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Dream Theater


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3.43 | 232 ratings

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3 stars What do you do after reaching perfection...??? yes, a poor quality DVD...

After the incredibly high quality of the Score DVD, with a perfect presentation and arrangements, perfect rythum of shots and the best audio mix they have reached, as well as plenty worthy live material, Mike Portnoy decided to go the complete opposite wih this DVD... rather than a single and perfect presentation, he pick half dozen of sections of different footage in a way like a like documental with songs between interviews and backstage insides... the sound quality is low because is taken from the live mix, just as it sounds and not post-worked, as well as the footage, very improvised and with low quality... it's almost a raw version of presentations...

The quality of the music and the presentations are as good as they can be, the raw material is more old rock and it gives you a better idea of a real concert experience... the footage and interviews they decided to put in between songs it's very interesting and it gives you a lot more the idea of all they dynamics of their life in the road and it has a lot of funny passages... but if you enjoy with the good quality of the shots, ilumination and angles, this is not for you... it's for rockers who likes less make-up and more crude material... and it's a most have for DT fans... the song selection is quite great, plenty of the Systematic Chaos songs, I feel it more interesting than the studio versions, besides some oldies that they seem to forgot later, as Scarred and Surrounded (in a longer version) and other interesting stuff like Panic Attack and Lines in the Sand, the demo version... so there's a lot of rarities that brings a lot more material to the fans...

DVD #2 is great, the documental is long, over an hour of interviews and 50% of it is with the crew and not with DT... but is always interesting, especially for musicians and for the people who wonder how is the life in the road... there's musical videos included -good, but not essential- and the live projections they use on the road. The Cartoon used in The Dark Eternal Night is funny... really funny and entertaining... there's also a hidden material about a joke between the Drum tech and John Petrucci... I didn't get the joke, but it's funny... this DVD have a lot more material from behind the scenes than concerts footage... Some folks from Symphony X appear in some backstage material as well as Opeth and other bands...

Three stars for the good amount of inside jokes and life on the road, the plenty "new" material they included but the lack of quality is evident... Good, but not essential... well, for DT fans, if it exists, is essential... so I as a diehard fan, enjoy a lot this DVD... Hope they not bring a new DVD this time... really... I need to miss them a little while...

jampa17 | 3/5 |


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