Released exclusively on the long since discontinued and deleted formats of VHS, Betamax and LaserDisc on the November 13th 1985, the following has NEVER been REMASTERED and released on DVD until NOW!
This REMASTERED DVD is sourced directly from the original high quality LaserDisc and remastered to DVD for the first time ever! Quality is unmatched as it transferred from the long since deleted LaserDisc Master from OVER THIRTY FIVE years ago.
Background: The concert was issued on the VHS format in UK, Germany, USA and even in South Koreat. The LaserDisc release of this concert was issued ONLY in Japan and USA. The American release of the LaserDisc was sourced for the REMASTERING of this DVD. Even now the LaserDisc of this rare concert is offered used for as much as $35.00. Still to this day, this vintage concert has NEVER been officially released here in ANY COUNTRY on DVD until NOW! So here, offered in the best possible quality, available for the first time ever is the REMASTERED from LaserDisc to DVD for all you Madonna devotees!
Description: Live – The Virgin Tour is the first full length concert video by Madonna. It was released on November 13, 1985. and contains the concert footage from The Virgin Tour, filmed by Director Danny Kleinman (music video director for Howard Jones, Simple Minds, Culture Club and Adam Ant), who presided over the shooting of the tour on video, submitted the footage to Warner Bros. Records, who decided to release it as a “video album”. Madonna wanted to have a proper introduction added before the concert footage and asked director James Foley to shoot one, which portrayed her with her first image with platinum blond curls, and conservative wardrobe Madonna wanted to include a summation of her biography—which was used at the beginning of The Virgin Tour—to be added with the footage. Hence, with the footage, Madonna’s voice was heard, declaring,
“I went to New York. I had a dream. I wanted to be a big star, I didn’t know anybody, I wanted to dance, I wanted to sing, I wanted to do all those things, I wanted to make people happy, I wanted to be famous, I wanted everybody to love me. I wanted to be a star. I worked really hard, and my dream came true.”
This was followed by the concert, beginning with “Dress You Up”. The performances of “Angel”, “Borderline” and “Burning Up” were removed from the track list of the video, as Kleinman believed that Madonna’s performance was not her best in them. While shooting the tour on May 25, during the performance of “Like a Virgin”, a fan suddenly came up on the stage and tried to get hold of Madonna, but was swiftly whisked away by security. Kleinman decided to keep the shot, as he felt that it illustrated the fanaticism which had grown around Madonna, and her popularity. The live performances of “Like a Virgin” and “Dress You Up” were released as music video on MTV to promote the video album. Both videos were nominated for “Best Choreography” at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. However, Madonna lost the award to Prince and The Revolution with their video “Raspberry Beret.”
After its release, Live The Virgin Tour received mixed reviews from critics, but went on to become a commercial success, topping the Music Video Sales chart of Billboard and becoming the top selling music video cassette of 1986. The video was certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100,000 copies and in September 1986, it received a “Video Software Dealers Award” for the Most Popular Music Video. The live performances of “Like a Virgin” and “Dress You Up” were released as official music videos on MTV to promote the video album. Both videos were nominated for “Best Choreography” at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Live at The Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan on May 25, 1985.
1. Dress You Up Written-By Andrea LaRusso, Peggy Stanziale
2. Holiday Written-By Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens
3. Into The Groove Written-By Madonna, Steve Bray*
4. Everybody Written-By Madonna
5. Gambler Written-By Madonna
6. Lucky Star Written-By Madonna
7. Crazy For You Written-By John Bettis, Jon Lind
8. Over And Over Written-By Steve Bray*
9. Like A Virgin Written-By Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly*
10. Material Girl Written-By Peter Brown, Robert Rans
Total Running Time just under 1 Hour at 54 Minutes
Bass – Bill Lanphier
Drums – Jonathan P. (Sugarfoot) Moffet
Guitar – James Harrah, Paul Pesco
Keyboards – Billy Meyers, Patrick Leonard
Film Director – Danny Kleinman
Film Editor – Mitchell Sinoway
Mixed By [Show] – Dave Kob
Photography By – Lynn Goldsmith, Neal Preston
Management [Personal] – Freddy DeMann
Producer – Simon Fields
Producer [Music] – Madonna, Patrick Leonard