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It seems I was a little too hard in my first review.
on 16 December 2009
When I first published my review in December 2009, I might have been a little hard on this product, and upon second viewing this was the case. This DVD remaster certainly cleaned up many of the technical gaffs that occurred on the original television broadcast, such as the backing track being pushed too high in the mix on the original television mix.
Being born in 1994, I certainly can't vouch for how the television broadcast turned out to be. But I can say that they have cleaned up the sound considerably granted how muddy the original was, heavily edited and pushed out on a mono mix for 70s television, which gave them the unfair reputation that they were simply miming to tape. It was only intended to be a backup if the instruments untuned, or if the drummer had a heart attack from the heat of the stage.
Mercifully, neither of these happened, and it was critised that the audience could even hear the backing track... But that's a long time ago. The DVD has rectified that, and even mixed it into PCM Stereo / Dolby / DCM 5.1 surround sound, which is lovely.
Even the quality, granted it was recorded in 1978, is astounding. Fair enough blacks are crushed, there is comet tail streaking and there is a mysterious halo effect, but there is something about the uncalibrated warmth and colour of the footage is very aethestically pleasing to watch compared to the coldness of digital.
The set line up of this concert are also good, even at a time when ELO had hit their peak in 1978. I'll never understand why Mansfield still insists on directing in such a bizarre way - Silly transitions, recurring footage (a la Mr. Blue Sky) but mercifully it wasn't as bad as Destination Docklands - Which I even said in deadpan I would buy the producing rights and reproduce it myself.
This was indeed shot at the Wembley leg of the tour, however and certainly these will bring back certain memories for those that remember the concert, but please, someone sack Mansfield before he ruins more concerts with needless special effects and goofy transitions.