Maybe I've just had bad luck, but every live concert I've bought on Video produced and directed by Mike Mansfield have been productions showing little feeling for the live music experience. This unfortunetly is also a Mike Mansfield production and 70's film quality aside, is an exercise in editing suite madness. Lots of swishy psychadelic video wipes, (acceptable..it WAS that era) and multi-layered video effects (good god..what was he thinking). Like the reviewer before, I too was yelling at the screen during Rockaria..nothing to see here..just listen to the music. But surely the point of a live video is to see the guys playing live..if you wanted to have wierd blurry effects, I suggest eating magic mushrooms and watching it. The sound quality is sort of OK.. to give the 70's as an excuse is poor to be quite honest. There were some great live recordings in the 70's.. someone here just screwed up. Sound is muffled and on loud parts is horribly distorted. Oh and it seems someone was sleeping at the mixing desk too, as the cellos cannot be heard! But it is by no means ALL bad..the concert rocks, the beards are great, the spaceship is sexy and Roll Over Beethoven is a fantastic closer!(Just wish I could hear those cellos being tortured so beautifully) The inclusion of the "Discovery Suite" is brilliant in a cheesy way.. Of course the sound here is perfect quality as it is taken directly off the album and Jeff Lynne & Co do a playback number. Just one more thing..DVD was heralded as the next big thing.. How you can put so much information on them, subtitles, extra information, camera angles. There seem to be a lot of DVD's appearing that are basically the VHS video, without any extra information being put on them. This is such a DVD.
So.. if you are a fan...why havent you bought it already?
5 Stars - minus 2 for Direction plus 1 for bonus Discovery Suite