En Vivo! Review

artist: Iron Maiden date: 04/10/2012 category: dvd

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Iron Maiden: En Vivo!
Released: Mar 27, 2012
Ed Force One heads to Chile as Iron Maiden document the Final Frontier World Tour.
 Sound: 7.5
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 7.8
En Vivo! Reviewed by: UG Team, on april 10, 2012
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Sound: Chances are that you've seen an Iron Maiden DVD before, but if you haven't then let me run you through the basics. Every few years the heavy metal giants embark on a world tour, documenting it with a concert film and concisely justifying their reputation as one of the best live bands on the planet. Some of these live releases are rightly celebrated as classics alongside their finest studio efforts and "En Vivo!" joins the catalogue as their twentieth unique live package. The Estadio Nacional in Santiago is the setting, with the band playing to 50,000 South American fans who can be counted among their most dedicated and energetic. With no overarching theme beyond an album to promote, the focus is on new tunes and "The Final Frontier" comes across very well here. The setlist is one that favours new material and the band clearly relish playing them alongside the likes of "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Fear Of The Dark". It depends entirely on your preference but fans of the album will be pleased to see it stand up to close scrutiny - with such typically electric performance, songs like "The Talisman" and "El Dorado" don't seem out of place at all. A particular highlight, though, is the epic "When The Wild Wind Blows", which ushers in the business end of the set and provides Maiden fans with a new concert moment' for the first time since "Blood Brothers" in 2000. // 7

Content: What really makes this DVD unique, though, is its "Behind The Beast" documentary, which takes an in-depth look at all the nuts and bolts, committees and planning teams that are required to pull off a tour as massive as this - travelling 60,000 miles in 66 days on a chartered aircraft, narrowly avoiding landing on an earthquake in Japan along the way. The sign of a great rock documentary is coming out at the other end with a greater appreciation of the band than you started with, and watching this you can't help but admire Maiden's 300-strong workforce and particularly their crew, who get about 3 hours' sleep a night to put on one of the greatest rock shows on earth. Things get a little dry when we're protecting earth wiring from rain or measuring flight cases for air travel, but classy editing along with some fun interjections from backstage characters keep things interesting on the whole. It will perhaps titillate geeks for organisation and logistics more than it will heavy metal fans, but it nonetheless remains a fascinating insight into what is an enormously complicated and rather stressful business. // 8

Production Quality: The concert video was produced by Banger Films Inc, who also oversaw the last Iron Maiden film, the wonderful "Flight 666", and they again deliver a top-notch HD package on DVD and Blu-Ray, with crisp 5.1 surround sound handled by the band's producer Kevin Shirley. Both films are put together to an excellent standard, but director Andy Matthews' heavy use of split screen falls short of tastefulness now and again - "He would look in the mirror/see an old man now" sings Bruce Dickinson as he stares into a mirror image of himself during "When The Wild Wind Blows". That said, it covers the action effectively and offers something a little different to the performances, some of which have been seen many times before. // 8

Overall Impression: With so many live releases under their belt it's clear that it would take a rather spectacular oversight for Iron Maiden to disappoint at this stage. They always deliver quality product and while "Live After Death" will forever be the definitive live album and "Flight 666" more or less perfected the documentary experience, these are two good films that diehards will absolutely eat up. // 8

- Duncan Geddes (c) 2012

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overall: 9
En Vivo! Reviewed by: drug.me.2.hell, on april 10, 2012
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Sound: Iron Maiden being one of my favourite bands, of course I will be slightly biased but the review now begins. "En Vivo!" was filmed at Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile as part of Iron Maiden's "Around The World In 66 Days" tour. The band have said in interviews the reason why they chose Chile is because "South America always has the really passionate fans". It's nothing new in the way of Live DVDs, but for Maiden it showcases one of their best ever performances worldwide. // 8

Content: The DVD is a 2 disc set. Disc 1 is the actual show and Disc 2 is the "Documentary: Behind The Beast", the Directors cut of "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" video, the making of the video, and the "Show Tour Intro". The show setlist was as follows: 01. Satellite 15 (the Tour Show Intro) 02. The Final Frontier 03. El Dorado 04. 2 Minutes To Midnight 05. The Talisman 06. Coming Home 07. Dance Of Death 08. The Trooper 09. The Wicker Man 10. Blood Brothers 11. When The Wild Wind Blows 12. The Evil That Men Do 13. Fear Of The Dark 14. Iron Maiden -ENCORE- 15. The Number Of The Beast 16. Hallowed Be Thy Name 17. Running Free In my opinion, this is the best setlist Maiden have ever done, it includes the more classic Maiden songs ("The Trooper", "Fear Of The Dark") with some more modern Maiden ("Blood Brothers", "Dance Of Death") as well as more from the new album ("Coming Home", "When The Wild Wind Blows"). Disc 2's "Documentary, Behind The Beast", shows how a Maiden show goes together, while doing the Around The World In 66 Days. It's like Flight 666 but more behind the scenes of the the shows production crews. Also it shows planning the tour, and all the things that went into making the tour happen, with interviews with the band, production crew, managers, and more. Other features include the "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier" video and making of, its awesome watching how the video all came together, with the final feature being the show's intro. // 10

Production Quality: The production of the soundtrack was done by Steve Harris and Kevin Shirley, who produces Maiden's albums now. Maiden play live note for note, and still put on an astounding performance, there is slight overdubbing, but not loads. It's nothing really new in the production field either. The camera producers were, Steve Harris, Rod Smallwood, and Andy Taylor, with post production by Andy Matthews. As I'm not a film-maker I don't really know much in this field. // 8

Overall Impression: I love the entire package, no problems with it, and as a Maiden die-hard it doesn't compare to other bands live DVDs. Watching the "Behind The Beast" documentary was incredible, seeing how my favourite band's stage show all goes together, and if I lost it or somebody stole it, after hunting revenge, I'd get it again. I hope my review helps you, any questions, comment :) // 10

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