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Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
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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
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"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
- 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)
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
Long Live DT!
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own seven DT concert dvd's and this is still my favorite. It's so SO good I guess you can't expect them to top it. If you don't have it, get it.Published 16 months ago by EDF
Best DT Concert ever recorded, next to Metropolis 2000.
The Orchestra is just great.
Their best live concerts ever. Labrie finally got it together and sounded good. The song selection was fantastic (Raise the Knife was such a welcome surprise since I hadn't heard... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Thomas
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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