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A step back for Clapton
on 29 July 2009
Clapton has always been at the leading edge of CDs and DVDs in terms of visual and audio quality, with the Cream Reunion probably being the best. This, in contrast, looks to emulate the bootlegs on YouTube with sound and visuals that could have been recorded on a good video camera in the audience. Whereas the great sounding Blu-Ray music DVDs have bit rates around the 5mbs, this is 'down' at the 2.2mbs, but I think it's the production that's lacking; anyone listening on a good system/headphones will be disappointed.
I guess the reality is that with Blu-ray you expect more; the visuals and sound you just don't quite get with DVD. This Blu-ray, however, seems like a straight copy of the DVD.
That said, the concert is excellent and there are some standout songs. Clapton pushes himself much harder than at his recent RAH concerts. As the other reviewers have mentioned--put the interview segments as Extras and don't break up the concert!