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  • Actors: Aviv Geffen, Steven Wilson, Eran Mitelman, Seffy Efrati, Tomer Z
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Snapper UK
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVPTLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Live in NYC captures the band live at the Bowery Ballroom earlier this year performing tracks from the critically acclaimed Blackfield & Blackfield II records.

Customer Reviews

It's about creating a mood via music.
Sean Flaharty
There is more than enough great music here to make the DVD a good value, but buyers also get a bonus with three promo videos featuring Hello, Pain, and Blackfield.
Kurt Harding
Just some general good and bad comments from me: Pros- -Outstanding performance -Sound sounded great!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Russ Bellinger on November 20, 2007
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If you think about it, Steve Wilson does something that no one else that I can think of does in these times. He somehow manages to write some of the most amazing and beautiful songs (without becoming sappy or silly) and the most intelligent, deeply felt lyrics of our time as well as rocking out and staying current with the times, blending pop music, sophisticated progressive rock, grunge, metal, and more. It is an experience for the senses and the mind, like diving into a pool of everchanging sound and emotion that is truly unique and solid. I would definately compare him to any of the Beatles in his unlimited creative abilities. It is however unfortunate that he is not more well known. I also have to say that when I first listened to (and reviewed) the second Blackfield CD it sounded very poppy. But over the months since its release it has really been absorbed into my being and I came to realize that it is much more than a really good pop CD. It is pure genuis. It has great depth and spirituality. Now the DVD has really sent the message home. The live performance is fantastic. I absolutely love the drum parts that drive these songs. I have already watched the DVD five times since I received it from Amazon a couple of weeks ago. And blending the songs from the first Blackfield CD with the songs from the new CD made me realize that the new CD is also a masterpiece. In these days of bland, pointlesss, ghetto -minded, dance, crap music this is a total awakening. Like a deep breath of clean air and a drink of pure clean water. I was also fortunate to have seen Porcupine Tree live on the Deadwing tour and I love the power and performance of the band which also displayed on the DVD Arriving Somewhere... My first Porcupine Tree CD was Stupid Dream back in 99. I have been hooked on Steve's work ever since and Blackfield has only added to his genuis.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael McCann on November 5, 2007
Just in from the official B.F. UK web site...let me be the first to cast some light on this release to the "world's marketplace", Amazon. (Shocking there are no reviews already). I was at this show, so I'm a bit partial. HOWEVER...this is sonically stunning. What a wonderful keepsake from an unforgettable evening. Although BLACKFIELD features our guitar~driven Steve, the man makes no effort to steal this show with one-ups-manship solos, riffing or posing. To the contrary, this is a well mixed (by Steve) and beautifully recorded outing. A TRUE document of the night. Not to rub it in, but those folks trapped on international or domestic flights that could not make this show due to severe weather in NYC are gonna kick themselves (or the airlines) for missing this! We almost did not make it either!

When I heard that Lasse Hoile (major respect here) was directing this, I sort of expected an "Arriving Somewhere" part II with Super-8 scratchy film footage, bizzare imagary, video screens, huge lighting, and the like. Nope, not here. The focus in the Blackfield world is on harmony, lyrics, choruses, instrumentation, and brilliant, dark but wonderful songwriting. How fantastic that this captured the moment at that small, almost clastrophopic club. I'm so thrilled that this was not portrayed as a "look at our grand show" concert. The grand show here is in your head, as soon as you open your ears and LISTEN TO THIS.

The mix is so, so solid. Drums and bass will bouce your balls around throughout, and, the keyboards perfect (thankfully, not in a prog-rock "look at me player" style like some others. Steve and Aviv balance singing their parts wonderfully. Oh yeah, there's lots of KILLER guitar too and stellar showmanship (more glitter, Aviv!!!).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on December 18, 2007
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Musical polymath Steve Wilson seems to have the Midas touch with just about every music project he puts his mind to when he is not busy with his day job as frontman for Porcupine Tree. Blackfield appeared on the scene several years ago as a Wilson side project that features a collaboration with Israeli Aviv Geffen. Now, two CDs and one DVD later, it is clear that the project has taken on a life of its own.
I like both Blackfield CDs a great deal but did not appreciate them nearly as much as I do now since I've seen the DVD. As with Porcupine Tree, Wilson still contributes the lion's share of the music and the lyrics but Geffen's involvement adds a new dimension that is absent with Porcupine Tree and the songs he contibutes are qualitatively on par with Wilson's. These songs often plumb the depths of despair yet are so beautiful that the listener comes away in reverie rather than in depression.
Blackfield NYC is essential to any fan of the band because you get a chance to see up close just how talented each of these guys are. I was especially impressed by the drumming of Tomer Z whose evident skill serves as the glue that keeps the performance tight. I like the whole DVD to some degree, but the best songs are: both renditions of Once, The Hole In Me, Pain, Epidemic, Someday, a thrilling End of the World, and a soul-stirring Cloudy Now.
There is more than enough great music here to make the DVD a good value, but buyers also get a bonus with three promo videos featuring Hello, Pain, and Blackfield. That portion will remind PT fans of the videos that accompanied the special edition of In Absentia. With Blackfield NYC you get great sound, great visuals and some darn good music. What more could you want?
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