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Inni (2CD+ Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Interesting Film May 23 2012
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is not a straight forward concert film. First off is it's shot mainly on black and white film. It has a very art house look to it. Strange angles on the band etc. This film was not made for someone who wants a concert filmed from start to finish. The band is tight. The songs and performances rock, they are full tracks and nice surround mix. I am new to this band but from what I see here I will be checkingout more. Oh and as a bonus with the Blu Ray you also get a two CD soundtrack. What a great band and Blu ray. The only reason I am not giving this five stars is because the running time on the Blu ray is just over an hour but the full show takes 2 CD's so the film could have been a lot longer. Over all very happy with purchase!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the essence of the live show Nov. 15 2011
By K. F. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
I confess to owning every single album Sigur Rós has released (and many of the singles), the vinyl collection, the Heima DVD, Jónsi's solo album as well as his Riceboy Sleeps project with Alex, and have seen them live twice. So you could say that I'm a pretty big fan. It should come as no big surprise that I was eagerly anticipating this live concert performance and CD set. I really wanted to like it enough to give it a full five stars, but there were some glaring weaknesses that held it back and made me grudgingly give it four stars, which I still feel may be a bit generous.

First, the good. The song selection is a splendid collection that spans all their albums. While I wish they would have included the performances of more of the songs they performed at these shows, the ones chosen are excellent. From the opening wail of Jónsi's bow on guitar, we know we're in for a real treat. The Blu-ray offers a very robust DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track that faithfully reproduces every sound, from the warm chords of Kjartan's Yamaha CP-80 and Jónsi's trilling falsetto to Georg's thumping bass and Orri's crashing cymbals. The wall of sound envelops the viewer, creating a fairly accurate rendition of the live concert experience. I'm not a fan of live recordings that have the crowd cheering and making noise the whole time, so it was to my pleasant satisfaction that audience noise is only noticeable during the applause at the end of the songs, creating no distractions at all while Sigur Rós is playing. The good part about the visuals is that the camera angles are unique and don't cut so quickly as to be distracting. The longer nature of Sigur Rós' songs tends to lend themselves to a more restrained pace of editing, and I was not at all disappointed to find the edits complemented the music very well.

Unfortunately, there is some bad, all of it relating to the video. The encode on the Blu-ray is likely quite faithful to the source, utilizing an MPEG-4 AVC with a fairly healthy bit-rate. The problem lies in the source, or more specifically, the post production manipulation that went on. I know that director Vincent Morisset likes a desaturated, vintage look, but I feel that he went so far in his manipulation, pushing everything to 11, that it had extremely detrimental results. To achieve his "vintage" look, the video had the color removed (which I was fine with), the image was softened, the highlights were often extraordinarily blown out, copious amounts of grain were added, the brightness was tweaked with a strong pulsating effect, and another effect was often employed that smeared the highlights across the screen. Now, I know that this was intentional because there are four bonus performances where only the color was removed, grain was added, and the pulsing effect was still there, but the highlights looked fine and sharp detail was left virtually unscathed. These four bonus videos looked significantly better than the main, non-bonus feature. I could see Morisset's cumbersome post-processing working fine for a music video or shorter format production, but it doesn't work so well for a 75 minute concert.

Many times while I was watching it, the video quality was so bad that it looked like a poor quality, $1 DVD bin transfer of a B-movie from the early 1900's (I'm serious, and not being facetious here). This is not at all what I would have expected from a Blu-ray of a modern production, even one trying to be stylized as this is. The softness removed all traces of fine detail, which is sad -considering the ornate costuming that Jónsi wears- and I missed out on the enjoyment of seeing the textures of the road-worn instruments. I'm not sure why the highlights were so horribly blown out either, as it destroyed highlight and midtone detail and there was significant video banding in these areas, which is an artifact of modern digital processes and detracts from the intended vintage film look. The smeared highlight effect was thankfully not employed nearly as much as these other effects, but could have still used a little more restraint. The pulsating of the light levels was also very distracting and used very heavy handedly. It was almost enough to give me a headache over the course of 75 minutes. I'm guessing it was intended to emulate the look of early twentieth century silent films, but pulsed to such a ridiculous degree that it detracted from the pleasure of the viewing experience. Again, this was an effect added in post and wasn't an artifact of the venue or lighting setup, as some of the old archival footage that was intercut had the same pulsing effect applied.

If I could have given this 3.5 stars, I would have. Rounding down to three stars seemed too harsh, as I felt that Inni successfully captured the feel, energy, and excitement of attending a live Sigur Rós show, which is no easy feat. I wish the entire concert had been processed more similarly to the bonus footage (minus the pulsating), as it managed to capture the feeling of a vintage show through desaturation and graininess while still maintaining both the fine textures of clothing, hair, and skin, as well as detail in the highlights. Perhaps 4 stars is being too generous, but watching the concert took me back many years to when I got to see them on the road and it makes me eagerly anticipate seeing them again.

Audio: 5/5
Video: 2/5
Content: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Satisfying Nov. 19 2011
By bloodflower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of Sigur Ros and Bluray and since this is the first ever Sigur Ros bluray released I promptly purchased it.

You already know the tracks from the product description so I'll go right into the review.

VIDEO

I was not too happy with the video quality. I understand that it is meant to be heavily filtered and "scratchy" looking but I didn't expect this much processing. So video-wise this could've been on a VHS tape and would've looked the same. The only exception is in the Extras which contain four songs. Here the video quality was noticeably better and I wish the whole feature looked like this.

AUDIO

But the real reason I bought it was for the sound and if you've got a good audio surround set up you're going to be very very happy with this purchase. Solid DTS-HD 5.1 sound. Admittedly, sound quality is not quite as good as John Mayer: Where the Light Is - Live in Los Angeles, but its quite damn close. So that wraps it up I think.

Also, quick note on the sound - The four Extra tracks are not in DTS, they're merely 2 channel Dolby Digital. So in one scenario you've got average video but great sound and then you have much better video but average sound. Well, you cant have it all!

Now go buy it tiger!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Letdown of a film Dec 28 2012
By J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am a big Sigur Ros fan and was excited to snatch up this bluray to help show my family why. I have seen them live 5 times and each time has been breathtaking, so I figured a proper Sigur Ros concert film would convey that essence. This film unfortunately fails to do that because of a number of poor decisions by the filmmaker. The decision to use black and white rather than color could have worked, yet there is so much post-processing and digital grain filter added that the contrast and video quality are very poor. In terms of cinematography, the majority of the shots are zoomed in detail shots that take away the context entirely for anyone unfamiliar with the band in concert. And the between-tracks footage sprinkled in explains little and makes the band appear pretentious, when it is clear from their EXCELLENT film "Heima" that they are anything but. A straight-ahead, color concert video would have been preferable on all fronts, which is damning and a real shame.

So why 3 stars? The audio sounds fantastic, the source material is great, and you get the 2 audio CDs that do capture the greatness of Sigur Ros live in concert. But this could have been so much more. As is, it's pretty much red meat for fans (and worth it for those who are willing to pay based on the audio only), but anyone would be better served by the (unfortunately lower definition) Heima.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful MUSIC. Nov. 23 2011
By Vic "The Mechanic" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this on bluray as i did with Eddie Vedder and Chris Botti. I didn't buy either of those to watch them, i bought them to listen to music thru my 7.1 speaker system. The audio on this bluray is absolutely breath taking. Its up there with Chris Bottis live in boston for sound quality.

I am using an Oppo 93 with pure audio turned on (cancels the video stream so audio sounds even better). The video is very artsy id probably give it 3stars but don't be put off by this fantastic band and incredible HD soundtrack. This is pretty much a very high definition CD as are all concert/music blurays.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars. All other reviews have already pointed out the video is very artsy, very grainy and very deep. I personally like it but thats just me. For all who love sigur ros and want incredible SOUND i highly recommend getting this over the dvd.

Audio 5/5
Video 3/5

Have listened to it nonstop since 2PM when i received it.

Update: Have been listening to both CDs using my Oppo 93 as a cd player and both cds sound fantastic. Very surprised that there both live CDs and were given a good audio recording. So overall good buy amazing audio quality for bluray and both CDs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inni Jan. 5 2012
By Poolboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A must-have for serious Sigur Ros fans. The Blu-Ray is exceptionally artsy and the sound is great. The audio cd's are pristine in sound and the audience noise is minimal, putting you "right there" in the concert. My only slight complaint is that I wish it was all longer!
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