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'Iron Maiden: Live After Death'
(Iron Maiden / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1985) 2008 / Universal Music)

Overview: This program presents a live performance by the popular, award-winning heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The best renditions of the group's songs were culled from four nights of the Iron Maiden World Slavery Tour in 1985. The visuals are as impressive as the audio aspects of the show, with a high-tech mummy and sphinxes shooting forth fireworks. The band incorporates history and drama into the production, with "Churchill's Speech" and "The Phantom of the Opera." Iron Maiden stands out on some of its biggest hits, including "Power Slave," "Aces High," "Revelations," and "Run to the Hills."

DVD Verdict: After the sensational effort they did with Part One I guess it would be natural to expect something on the same level. Hearing that the second part would be solely devoted to Powerslave, and the subsequent World Slavery Tour, I was excited to see all the great stuff from what was the peak of Iron Maiden's career. That said, I was disappointed more than once here with what was eventually released.

1) The complete Live After Death concert is NOT here. If you are going to release something this exhaustive, why sell us short and only give us the shortened single CD version? I cannot fathom why the entire concert is not here with Wrathchild, 22 Acacia Avenue, Children Of The Damned, Die With Your Boots On, and Phantom Of The Opera. They were recorded and released on the double cd version- are you telling me that there is no video of those songs as well?

2) The documentary is great and thoroughly enjoyable, but why the time constraint? It is only 60 minutes and feels rushed. There is alot of information left out and not covered. I would like to hear more about the actual songs that made up the album, and Martin Birch's thoughts on how he got the great sound mix as well that made it sound better and stand apart from any other Maiden release.

All that said, the inclusion of the Rock In Rio show was great, as well as the expanded Iron Curtain documentary, and the Texas footage. It's just a shame they didn't do a more thorough job overall, because this could have been perfect- right up there with The Early Days Part One. Hopefully they will get it right someday and we will see the entire LAD concert. And also hoping that 12 Wasted Years is officially included with Part Three! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"'Ello Texas!" - From 1983's World Peace Tour - '22 Acacia Ave', 'Flight of Icaris' and 'Iron Maiden'
Music Videos: "Aces High" and "2 Minutes to Midnight"
20 minute Photo Gallery Tour.