Judge David Johnson is into progressive metal. Aluminum, mainly.
Progressive metal icons Dream Theater dropped a mega concert at Luna Park in Buenos Aires in 2012 as part of their "Dramatic Turn of Events" tour. Eagle Rock has all the evidence of their epic music experience on glorious Blu-ray; if you consider yourself a Dream Theater fans—and Lord knows there are legions—Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park is a must-have.
And it's not because the production is anything mind-blowing. The direction is standard-operating procedure (with a hat tip to some of the camera angles that captures the skill of the band members with tight focuses on their instruments as they play), blending close-ups, audience shots, overhead pans and a variety of stage-centric shots. It's a clean, visually attractive way to capture the concert—but it's not the show-stopper.
No, the show-stopper is the show itself. While I'm not a Dream Theater connoisseur, I am not oblivious to the band's impact and reputation. These guys are truly amazing at what they do. Thanks to some of those aforementioned tights zooms on the picking and drumming, their immense proficiency powers through the screen. More than a few times I sat dumbfounded at John Myung (bass), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), John Petrucci (guitar), and Mike Mangini (drums), as they waged an all-out assault on their instruments. Myung in particular stunned me with his bass work, his fingers moving at an inhuman frenzy. (And a shout-out to Mangini's drum-kit, which puts Nick Andopolis' to shame.)
You get your money's worth with this disc: nearly three hours of music, with some bonus tracks that were omitted in the regular release, slotted into the bonus features.
The setlist includes…
1) Bridges In The Sky
And the extra tracks:
The tech specs on Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park (Blu-ray) are
top-shelf, starting with the crystal-clear 1.78:1/1080i transfer and buttressed
by a satisfying musical mix, presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and LPCM 2.0
Stereo. Extras: a 25-minute documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, a cartoon
intro, and a multi-angle presentation of "Outcry."
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