Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Glee- The 3D Concert Movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKevin Tancharoen
Produced by
CinematographyGlen MacPherson
Edited by
Music byJames S. Levine
Distributed by20th Century Fox
20th Television
Release dates
  • August 6, 2011 (2011-08-06) (Los Angeles)
  • August 12, 2011 (2011-08-12) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$9 million[2]
Box office$18.7 million[3]

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is a 2011 American 3D concert documentary film directed by Kevin Tancharoen and produced by Dante Di Loreto and Ryan Murphy. It is based on the Fox television series Glee and features the cast performing during the Glee Live! In Concert! tour. The film was Cory Monteith's final film role before his death in July 2013.

The film was released theatrically in the United States on August 12, 2011. It grossed $18 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.


Glee: The 3D Concert Movie depicts a Glee Cast concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey during the group's 2011 Glee Live! In Concert! tour. It features behind-the-scenes footage, and a setlist of songs from the show's first and second seasons.[4][5] As well as the behind-the-scenes footage, the film portrays the series' influence on teenagers, including one who is gay named Trenton, one with Asperger syndrome named Josey Pickering, and a cheerleader with short stature named Janae.[6] The fan segments were created by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Arnold.


Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Holly Holliday on the series, appears uncredited (credited in the "songs performed by..." section, on the song "Forget You"), while Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the series, appears uncredited in an opening scene only included on the DVD/Blu-ray release.[7] Ten actors and dancers appear as the Dalton Academy Warblers, joining Criss for a mini-set of three songs. Four of these Warblers appeared on the Glee TV series in the second season: Titus Makin Jr. (David), Curt Mega (Nick), Riker Lynch (Jeff), and Jon Hall (vocal percussionist).[8]



In May 2010, the Glee cast performed a sold-out 13-date North American concert tour.[9] A European extension of the tour was announced in November of that year,[10] and further North American dates were added for May and June 2011.[11]

In early May 2011, it was announced that 20th Century Fox and series creator Ryan Murphy would together produce a 3-D film of the tour, directed by Kevin Tancharoen and shot during the North American leg. Murphy stated that the number of venues Glee Live! In Concert! could visit was limited, due to time constraints imposed by producing the television series, and as such, the film would enable a wider audience to experience the tour.[12] Gary Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox, expanded: "Part of what motivated us to do this movie in the first place is there was such a clamoring among Glee fans who said, 'Why didn't you bring this tour to my city?' They felt left out because we only went to four cities during our first tour. This movie will give fans—not just in the US but around the world—the chance to experience the 'Glee' concert in a visceral way." Newman said that the 3D format was chosen to give the audience "an immersing experience", and that the project is principally about "brand extension". He suggested that Glee is apt to work in the medium of film as many fans are teenagers and young adults, the prime concert film demographic, and are able to relate to Glee's central themes such as inclusion.[5]


Filmed on June 16–17, 2011, at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie was shot with the Cameron-Pace Group's 3D Fusion camera system. Glen MacPherson served as director of photography, and utilised seven Fusion 3D rigs with a range of set-ups, including a Cablecam, Steadicam, and Technocrane. The digital cinematography cameras held by the rigs mainly comprised a combination of Arri Alexas and Red Epics. CPG CEO Vince Pace noted, "One of the biggest challenges that we were able to overcome was the way these cameras are handled in a live production environment (compared with a feature shoot). The infrastructure of (CPG's mobile 3D production truck) had to accommodate the multiple camera formats and process them as a single format. That is not common in the broadcast world." The production truck was updated accordingly, and acquired, amongst other new technology items, a Kayenne Video Production Center production switcher, which allowed for the creation of line cuts—explained by Vince as cuts "created live and used to capture the energy at the time of the performance." He cited this as a factor which helped enable the film's completion with just a six-week post-production schedule. Though Pace would not disclose the project's budget when interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, he said that it was around 40% lower than previous 3D concert films, and narrowed the cost gap between 2D productions and CPG's earlier 3D works, such as Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.[4] Such budget was later revealed by The Hollywood Reporter to be $9 million.[2]


The press junket for the film was held in Los Angeles on August 6–7, 2011.[citation needed]

The film premiered in Los Angeles on August 6, 2011,[7] and received a nationwide release on August 12, 2011, playing in movie theaters from August 12 to 26,[13] with sneak previews August 10, 2011 in select theaters.[14] The film was released in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2011, also running for a two-week engagement.[citation needed]


Critical reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 60% of 90 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5.72/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "The unconverted will remain just as perplexed as ever, but for gleeful Gleeks, The 3D Concert Movie delivers exactly what it promises."[15] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[17]

Box office

The film opened exclusively in 3D in 2,040 theaters. It performed below expectations in its opening weekend, earning just $5.7 million and failing to appear in the box office top 10.[3] The film was expected to open in the $10–12 million range.[18] As of September 29, 2011, the film had grossed $11,862,398 domestically and $18,252,398 worldwide, based on a $9 million budget.[3] In the United States, the film is the seventh highest-grossing music concert film of all time.[19]

Home media

The film was released on DVD, though the DVD version is not identical to the film. At a press conference the day of the film's premiere, Ryan Murphy said, "We're doing another version in a couple of weeks on DVD". One announced difference between the versions is that Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), who does not appear in the film, does appear in the video.[7] The film was released on December 20, 2011 in the United States, in DVD, Blu-ray, and 2-disc 3D Blu-ray formats.[20] The UK edition, in these formats, was released earlier, on December 5, 2011.[21] The movie was released in Australia on December 7, 2011.[citation needed]


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The songs as performed in the film do not follow the order on the soundtrack album.

  1. "Don't Stop Believin'" – Finn, Rachel, New Directions
  2. "SING" – Rachel, Finn, New Directions
  3. "Empire State of Mind" – Artie, Finn, Puck, Rachel, Mercedes, Santana, New Directions
  4. "I'm a Slave 4 U" – Brittany
  5. "Fat Bottomed Girls" – Puck
  6. "Don't Rain on My Parade" – Rachel
  7. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" – Artie
  8. "Ain't No Way" – Mercedes
  9. "Jessie's Girl" – Finn
  10. "Valerie" – Santana
  11. "Firework" – Rachel
  12. "Teenage Dream" – Blaine, Warblers
  13. "Silly Love Songs" – Blaine, Warblers
  14. "Raise Your Glass" – Blaine, Warblers
  15. "Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy" – Kurt, Rachel
  16. "Safety Dance" – Artie
  17. "Lucky" – Sam, Quinn
  18. "River Deep – Mountain High" – Mercedes, Santana
  19. "Forget You" – Holly, Artie, Mercedes, Santana, New Directions
  20. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – Kurt
  21. "Born This Way" - Kurt, Tina, Mercedes, New Directions
  22. "Loser like Me" – Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, New Directions
  23. "Don’t Stop Believin'" (end credits) – Finn, Rachel, New Directions
  24. "Somebody to Love" – Finn, Rachel, Mercedes, Artie, New Directions


Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)
LabelColumbia Records
Fox Music
Glee Cast chronology
Glee: The Music, Volume 6
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on August 9, 2011 by Columbia Records and Fox Music.[24][25]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Version coveredLength
1."Don't Stop Believin'"Jonathan Cain
Steve Perry
Neal Schon
2."Dog Days Are Over (Bonus Track)"Florence Welch
Isabella Summers
Florence and the Machine2:58
3."Sing"My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance2:40
4."I'm a Slave 4 U"Pharrell Williams
Chad Hugo
Britney Spears3:23
5."Fat Bottomed Girls"Brian MayQueen2:20
6."I Want to Hold Your Hand"John Lennon
Paul McCartney
T.V. Carpio's version from the 2007 film Across the Universe3:08
7."Ain't No Way"Carolyn FranklinAretha Franklin3:08
8."P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"James Ingram
Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson2:42
9."Born This Way"Lady Gaga
Jeppe Laursen
DJ White Shadow
Fernando Garibay
Lady Gaga3:59
10."Firework"Katy Perry
Ester Dean
Sandy Wilheim
Katy Perry2:44
11."Teenage Dream"Katy Perry
Lukasz Gottwald
Max Martin
Benjamin Levin
Bonnie McKee
Katy Perry2:30
12."Silly Love Songs"Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney & Wings2:33
13."Raise Your Glass"Pink
Max Martin
14."Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy"Jack Yellen
Ted Koehler
Barbra Streisand
Judy Garland
15."Lucky"Jason Mraz
Colbie Caillat
Timothy Fagan
Jason Mraz
Colbie Caillat
16."River Deep – Mountain High"Ellie Greenwich
Phil Spector
Ike & Tina Turner2:40
17."Forget You"Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
The Smeezingtons
Brody Brown
Cee Lo Green2:42
18."Don't Rain on My Parade"Bob MerrillBarbra Streisand2:42
19."Jessie's Girl"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield1:59
20."Valerie"Dave McCabe
The Zutons
Mark Ronson
Amy Winehouse
21."Loser like Me"Adam Anders
Peer Åström
Savan Kotecha
Max Martin
Johan Schuster
Glee Cast3:45
22."The Safety Dance"Ivan DoroschukMen Without Hats2:34
23."Somebody to Love"Freddie MercuryQueen4:14
Total length:66:27


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