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ANATHEMA Universal [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kscope
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DG86ARK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2013 Blu-Ray pressing. In May 2012 Anathema released Weather Systems, the most acclaimed and successful album of a career that has spanned over two decades. The album scored high in numerous critics end of year polls around the world and cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting and progressive bands around. Following the release of the album, the band embarked on a lengthy world tour. The European leg of the tour opened with a triumphant one-off show at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2012. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Lasse Hoile, Universal captures the magic of the event .

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Sound is great and the band is in fine form as well.
Bruboy1969
This makes up for all the terrible youtube videos of the band.....a must-get for anyone who likes Anathema.
Zhillsguy
The performance, production quality, camera angles, venue, etc. are all top notch.
David A.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruboy1969 on September 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Great setting, great band, great cinematography, beautiful setting! What more can you ask for? Sound is great and the band is in fine form as well. Orchestra adds depth and texture to the mix filling out the sound nicely. After seeing them live at a local club, which was a dive with horrible acoustics and a terrible house-sound guy, this was a real treat. Just know that there is no 5.1 mix, but the lpcm mix is quite incredible. Also, the concert is 2hrs 20min. Bonus video of an acoustic set performed at the Union chapel adds another dimension, showing that no matter how small the setting, the emotional impact of this soul touching music comes through. Cannot reccomend enough!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog on September 24, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Universal is a concert recording by the British band Anathema, released in 2013 on K Scope records. The concert was shot in support of the band's Weather Systems album at the Ancient Theater of Phillipopolis, Bulgaria on the 22nd of September featuring the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was shot while the band were in support of their Weather Systems album from 2012 and their setlist draws heavily from both it, and the previous two full-length studio albums We're Here Because We're Here and A Natural Disaster.

The performance is of a very high quality, delivering equally well on the energetic sections of songs, and the shimmering, beautiful quiet sections. The astounding vocal trio of Vincent Cavanagh, Daniel Cavanagh and Lee Douglas, both blend and then contrast their vocal styles to great effect, the rest of the musicians deliver everything with both precision and passion and the Orchestra provide color and texture, really filling out the sound.

The mixing job is pretty much perfect and all the instruments are arguably balanced as well as they would be on a studio album, with only the added humanity felt in the vocal and drumming performances giving away that it's a live affair.

The visuals are great, with a tasteful stage show in the beautiful ancient theater, a subtle light show and the Orchestra to draw your eye when the band aren't moving much. The camera work and editing is slow and musician-friendly, letting you get a good look at what people are playing rather than zooming frantically from one shot to another every second.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hess on September 20, 2013
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The concert visuals are truly outstanding. I would rate this 5 stars had they recorded this in DTS HD Master or even Dolby 5.1
The caliber of the music here really deserves it. A shame not to use all that available BluRay technology.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. on September 20, 2013
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If you are familiar with Anathema's recent work, you know what to expect with this.

I don't want to give away too many details on the set list to avoid spoilers for people who don't like to know the set list before watching the first time. Let's just say that you will be happy with the selections if you are a fan of everything they've done from Judgement on.

The performance, production quality, camera angles, venue, etc. are all top notch. It is great to see Anathema doing well enough in their career at this point to pull off something like this.

Regarding the orchestra, they mostly provides subtle accompaniment. Don't get me wrong. The orchestra is there and provides a great addition to Anathema's sound but this isn't like Metallica S&M where the orchestra is very prominent in the mix.

One warning -- it is stereo audio. There is no 5.1 mix. I thought this was odd given the production quality otherwise but it is what it is. The stereo audio sounds great on my system so I'm not complaining.

In short -- this is a must-have for any Anathema fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anibal J. Rosario Planas on October 19, 2013
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What an amazing Blu-ray. After a few great studio albums, only a great concert DVD would do. Great visuals, fantastic set list. Amazing! Anathema does it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zhillsguy on November 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is definitely the highlight of their career. I have been a fan since the release of Weather Systems. Like others have said, having the choice of surround sound would have been nice, and they must have had legitimate reasons for not doing so. The stereo track is high quality, and my main rig is 2 channel, so not a real biggie for me.

This makes up for all the terrible youtube videos of the band.....a must-get for anyone who likes Anathema. They are not phenomenal musicians, but have a way of putting together a powerful performance very well. Vocals by Vincent and Lee are heartfelt and spot on. The orchestral backup and locale is terrific, would love to see a concert in an ancient Roman venue! Lasse Hoile always brings out the best in a live show (check out Porcupine Tree's "Anesthetize" Blu-ray...now THERE is a masterpiece).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Comp on September 27, 2013
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Here we have the 4th concert film by Anathema (Visions Of A Dying Embrace, Were You There?, and A Moment In Time). While technically this is a great blu-ray, the band is not offering us much new on their concert films. The setlists for the last three dvds were almost the same. A Moment In Time offered us rare tracks in the bonus features section such as A Dying Kiss, Sleepless and Albatross. This concert film is by no means bad, in fact, its awesome but it just falls into the same-old same-old category. A few things that could have made this better would have been a 5.1 surround sound option (would have worked well on the wall-of-distortion tracks like Thin AIr), the promo videos for Dreaming LIght and as awful as it was Untouchable. Overall, not a bad blu ray and I would rate it 3.5 stars....just hope for the next one, they offer us something a bit different.
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