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4 stars Successfully captures the entirety of the Operation Mindcrime opus, both parts I and II.

Similar to Operation Livecrime and Live Evolution, Mindcrime at the Moore has outstanding DVD production values. The sound is truly amazing for a live show, as is the video production. Luckily, bands have learned that the fast-edit, MTV-style production isn't appropriate for live DVDs (or anyone with an attention span, for that matter) and you get a more nuanced video production here.

Frankly, part I is not as exciting as part II. Probably b/c part I is almost 20 years old while part II is contemporary. This is evident in the presentation, which has more theatrics presented with part II. In fact, it is this theater-like element that makes this DVD. The OM storys is completely fleshed out with a the revelation of how Mary was killed (we won't get into the fact this version is inconsistent with the lyrics and a previous video presentation), and the fate of Dr. X. Marching bands, a jury, and other actors along with stage sets make this more like a play than any other concert I've seen.

And it all works very well. Tate has lost much of his range but sounds better here than expected. And the band sounds exceptional. In fact, in watching this I realize this band ALWAYS sounds great live, a testament to their musicianship. And new-come Mike Stone is a revelation. While original DeGarmo replacement Kelly Gray was an embarrassment (recognized by the band when they dismissed him after one album) Stone bring amazing chops and some new energy.

With four QR DVDs it's hard to choose which as best as Operation: Livecrime captures them at their best while Live Evolution provides complete historical perspective and this DVD contains the entire OM story. I'd have a hard time choosing.

MrMan2000 | 4/5 |


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