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Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

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It has been 20 years since the members of Dream Theater met at the Berklee College of Music. Since then they have released eight studio albums and countless live releases, and have developed a legion of loyal followers with their epic, complex music, and dynamic, marathon live shows. To mark the occasion, Dream Theater embarked on a 20th anniversary Tour. This DVD features the grand finale concert of that tour, recorded live at Radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006. The 2-disc DVD titled SCORE includes the entire show, nearly 3 hours of music over 90 minutes performed with a full orchestra. It shows highlight performances like 'I Walk Beside You' and 'The Answer Lies Within' along with previously unreleased songs 'Another Won' and 'Raise The Knife' and much more. The DVD also contains a one-hour documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginning at the Berklee College of Music in 1985 all the way to the 20th Anniversary tour grand finale including rare never-before-seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band. Also included are several live bonus performances from 1993-2005. There is also a separate 3-CD release of the 20th Anniversary Tour grand finale.


The tenacious odyssey of Dream Theater culminates in one of their finest concerts ever on this magnificent Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour DVD. Just how good is this blazing prog-metal performance, recorded at New York City's radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006? For starters, it's easy to believe the band's drummer and co-founder, Mike Portnoy, when he ends the nearly three-hour show by saying "this was one of the best nights of our career." Then consider that for one brief but shining moment in mid-September 2006, Score nudged Pink Floyd's Pulse out of the #1 spot on the bestselling music DVD charts, proving without a doubt that DT's loyal fan base was more than willing to elevate the band to an unprecedented level of critical and commercial success. It's a win-win scenario for everyone, because it's obvious, from this performance and the Octivarium CD that spawned it, that Score represents 20 years of bold perseverance, and the sheer power of combined talents against the fickle forces of a music industry that repeatedly tried, and failed, to compromise Dream Theater's unique creative vision.

For longtime fans, Score offers an abundance of material that's exclusive to this release, with minimal crossover from previous Dream Theater DVDs. "The Spirit Carries On" is a natural highlight, and James LaBrie's vocals are as pristine here as they are throughout the entire concert. But there can be little doubt that this gig will be best remembered for the flawless performances of the DT epics "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence," "Octivarium," and a jaw-dropping encore rendition of "Metropolis," all spectacularly accompanied by the Octivarium Orchestra under the baton of arranger and conductor Jamshied Sharifi. These massive arrangements have been beautifully mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital or equally crisp PCM stereo, and each member of Dream Theater is given ample opportunity to demonstrate their virtuoso skills, including several transcendent solos by guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (the latter proving his mastery of the lap steel guitar, vintage Moog synthesizer and the curiously amazing Continuum Fingerboard). Of course, one must never underestimate the awesome bass foundation laid by John Myung, whose priceless contribution is sonically ever-present, if not always visually apparent. As directed by Portnoy, however, Score is totally focused on the music, gracefully and unobtrusively covering the concert from a variety of visually advantageous angles, and edited (by Chris Osterhus) to follow every beat, transition, and solo with breathtaking precision. All in all, Score is easily on par with Pulse, and arguably surpasses the Floyd DVD in terms of overall performance. It's a godsend for fans, and a perfect introduction for the band's ever-growing audience of new and converted fans. -- Jeff Shannon

On the DVD
"The Score So Far" is an outstanding documentary that fully chronicles Dream Theater's history from its earliest days (when Portnoy, Petrucci, and Myung met at Boston's Berklee College of Music) to the Radio City concert on April 1, 2006. Personnel changes are candidly addressed (as opposed to some bands, DT don't hide their past difficulties, and credit is always given when due), and the film serves as a tribute to the band's refusal to bow to commercial pressures. (It's no wonder Mike Portnoy feels a gratifying sense of vindication; after 20 years, he and his bandmates fully deserve it.) Also included is the amusing "Octivarium Animation" shown during the concert, and three live performances (from 1993, 2002 and 2005) that further illustrate Dream Theater's ability to refine and/or redefine its sound and image while keeping up with the times. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Set 1 (Dream Theater)
  • Set 2 (Dream Theater with the Octavarium Orchestra)
  • Disc 2:
  • The Score So Far... (20th anniversary documentary)
  • Octavarium animation
  • Another Day (Live in Tokyo 8/26/93)
  • The Great Debate (Live in Budapest 7/4/02)
  • Honor Thy Father (Live in Chicago 8/12/05)

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIWS7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As the previous reviewers have stated, this particular show was absolutely amazing! As a fan of the band since 1989 and having seen 37 DT shows to date, this show tops them all and I am proud to say that I was there!

However, unlike those previous reviewers, I've actually managed to get a copy of this DVD ahead of time, and after watching it, I can say for certain that this DVD *is* DT's best yet! Mike Portnoy pulls out all the stops in making sure that this DVD tops everything else they've done thus far. The picture quality is gorgeous - better than Live at Budokan, if that can be believed. I was told by someone who worked on the project that extra attention was put in the details to ensure that every single frame was perfect, and it shows! The sound itself is also a thing of beauty - even the stereo mix is not the traditional AC3 encoding, but rather the superior PCM encoding. The actual mix is very well done by Michael Brauer and is balanced nicely, allowing each of the musicians to shine throughout. It is quite evident that every bit of space on the DVD was used.

I won't go on about the actual songs themselves, as you can read many reviews of the actual show to learn about them. However, I would like to point out that while the song selection is not to everyone's taste (as is evident from the other reviews), Mike Portnoy continues to give the fans the most bang for their buck by not having the same songs on every DVD like many other bands do - the only "overlapping" songs on this DVD compared to their previous DVDs are some parts of the song Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (as found on Live at Budokan), The Spirit Carries On and Metropolis pt. 1 (found on Scenes From New York) and Under a Glass Moon (on Live in Tokyo).
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I was not bowled over by "Octavarium", and knowing that "Score" has five songs from that disc I didn't rush to the store the day it came out like I usually do when DT releases something new. I waited two days. Well, after listening to it several times I'm impressed. How could musicians of this caliber not impress? Anyway, the gem on this DVD is the entire forty-one minute version (with full orchestra) of one of the greatest DT songs ever, "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence". Wow! This song alone is worth the asking price, but fans get two hours and forty minutes of music, clear video and professional editing, ear pleasing audio options (stereo and DD 5.1), and some outstanding bonus features on disc two that include - an hour long band documentary, three bonus tracks, and a three minute animated short.

Overall, this is an amazing DVD from one of the best prog-metal bands ever, and if you favor DT's latest release over previous works, this will be a treasure.
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For the all Dream Theater Fans, here is the token that the all band had reunited in order for us to enjoy. This DVD contains the whole concert they played on the Radio City Music Hall (NY) April 1st 2006. This was the final show of the Octavarium 20th Anniversary World Tour, and it a real special Dream Theater show since they played, not all of the show, 90 min, with an Orchestra. According to Mike Portnoy he said: "I truly believe last night (April 1st) was the PINNACLE of our 20 year career, thus far and an incredible ending to the latest chapter in DT history." This DVD also includes a 1 hour Documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginnings at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 all the way to the Radio City Music Hall grand finale. Including rare never before seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band. So for you all fans and non-fans this DVD promises to be a great master piece earned to be collected by you all. I know that we are still one month away to be finally released, but still you deserved to know what's up with this DVD and why it is so special.

Long Live DT!
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First off, I wasn't a fan of the tracklisting when I first saw it. Then I began to thing about it and realized that I didn't want the same songs on every DVD. If I want to see and hear my favorite songs I can always put on Budokan or Scenes From New York. I really loved the fact that they played "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" and "Octavarium" all the way through. Those two songs alone ate up 1/3 of the show. The band was as amazing and tight as always, no more discussion needed on that subject. The Orchestra really added to the second half of the show, but more importantly, they didn't drown out the band the fans paid to see.

The picture and sound quality are as great as Budokan and the venue isn't as dark, which I prefer. The special features contain an informative (although rather short for my tastes) documentary on Dream Theater's history, and three live performances that lack the picture and sound quality of the first disc. I'm not complaining though, because they are nice to have.

20 years and 8 albums down...
here's to hoping for many more to come.
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As usual,this new Dream Theater DVD release won't let you down. As has been pointed already by others, the image and quality sound is excellent (but I won't dare to say that quality is better that their previos DVD concert, Live in Budokan).

The band shows such energy and vitality, their enthusiasm is contagious. For those who might question "why a new DVD concert?" there's your answer: all the members seem happier to play than ever. Their motivation is still there. And they're still in the peak of their skills.

I was particularly impressed by James La Brie's vocals. He's singing better than ever.

The set with the band and the orchestra (songs 9 to 14) is a good example of how that combination has to be done. There's a perfect integration of both. You never loose the feeling that the band is the most important thing, but the orchestra provides a very powerful and beutiful enhacement in each song. I was particularly impressed by the performance of "Six deegres of inner turbulence". To complete such a long piece without flaws, is a very difficult task. But Dream Theater and orchestra carry it out perfectly.

Some may question the choice of songs for a 20th year celebration, but in the end I think the most important thing is that the group celebrates the STYLE that they have been cultivating during all these years. And for 2 and a half hours, they do it through their whole performance, not through specific songs.


The highlight of the "Bonus" DVD is the documentary about the story of the band, using archive footage and interviews with all the band members (yes folks, John Myung talks more than ever!), including guests Charle Dominici and Derek Sherinian (no Kevin Moore though).
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is this the double dvd that was posted up on the DT webpage?
it does seem cheap. it's only 20 bucks on bestbuy.com too
Jul 27, 2006 by Clayton Morgan |  See all 2 posts
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