Video Games Live Level 2 (Blu-Ray)
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Interviews between songs should have been dropped, or there should have been the option to watch the entire concert from start to finish without interruptions. Yea, even a minute or so of the intermission.
The Advent Rising transfer is horrible. No other game looks that bad, and the camera recording the screen looks fine, but direct transfer footage is just awful.
Lastly, it's in 1080i, not p. Not a huge deal, but something to note.
All that said, I'd still pick up the package, particularly for the price it's being offered at. The music is wonderfully performed, and if you're a fan of video games (which, if you're looking at this, you probably are), it's worth a purchase.
The music that is here is excellent and well worth the purchase. As for the missing Final Fantasy songs I blame Squaresoft because it turns out that they weren't allowed to include such music on this DVD. However there was a sticker on the front of the DVD (on the outside of the cellophane) which claimed that there was music from Final Fantasy on it. Obviously they had planned on including such music and probably had to pull it some time in the production process. The sticker must have been an oversight.
If you aren't specifically looking for Final Fantasy music then go ahead and purchase this, it's great music and a lot of fun.
However if you were unable to make the concerts, Shout Factory was kind enough to grace us with this BD/DVD combo for your home viewing experience.
I am one for the full home theater immersion of a live concert with no interruptions (except to what is actually happening at the concert) but I am not too fond with the side commentary before each presentation. They should of had an option to watch the concert without commentary. Not experience ruining for most but that is just me, it feels a bit disjointed.
Despite what the box labels (1080p) this concert is encoded in 1080i. Surprisingly though, this is a very clean transfer that would rank next to other great Live Concerts such as Rush, NIN, Incubus, Within Temptation, etc. Though sometimes it does look a bit soft in some shots, that is to be expected in a low lighted environment. But definitely for the most part it is an eye pleasing and crisp picture.
If you are expecting an aural experience as with most great live concert BDs, VG LIVE somewhat fails in this department. For the most part it trumps the clarity and projection found in standard DTS counterpart. But what you really getting is a front heavy assault with the surrounds left for the audience. Most live BDs achieve the envelop sensation almost perfect, this one not so much. Maybe this was by design, but it sounds more like a Jazz Club rather than an Amphitheater. It is a bit disappointing, but overall the great music lets you hear past this.
Loads of extras on this one! If you are an old school gamer like me, you will probably appreciate the interview with Ralph Baer (Father of Video games), the making of Dragon's Lair, and the documentary on Tetris. But other than that there are bunch of behind the scenes and interviews.
Overall I would say pick this one up. Whether you are a BD enthusiast, musician, gamer (of course), you will enjoy this 100%. These concerts stand apart from many others you will ever see. Check it out!
The nice thing about the show is that it casts a broad net for their audience. You don't even have to play video games or know video games to appreciate and love the show. For game veterans it's a celebration of the games they love. For the casual or non-players, it's a fun experience to learn and in a way experience the wealth of music, visuals and pop culture that these games bring. Either way, the energy from the show is like nothing else. Video Games Live has been touring the world since 2005 and this is their first dvd release. It's about time.
If you enjoy this dvd, I would also look into their cd compilations as well.