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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a little info..., 18 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Snakes And Arrows Live [Blu-ray] [2008] (Blu-ray)
Seeing as Amazon don't have any details, here is the tracklisting and content for this latest Rush live set, the main show being filmed in Rotterdam (in one of the venues also showcased in Dream Theater's recent Chaos In Motion DVDisaster) and the "authorised bootlegs" in Atlanta.

First off, the Blu-Ray release mercifully features everything the 3-disc DVD has on ONE disc, so no annoying swapping over mid-set. Secondly, the packaging is much better than the standard DVD, which comes in an awfully flimsy card case which widens at the folds. As the BD only has one disc, it's presented in simple two-panel digipak the same height as the average BD case, a vast improvement on the frankly cheap looking DVD alternative. As always, the picture quality is beyond reproach, and the audio is perfect. The choice of songs here is arguably the best of the six Rush concerts available on video, as it wisely focuses on the album the tour is in support of, while including a healthy balance of the obligatory ("Tom Sawyer", "Spirit of Radio") with some lesser known, arguably better tracks, including one of my personal favourites, "Digital Man", as well as cracking renditions of "Witch Hunt" and "Secret Touch". The extras on offer are a tad less impressive than previous outings, but for Christ's sake, its RUSH on blu-ray!! I'm sorry I can't offer a precise, technical description of the merits of the varied soundtracks, but you know it's excellent. Tracklist is as follows:

1. Limelight
2. Digital Man
3. Entre Nous
4. Mission
5. Freewill
6. The Main Monkey Business
7. The Larger Bowl
8. Secret Touch
9. Circumstances
10. Between The Wheels
11. Dreamline
12. Far Cry
13. Workin' Them Angels
14. Armor & Sword
15. Spindrift
16. The Way The Wind Blows
17. Subdivisions
18. Natural Science
19. Witch Hunt
20. Malignant Narcissism
21. Hope
22. Distant Early Warning
23. The Spirit of Radio
24. Tom Sawyer
25. One Little Victory
26. A Passage To Bangkok
27. YYZ

Live in Atlanta (bootlegs)
1. Ghost of a Chance
2. Red Barchetta
3. The Trees
4. 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx

Extra features:
* What's Thats Smell (DVD Content)
* 2007 Tour Outtakes
* What's That Smell Outtakes
* Far Cry (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage)
* The Way the Wind Blows (Alternate cut featuring rear screen footage)
* Red Sector A from the R30 Tour (A welcome viewing of a track omitted from the last DVD, now presented in full HD).

All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to say its the best Rush concert offering to date, and given the picture and sound quality, would posit it's likely BETTER than actually being there.
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Showing 1-10 of 17 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 13 Nov 2008 21:27:07 GMT
D. Lynch says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2008 22:58:16 GMT
Paul McNamee says:
Two videos seen online were top quality, better sound and video than the last two fantastic releases. And of course, its very likely that the rest of the show will look just the same. What an utterly pointless post you've just made. Note that when I first posted, it was my main intention to give the tracklisting, which Amazon hadn't, without unfairly posting a negative review for something I hadn't seen.

Why bother posting such unnecessary comments? All you've done is waste time.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2008 20:20:01 GMT
D. Lynch says:
uh? so let me get this right you've seen a low quality video streamed online onto a computer monitor... that really gives me and others an insight into a) the sound b) the picture quality.

aren't you the one wasting time reviewing items unseen and unreleased? do you review books unread or games unplayed?... amazon need to introduce a no pre-release review policy.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2008 21:57:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2008 21:59:03 GMT
Paul McNamee says:
It's not a review, it's a tracklisting. You're getting worked up over what is essentially a footnote. Of course it doesn't give yourself ("and others") an insight into the sound or picture quality. What, do you expect it to be rubbish? Just wait for the bloody thing to come out and stop coming back here to check if I've replied or not. Why not just watch Rush In Rio for a fortnight? Whack on "Something for Nothing" and rock out, anything...

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2008 17:07:43 GMT
D. Lynch says:
priceless.. you probably can't see the irony in your own comment above but what the hell.

i'm not worked up.. just think its silly of you to review items you haven't even seen/heard and last time i checked it stated customer review not customer tracklist.

maybe you could move into car reviews of cars you haven't driven or restaurants reviews of places you haven't eaten in but maybe have walked past. anyhow lets not split hairs you feel tracklists and 5 star reviews of items not released are valid, i disagree.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2008 19:03:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2008 19:06:09 GMT
Paul McNamee says:
Let's not split hairs? You probably can't see the irony in your own comment above but what the hell.

I mean, to get worked up over Amazon's use of the word 'review' and my bypassing of it is ridiculous. Your little comedy exemplification had failed you twice now. Have you anything more to add. Feel free to post the same thing for a third time if you like.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2008 23:43:23 GMT
D. Lynch says:
i'm sorry if I disappoint but i'm not 'worked up' as you put it!

I was just repeating myself again and again as you failed to grasp my point on pre-release reviews. Numerous albums gets 5 star reviews before they are release based on singles. Accessories reviewed before they are in customers hands. Computers games like Spore given 1 star reviews before release because of DRM concerns.

Customer reviews can be very useful. The only thing wrong with yours is that you don't own the product.

We disagree. Lets leave it at that.

i'll post a review once i get my copy.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2008 11:59:08 GMT
Now now - let's play nice shall we!!! It will no doubt be an awesome relase as per the last 2 DVD's Rush in Rio and R30. I saw them on this tour and it was the best I have ever seen them play. It was electric.'nuff said

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2008 22:23:28 GMT
Derv says:
It`s Rush, isn`t that worth 5 stars ?

And to be fair to Ryan, he hasn`t really gone OTT on the hype. I`ve seen a bit of footage of the DVD, and I agree with Ryan, it does look promising. He hasn`t said "This IS a brilliant DVD", he`s just suggested that it ought to be as good as the last two.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2008 23:32:26 GMT
Paul McNamee says:
Not even that, I just thought I'd save people who wanted the tracklisting the hassle of looking elsewhere. Having not seen the concert, I thought it would be unfair to give it a low number of stars. I do intend on uploading an actual review when the item is released, and I've actually seen it. I mean, 4 people did find it helpful, so in some small way it was worth doing. Hopefully this can be put to rest now, but "Customer reviews can be very useful" is irrelevant, as I've merely used the review area to offer a little info missing from the main page.

Like Derv says, it's gonna be 5 stars anyway...
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