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Released: October 5, 2004
The picture and sound quality are excellent. They look to have blended both nights to make one long "show," but it doesnt matter - you'll get a solid dose of BG from first disc!
Imaginations Through The Looking Glass
Martyrion, on december 02, 2004 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound is really good, and very well put together. I've never bothered buying all the DVD's I've desired, but this one was worth the money. It was like having an album with live tracks in the DVD player, because the quality of the sound and the way the music sounded on this live DVD compared to the studio versions of the songs was amazing. When bands make DVD's they usually make sure the sound is good, but the way this was all played is amazing. It really gave me the chills sitting there just listening to how the lead guitars and vocals were really clear and slightly changed since it was live. The addition of more wah, and more focus on the lead vocal with the backing vocals cut out, or nearly cut out, really changed it all into a very unique version of the Blind Guardian songs. // 10
Content: It is a live DVD from a concert done on the "A Night At The Opera" tour in 2002 and some stuff from 2003. It takes us through all of Blind Guardians albums but with focus on the newer ones. Imaginations from the other side, Valhalla, And then there was silence and Banish from sanctuary were some of the most enjoyable tracks. About 20 tracks, and a few bonus tracks taken from other concerts on the tour(Majesty, Into The Storm, Welcome To Dying and Lost In The Twilight Hall). A couple of interviews and a bunch of pictures. A few backstage scenes too. I haven't discovered any hidden stuff yet, so I don't really know if there is any. I am very satisfied with this DVD, it really shows how great Blind Guardian is live as well as in the studio. // 10
Production Quality: The quality is very good, the way the instruments are played compared to each other and set up against the sound from the crowd, there is no disturbance or any noise that makes it at any time unclear or anything, so it's all crystal clear. No new tricks really, but of course some live keyboards were added and they made a different effect live compared to studio. // 10
Overall Impression: Blind Guardian is not known for being the greatest live band, although nobody has ever complained, but studio is known as their real thing. But I think they're great live, and great in studio. I love the whole thing, it's simply brilliant. And definately buy it again if I lost it or someone stole it. It's worth the cash. // 10
Imaginations Through The Looking Glass
unregistered, on september 19, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: In my opinion, this has to be one of the best sounding DVD's I ever heard. The guitar and bass sound is rich and the drums nearly beat you to death. Hansi sounds a little laid back on his vocals. It seemed like a combination of Iron Maiden, Scorpions, and Pantera. On "The Bard's Song," Hansi lets the audience sing the song too much. The band doesn't mess up at all. They have some minor ones then and there but no major screw-ups. // 10
Content: On the first Disc, after showing the "Virgin Records" and "EMI" logo, it goes straight to the concert. They have 2 different audio settings: NIFI and Dobly Surround 5.1. When you first put the DVD in, the sound is on NIFI. This is a pure live concert DVD, no gimmicks, no overdubbing, this is the real deal. They play none off the 'Battlalions Of Fear', 2 from 'Follow The Blind' (Banish from Sanctuary & Vahalla), 2 from 'Tales From the Twilight World' (Lord Of The Rings & The Last Candle), 2 from 'Somewhere Far Beyond' (The Bard's Song - In The Forest & Somewhere Far Beyond), all songs from 'Imaginations From The Other Side' (except "Born In A Mourning Hall"), 4 from 'Nightfall In The Middle Earth' (War of Wraith, Time Stands Still, Nightfall, & Mirror Mirror), and 2 from 'Night Of The Opera' (Punishment Divine & And Then There Was Silence). The stage is huge and has loads of pyrotechnics, very impressed that it didn't interfer with the sound. Audiences as far as the I-can-see and nice stage set-up.
On the second disc, same intorduction but aster the "EMI" logo, it shows the BG logo with the title of the DVD on the bottom. This time, it comes up to a menu. The menu set-up is similar to the "Lord of the Rings" DVD set-up, I think. The first one is "The Making Of..." The members of BG tell you about how they made the festival possible and strange, interesting things that took place before, during, and after the festival. For some reason, they speak in German. Not to worry, they have English Subtitles. Next is the BG Interview. Same routine with the first one, they speak in German with English Substitles. They talk about touring, history, family, the band itself, health, and some about the BG Festival. Next, is Bonus Songs. This contains 4 live songs: Majesty, Into the Storm, Welcome to Dying, & Lost in the Twilight Hall. Unlike the first disc, the songs won't sound as good of quality, so you will have to turn up the volume a bit. Next is a Slideshow of the BG performance at the Festival. Last, Subtitles ( required if you don't know German). // 8
Production Quality: The live performance quality of the BG Festival was the best I've ever heard. No tricks but lots of pyrotechnics and clear picture cameras. It gives you the feeling you are there. The bonus songs, not very good of quality but that doesn't mean the rating should be lowered. // 10
Overall Impression: Unlike all the other music DVDs, I don't think any Music DVD could touch this. I love the crystal clear picture and sound. I hated that they spoke in German for the Interview and "The Making Of..." I hate that it isn't sold in my area (USA). If it was stolen, I would be ticked. I wouldn't beat somebody up for trying to steal it. I would definitly buy it again if it was stolen. It's worth it! Buy it! You will not be disappointed! // 10