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Live in Concert - The Norwegian National Opera House (BLU-RAY+DVD) [2012]

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  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: K Scope
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OA4Y2Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stunning concert from the dark music legends - captured live in high definition in Oslo. Ulver returned earlier this year with their new album Wars Of The Roses. Early pioneers of Norwegian black 'The Norwegian National Opera House' is packaged in a double digi-book, and features the gig on both DVD and Blu-ray discs. " a beautiful, ugly, upsetting, soothing, thought-provoking work of art." Classic Rock Prog

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I'm relatively new to Ulver but have been aware of them as an interesting band for some time. This concert can be seen as a retrospective exhibition is to a visual artist. I can't really pigeonhole Ulver to any specific genre as their music has such a wide span but they can be described as dark, cinematic and heavy (not specifically in a metal sense but including metal elements).
I know they started as a black metal band but their music has evolved into something much broader and wide ranging.
This concert has been recorded and shot beautifully. It starts with a slow ambient piece which sets the mood nicely and draws you into their world which is breath-takingly beautiful at times, at others quite harsh and shocking. There is a large backdrop to the stage onto which are projected images that complement the music. Without giving anything away these images are at times quite harrowing and shocking to say the least but are not shown gratuitously. The concert ends with another ambient piece as the audience emerge from their shocked silence and finally applaud the band who wave cheerily and depart.
All in all, it's great stuff.
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This one works for me perfectly. Although I've created my own visions inspired by the band's music, I think that those guys deserve to present theirs. This kind of visual presentation does not interfere with my imagination, in fact, it rather provokes me to go even further and create all new contexts for their music in my mind. This is the beauty of music - the endless possibilities for its visual interpretation.

When it comes to technical aspects, the video quality of Blu Ray on my 40-inch screen may not be ideal, but bearing in mind they've used a lot of SD clips, it's perfectly understandable and I'm not disappointed. As for audio quality, although it's not 5.1, it's lossless and I was amazed when I connected it to my hi-fi mini system.
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This dramatic performance by Ulver is a must have concert video. Package contains both Bluray and DVD editions, and is presented in a high quality box with several stills. The video and audio quality is excellent and will be one of the best music DVDs you'll have in your collection.
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Ulver have meant a lot to me for a long time now & I jumped at the opportunity to snap up the chance to see them live & on Bluray (even though, paradoxically, i've always resented them for deciding to play live). I'm not quite sure what I was expecting..perhaps to see if it'd 'transcend', in that way that Ulver have been known to do. For me anyway) Anyway, whatever I was expecting, i never thought that 'boredom' would be the defining word. What a shame... I mean this is good, don't get me wrong. Technically it's well filmed, the camera is usually placed where it should be (no focussing-on-the-drummer-during-the-guitar-solo type moments) & the bands performance is good..even though lots of it is based around improv ambient sections and pre-recorded loops etc etc.

It's just so bloody boring.

It hits the mark every once in a while. Sound and image unite and something special happens. But for the most part it's just a little bland & none of the songs I really wanted were on there. What few versions they did do were interesting, sometimes fine, but mostly just weaker versions of their studio recordings (many of my fave moments are down to serious multi-layering & that's obviously hard to replicate on stage)

Worth watching, but i'm a little gutted because I doubt i'll ever spin this again.

Nice packaging though...

Stay in the studio guys...

7/10
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HASH(0x98b933cc) out of 5 stars Beautiful, Icy, and Haunting 9 April 2012
By Mixal Rolae - Published on Amazon.com
I'd expect no less from the dark masters that hail from the land of ice and snow.

This wonderful DVD & Blu-Ray Set captures Ulver in all of their progress, from Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell to Shadows of The Sun. The band plays with an eerily precision that pervades through every song; this is art in every sense of the word. Garm's vocals really shine here, and he's every bit as impressive live as he is in the studio. Daniel O' Sullivan is also very impressive here, especially as a newcomer to Ulver. He plays with extraordinary grace - and in truth, so does the entire band.

Highlights include Eos, Not Saved, and the macabre For The Love of God. Listen to this with a good audio system and without distractions and I assure you that you will not be displeased.

It's dark. It's beautiful. It's ULVER.
HASH(0x990b19f0) out of 5 stars THE BEST!!! 24 Mar. 2015
By Kush Soul - Published on Amazon.com
I've followed Ulver through their entire career. I was one of those rare youths who stumbled upon college radio at a very early age, and, as a musician who plays by ear himself, can just feel the beautiful dark soul that Ulver has purveyed throughout all the years. When I first heard them in about 1992, they were recording extremely atmospheric Black Metal, and were quite great at doing so. What they've become over time are absolute musical geniuses!

This live performance, which up until its inception, was a very rare treat for fans of the band, was gorgeous darkness at its best. The synths, samples, crystal clear drums and haunting vocals all blend perfectly with the wide array of stock footage video displayed on the massive screen behind the band. It's an entirely unique and mind-expanding adventure that they take you on.

This band just keeps getting better and better. This DVD, however, is a crowning achievement that can't be beat! The performance of the spacey song Eos is utterly mesmerizing, and I could just watch and listen to that otherworldly, gorgeous tune repeatedly. This is an artistic masterpiece on par with Degas' Dancers, Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and the rest of the best available for your eyes and ears in this vast world of unlimited experiences just waiting for you to let them take you away to a faraway place.

I highly recommend buying this DVD! Do it! Stop reading this!! I'm just rambling now! GO! CLICK 'Add to cart' NOW!!!
HASH(0x98b88dec) out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug. 2015
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excellent
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98bd687c) out of 5 stars Relatively un-impressed 8 April 2012
By PJ Camacho - Published on Amazon.com
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Normally, it would take me several weeks or even months, to get used to any new release by Ulver. This DVD is no exception. I like the music they play, there's no doubt about it. I'm a big Ulver fan, and have been since I heard them back in 1997. Ever since, I have acquired all their albums.

This being a concert in the Norwegian Opera House, the video they played to accompany the music was confusing, inspiring, disturbing, and in the case of the song `For the Love of God'... out of place. It probably has to do with my Western or American sensibilities toward sex in art. I will not be spoiling anything by saying there are some edited pornographic clips during the performance of this song, along with some catastrophic images of bombs, dead people, etc.

The other part I didn't like about this performance was the old man at the beginning and at the end. What was that all about? I found both appearances of the old man quite disgusting, and not relevant to the music.

What I did like was the Pink Floyd/Portishead vibe I got from the concert. The audience reacted well, and the production of the video was top notch. The DVD and Blu-Ray have the same content, so you're not missing anything other than HD Video and Sound. The package is really nice. The exterior of the case is made out of cardboard with, inside it opens with the DVD on one side, the Blu-Ray on the other side. In the middle are the liner notes with photography. They did a good job at having professional packaging. I don't think the DVD or Blu-Ray are region locked, as I played both on my PS3 with no problem.

I'm okay with this purchase, but it's nothing really to write home about. I expected more from Ulver.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b88f78) out of 5 stars The Norwegian National Opera by Uulver 22 Mar. 2012
By Luis Medina - Published on Amazon.com
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The DVD is amazing, I really like it. I love this kind of music, and I am making my own library of DVD's regarding this type of music. I will keep buying it.
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