I've been one of the customers who bought this edition on the firsts days of release and yes I had the defective DVD version.... I was very disappointed because Thick as a Brick is MY Tull album. Then I saw the announcement on Tull website stating that a corrected version will be made available. Since there has been no other announcement, I've tried to contact Amazon to know how to proceed to get the replacement. It's pretty sad, but I received the easy answer "Sorry, we do not have stock anymore, but you can send it back for a refund". I then took a chance on the EMI Canada website with the Manufacturing/Quality control department. Asked about the procedure to get the corrected replacement and provided them with my info. Two days later, I had a FedEx gift waiting for me after work. Wow, ok, they made a defective version, but thumbs up for the speed of replacement! And yes, the corrected version is really corrected, the glitches on both 5.1 mix are finally gone!!
Now, lets talk about the product in itself, ok, yes I am a fan, but still, since I only listened the CD before I had the replacement DVD, I can tell you that Steven Wilson did a great job in remixing this album. The sound is louder, clearer, better. It gave me the chance to discover some little details or melody that I've never noticed before. Is the difference in sound is as big as the one that we can hear in the 40th Aqualung edition? Definitely not, but still, it sound better. Now lets talk about the DVD, on which you will find the new and the original stereo mix in 96/24 LPCM flat transfer and the new mix in 5.1 surround DTS 96/24 and Dolby AC3. If you have a good stereo sound system, do yourself a favour, and plug in your DVD for the LPCM 96/24 stereo mixes, you will hear the difference in both original and new mix, the sound is just richer. Now regarding the 5.1 mix, all I can say is that listening to Thick as a Brick in 5.1 surround is a experience in itself. Yes, the song remains the same, but Steven Wilson really did a great job in positioning the sounds and you just feel the song more alive than ever.
The package is a book containing the full edition of the St-Cleve Chronicles with a few extra colour pages with pictures and comments about the production of the original album. Nicely done and truly in the spirit of the album. Is it enough? Well, I think so, but since this is MY Tull album, I would have like to see a Blu-Ray with a DTS-HD Master Audio version, but maybe it is just the freak in me since I am not sure that there would have been an audible difference versus the DTS version included. If I compare this 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition to the Aqualung one, I would say the Aqualung was an excess and Thick as a Brick was just a little short. Now that most people got access to a Blu-Ray player, those Collector's Edition should go with just the DVD and a Blu-Ray or maybe just the Blu-Ray because if you can play those things and you are truly a music lover, you just wont listen to the CD's anymore.
Still a great edition, I love it!!