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Wonderful Art--Disgraceful Business Practices
on 1 August 2013
I fully agree with the other reviews. For anyone seeing these 'one-star' reviews on what is widely thought to be one of Peter Gabriel's defining performances, let me give you the background story. A heavily edited version of this concert was released as 'Point of View' in 1990(on VHS and Laserdisc). It was only late in 2012 that the concert in its full form was released on DVD. The DVD was contained in the 'So Super-Deluxe Boxed Set' which was an extremely expensive set. Most people bought the expensive set just to have the Athens 1987 DVD as the other items in the set were not nearly as novel(a remastered So CD, a SO LP, So out-takes, and a CD version of the Athens concert).
Because the concert was filmed in 35mm film and all of the original negatives were used to produce the digital video master, it seemed odd that it would be released only on DVD and not Blu Ray. By contrast, for the audiophiles amongst us, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull have included hi-res audio Blurays in their top of the range boxed sets. It was said that in spite of being transferred from film to digital video in full HD, a blu-ray was not on the cards. Why was anyone's guess.
It turns out the obvious was true and that a reasonably priced blu-ray is coming. People, myself included feel like Real World Records have really let us down. We bought a SO boxed set primarily to have this concert in the highest possible quality being told the DVD in the boxed set was the best we'd get. Now we'll have to buy this blu-ray to get the experience we initially wanted.
You could say 'that's business' and ultimately it is. But since Peter Gabriel has generally overseen his Real World Records personally one would think he'd have a better sense of how to treat his fans than a faceless mega-record label with many popular acts on its roster. If those who purchased the boxed set would be give a voucher for a free blu-ray just about all would be forgiven. EMI on behalf of Pink Floyd issued a free blu-ray replacement to those who purchased the 'Wish You Were Here Immersion Box' because of a defect in the original blu-ray, a defect that wasn't even present on my original copy. But they didn't want to take customers for granted.
If anyone from Real World is reading these, maybe think twice before you force us to purchase this. If PG wants to do another mega-box set based on another of his albums with only one truly unique item in the box, I know I'll wait before purchasing it.
Now hopefully other Amazon users will see why a 5 star product is receiving such low ratings.