U2 is giving its fans a different kind of “Vertigo” these days. While the group works on its next album with producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it’s also trotted out “U2 3D,” a state-of-the-art 3-D concert film from the South American leg of the Irish quartet’s 2005-06 Vertigo Tour.
And while it is, at its core, about U2’s live show, frontman Bono (Paul Hewson) told the premiere crowd at last week’s Sundance Film Festival that he feels there’s more to it than just performance footage.
“Underneath there is a narrative operating,” he said, “and I think it runs through social activism — it moves through the ideas that fired up our engines over the years, taking some of those ideas about nonviolence and human rights.”
A specific example comes when the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights is shown on the video screens during U2’s version of “Miss Sarajevo.” “I think taking the Declaration of Human Rights on the road is hardly a flippant thing to do in the circumstances in this particular country that we’re in,” Bono said to cheers from the Sundance crowd.
On a more flippant note, Bono noted that “it’s kind of horrific” to see himself in 3-D. “It’s bad enough on a small screen; Now you get so see the lard arse 40-foot tall.”
“U2 3D” opened this week at 55 IMAX theaters and will open at more than 400 High-Definition 3-D theaters in the coming weeks. There will be no standard, two-dimensional release, and there’s been no word about a DVD of the film.
It’s currently showing at the Henry Ford Museum IMAX Theater, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Call (313) 271-1620 or visit www.hfmgv.org for prices and show times.