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Nearly IMPOSSIBLE to watch! Does no one EDIT anymore?
on April 2, 2012
I just turned off the TV and I'm currently listening to this Blu-ray with HD Audio 5.1, and ALL IS GOOD once again. Gotta love Maiden. New stuff, classics, its all the same formulaic stuff. But as I've preached many times, when it comes to Iron Maiden, you either GET IT or you don't. I developed my guitar chops on early Maiden tunes, so I've been a fan since day one. I buy every new release, unheard and unseen, and pretty much hope for the best.
Unfortunately, as I stated in the title, I can't watch this Blu-ray! Way too frantic and UNEDITED. Split screen galore, and not the good kind, where it holds and you can watch several camera angles, your choice. No, when it split screens you get the split image (2, 3 or 4 different frames) for about half a second. Then its off to the next screen. Do we really need to see every angle, every moment? The job of a GOOD EDITOR is to DECIDE what to show and for how long. Direct our focus and then KEEP it THERE for a few breaths at least. During guitar solos, just one camera on the guitar player please. -is this not simple common sense for a rock/metal oriented recording?
I realize this is an issue with many concert Blu-rays. This is not the first BD with frantic and hyper-speed, music video type editing. But it may just be the WORST I've ever seen. So Beware!
So my tip, turn off the TV, crank up the volume. With Maiden, its about the music anyway which deserves 5 stars, the watch-ability factor get 1-star. Overall 3 stars.
(Final Note: any Iron Maiden fans who have never heard Bruce Dickinson's Chemical Wedding album, should buy it immediately. It's what an Iron Maiden effort COULD SOUND like with a little musical/metal evolution, and hands-down RIVALS any Iron Maiden album in the last decade. Give it a spin.)