Electric Burma Released for Streaming

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2016-11-06)

Add another one to the recently released list.

“Electric Burma: The Concert for Aung San Suu Kyi” was recently released through Amazon and YouTube. On September 17, 2016, the title was added to YouTube, with the ability to rent to view, or to purchase for repeated viewing. On October 8, 2016, the concert was also made available for purchase or to stream through Amazon in the USA.

The full video highlights the Electric Burma concert held on June 18, 2012 a the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. During that concert, Aung San Suu Kyi recieved her Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award that she had recieved in 2009, but could not be awarded at that time.

Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

The concert featured performances from Bob Geldof, Angélique Kidjo, Lupe Fiasco and a presentation from the Riverdance troupe. Bono appeared in two sections of the concert. With Damien Rice he sang “Walk On” and “One” and later as part of a collective including the artists above as well, he performed “I Shall Be Released” and “Get Up, Stand Up”. All four songs are included in this collection.

The video was released through MVD Visual and lists Natalie Johns as the director of the video. As well as the footage above, it also features a short clip of U2’s 2009 concert on July 27, 2009 in Dublin where Bono announced that Aung San Suu Kyi had won the award, but no musical performance from that concert is included.

The full set list of Bono’s performances included in this video is as follows:

  • “Walk On” (Live from Dublin, June 18, 2012) (4:02)
  • “One” (Live from Dublin, June 18, 2012) (5:09)
  • “I Shall Be Released” (Live from Dublin, June 18, 2012) (4:35)
  • “Get Up, Stand Up” (Live from Dublin, June 18, 2012) (5:17)

The video also includes Bono’s full introduction of Aung San Suu Kyi (4:15).

Amazon.Com Release Page

Purchase on Amazon is $9.99 for the HD, and $7.99 for the ST. Rental is $2.99 and $1.99 for these two formats. YouTube is making the concert available outside of the USA, and in Canada rental was $3.99CAD and the purchase option was $9.99CAD for SD and $12.99CAD for HD. Restrictions for YouTube list “You must have an Internet connection to stream video. Content is copy-protected. You can only play this content on YouTube.”

  • Amazon (USA Only): https://www.amazon.com/Electric-Burma-Concert-Aung-San/dp/B01LZV79MF
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDu_CA-xTho

Neither will allow you to download the movie as you would traditionally do. Purchasing the video means you have access for unlimited viewings. Rental means you have access for a limited time. At least with YouTube, the ability to view the movie in High Definition is limited to non-computers, such as a smart phone, or a television with the ability to stream content. On a computer, using YouTube, the highest quality available is 480p.

YouTube Purchase Options for Canadians

It is not known at this time whether or not this will be released in the future as a physical release, or in a format which can be downloaded and saved. The performance by Bono and Damien Rice singing “Walk On” was previously released by itself as part of the box set “Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998” in 2013 by Shout Factory and Amnesty International.

Many thanks to Andrew Jahnke for the heads up on the release of this.

Artwork for the Release

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