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Dream Theater - Live at Budokan (2004)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dream Theater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYS6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dream Theater - Live at Budokan" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tracks: As I Am, This Dying Soul, Beyond This Life, Hollow Years, War Inside My Head, The Test That Stumped Them All, Endless Sacrifice, Instrumedley, Trial of Tears, New Millennium, Keyboard solo, Only a Matter of Time, Goodnight Kiss, Solitary Shell, Stream of Consciousness, Disappear, Pull Me Under, In the Name of God
  • "Riding the Train of Thought": Japanese tour documentary
  • John Petrucci: Guitar World
  • Jordan Rudess: Keyboard World
  • Mike Portnoy drum solo
  • The Dream Theater Chronicles 2004 tour opening video
  • Instrumedley multi-angle bonus

Editorial Reviews

A treasure-trove for Dream Theater fans, Live at Budokan presents an entire three-hour performance at Tokyo's famed Budokan arena on April 26, 2004, along with a bonus disc rich in supplementary material. Disc 1 finds the metallic progressive-rock quintet at its awe-inspiring best, plowing through its catalog of dramatic epics and jack-hammer instrumentals, including five of the seven songs from 2003's Train of Thought. Disc 2 features an extended drum solo from percussionist extraordinaire Mike Portnoy; gear tours from guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (fascinating for lay people and downright revelatory for musicians); and a half-hour documentary on DT's 2004 stint in Japan punctuated by tantalizing snippets of band rehearsals. The shooting and editing for the concert are a music lover's dream, with lengthy shots that linger on the performances of individual band members. Disc 2 takes this even further with a multi-angle sequence of the 12-minute "Instrumedley."

Production values are extremely high: it's a widescreen presentation shot on high-def video and nicely mixed for multichannel Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (with a thinner, collapsed version of the same for Dolby 2.0). It must be noted, however, that the center, subwoofer, and surround channels get jumbled right at 1:35:30 on disc 1. The front left/right channels remain in place, but the signals for the other four speakers play non-musical chairs. People listening in 2.0 will experience a brief dropout at that point. --Michael Mikesell

Product Description

Songs Preformed: As I Am This Dying Soul Beyond This Life Hollow Years War Inside My Head The Test That Stumped Them All Endless Sacrifice Instrumedley Trial Of Tears New Millennium Keyboard Solo Only A Matter Of Time Goodnight Kiss Solitary Shell Stream Of Consciousness Disappear Pull Me Under In The Name Of God

Customer Reviews

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you will only buy 1 Dream Theater DVD, GET THIS ONE! December 18, 2004
By L. Sion
this DVD show Dream Theater (DT) live at the historical japanese avenue, the Budokan, at their finest. i think DT have taken their music at another highest after having Rudess on keys, he is much more than just a keyboardist, combining speed, technique, musicality, together with Petrucci, Portnoy and Myung, they expanded their musical level to somewhere that no one had done before. and this DVD show what the best the fivesome can probably do (not the last one, Metropolis 2000, though that feature Rudess as well but the whole DVD is badly produced).

the concert footage consist of 18 songs, 5 from the lastest ablum "Train of Thought" (As I Am, This Dying Soul, Endless Sacrifice, Stream of Consciousness and In the Name of God), and some old stuff, also a new "Instrumedley", a combination of some their highly technically instrumental medley from their old songs, neck-breaking solo, breathe-taking unison, head-turning drum works, what else can i say about this... i really can't find one second from the performance that's not satisfying, their performance is no doubt at their finest.

and on disc 2, you'll be amazed that they are much more that a player/musician, they have so much knowledge on their instrument, Rudess's "turnable" keyboard setup is mind blowing, he even considered about the emergency power supply, and Petrucci's guitar setup is just as stunning, he take care of his instrument to a very subtle detail, not to mention Portnoy monster drumkit and his drum solo......

DT is no doubt one of the most influential band nowadays, not only because their superb music and musicianship, but also on their devotion on their instruments, fans and the business as well... this DVD will become one of the classic live DVD of all time, don't miss it!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD ever! November 7, 2005
By Pete
FINALLY! After much procrastination, I got this DVD! I loved the album version of LAB, but seeing them just BLEW ME AWAY! THIS is how a DT show REALLY is!

Okay. First off, the production is SOLID! John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy (guitarist and drummer, respectively) did a great job of producing it in the studio. The drums sound great, and the instruments sound better! On top of that, if that wasn't enough and it would make any DT fan drool, James sounds GREAT! Sure, he KINDA sounds nasal, but it's because he sometimes sings too close to the mic'. I'd say this is the best production on ANY DT release.

Second, the performance is AMAZING! Here's a quick rundown through the tracks:

As I Am: Great, energetic live starter. The solo is MINDBLOWING.

This Dying Soul: Great enough follow up. Love Jordan's keyboard adlibs here.

Beyond This Life: The extended jam session gave me a massive erection.

Hollow Years: I love JP's added Spanish guitar solo at the intro.

War Inside My Head/The Test That Stumped Them All: Now it gets back to HEAVY! The transition between these 2 songs is amazing!

Endless Sacrifice: Great, just like the studio version, though.

Instrumedley: A mix of all the band's instrumentals! AMAZING!

Trial of Tears: Amazing. James never sounded better.

New Millennium: Great but I don't get why the crowd roared with excitement during the intro.

Keyboard solo: "Ladies and gentlemen, MR. Jordan Rudess!" Exellent keyboard solo!

Only a Matter of Time: Along with TOT, James' best performance here.

Goodnight Kiss/Solitary Shell: Exellent, yet again, one of James's bets peroformances.

Stream of Consciousness: Great instrumental!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Incredible! October 6, 2004
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This DVD tops them all for a live concert release. I am a huge DT fan and this DVD truly blew me away. It is light years ahead of their previous DVD releases. The technical ability of the band just never stops getting more and more ridiculous. All five of the band members display on this concert that they are at the top of their respective musical classes. The song selection is excellent. The video quality is superb along with the sound quality. I have noticed that in the last year or two, James Labrie's voice has gotten much better. He seemed to get tired on the last few concert dvds and started missing a lot of high notes about half-way through the concert. At Budokan, his voice is actually better live than on some of the studio recordings! Very passionate singing, great range, and knows when not to overdo it. If you are even a quasi Dream Theater fan, you MUST get this DVD. I promise, it will blow you away. DT is at its zenith.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In one word: "Amazing" June 18, 2006
I think this DVD is fantastic. This live performance is one the best i've seen. The music turns from heavy and angry to soft and melodic. The production is superb, the audio is great and the songs are played without a mistake. Once again these guys prove that they are amazing players. Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess and Myung are awesome with their instruments. LaBrie is singing better and more controlled than in previous tours. I give a 4 star rating because the song list it's a bit disapointing, it could have been better. But, if you are a die hard fan, get this DVD! It's a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic October 7, 2004
By B.Huss
I ordered the new DT weeks ago and spend the last few days basically waiting by the mail box. It arrived yesterday and then everything went on hold so I could watch the concert in it's entirety. And was it worth the wait? You bet. It's all I expected and then some. All the band members are in super form and there is simple not another band in the world that contains such a wealth of musical talent. Guitar, drums, keys and bass are all just jawdroppingly amazing and James never sung better. In the past he sometimes struggled with the higher notes and tended to scream rather than sing. No such problems here. If loud or with feeling, he is spot on. Song selection is superb. Some people might miss the odd track, but considering how many great songs they have, the concert should be 8 hours long to cover only the greatest of them all. Highlights? Everything from minute 1 to minute 172 and I am overwhelmed with the inclusion of my favorite DT song "trial of tears".

Visually they've done a world class job. Lighting is not over the top, the band always clear to see and the mix is the best I've ever seen on a concert DVD with the cameras always picking up the soloists without ignoring the others. Sound is also great apart from that glitch in "new millenium". Some may complain about the crowd noise being too loud as they did with "Rush in Rio", but believe me, it is just perfect.

Enough said. No go and get your copy, if you havn't already done it. This is a must have for everyone who likes to see and hear music played to perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Keith P.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Dream Theater Live Video Seen
By a wide range, this is the best of Dream Theater's concert DVDs. The play list spans multiple albums, Mr. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SoCalCynic
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Dream Theater Fans
The first time I saw this DVD, I was totally blown away by how amazingly professional Dream Theater is as a Live group. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by JimHouseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance
I know a lot of Dream Theater fans have sort of a love/hate relationship for the band. We all love the technical and musically complex side of Dream Theater, that create some of... Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Jason Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Video!!
I enjoyed the two disc DVD. Petrucci was awesome!!! the drum solo by Mike was better than awesome. Great band!!
Published on March 4, 2012 by hblanch
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible performance!
This DVD is a must for all Dream Theater fans, the talent of the musicians in this band is absolutely incredible. Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by drumguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific DVD
Live ar budokan is rhe best album put out by the band and contains 2 dvd's of which the first contains the concert and rhe second showcases the solos of the individual band... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by Rohit R
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dream Theater dvd
I think this is the best Dream Theater dvd. Awesome band, set, audience and atmosphere. What a joy it is to watch great musicians to play great song and jam with "smiles" on their... Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by Rabe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest music DVDs ever
I should start saying that i am not a big Dream Theater Fan, i like their music but there are lots of bands i like more... Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by Andrés
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN!!
Great concert! Awesome tracks too!! Instrumedley was fantastic as well as the solos. Best Dream Theater DVD!
Published on July 20, 2010 by Kenneth Candelas
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