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Live At Luna Park - DVD+CD Set [2014]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
This is one of the best live shows I have seen in a long time; by anyone. 160 minutes of music mastery.
You don't need to be a Dream Theater fan in order to enjoy this, but if you are then whack up the volume.
The sound and audio for the Blu Ray are second to none and with bonus tracks, behind the scenes and a documentary as extras this is a music for any music lover and every Dream Theater fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2013
I had previously watched Live At Budokan which showcased what an incredibly talent act Dream Theater are, but this shows just how far they've come. Every member of the band is amazing at what they do. After watching the G3 concerts on dvd with Satriani, Vai etc. I always loved Petrucci's clean but precise and lightning fast playing, but this is just another level. All of these guitarists are just absolutely phenomenal!!

I have come to the conclusion they are by far my favourite band now. There's something about the sincerity in the lyrics, their personas and the mind blowing talent that just gets me every time. I literally sat watching the bluray with a big smile that kept appearing on my face!

And now to Mr. Mangini...

Ever since I saw that drum solo on Youtube of him at a Vai gig, I absolutely LOVED him! He is SO good, any musician worth their salt would appreciate what this guy is capable of. When I saw the auditions happening for him to be in Dream Theater, I got so excited! I kept searching for more news all the time and the dream came true!!

His drum solo on this is even better than the Youtube one. He truly is world class. I would say the best drummer in the world. There are some drum parts that Portnoy would play of their old songs he just wipes the floor with, like it's second nature to him. I could watch it a thousand times and not get bored. Just incredible!! sometimes playing with just one hand.

All the other members are superb, Rudess is just a powerhouse.

BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2014
First the positives. The band seemed to be playing better then ever. Virtuoso musicians every one of them. However I still miss Mike Portnoy but appreciate what a difficult role it is for Mike Mangini even though he is a brilliant drummer.
Song selection was varied and great to see the latest album songs (at the time of the concert) interspersed with some absolute classics. My only beef was that there no songs from Black Clouds Silver Linings album. There was one of the tracks playing in the background of the documentary. I just love that album and wonder if omitting all tracks for inclusion in the concert was a bit of a snub to Mike Portnoy??
The main negative which has been voiced by many is that the audio when played on 5.1 or 7.1 is thin and has hardly any bass on it. The sub woofer is redundant! Very disappointing. HOWEVER! If you play it in Stereo mode the bass returns and the sound quality is good. I assure you I am not making this up and has been voiced by others. Don't let this put you off from buying. It is a brilliant concert in your own home!! I am going to see D.T. at Wembley on the 14th and hopefully they will play as well as they did in Argentina.
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on 29 November 2013
Dream Theater's latest live release is another very worthy entry in their much admired catalogue and demonstrates why the band continues to reign as the kings of progressive metal music.

If I could, I would rate this release a 4.5. My only quibble is with the set list, which to me is a little unbalanced, but that is really just a matter of personal preference. There are already many detailed and well thought reviews here - I won't attempt to compete with those but would like to share a few observations of my own.

Unlike some reviewers, I think the sound quality is good. I have not heard the 5.1 mix but to my ears the quality of the stereo mix is such that I would rank the recording among the best of the band's numerous live releases.

In particular, I think the ADToE tracks benefit from this slightly more aggressive and 'guitar prominent' mix. (I thought the orchestral synths were overdone on the studio album). The band as a whole plays very well throughout and in my view they do not suffer at all - in a live setting at least - from Mike Portnoy's absence. They remain a fearsomely powerful - and it would seem very contented - live band.

I do find the video editing to be annoyingly fast, but unfortunately that is a relatively standard practice these days and it's one I'm (reluctantly) adjusting to.

In terms of the set list, I think the show would have been better had it included a true epic such as Octavarium or A Change of Seasons. Or something from Black Clouds and Silver Linings (preferably the ambitious and majestic Count of Tuscany), particularly as no live recording have been released from that tour. But a band with a catalogue as extensive as Dream Theater's will never please everyone and I don't doubt that most fans will find much to enjoy (particularly given the generous inclusion of the alternate tracks). I know I have.

I should add that the packaging on the deluxe version is very good. The hardcover book which houses the six discs is well constructed and printed on good quality paper and the photos themselves are well done. Some written reminisces from the band on the tour or perhaps a piece from their biographer would have been a nice touch, but again it is unfair to complain about such things. Beyond the inclusion of the full show (and bonus tracks) on CD, there is no additional video content beyond that included with the standard Blu-ray or DVD release.

In summary, this is an excellent release that serves many worthwhile roles. It is of course a wonderful document of the "Dramatic Turn" tour and a fine complement to that album and its fascinating documentary on the recruitment of their new drummer. It also acts as an excellent introduction to Mike Mangini for fans like (those in Australia) who have yet to see him perform live with the band. Finally, given the production delays and subsequent quirky timing of its release, it serves to very effectively whet the appetite for the upcoming tour in support of their recent, and very strong, self titled album. I, for one, cannot wait to see them again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
I Find it hard to believe that a production at this level releases a product with an audio mix so bad. this is not about taste or small imbalance. jordan is so low in the mix that most of the time you can't hear him at all!. the base guitar and bass frequencies in general are also low. i have a good 5.1 sound system and the problem is in both 5.1 and stereo mix. i gave it 4 stars because the musical performance and picture quality are amazing and make this blu ray still worth buying.
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on 14 December 2013
So this edition comprises of:
Bluray disc of the concert: - excellent. Picture quality and sound reproduction are superb. Excellently capture the feeling of a DT concert.

DVD disc of the concert: - Great. especially if you find yourself stuck without a bluray (one of our laptops / parents house etc...)

DVD disc of extras: - V. Good. In my opinion there is some filler here but not enough to detract from a great disc.

3 CDs of the concert: - superb audio quality. Went straight onto my old iPod classic.

Picture booklet: - exceptional. Calling this a booklet is to do it a disservice. The pages are printed both sides with excellent quality full page photographs. These photographs are brilliantly taken and help encapsulate the energy commitment and humour required to be arguably the best group of musicians on the planet.

Not a bad element to this edition with each piece fulfilling a purpose admirably. All in all an excellent package giving great value for the money.
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I love DT so would rate any product highly. They are unsurpassed as a band over the years, and now with Mr. Mangini in charge of the drums are preparing to embark to another level as the guys now have a different input to face off against. And he is clearly taking this responsibility very seriously (BTW I also loved Mr. Portnoy and would have been just as happy if he had decided to carry on, but not the band's decision).
If you liked ADTOE as a album + some quality re-cuts of older tracks this is for you.
Get it, get it on the largest screen you can find with the best sound system, turn it up and annoy the neighbours as no-one else will understand you (execpt me of course)
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on 17 November 2013
I've loved this band since "Images and Words", so this is probably going to be heavily biased, but then why would you buy this without knowing the band?

Anyway, the performance - all near three hours of it - and musicianship are as flawless and breathtaking as you expect from Dream Theater, the sound is great, as is the picture for the most part, albeit let down by some of the static cameras dotted around the instruments which have a tendency to break up from time to time. The editing is a bit manic at times, flitting from angle to angle. Still, at least you get to see what's being played, not just close ups on the player's faces all the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2014
Who would have thought it - without Mike P they are even better.Interesting interviews , good picture quality and great sound
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on 20 April 2015
Absolutely stunning stuff. The band are on form - as always.

If I have one small criticism. The continous jumping from one camera angle to another gets really tedious after a while, and in my opinion, interferes with the enjoyment of one of the world's greatest bands. It is alnost as if the thinking was "We've got all these cameras - we are jolly well going to use them."

Despite the above, I absolutely recommend this video.
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