John Williams Videos


Although John Williams has made frequent appearances on television, it is perhaps surprising that only one significant recording has been made commercially available on video. Despite my reluctance to include multi-artist recordings on this site, a few more items may be of interest, so I have listed them here. Note that I have not included DVDs of the films to whose sountracks he has contributed.

Message to the Future - John Williams and Richard Harvey World Tour

John Williams and Richard Harvey's World Tour
'Message to the Future'
Altus Records ALU0008 (DVD)

Released 2011

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Amazing video of John Williams and Richard Harvey in concert in Japan in 2005

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The Guitar Is Their Song

The Guitar Is Their Song

Mel Bay DVD494 (Region 1 - USA - Only)

Released December 2009
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Touching and insightful documentary about a community striving to preserve its traditions and identity, by young British filmmaker Charlie Williams (yes, John's son) during Paracho's 2006 International Guitar Festival, featuring performances and narration by John Williams

Berlin Philharmonic 1998

Berlin Philharmonic
Latin American Night
ARTHAUS 107 168 (DVD)

Released 1998
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Features Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
and Barrios La Ultima Cancion

The Seville Concert

The Seville Concert
and The Film Profile of John Williams
Laserdisc (SLV 53475)
VHS video (SHV 53475)
(DVD available only on Region 1)

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Released 1993
Running Time:
57.56 Concert, 57.03 Profile
Video version of The Seville Concert CD, plus an hour-long documentary following John Williams throughout 1992, mainly in Australia. Includes clips from several performances.

The Secret Policeman's Ball

The Secret Policeman's Ball
The Complete Edition
ILC Video, DVD2254
Released 2002
Total Running Time: 581 Minutes
4 DVD set of highlights from Amnesty International fundraising concerts, including three contributions from John Williams:
The Mermaid Frolics (1977): Sevilla
The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979): Cavatina / Won't Get Fooled Again (Pete Townsend duet)
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1981): getting shunted off the stage by Jennifer Saunders (passing the baton to the next generation)
Sky in Bremen

Sky in Bremen
Quantum Leap, QLDVD6250
Released 2005
Total Running Time: 60 Minutes

DVD of the first public appearance of Sky in 1979.

See Sky website for more information.

Sky at Westminster Abbey

Sky at Westminster Abbey

VHS Video (BBCV3017) Laserdisk
Released 1982 (out of print)
Total Running Time: 85 Minutes

Not available on DVD, BBC video of Sky concert in Westminster Abbey (another fundraiser for Amnesty International) in 1981.

See Sky website for more information.

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