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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2009
First, a word about blu-ray. I must admit to having been a bit agnostic about the advantages of this format. Could picture quality really be significantly improved? And sound quality?

Well, here was my answer. The advance in picture and sound delivery not only enhances the feeling of a live performance, it's actually more like being there than being there. You can hear the different strands of sound from orchestra, choir and band clearly enough to appreciate all the elements that went into the concert. No less impressive is the visual aspect. The colours are vivid and the images as sharp as one could wish. Rick's keyboard technique is truly amazing, and this format really does justice to it.

I was present at the concert and really enjoyed it, likewise the complete live CD which I reviewed at the time. As the film makes clear, Rick's efforts to get Six Wives performed at HC go back to the early seventies, but to be selfish for a moment, I am thankful for the delay. At the time I would have been far too young to go, and even if I were not, would have to doubt that I would have seen quite the consummate professionalism from all concerned that was on display here, nor indeed some of the spectacular lighting and scenery effects.

Brian Blessed's contribution has quite reasonably been edited down a little from the CD version, but I was delighted to see the "Gordon's Alive!" incident left in, and the spirit of his enthusiasm and humour well retained.

To be objective for a moment, not many extras on this disc, but Ricks' backstage insights are quite entertaining and interesting. And in the end, for me at least, it's all about the concert.

An unreserved five stars and a thumbs-up for blu-ray, at least as a format for live music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2009
Masterpieces like this were my justification for buying a Blu-ray player.
I've been a Rick Wakeman fan from the start and this performance did not disappoint me.
An unexpected bonus was the 25 page booklet on "The Musical Story of The Six Wives of Henry VIII".
It is 1080i HD 16:9 with DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 or LPCM Stereo and it is always wise to select the audio stream in the Audio Setup menu (especially if you have just been listening to a DTS audio CD on the player).
It includes Defender Of The Faith. The only bonus feature on the disc is "Behind The Scenes with Rick". NOV 2009
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on 13 March 2012
I could have gone to this concert but, like a grumpy old man, I assumed that it would rain and i'd be better off getting the dvd. Well, it didn't rain but the DVD is a treasure.
I'm letting you know that the Blu Ray is just fantastic; the clarity of picture is astonishing and highlights the gorgeous scenery of Hampton Court, Rick's wacky clothes and, of course, six wives of Henry VIII !!
The pieces from the original album, which I treasure on vinyl, have been augmented and enhanced to fill a larger 'time space' . It's great music if you are a fan of Rick's technique, which I am. The band is nice and includes Rick's son, Adam.
A wonderful addition is Brian Blessed, as narrator. He bumbles along, gives us a rendition of 'Gordon's Alive' and appears very 'fresh' to the script he is asked to read.
Rick waited decades for permission to play at Hampton Court. IN every sense, then, this Blu Ray is a worthwhile piece of rock history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
Thank you to whoever said 'yes' to releasing this on Blu ray, it is superb, fantastic picture quality, right down to Rick's unshaven face and the clothes pegs holding his music sheets in place! Colours are so good, just turn up the sound and enjoy Rick's amazing skills. A must buy disc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2009
Great picture, great sound, great music, really a "must have" for Wakeman Fans.

BUT: it's a 1080i blu-ray (NOT progressive) !
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on 17 October 2014
Having bought this on vinyl back when it was first released it was played to death.
Times move on sold vinyls bought CDs and for some reason never replaced it.
To buy now on Blu Ray DVD it is a magnificent reminder of both the period and how good Rick was and still is. I'm not sure that Brain Blessed adds to the show but am reluctant to remove a star for him. Everything else sound , picture & location are fantastic and thanks for reminding me of good music.
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on 27 June 2011
I have been waiting since 1973 for a outsatnding film of Rick Wakeman playing The Six Wives of Henry VIII and this is it complete with rock band, orchestra and choir to further enhance Rick's keyboard playing.Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - Live At Hampton Court Palace [Blu-ray] [2009]
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on 17 April 2015
I was at one of the two concerts at Hampton Court and this brought back memories of a fantastic evening. If you are a Rick Wakeman fan, this is a must.
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on 29 July 2015
The best rock keyboard player/composer bar none. Not just fast but has that undefinable musical quality that a lot of other keyboard players lack.
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on 29 April 2013
If you were unlucky not to be at the Hamoton Court Palace to witness this live, then this is the next best thing.
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