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Good concert spoiled by bad filming.,
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This review is from: Tour Of The Universe: Barcelona 20/21:11:09 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
The concert itself is good (though the beginning does sound as if they need to warm up, it starts to get in gear from Hole to Feed and onwards). The setlist is a bit too predictable with songs which have been played too often on their different concerts, whereas Depeche Mode has such a great catalogue of good songs.
After seeing the outstanding visual quality of the Touring the Angel DVD, I really thought I would get a new reference disc with the Tour of the Universe Blu Ray.
Sadly it didn't quite live up to those expectations. Firstly, there are quite some instances of colour banding. This essentially looks like as if colour doesn't gently transitions but instead you can see clear rings, each with their own hue. It is also presented with black bars, which I find to be a disappointment for a concert Blu Ray (it takes you of the experience of being there). Lastly, the picture looks average. Even during close ups you don't see that much detail. This is disappointing when you compare it to the close up shot of Dave Gahan in the song Walking in My Shoes during the Touring the Angel DVD, the picture on this Blu Ray never tops this moment.
In terms of directing.. the director though it was a great idea too constantly soft focus then focus again, let the camera come from behind the stage or stand in the middle of the crowd, showing hands clapping.
In other words, utterly boring. Even when Dave Gahan and Martin Gore are headbanging at the drums for example, he barely shows it! When there a song gets ramped up and you expect a bit more energetic directing.. you get another completely out of place focusshot.. Though the Touring the Angel DVD, with Blue Leach as director, got a bit too much at times in terms of what kind of effects he used, it was far more interesting to watch.
Sound appeared to be good, though I don't have a DTS HD capable system so I can't really give a good judgment on that.
Bottomline: Good concert, with a bit too predictable set list. Average picture quality. Energetic Depeche Mode performance captured in a boring (and often out of place) way.