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Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park (Blu-ray)

Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2013 // 300 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 28th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson is into progressive metal. Aluminum, mainly.

The Charge

Prog-o-riffic.

The Case

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
2) 6:00
3) The Dark Eternal Night
4) This Is The Life
5) The Root Of All Evil
6) Lost Not Forgotten
7) Drum Solo
8) A Fortune In Lies
9) The Silent Man
10) Beneath The Surface
11) Outcry
12) Piano Solo
13) Surrounded
14) On The Backs Of Angels
15) War Inside My Head
16) The Test That Stumped Them All
17) Guitar Solo
18) The Spirit Carries On
19) Breaking All Illusions
20) Metropolis Pt. 1

And the extra tracks:
1) These Walls
2) Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3) Caught In A Web
4) Wait For Sleep
5) Far From Heaven
6) Pull Me Under

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."

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 90

Perp Profile

Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
• PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Blu-ray
• Concerts and Musicals
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• Intro
• Bonus Songs
• Featurettes

Accomplices

• Official Site
• Facebook Page








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