"eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE: Live in Berlin" - U2
Fan Club Release (Video)
Initially announced January 24, 2020, the fan club gift from U2.com is a full length video release of U2’s final performance on the Experience and Innocence tour. The gift will be distributed in the DVD format, and was already in production when the gift was announced. Additionally subscriptions ending before the end of February 2020 were extended so that they now expire on February 29, 2020. The video is the full concert, running two hours and 20 minutes, and the description on the website says it covers “from the unforgettable opening burst of ‘The Blackout’ and ‘Lights of Home’.” The previously aired television special from this footage ran 75 minutes and cut out the first act of the concert. The fan club release will contain the full show.
The DVD is accompanied by a booklet of exclusive photos by tour photographer Ross Stewart and produced by the band’s long time graphic designer Shaughn McGrath, with creative direction by Gavin Friday.
A further announcement on March 1, 2020 confirms that the video will also be available for streaming in a high definition format, “For those who can support it, streaming in stunning 4K UHD and 5.1 surround sound.” The streaming version is expected to be available on March 13, with a special watch party being hosted by the moderators of the Zootopia forums. After the premiere, the video will be available on demand, with the site stating “Once we’ve aired the premiere, ‘U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE – LIVE IN BERLIN’ will be available on demand for the duration of your annual subscription.” That communication also confirms that the physical DVD version of the disc will start to ship in May, “dispatch of the DVD and the accompanying booklet of the show will begin in May.” It usually takes about six months for all subscribers to receive their gifts once shipment has started. Many subscribers have not at the point of this communication received the 2019 fan club gift.
Although U2.Communication contained some video content on the CD-Rom as part of the gift, this is the first time that the band has issued a full length DVD as a fan club gift. No choice will be given for a higher resolution disc, and the streaming 4K version of the film appears to be the fan clubs way to address this.
We had previously been told by sources to expect some sort of announcement about a possible commercial version of the video later this year. A 75-minute edit of the film has already been show in better than DVD quality in high definition, including 4K broadcasts on television in December and January. Although initially Universal sources had discussed a commercial release of this video, we are told at this time, no physical release of this concert is planned, and it is unlikely we would see anything this year in a physical format. The help section at U2.Com also answers a question, “Will this show become available to purchase on blu-ray?” with the answer, “This film is released for U2.com subscribers and will not be available to buy on blu-ray.”
Film Directed by Matt Askem.
Executive Producer: Guy Oseary.
Film Produced by: Dione Orrom
Associate Producers: Seth Friedman, Jennifer Pitcher
Creative director and Lighting Designer: Willie Williams
Executive Director: Gavin Friday
Music Mixed & Recorded By: Richard Rainey
Production Director: Jake Berry; Lighting Directors: Mark Risk, Alex Murphy; Film Lighting Director: Steve Nolan
Sound Director – FOH Mix Engineer: Joe O’Herlihy; Audio Mixed at RPL Studios; Mastering by: Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering
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