Sound — 10
While some bands are studio bands, and other have great concerts Nightwish does both. End Of An Era is the recording and video footage of Tarja's last show with Nightwish befor they went their seperate ways, and what a way to go out. Tarja's voice sounds just as good if not better live, and the same goes to the rest of the band. Even if your not big into the Opera, Metal hybrid known as Nightwish, you should watch this just for the guitaring. Emppu gives us amazing solos that have a good mixture of class and speed, and Tuomas backing him on keys just sweetins the deal. Also while Tarja is taking a break the rest of the band does an amazing cover of Pink Floyds "High Hopes" with their bassist Marco doing the vocals. End of an Era is one of the best live DVDs to date and is well worth the money.
Content — 6
Now the content was the one area this DVD was lacking. It did have a photo gallery and a documentary "A Day Before Tomorrow" but that was it. Through out the documentary you could tell there was some tension between the band and Tarja. Most of the time they wern't together, and when they were they were kind of mean in a jesting way. The doumentary followed the band on their last tour and the shows leading up the Nightwish's last show with Tarja befor they fired her via Open Letter. I was really hoping for a happier documentary and mabey some more features like past music videos or downloadable content but I guess they couldn't make the DVD perfect.
Production Quality — 7
Production was any thing special. The production for the Documentary is what you'd expect for any band documentary. A shakey camera following them around while the band does what ever they are doing. The Concert on the other hand was great. The picture was clear, the focused on exactly what you wanted to see, and they didn't add cheese effects like so many concert like so many DVDs like to.
Overall Impression — 9
All and all this is the best concert DVD I own. While lacking in the content and having a some what depressing documentary, the concert is really what you buy it for and I got what I wanted and more. With impressive vocals, amazing guitaring, and being a great show period, this DVD is well worth the money. If I lost this DVD I would be most depressed not only cause it is so good but it is very hard to hind here in the states. I had to buy it online. So if you find a copy get it right away.