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Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [DVD AUDIO] [Special Edition]

The Flaming Lips DVD Audio
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  • DVD Audio (1 Mar 2004)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Warner Vision Int.
  • ASIN: B0000CG1VM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fight Test
2. One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
3. Yoshimi Battle the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
4. Yoshimi Battle the Pink Robots, Pt. 2
5. In the Morning of the Magicians
6. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
7. Are You a Hypnotist??
8. It's Summertime
9. Do You Realize??
10. All We Have It Now
11. Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
12. Up Above The Daily Hum (DVD Audio)
13. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt 1 (Japanese Version) (DVD Audio)
14. If I Go Mad (Funeral In My Head) (DVD Audio)
15. Do You Realize?? Floating In Space Remix (DVD Audio)
16. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots pt 1 (ROL Sessions) (DVD Audio)
17. Do You Realize (CD 101 Version) (DVD Audio)
18. Do You Realize?? (Mark Pellington Version) (DVD Video)
19. Do You Realize?? (Wayne Coyne/Bradley Beesley/George Salisbury Version) (DVD Video)
20. Making Of the Do You Realize Video (DVD Video)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A whole new dimension for yoshimi. 14 Jan 2004
By "djezz"
Format:DVD Audio
Another great expression of the lips' experimentation, combining the already proven songs from their fabulously successfull 'Yoshimi battles the pink robots' with a more accessible version of the surround sound dynamic pioneered by their remarkable Zaireeka album.
The audio tracks are acompanied with an animated waveform 'cartoon' which although not staggering provides a more than aceptable visual focus to the album.
The package is finished off with anew selection of extras, notably the audio tracks which comprised last years 'yoshimi' and 'fight test' EPs providing a nice cheap alternative to hunting down these discs for newer collectors.
The video extras are cool enough, the deleted section from friends is an interesting inclusion and round out what is already an excellent package both artistically and in value for money terms.
Worthwhile even if you already have the audio version.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the real thing 10 Mar 2004
By degrant
Format:DVD Audio|Verified Purchase
There is little to be said about the original album which has not been said already. Understandably all concerned have striven to make the most of the Flaming Lips' present profile. The label, Warners, issued a lower price version last year with a slip case with all the critical plaudits from the end of 2002 polls. The continued release of singles and mini albums of various quality (some first rate, some merely good) eventually felt rather flogging a dead horse. And, after a three month unexplained delay, here comes what one hopes will be the final episode of the band's most artistically and commercially successful stage.
The fear is that this would be the straw which broke the camel's back. Luckily, even for someone without the full benefits of 5.1 surround sound and with no hearing in one ear which, despite what Brian Wilson might say, rather diminshes the sonic effect, the improved sound quality is obvious. Songs are all instantly recognisable but different textures, patterns and effects appear. Even the menu music which appears to be a variation on "Approaching Pavonis" is startlingly beautiful.
In some ways, the songs which benefit the most are the less insistent tracks such as "One More Robot" and "Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell" rather than the anthemic "Do You Realize?" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt 1."
Not all the audio extras will be new to those who have the singles but best is probably "Up Above the Morning Hum" which Coyne describes as Steven Droyd's greatest song which is emphatically not a left handed compliment.
The videos are generally funny and encapsulate what makes the Lips so special: that combination of humour and sincerity, accomplishment and abandon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVDA copyright protection can cause problems 25 July 2009
Format:DVD Audio|Verified Purchase
Great album, but the DVD-Audio layer is copyright protected which (I've just discovered) means you cannot play the audio via an HDMI connection. Since this is how my hifi is connected up (I get much better sound that way since the DAC in my amp is far superior to the DAC in my player), I had to send this disc back. I realise this wont be a problem for many people, but it was for me. Very frustrating, because the 5.1 DVD-Video mix does sound great, and I'd really like to hear the full resolution version. This is the first time I have come across such a disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 3 5.1 Lips lp's 21 Dec 2006
Format:DVD Audio
Whatever your view on the music already, this LP sounds incredible in surround sound. Even my least favourite track on the LP (yoshimi battle robots part 2) which I usually skip is transformed. This track in particular illustrates the sensory onslaught these transformed mixes provide. I bought all 3 at once and this is the most astounding.

As a fan of music experiences or the Flaming Lips, you're missing out not owning this.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 10 Jan 2004
By Nathan E. Kiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you've heard Zaireeka, you have an idea what the Lips can do with surround sound. The mix here is simply revolutionary, you've never heard anything quite like it before. Its not a quick and dirty "put some sound effects in the back" thing, they've completely reinterpreted the album for the surround sound format. Even if you're not a fan of the lips, this is as good a way to show off your fancy surround setup as any I've heard, and you'll probably end up a fan as a result.
What you get here is:
The brand new 5.1 surround mix of the yoshimi album (in both dolby digital and dvd-audio formats)
A new dvd-audio stereo mix of the yoshimi album
bonus videos for do you realize, yoshimi battles the pink robots, are you a hypnotist, various making of videos, and more.
Bonus stereo audio tracks Up Above the Daily Hum, If I go mad, etc.
And for good measure a standard audio cd of Yoshimi as well.
If you're fortunate enough to have a dvd audio player, the quality of the dvd audio surround mix is amazing, absolutely flawless uncompressed 96kHz 24 bit sound. Even if you don't, you can still experience the new surround mix with a standard dvd player, assuming you have a setup that can handle dolby digital surround sound (the same surround format used for movies). The dolby digital version also has little frequency waveform cartoons to go with the music. Kinda cool but I'd rather skip the cartoons and listen to the higher quality dvd-a version.
Since some people seem to be missing the point, what you're paying for here is the new surround sound mix of yoshimi, and its worth every penny. Everything else is just gravy. So who should buy this version? If you don't already have Yoshimi go ahead and get this version instead of the original, you still get the normal cd, and even if you don't have a surround sound setup theres enough extras on the dvd to be worth the extra cash. And its nice incentive to get surround sound going in the future.
If you already have the Yoshimi album and don't have a decent surround setup, you're probably wasting your money. No sense buying an album you already have just to get a few new extras.
But if you do have a surround setup, you NEED this release, even if you've already got yoshimi. You're bound to be blown away. Now I'm just hoping they rerelease Zaireeka in this format so you can here it in its surround sound glory without fiddling with four seperate cds. :)
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE DVD-AUDIO MULTI-CHANNEL DISK 12 April 2004
By "chimp43" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This dual disc, like many of the new, SuperAudio or DVD-Audio multi-channel audio releases, is a completely mis-marketed and misunderstood product (even on this site). It is not, as many owners believe, simply a CD and 5.1 Dolby Digital DVD combo. On the "DVD" portion of the duo, there exists in addition to the compressed Dolby Digital surround track, a completely un-compressed, "lossless" DVD-Audio Multi-Channel version, a format which is 64 times the sampling rate of a CD and many levels of quality higher than Dolby Digital or DTS surround. Unbeknownst to most, this material is playable on neither a CD player nor a standard DVD player. One must own a DVD player specifically equipped and labled with "DVD Audio," one of the two relatively-new uncompressed super-quality surround audio formats (the other of which is called SuperAudio MultiChannel). The format is always decoded by the player, not the receiver; the audio exits the player through not one optical or coax cable but through six RCA-type cables and therefore must be joined to a properly-equipped surround receiver or amplifier (one that specifially possesses a "6-Ch" or "External Decoder" 6-jack input). That said, the DVD-Audio track on this release is one of the greatest, most-discrete sounding surround experiences you will ever hear. If you're only able to monitor the CD, Dolbly Digital, or DVD-Video w/Dolbly Digital version, you have not even begun to live. Stores and websites alike have to get on-the-ball and create sections for "DVD-Audio" and "SuperAudio" multi-channel discs.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Reason to Upgrade to DVD-Audio Surround 7 Dec 2003
By Reticuli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
DO NOT BUY THE CD VERSION. Why? Because this one comes with it! It's the best solution to DVD-Audio's lack of hybrid capability, like SACD allows. Don't have DVD-Audio, yet? Well, the Dolby Digital goodies are more than enough to get you by until then and all you need for those is a standard DVD Player. But I'm telling you, with just an inexpensive Pioneer DV-655A universal player, the DVD-Audio 24/96 5.1 tracks are ASTOUNDING! The sonic quality alone will amaze you. The decoded HDCD of Soft Bulletin sounded great. Yoshimi's 24bit/96khz blows it away. And that's not even considering the surround aspect of it, which is pretty much revolutionary. Stuff spins around, phases in and out, you name it, this does it...and not in some arbitrary way. It's all musically conducive to the material. The DVD contains both 5.1 and 2.0 versions of the material on Layer 1, which you select between in the DVD menu only. There are also six 2 channel 24bit/48khz live tracks and remixes on layer 2 that can be selected either in the menu or from your DVD player's controls. Then there are the Dolby Digital tracks of even more remixes and video extras. Watch out on the video for Are You A Hypnotist. It gave me a headache, though for the first half of it I was pretty impressed with the editing. If Paul Van Dyk's Global is the benchmark for CD/DVD-Video releases, Yoshimi is the new standard for DVD-Audio releases.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "New Standard" to measure all DVD-Audio discs to come!! 21 Nov 2003
By Robert E. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally, a DVD-Audio disc deserving of the capabilities of DVD-A! Given the Sonic Textures of SOFT BULLETIN & YOSHIMI, I was more than exicted when I heard of the proposed DVD-A disc of Yoshimi. My expectations were "more than satisfied" by experiencing the wealth of Audio & Video Delights included in this NEW Visit. Besides the Hi-Res 2 Channel Version of Yoshimi,
the Lips have completely Re-mixed & Re-imagined the CD for its Hi-Res Surround Mix. Longer Versions, Added Instrumentation, Swirling Audio and superb Multi-Channel Imagery make this the ULTIMATE DVD-A Test Disc (Listen up all yoose "HI-FI, MEGA MART
SALESPERSON WANNABEES!"). Now if the Lips (and DVD-A producer
Elliot Schneider...kudos E.S.!) will apply the same genius in mixing the underappreciated & "underheard" ZAIREEKA, all will be in Balance in the world!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to buy it! 29 April 2004
By Kort - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I know that music tastes are subjective, but I truly feel this is an album worth of a 5 star rating. It is daring and fun to listen to, and takes you on an immersive sonic journey.
I had almost worn out my copy of the original, so when the limited DVD version was offered, I jumped at it. How much better could it get I wondered. A lot, it turns out.
If you have a 5.1 surround sound system and a DVD Audio equiped player, you really won't believe what you are hearing. Close your eyes and the music comes at you from everywhere, swirling around you in all 3 dimensions, possibly the 4th too!
The standard CD seems like it has received some sort of freshening too, but I can't swear to it. The extras on the DVD, videos, animations and extra songs, are all great. Some reviewers expected more, why I'm not sure. They are all just bonuses to go along with this stellar DVD Audio release.
Do yourself a favor. Even if you only have a DVD player and no 5.1 surround or DVD audio player, get this album. The price is right and it will make you want to invest in a better system down the road.
I'm very happy with my purchase, long live the Lips!
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