Posted on February 6, 2010 -
EDIT: For those of you that commented on my review, please… I am a die-hard DT fan. But don’t you understand that in our era of huge plasma TVs, amateur and unstable pictures are just too tiring to endure after 5 minutes? They could have put out a “raw” production without carrying cameras fully zoomed in on their shoulders. This DVD is just impossible to watch more than once, unless you’re still using a 12″ TV and you don’t mind AM Radio sound quality.
MY ORIGINAL REVIEW:
It all started with NYPD Blue. Someone had the brilliant idea of tossing away the tripod that held cameras steady. Then, they moved the camera to the shoulder, zoomed in 10x and started walking around while recording.
It’s a shame that this “technique” has spilled over Dream Theater’s productions. After a DVD like SCORE where the production is good, the cameras are anchored on tripods and the sound was decent, now we have here a bundle of chaos in motion sickness where the viewer has to suffer through various inconsistencies in sound quality and avoid having any food prior due to the roller coaster effect that amateur like image recording can cause.
After enduring through 180 minutes of motion sickness, I was reluctant on watching the DVD #2 but finally I saw something interesting – the story of the unsung heros on the daily routines on the road.
If you are a DT fan yes I recommend this because after all it is another volume for the collection. If you are not a DT fan or just a recent one, don’t bother. Buy the Budokan and Score shows.
Two stars because if I wanted to watch a bunch of amateur videos I’d go bootleg. From DT I expect Kevin Shirley to be thrown out off a cliff (worst live mixes ever) and I expect them to buy some tripods for cameras instead of spending 20 grand in starbucks coffee.