The pre-release pitch for this Blu-ray had me salivating, as I've waited years for a decent quality release of this film. The concert involved is simply sensational, the classic line-up with their best three albums in the bag, playing out of their skins, with an intensity that is at times hair-raising.
The idea of a direct transfer form 16mm with a new 5.1 mix sounded like Christmas come early, but either I got a duff disc or they have totally botched the job - which is hard to believe. The shockingly off synchronisation at the beginning improves a bit, but the sound is simply awful, weak, muddy and with almost no use of the rear surrounds at all. I am watching it on a fairly high end home cinema set-up, and this may be the worst-sounding concert disc I've bought in the last ten years.
The picture quality, whilst an improvement on earlier bootlegs, is also nothing to write home about. Neither the sound nor picture quality in any way merit a Blu-ray release.
In fact this is so bad that I am going to return it to Amazon, in the hope that mine really is a faulty disc.