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Superb DTS soundtrack, substandard video
on 25 August 2009
I have seen Bryan live on many occasions and his performances whether live or on film have always been great. His performance here and that of the band are superb and drives along at high energy.
The DTS soundtrack is absolutely top class and is well balanced and crystal clear with an extensive mix of old rockers and not so old new stuff-this is the good part.
But Oh dear, the picture. I didn't buy several hundred of pounds worth of flat screen TV to watch pictures which are mostly like viewing in a snowstorm. If I had wanted to watch this DVD through net curtains I would have bought some or perhaps watched it on an old CRT low resolution TV.
The picture is a weaving, bobbing, unsteady mess that would make a deep-sea sailor quesy. The camera operators seem to have been told by the director to point the camera like it was a torch or a garden hose. Many shots never stop at all, but just flow back and forth over the stage and crowd as if camera operators were spray-painting with the camera.
We are even treated to a few fleeting in focus shots in fully saturated colour as if to prove the video is not faulty which would result in it being returned as defective.
Added to this the extreme grain, soft and out of focus shots and shots directly into spotlights resulting in whiteout and you have a dogs dinner of a visual record of the show.
I'm afraid I just don't get this arty farty stuff (my wifes Michael Buble DVD is in the same league) and its another video presentation which for me verges on the unwatchable - totally unavoidable and down to an ill conceived idea - if it had not been for the soundtrack it would have got turned off in the first 5 minutes it was that bad.
Having said that Bryans singing and the bands performance are superb.