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5.0 out of 5 stars NY Journeys, blu-ray, region A (USA), import, 11 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Neil Young Journeys [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Two great puzzles with Amazon product reviews:
* Why do people post a "review" of a product they've neither listened to / watched, or bought?....then distort ratings by giving it 1 star or 5 stars?
* Why do amazon mix reviews from different versions of a product (eg, blu-ray v dvd / cd v sacd) when they're sometimes several years apart in release date & mastering?, and in the case of blu-ray v dvd, sometimes quite different in content/extras?

Anyway.....a clue to the lack of a UK release date for both blu-ray & dvd lies with the word "Sony". The film is on cinema release, and not scheduled to make the rounds (smaller "art" cinemas most likely) of UK cinemas until Jan/Feb, according to NY fanzine sites. The product release dates will likely be a month or so after that. If the film was on an independent label, maybe this would be different.

For long-term NY fans, I suspect this is likely to be considered a 5-star review of his pension-age life (so far), looking back on a journey through his childhood, in the small "town in North Ontario", and his much-loved Massey Hall in Toronto. The concert footage is from his solo Le Noise tour, and includes a few gems from his past, with yet more variations in the arrangements.

There are some excellent detailed reviews of this blu-ray disc from amazon.com (should appear below these UK reviews), so I won't repeat that detail here. For me, a couple of recent albums (incl Le Noise) have been a little disappointing, but Neil's always been unpredictable & always liable to hit the heights again just when some think he may be on a downhill slope.

I made the choice to buy a code-free panasonic blu-ray player (via amazon), having relied on code-free dvd players for years, to let me buy some of the commercially obscure music I like, which sometimes isn't released here. So, just over £16 for this disc from moviemars (arrived in a week), one of half a dozen region A blu-rays I've "had to" buy already. For me, this justifies the additional cost for a code-free player, but I appreciate a lot won't share this view.

Neil may well have grown into a charicature of the "Old Man" he once wrote about, but his music still stands out when he's in the mood, and the opportunity to observe the character as well as his material is certainly worth adding this to the superb Heart of Gold film by the same director, as a further chapter in NY's career.
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