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Retrospect (Bonus Blu-Ray) Blu-ray, Box set, CD+Blu-ray, Limited Edition
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According to respected Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant "The band wrote a chapter of Dutch metal History" this evening. Rock Tribune (Belgium) thought it was "an unforgettable show".
Ten high definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while Epica played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In addition to a collection of the band's biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also features the live debut of "Twin Flames" and the previously unreleased "Retrospect", covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (Nightwish, ReVamp), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single, "Quietus", with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter, and Yves Huts.
This is the 2Blu-ray/3CD version
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I can't see many Epica fans being disappointed with the setlist here: 3 hours of material across their whole 10 year career, special guests like Floor Jansen and all backed by a orchestra and choir. Said orchestra really adds a lot to the sound of the show, if you're familiar with their CD release The Classical Conspiracy then you'll know what to expect. Something you won't fail to notice is the big light show and pyrotechnics throughout the show, which is great to look at but as I'll get to later really damages the video quality potential.
As mentioned the light show really hurts the video quality with lots of frantic back-lights and lasers without any lighting on the band members. Thankfully the HD picture is of good enough quality that it doesn't turn into a noisy compressed mess. DVD viewers may get a different experience. One plus is there are no video effects or distracting camera work which can sometimes ruin rock/metal concert discs. On the lighter tracks the lighting calms down and you get a fantastic picture - especially with shots of Simone fully lit centre stage.
No real complaints for audio but other than LPCM Stereo you do only get a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 option - there is no DTS-HD Master Audio or TrueHD option here like many Blu-Rays.
There is an interview with all the band members and a behind-the-scenes video.Read more ›
However let's get straight on with the major issue this release has.... Whoever was in charge of the lighting for the show went and f****d up. The lighting is horrible and it ruins the entire show from a visual stand point. Throughout the whole show the lights glare on the cameras in a way extremely unpleasant way. The majority of the time you can't see the band as they are obscured from view. and other times they have lighting that would be better suited to a dance concert and is very out of place, during the Phantom Agony for example they have green lasers that would more at home in a nightclub. There are times when the lighting tones down, during softer orchestral parts and this is how the lighting should have been throughout the whole show
This is a real shame because the actual music is fantastic, everyone performed very well and everyone for the brief moments you can actually see the band seems to be enjoying it immensely. Appearances from past members of the band and Floor Jansen were great and added a great emotion to the experience as it really brought the last 10 years together
The set list is huge and gives 3 hours from a huge catalogue.Read more ›
Lossless 5.1 should be standard for concert blu rays but this release doesn't have it. Strangely even the DD 5.1 doesn't sound very surround-like and sounds similar to the PCM stereo. On Rush's recent blu ray there is a huge difference between the lossless 5.1 DTS HD and the DD 2.0 track and it would have been nice to hear it on this release.
A lot of people comment on the lighting and I think it is not great but not terrible. Sometimes the lighting is so focused and bright it is like a pillar on the stage that you cannot see through and that is annoying. The lighting definitely should have been brighter and more diffused but the show is still quite viewable. I think the lighting was better when I saw Epica last year in a small 1000 capacity or so club.
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I purchased this as a Christmas Present for my son who had wanted it for some time HOWEVER when it arrived and i checked it out, the ENTIRE section within FELL OUT. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Taima Jean Lynn Pizey McDonald
As other reviewers have pointed out, the lighting completely ruins the show. I had to watch it in 2 half's because I had such a bad headache. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. S. Ath
Even though I can't but envy all those people who were present in this concerts, I'm very happy that this is released on blu-ray. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by RJreid