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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven and Hell in full H-Dio! A must buy for Dio/Sabbath fans., May 24, 2011
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This review is from: Heaven & Hell: Radio City Music Hall - Live! [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Heaven & Hell Live at Radio City Music Hall is the definitive Heaven & Hell experience. The video quality is top-notch, the sound quality is incredible, and most importantly: we have an amazing setlist being performed by top-tier musicians at the top of their game.

I know what many of you are asking. "Is this much of an improvement over the DVD?" I can answer that with a very confident and resounding YES. I bought the DVD years ago after seeing them live at Metal Masters in 2008. The video quality is much better with no compression artifacts and very little color bleeding. Another problem that was noticeable to me on the DVD was really weird ghosting/motion blur of some kind. This is also gone in the Blu-ray release. Seeing this concert in high definition is a treat since you can catch so many small details, like scratches on Tony Iommi's guitar or the sequins on Dio's groovy shirts. Everything here looks fantastic.

The sound quality seems great to my ears. I don't have a speaker system to test out how crazy it can get, but it comes with HD audio, Dolby 5.1, and stereo. From what my TV speakers put out, everything sounds crisp and clear. The songs have varying mixes, such as Geezer Butler's bass lines dominating some tracks, while Tony Iommi's pounding riffs dominate others. I imagine that what we hear on this disc is what the band/sound engineers would want us to hear. It's perfect. See "Die Young" or "Falling Off the Edge of the World" for examples of the great mixing at work.

That brings us to the setlist, which is spectacular. You get material from the first three Sabbath Mk. II albums, Heaven & Hell, The Mob Rules, and Dehumanizer, along with some new tracks from the Dio Years compilation. This is a pretty long setlist and it doesn't disappoint. You get the expected hits like "Neon Nights" and "The Mob Rules" but for every one of those tracks you get a rarely played classic like "Sign of the Southern Cross" or "Lonely is the Word."

The band is in top form being filmed in the upward swing of their resurgence as gods of metal. Dio shows us that his voice, while sounding a bit aged, hasn't lost any of its power. Vinny Appice pounds the skins like he's going to be killed by a sniper if he doesn't hit them hard enough. He represents everything a professional drummer should be: a powerful, precise, timekeeper with a complete lack of vanity. His rhythm counterpart, Geezer Butler rocks the bass better than most whippersnappers half his age. He knows when to accentuate the riffs by following the guitar lines, and when to keep up the rhythm with his wild soloing. Tony Iommi, is of course, Tony Iommi. He plays heavy riffs of impending doom with ease. He has an amazing tone, and shreds with the very best of them without ever devolving into atonal noise.

If you love Black Sabbath, buy this. If you love Dio, buy this. If you love both, why are you even still reading? Click the button up there! If you don't have the DVD already, this is a no brainer. If you do, I still recommend this if you're on the fence. Give the DVD to your nephew or something! I think it's very much worth the improvement. You're getting an amazing concert with great video and sound. I cannot recommend this enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven & Hell & Beyond!!, June 12, 2013
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If you've ever loved Sabbath with Dio then you MUST absolutely add this Blu-Ray to your collection as I have! Vinny's thunderous drumming is on point. Tony's guitar riffs are classic and timeless! Geezer's bass lines are roaring and pumping! And last but not at all least, the late Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.) is still at the top of his game with his unique and amazing vocals! This is one of Dio's finest performances and showcases the band at their best! I was fortunate enough to have attended this performance and I must say this DVD certainly captures the magic of Heaven & Hell that night!! Excellent production and 5.1 sound will rock you out of your seat! Get this Blu-Ray and you will not be at all disappointed!! God Bless Dio and the amazing legacy he left behind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIO RULES, June 10, 2014
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What can I say about DIO? He is the GREATEST ROCKER EVER. I was at this show at RCMH in NYC and this makes me feel as though I was right there again. Very good video and wonderful sound...and of course the Voice of The MASTER brings it all together. It's a great set list which I won't list here but needless to say, this Blu-Ray is a CLASSIC KEEPER to hold on to forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP DIO, March 20, 2014
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This is probably one of the best immortalized performances in the history of rock n' roll. Seeing these guys at their age ROCK HARDER than any new band out there is amazing. I really fell in love with the DIO era Sabbath when they made their comeback. A video that is a must have if you are fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dio at his best, February 10, 2014
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This is a great Dio performance along with various rare Black Sabbath tracks not seen in years or ever again. The bonus features are exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On, December 7, 2013
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Really well done. A/V quality is excellent, & editing isn't too frenetic. Ronnie was one of rock's greatest singers, & when together with Butler & Iommi you get a bit of magic happening. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality!, December 3, 2013
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Great sound quality! I've hardly every watched the video, purchased primary for the audio. The sound engineers did a great job on it. The content is very very good also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Sabbath!, May 31, 2013
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A Great performance of the Black Sabbath. Excelent production. Sound and Video quality is great.
A memory of our great musician Dio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY THE BEST, March 16, 2013
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For fans OF THIS TRAINING OF THIS BLACK SABBATH BD is a MUST SEE!
RJD VOICE IS THE BEST OF ALL TIME.
IOMMI THE GREAT MASTER OF Riffs.
GEZZER IS A FANTASTIC MUSICIAN IN YOUR CHORDS bass ARE HEAVY AND HIGHLIGHTS.
VINNY ALWAYS IN PERFECT DRUMS
LOVED!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, February 17, 2013
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I think the performance of Ronnie James Dio is outstanding
I really enjoy this blue ray
, and I hardly recommended
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