First off, I wasn’t a fan of the tracklisting when I first saw it. Then I began to thing about it and realized that I didn’t want the same songs on every DVD. If I want to see and hear my favorite songs I can always put on Budokan or Scenes From New York. I really loved the fact that they played “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence” and “Octavarium” all the way through. Those two songs alone ate up 1/3 of the show. The band was as amazing and tight as always, no more discussion needed on that subject. The Orchestra really added to the second half of the show, but more importantly, they didn’t drown out the band the fans paid to see.
The picture and sound quality are as great as Budokan and the venue isn’t as dark, which I prefer. The special features contain an informative (although rather short for my tastes) documentary on Dream Theater’s history, and three live performances that lack the picture and sound quality of the first disc. I’m not complaining though, because they are nice to have.
20 years and 8 albums down…
here’s to hoping for many more to come.