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Dream Theater - Score - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

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  • Actors: Dream Theater
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Aug. 29 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIWS7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,789 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It has been 20 years since the members of Dream Theater met at the Berklee College of Music. Since then, they have recorded eight studio albums, countless live releases, and have developed a legion of loyal followers with their epic, complex sound, and d

The tenacious odyssey of Dream Theater culminates in one of their finest concerts ever on this magnificent Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour DVD. Just how good is this blazing prog-metal performance, recorded at New York City's radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006? For starters, it's easy to believe the band's drummer and co-founder, Mike Portnoy, when he ends the nearly three-hour show by saying "this was one of the best nights of our career." Then consider that for one brief but shining moment in mid-September 2006, Score nudged Pink Floyd's Pulse out of the #1 spot on the bestselling music DVD charts, proving without a doubt that DT's loyal fan base was more than willing to elevate the band to an unprecedented level of critical and commercial success. It's a win-win scenario for everyone, because it's obvious, from this performance and the Octivarium CD that spawned it, that Score represents 20 years of bold perseverance, and the sheer power of combined talents against the fickle forces of a music industry that repeatedly tried, and failed, to compromise Dream Theater's unique creative vision.

For longtime fans, Score offers an abundance of material that's exclusive to this release, with minimal crossover from previous Dream Theater DVDs. "The Spirit Carries On" is a natural highlight, and James LaBrie's vocals are as pristine here as they are throughout the entire concert. But there can be little doubt that this gig will be best remembered for the flawless performances of the DT epics "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence," "Octivarium," and a jaw-dropping encore rendition of "Metropolis," all spectacularly accompanied by the Octivarium Orchestra under the baton of arranger and conductor Jamshied Sharifi. These massive arrangements have been beautifully mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital or equally crisp PCM stereo, and each member of Dream Theater is given ample opportunity to demonstrate their virtuoso skills, including several transcendent solos by guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (the latter proving his mastery of the lap steel guitar, vintage Moog synthesizer and the curiously amazing Continuum Fingerboard). Of course, one must never underestimate the awesome bass foundation laid by John Myung, whose priceless contribution is sonically ever-present, if not always visually apparent. As directed by Portnoy, however, Score is totally focused on the music, gracefully and unobtrusively covering the concert from a variety of visually advantageous angles, and edited (by Chris Osterhus) to follow every beat, transition, and solo with breathtaking precision. All in all, Score is easily on par with Pulse, and arguably surpasses the Floyd DVD in terms of overall performance. It's a godsend for fans, and a perfect introduction for the band's ever-growing audience of new and converted fans. -- Jeff Shannon

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"The Score So Far" is an outstanding documentary that fully chronicles Dream Theater's history from its earliest days (when Portnoy, Petrucci, and Myung met at Boston's Berklee College of Music) to the Radio City concert on April 1, 2006. Personnel changes are candidly addressed (as opposed to some bands, DT don't hide their past difficulties, and credit is always given when due), and the film serves as a tribute to the band's refusal to bow to commercial pressures. (It's no wonder Mike Portnoy feels a gratifying sense of vindication; after 20 years, he and his bandmates fully deserve it.) Also included is the amusing "Octivarium Animation" shown during the concert, and three live performances (from 1993, 2002 and 2005) that further illustrate Dream Theater's ability to refine and/or redefine its sound and image while keeping up with the times. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mathieu Marquet on Sept. 1 2006
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Hi, this is the review of a french fan of DT.. so, dont blame me if my english is not perfect ^^

The whole concert filmed in New York City is really awesome and they play songs which came out through their whole career.. from the beginning to now!

The live performance of each of them is at the top, specially for James Labrie! He has never been so great!

My favourite song on this DVD is Afterlife! All the instruments are very well balanced and the stereo/surround mixes are awesome!

On the second disc, you can find a great documentary about all the career of DT..

This is really the ultimate DT DVD that all the DT fans must have!
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First of all, I was there at RCMH and qhat a show I had...and to relive it on DVD is awesome, the music is so perfect. The first half is pretty much like Budokan, a couople of songs there and there, but the concept is to have a song from each album...even Majesty. But somethings better imo: James voice, it really blew my mind, better than ever. Also, they re-recorded the guitar part missing from the live performence of Under A Glass Moon(thats why you dont see petrucci for almost 40 seconds). So a great set, plus Raise The Knife is really a gem for DT fans.

Second set is mind blowing, you got to have chills during the whole performence of Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, and after you have the most beautifull live song ive ever witness: Vacant, that is a song I never really got into, but comes alive with the orchestra so well. Couple of songs, The great Octavarium...Pink Floyd fans should start by there, its kind of the best song structure ive ever came across. And finally, the DT classic Metropolis, simply the pinnacle of the night, a really thight Orchestra/Band vibe wich leaves you hyper and wanting for more, BUT dont forget its already been 2:40 since you pressed play.

Really a great DVD plus the documentary was answering questions never answered. A++++
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Live from Budokan was great, but this DVD blows it away, especially sound-wise. If you have a decent speaker system and compare both DVDs you'll hear the difference immediately. Especially the opening track "Root of all evil" made me speechless. Crystal-clear picture (for a non-HD video) and sound as already mentioned. It has some rare pearls on it, especially "Raise the knife" which is complex and fantastic, my favourite track. "Innocence faded" is another gem. The orchestra part is interesting, although there are some flaws in their playing. From the band itself peak performance as usual.
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One of the greatest concerts ever - recorded! "SCORE" will stand tall in DT's history as an event that will never be forgotten, truly, with this incredibly outstanding 4.5 hour DVD release. If you don't have it yet, buy this immediately.
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By Simran Dewan on Aug. 29 2006
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Two of the greatest songs ever, and not to mention, a dozen other outstanding tracks all in one DVD at such a decent price (In DT standerds). Anyone who is at all interested in Dream Theater, must get this! 11/10 and three thumbs way up there!
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