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Damn the blu-ray selection in my city SUCKS. There are a handful of discs I want (including David Gilmours) but none are to be found.
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Damn the blu-ray selection in my city SUCKS. There are a handful of discs I want (including David Gilmours) but none are to be found.

Amazon it!... I hardly ever make the 24 mile round trip into Santa Rosa's Best Buy. What a waste of time, especially since I can find BD's cheaper on Amazon.
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Damn the blu-ray selection in my city SUCKS.

I think that is SOP around the country. There must not be enough demand for Blu concerts. I have seen a few at Best Buy, but you really have to look closely since they are mixed in with CDs in the Music Section of the store; NOT the Blu-ray Movie Section. It is just easier, and usually much less expensive, just to order what you want online.

BTW- - I have seen the disk you mentioned at BB in the past, but it was not an easy find.
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Its been said before, but I will reiterate that the Foo Fighters Live at Wembley is fantastic. Great show.

Eh, I have it and will probably try to sell it. It just sounds too one-note to me. A couple songs stick out but everything else blends together to me
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Waking a sleeping thread here, but... has anyone here seen the 20th Anniversary Alchemy (Dire Straits) Blu-Ray? Thinking about putting this one on my Christmas list. I realize it was filmed 16mm, and I've heard it said that the video quality is not stellar... but how's the audio?
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Waking a sleeping thread here, but... has anyone here seen the 20th Anniversary Alchemy (Dire Straits) Blu-Ray? Thinking about putting this one on my Christmas list. I realize it was filmed 16mm, and I've heard it said that the video quality is not stellar... but how's the audio?

There's a thread on this title in the multichannel audio forum. the audio quality is good, the picture quality is not. They did as much as they could with the old video, but it remains low in quality.
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Anyone picked up The Rolling Stones' Ladies & Gentlemen disc yet? Any thoughts?
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I'm going to sell off a few good concerts I don't watch. Figured a heads up for the listing might fit here
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Anyone picked up The Rolling Stones' Ladies & Gentlemen disc yet? Any thoughts?

It'll be in my mailbox today, and plan on viewing it Friday night. I remember sitting in the mezzanine of the local theater at a Midnight show, way back when it was first released. Those were the days when us young folk would sneak the whiskey bottle in and it'd be a bit of a party.

Friday night it'll start by 8PM and three beers for the whole evening will be the limit. My, how times have changed over the last 35 plus years.

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It'll be in my mailbox today, and plan on viewing it Friday night. I remember sitting in the mezzanine of the local theater at a Midnight show, way back when it was first released. Those were the days when us young folk would sneak the whiskey bottle in and it'd be a bit of a party.

Friday night it'll start by 8PM and three beers for the whole evening will be the limit. My, how times have changed over the last 35 plus years.

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Speaking of Christmas and BD concerts, I just added the following to my wish list:

Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
Leonard Cohen: Songs From The Road

While BD movies are wonderful, I get infinite re-play out of my BD and HD-DVD concert discs. I swear I have worn-out Heart's version of "Battle of Evermore" on HD-DVD. (Love that mandolin part.) I really wish there were more concerts released. And just where the hell is the "Concert for George" release on BD or Eagles "Farewell"? Are these being held-up by licensing issues? It really is a shame that this technology wasn't available to properly archive the supergroups and rock icons in the day. We are really fortunate though to have something like the Roy Orbison performance available in a hi-def presentation.
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Picked up Ladies and Gentleman at Best Buy for $10, what a steal for this amazing show.
The video is typical grainy early 70s concert footage but it probably the best the material can look.
The soundtrack sounds amazing and includes DTS-MA, DD5.1 and 2 CH LPCM.

A must buy for any Stones fan.
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I'm still waiting for an announcement of Alter Bridge: Live in Amsterdam on Blu-ray. They have the DVD and planned to release a BD, but since they changed labels or something like that they've had trouble with getting such a thing to happen.
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Picked up Ladies and Gentleman at Best Buy for $10, what a steal for this amazing show.
The video is typical grainy early 70s concert footage but it probably the best the material can look.
The soundtrack sounds amazing and includes DTS-MA, DD5.1 and 2 CH LPCM.

A must buy for any Stones fan.

Crap...my Best Buy didn't have it Tuesday (nor did Target), so I ordered it from Amazon with two day delivery ($23.50 total) so I'd have it for Friday night. I'm in Costco today, and they've got it on Blu-ray for $12.99! It hadn't even crossed my mind that Costco would have it.

Oh well. Stuff happens.

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Anyone getting the Alice Cooper blu-ray, "Alice Cooper - Theatre Of Death-Live At Hammersmith 2009" (Blu-ray W/Bonus CD) being released on Oct.25th?

I have this on my radar, anyone see the show? Here is the track listing...
1. School's Out
2. Department Of Youth
3. I'm Eighteen
4. Wicked Young Man
5. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
6. Go To Hell
7. Guilty
8. Welcome To My Nightmare
9. Cold Ethyl
10. Poison
11.The Awakening
12. From The Inside
13. Nurse Rosetta
14. Is It My Body
15. Be My Lover
16. Only Women Bleed - I Never Cry
17. Black Widow
18. Vengeance Is Mine
19. Devil's Food
20. Dirty Diamonds
21. Billion Dollar Babies
22. Killer
23. I Love The Dead
24. No More Mr. Nice Guy
25. Under My Wheels
26. School's Out

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Picked up Ladies and Gentleman at Best Buy for $10, what a steal for this amazing show.
The video is typical grainy early 70s concert footage but it probably the best the material can look.
The soundtrack sounds amazing and includes DTS-MA, DD5.1 and 2 CH LPCM.

A must buy for any Stones fan.


I'd almost forgotten how high-energy a movie this is. Mick Taylor on guitar, bringing a level of musicality I'm not sure they've known since. No backup singers, so Jagger has to carry all the vocals, and he does so well.

It was a little eye opening in the extras. They show an interview with 1972-ish Jagger and right after, one with the 2010 Jagger. It's one heck of a reminder about the aging process.

Possiby the best Rock and Roll concert filmed, though maybe not the best edited. Piecing together three or four nights with different clothing from song to song is a tad odd, but overall the music and performance sidesteps that considerably.

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Speaking of Christmas and BD concerts, I just added the following to my wish list:

Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
Leonard Cohen: Songs From The Road

While BD movies are wonderful, I get infinite re-play out of my BD and HD-DVD concert discs. I swear I have worn-out Heart's version of "Battle of Evermore" on HD-DVD. (Love that mandolin part.) I really wish there were more concerts released. And just where the hell is the "Concert for George" release on BD or Eagles "Farewell"? Are these being held-up by licensing issues? It really is a shame that this technology wasn't available to properly archive the supergroups and rock icons in the day. We are really fortunate though to have something like the Roy Orbison performance available in a hi-def presentation.

You will love the Leonard Cohen disc. I bought it the week it came out and it is fantastic!! I also cannot wait for the Crossroads guitar festival disc.

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Leonard Cohen: Songs From The Road

Leonard Cohen had not had a tour since the early 1990s, enjoying a retirement of sorts from the toil of public performances. Due to monetary issues not of his own doing, he struck back out on the road and performed over 150 dates during extended world touring in 2008 and 2009. Returning to rave reviews, attending one of the concerts was akin to a spiritual experience for many fans. Old in body but young in spirit, the 75-year-old singer's commitment to the shows seemed a parting gift to fans for a lifetime of devotion and admiration.

Did you get a chance to see him perform from the front rows on the world tour at a good venue? Fortunately I was able to attend several shows and enjoy the experience firsthand, but if you did not get the chance, do not despair. Watching this Blu-ray is as close a perfect document of the show as any concert I have seen in high-definition. A remarkably tasteful and restrained edit of various concert performances, twelve songs were picked to showcase on the BD for their power and intensity, which are exactly the same ones found on the CD and DVD package. Image quality is inconsistent from song to song, as each venue posed their own unique challenges for capturing to HD video. In conjunction with the magic of the music though, it fully captures what it was like to attend one of the shows from a premium seat.

The intimate filming style zooms in on Cohen's face as he sings, allowing one to catch the slightest details. What brand of microphone he is using, or the fact that he had a very scruffy beard at the concert in Helsinki, Finland for The Partisan. Other angles fare less well in terms of resolution and clarity, but the camera rarely strays from the singer outside of the solo instrumentals.

The opening performance of Lover, Lover, Lover in Israel, under less than ideal shooting conditions, looks the worst of any song on the Blu-ray. For this performance alone the side-shots appear to be from standard-definition cameras. That proves distracting when the image goes soft with a significant drop in resolution. A curious choice it was chosen to open a disc highlighting the best possible video and audio fidelity. Though the rendition is sublime and the audio does sound incredible, as the two audio options given on the BD are phenomenal in quality. Outside of Hallelujah, taken from the performance at the outdoor Coachella Music Festival, the rest of the songs look more typical of a modern concert shot on HD video under controlled conditions. The artificial lighting does pose a slight challenge at times, leading to blown highlights and clipped whites in the picture. But the bulk of the songs demonstrate excellent depth and sharpness, amply creating the illusion of a window effect through your television display.

One audio option is a full 2-channel LPCM track at 24-bit/96kHz, while the other option is a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack at 24-bit/96kHz. The sound was mastered by legendary mastering engineer Doug Sax, one of the most respected and acclaimed men in the business. The Blu-ray version is far superior in tonality, resolution and transparency in comparison to the sound from either the CD or the DVD, both of which I performed extensive comparisons in preparation for this review. Listening to the Blu-ray is like being at the concert, right at the soundboard with a good set of headphones plugged in. Hear the delicacy and rhythm of Javier Mas' 12-string guitar at work from the right side of the sound stage.

The main concert feature consist of twelve songs from eleven different venues, clocking in at just over 71-minutes. Sony Legacy wisely made the BD region-free and presents the video at the source resolution of 1080i, in its native aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The direct and up-close shots of Leonard Cohen performing, which predominate throughout the feature, were shot on a digital HDTV-camera which explains the resolution. The video is encoded in AVC on a BD-50, though the average video bitrate appears to have been negatively impacted by the audio bandwidth at times.

While no BDInfo scan is available at the present moment, an estimate close to 20 Mbps for the average video bitrate is reasonable based off my observations. Peaks rarely exceed the upper range of the twenties, to allow room for the impressive audio specifications. That does impact the picture quality on occasion, as hints of video noise and artifacting appear during the darker shots. The lack of fast movement on the screen, as the camera trains itself on either Leonard, or his backing singers and band members, precludes macroblocking in the image. Touches of digital video noise creeps into the frame, likely due to the cameras used for production.

Packaged in a standard Blu-ray case, the set also includes a fine booklet featuring extensive liner notes and production information with large photographs. The booklet is identical in content to the one included in the CD/DVD package, but formatted to a bigger size to fit the Blu-ray case. Leon Wieseltier, literary editor for The New Republic, in the liner notes writes an ode to Leonard Cohen and the tour simply titled, The Art Of Wandering. His descriptions are apt and timely observations, as he writes The shows were unforgettable. I saw two of them. They were elegant, witty, warm, dark, and light. The love with which Cohen was met by his audiences was oceanic. Another section is written by Edward Sanders, the producer and person responsible for picking out the twelve performances from the hundreds that were captured on tour. He deftly goes through the reasoning behind each choice in lucid and clear logic. Also included is a mysterious novelty, the Fortune Teller Fish. It is supposed to reveal your emotional state if you follow the directions provided. As they say, your mileage may vary with it.

One bonus feature is included, a short behind-the-scenes documentary called Backstage Sketch that runs slightly over 21-minutes. Created by Lorca Cohen, the daughter of Leonard Cohen, it was shot on the tour using a HD-camera that actually looks better than the main concert footage. Interviews with the band are the primary focus, though glimpses of other songs from the tour are teasingly included. It is encoded in AVC for the video and is also presented in 1080i, with a 2-channel PCM track at 16-bit/48kHz provided. One piece missing that feels conspicuous by its absence, is a direct interview with Cohen himself. Every band member and singer talks in Backstage Sketch except for Cohen. The documentary is still interesting and you do get to hear a decent amount of stories from the tour, from people like Sharon Robinson and the Webb sisters.

A superb audio presentation and good enough image make for a fantastic concert to relive on Blu-ray. Several of the songs sound better than ever, such as Heart With No Companion and Closing Time. Never have I heard a better live version of Waiting For The Miracle. The performance of Closing Time is a raucous and rousing end to the proceedings. It would have been nice to hear a couple of more songs from the vast discography, as the main feature ends leaving you wanting more. Hopefully more material from the world tour is made available in such high quality as this disc in the future. If you are capable of playing Blu-ray discs, the CD/DVD set is a distinctly inferior option in both audio and video quality. Only on the BD can you hear the audio as it was meant to be heard from the original live recordings.

Subtitles available for the Backstage Sketch documentary:
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Leonard Cohen: Songs From The Road

Leonard Cohen had not had a tour since the early 1990s, enjoying a retirement of sorts from the toil of public performances. Due to monetary issues not of his own doing, he struck back out on the road and performed over 150 dates during extended world touring in 2008 and 2009. Returning to rave reviews, attending one of the concerts was akin to a spiritual experience for many fans. Old in body but young in spirit, the 75-year-old singer's commitment to the shows seemed a parting gift to fans for a lifetime of devotion and admiration.

Did you get a chance to see him perform from the front rows on the world tour at a good venue? Fortunately I was able to attend several shows and enjoy the experience firsthand, but if you did not get the chance, do not despair. Watching this Blu-ray is as close a perfect document of the show as any concert I have seen in high-definition. A remarkably tasteful and restrained edit of various concert performances, twelve songs were picked to showcase on the BD for their power and intensity, which are exactly the same ones found on the CD and DVD package. Image quality is inconsistent from song to song, as each venue posed their own unique challenges for capturing to HD video. In conjunction with the magic of the music though, it fully captures what it was like to attend one of the shows from a premium seat.

The intimate filming style zooms in on Cohen's face as he sings, allowing one to catch the slightest details. What brand of microphone he is using, or the fact that he had a very scruffy beard at the concert in Helsinki, Finland for The Partisan. Other angles fare less well in terms of resolution and clarity, but the camera rarely strays from the singer outside of the solo instrumentals.

The opening performance of Lover, Lover, Lover in Israel, under less than ideal shooting conditions, looks the worst of any song on the Blu-ray. For this performance alone the side-shots appear to be from standard-definition cameras. That proves distracting when the image goes soft with a significant drop in resolution. A curious choice it was chosen to open a disc highlighting the best possible video and audio fidelity. Though the rendition is sublime and the audio does sound incredible, as the two audio options given on the BD are phenomenal in quality. Outside of Hallelujah, taken from the performance at the outdoor Coachella Music Festival, the rest of the songs look more typical of a modern concert shot on HD video under controlled conditions. The artificial lighting does pose a slight challenge at times, leading to blown highlights and clipped whites in the picture. But the bulk of the songs demonstrate excellent depth and sharpness, amply creating the illusion of a window effect through your television display.

One audio option is a full 2-channel LPCM track at 24-bit/96kHz, while the other option is a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack at 24-bit/96kHz. The sound was mastered by legendary mastering engineer Doug Sax, one of the most respected and acclaimed men in the business. The Blu-ray version is far superior in tonality, resolution and transparency in comparison to the sound from either the CD or the DVD, both of which I performed extensive comparisons in preparation for this review. Listening to the Blu-ray is like being at the concert, right at the soundboard with a good set of headphones plugged in. Hear the delicacy and rhythm of Javier Mas' 12-string guitar at work from the right side of the sound stage.

The main concert feature consist of twelve songs from eleven different venues, clocking in at just over 71-minutes. Sony Legacy wisely made the BD region-free and presents the video at the source resolution of 1080i, in its native aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The direct and up-close shots of Leonard Cohen performing, which predominate throughout the feature, were shot on a digital HDTV-camera which explains the resolution. The video is encoded in AVC on a BD-50, though the average video bitrate appears to have been negatively impacted by the audio bandwidth at times.

While no BDInfo scan is available at the present moment, an estimate close to 20 Mbps for the average video bitrate is reasonable based off my observations. Peaks rarely exceed the upper range of the twenties, to allow room for the impressive audio specifications. That does impact the picture quality on occasion, as hints of video noise and artifacting appear during the darker shots. The lack of fast movement on the screen, as the camera trains itself on either Leonard, or his backing singers and band members, precludes macroblocking in the image. Touches of digital video noise creeps into the frame, likely due to the cameras used for production.

Packaged in a standard Blu-ray case, the set also includes a fine booklet featuring extensive liner notes and production information with large photographs. The booklet is identical in content to the one included in the CD/DVD package, but formatted to a bigger size to fit the Blu-ray case. Leon Wieseltier, literary editor for The New Republic, in the liner notes writes an ode to Leonard Cohen and the tour simply titled, The Art Of Wandering. His descriptions are apt and timely observations, as he writes The shows were unforgettable. I saw two of them. They were elegant, witty, warm, dark, and light. The love with which Cohen was met by his audiences was oceanic. Another section is written by Edward Sanders, the producer and person responsible for picking out the twelve performances from the hundreds that were captured on tour. He deftly goes through the reasoning behind each choice in lucid and clear logic. Also included is a mysterious novelty, the Fortune Teller Fish. It is supposed to reveal your emotional state if you follow the directions provided. As they say, your mileage may vary with it.

One bonus feature is included, a short behind-the-scenes documentary called Backstage Sketch that runs slightly over 21-minutes. Created by Lorca Cohen, the daughter of Leonard Cohen, it was shot on the tour using a HD-camera that actually looks better than the main concert footage. Interviews with the band are the primary focus, though glimpses of other songs from the tour are teasingly included. It is encoded in AVC for the video and is also presented in 1080i, with a 2-channel PCM track at 16-bit/48kHz provided. One piece missing that feels conspicuous by its absence, is a direct interview with Cohen himself. Every band member and singer talks in Backstage Sketch except for Cohen. The documentary is still interesting and you do get to hear a decent amount of stories from the tour, from people like Sharon Robinson and the Webb sisters.

A superb audio presentation and good enough image make for a fantastic concert to relive on Blu-ray. Several of the songs sound better than ever, such as Heart With No Companion and Closing Time. Never have I heard a better live version of Waiting For The Miracle. The performance of Closing Time is a raucous and rousing end to the proceedings. It would have been nice to hear a couple of more songs from the vast discography, as the main feature ends leaving you wanting more. Hopefully more material from the world tour is made available in such high quality as this disc in the future. If you are capable of playing Blu-ray discs, the CD/DVD set is a distinctly inferior option in both audio and video quality. Only on the BD can you hear the audio as it was meant to be heard from the original live recordings.

Subtitles available for the Backstage Sketch documentary:
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Wow, thanks for the wonderful and detailed review! Don't know if I can wait until Christmas for this BD. I have enjoyed Leonard Cohen's music since first being introduced to it on Jennifer Warnes , "Famous Blue Raincoat".
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Wow, thanks for the wonderful and detailed review! Don't know if I can wait until Christmas for this BD. I have enjoyed Leonard Cohen's music since first being introduced to it on Jennifer Warnes , "Famous Blue Raincoat".

Sony Legacy put together a really nice package for Songs From The Road. I am just grateful it got a Blu-ray release, just like the Isle Of Wight BD from last year. Hopefully more material from the world tour gets a release, possibly an entire concert next time instead of selective performances.
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I have the DVD version of this Dio concert- I love Dio but I thought Craig Goldy was rubbish on the guitar in this concert...he can't touch Jake E.Lee or Vivian Campbell- I've seen them both live and watching this concert I was hugely disappointed- he just seems too slow. The rest of the band were great tho.
Just my 2 cents!
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:37 PM
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Anyone seen this..?....sounds like its a must buy for all headbangers....

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Mi.../15354/#Review
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Depeche Mode's Tour of The Universe blu release is fast approaching. Getting very stoaked...

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I have the DVD version of this Dio concert- I love Dio but I thought Craig Goldy was rubbish on the guitar in this concert...he can't touch Jake E.Lee or Vivian Campbell- I've seen them both live and watching this concert I was hugely disappointed- he just seems too slow. The rest of the band were great tho.
Just my 2 cents!

Greg Goldy is not in this show it's Doug Aldrich...and I agree Vivian ruled.
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Greg Goldy is not in this show it's Doug Aldrich...and I agree Vivian ruled.

my bad...blonde haired bloke thats all I know- thought he was rubbish!
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Another review here for the new Michael Schenker Group Tokyo live concert- seems like a must buy!....
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/rev...ay-review.html
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I watched the Alice Cooper Theater Of Death Live At Hammersmith Odeon disc today and can say it's well worth getting imho.

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