Originally Posted by Mike25690
I'm also wondering about the audio quality on the Rick Wakeman Henry VIII Blu Ray; that one I think is DTS Master Audio, but I haven't heard or seen it anywhere.
I just got this one. The sound is impressive, by and large. I'm listening to the DTS-MA track. Fairly standard mix, stage to the front, ambience and audience in back.
There is a lot going on here -- choir, orchestra, 8-piece rock band, all playing in what appears to be a spacious and reverberant temporary venue in Hampton Court Palace, one of Henry VIII's fave hangouts -- so the clarity they've achieved is very good. Plenty of bottom end, a trifle muddy.
The video is a mixed bag. Often soft 1080i, but I blame a combination of lighting and many very long shots. Biggest issue is that they apparently couldn't get good camera positions. You rarely see Wakeman's hands. For "Katherine Howard" they actually brought in a pipe organ, but Rick spends the entire number with his back to the audience (and the cameras); there seemed to be room up on the platform for a camera operator, but no.
There are also frequent audio-sync problems.
It's a glorious, lush, wonderful-sounding performance of the music. Solid A for the performance, A- for the AQ.
The PQ is serviceable, and as usual with 1080i concerts the close-in work looks better than the wide shots. C+ for the PQ.
The poor camera positioning is a serious issue, and really detracts from my enjoyment of the disc. Sure, I'm still seeing more than I would have from the audience (there appeared to be no video screens in the venue), but Wakeman's keyboard playing is sort of the point of the exercise, and you rarely see it. D- for the technical direction.
IMO: rent it first (although it's still "availability unknown" at Netflix).