Disc 1:

1. Program Start
2. David Bowie: America
3. David Bowie: Heroes
4. Billy Crystal
5. Senator Tom Daschle
6. Billy Crystal and Al Quinones FDNY
7. Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer
8. Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive
9. Bon Jovi: It's My Life
10. Mark Wahlberg
11. Jay-Z: Izzo
12. Billy Crystal with Matt Long FDNY
13. Goo Goo Dolls: American Girl
14. Susan Sarandon and Everald Taylor NYPD
15. Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro
16. Martin Scorsese: The Neighborhood (short film)
17. Billy Joel: Miami 2017
18. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind
19. Will Farrell
20. Chris Kattan
21. Destiny's Child: Emotion
22. Destiny's Child: Gospel Medley
23. Harrison Ford and Michael Gerbasi NYPD
24. Eric Clapton: I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
25. Christy Turlington
26. Ed Burns: Lovely Day (short film)
27. James Lipton
28. Adam Sandler
29. Meg Ryan and Stackpole Family
30. Backstreet Boys: Quit Playing Games with My Heart
31. David Spade
32. Melissa Etheridge: Come to My Window
33. Melissa Etheridge: Born to Run
34. Halle Berry
35. Spike Lee: Come Rain or Come Shine
36. John Cusack and “Heroes”
37. The Who: Who Are You
38. The Who: Baba O'Riley
39. The Who: Behind Blue Eyes
40. The Who: Won't Get Fooled Again

Disc 2:

1. Program Start
2. Governor George Pataki
3. John Cusack
4. Woody Allen: Sounds from the Town I Love (short film)
5. Mike Myers with Eric Rodriguez FDNY
6. Mick Jagger / Keith Richards: Salt of the Earth
7. Mick Jagger / Keith Richards: Miss You
8. Howard Stern
9. I'm a New Yorker (short film)
10. Julia Stiles and Mark Grillo NYPD
11. Senator Hillary Clinton
12. Jerry Seinfeld: The Greatest City on Earth (short film)
13. Bill Clinton
14. James Taylor: Fire and Rain
15. James Taylor: Up on the Roof
16. Michael J. Fox and Mike Moran FDNY
17. Mayor Rudy Giuliani
18. Jimmy Fallon
19. Jon Bon Jovi
20. Kevin Smith: Why I Love New #%!&@ York (short film)
21. John Mellencamp: Peaceful World
22. John Mellencamp (featuring Kid Rock): Pink Houses
23. Firefighter tributes
24. Hilary Swank and Earl Holland NYPD-EMT
25. Five for Fighting: Superman (It's Not Easy)
26. Billy Crystal
27. Sports stars
28. Natalie Portman with Sal D'Agostino FDNY
29. Elton John: I Want Love
30. Elton John: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
31. Elton John and Billy Joel: Your Song
32. Richard Gere
33. Ric Burns: New York: A Documentary Film excerpt (short film)
34. Salma Hayek
35. Jim Carrey
36. Paul McCartney: I'm Down
37. Paul McCartney: Yesterday
38. Paul McCartney: Freedom
39. Paul McCartney: Let It Be
40. Paul McCartney: Freedom (Finale)


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