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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-remaster editing issues, otherwise great, 16 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The Who: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970 [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This comment is aside from the previously mentioned shortening/changing the order of songs and to do with how the audio and video sync up. Have the original on VHS and this DVD version. I love The Who and this era is about my favourite, and grateful it was captured so well by Murray Lerner (my favourite rock movie is A Message To Love from the same festival), and they also had good audio to work with, remixed so perfectly by the man who's worked with them for well over 40 years, Bob Pridden.

I still highly recommend this as the picture and sound are brilliantly remastered, though the reason I've dropped a star is that I preferred the visual (not audio) editing on the original. The sound at least went with what you were seeing all the time (almost). The editors on the '04 version Greg Sheldon and Einar Westerlund didn't seem to bother getting the remastered footage in line with the audio at times, e.g. showing Pete windmilling, but the audio contains soloing high up on the fretboard. In Heaven & Hell, he's soloing, but he's not playing the bit you're hearing. Also in Heaven & Hell, Keith is 'choking' the cymbal 3 or 4 times close together, shown correctly on the original, yet the remaster shows him doing that when not in the sound, then you hear the chokes, and he's shown playing a different part!

This all sticks out like a sore thumb to a Who fan, or simply someone who understands rock music. Both of these guys seem to have editing credentials, but were seemingly having a day off, or had an idea that sticking random bits of irrelevant action would add some kind of dynamism... but really I think they had limited rock music knowledge and got lost with the footage. It's a shame, the remastering is excellent and the audio brilliant. It's actually better in some parts, but overall the video editing is by far the weak link, especially when there's an older version existing where it fitted.

It's a gripe that's bugged me, though the band and other technical aspects are so good, it almost makes up for it.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2011 21:26:42 BDT
I noticed the synchronization issues too, it's a shame to see it. Just a case of bad editing. There are also moments where they've placed sections of the same piece of film to different audio. For example, where you see Pete Townshend playing the Pinball Wizard section of Overture, later when playing the intro to Pinball Wizard you can tell it's the same piece of film, set to different audio.

It's possible that when remastering the original footage they found that some sections of the film were damaged, and had to splice in undamaged sections that the untrained eye would miss. But I agree, to a Who fan like myself, it's very obvious.

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Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2013 05:56:53 GMT
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