Queensrÿche: Mindcrime at the Moore [Blu-ray]
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Queensrÿche is no stranger to concert theatrics. After releasing the first Operation: Mindcrime in the '80s, they toured with a similar setup, performing the album in its entirety alongside animated sequences and staging with singer Pamela Moore as Sister Mary. Mindcrime at the Moore is a more epic endeavor. After a brief animated prelude, the band takes the stage alongside the Seattle Seahawks's drum line. It's a killer way to make an entrance as they launch into "Anarchy-X" and "Revolution Calling." From that point on, the band never stops to chat or take a break. Lead singer Geoff Tate marches from one song to the next, changing costumes, climbing around the set, and interacting with the various actors.
As far as concert movies go, Queensrÿche: Mindcrime at the Moore (Blu-ray) is a little underwhelming considering the high-level production happening on stage. The camera work is decent, but some of the acting could have been framed better. What's more troubling, however, is the use of post-production typography. Like some weird karaoke feature, footage for a couple of the songs features gigantic, pixilated, lyrics overlaid on the screen. Maybe that works on the Jumbotron at the concert, but not in a high-def Blu-ray video. Otherwise, the video quality is great; the edges are crisp and the colors are vibrant in 1080i.
The Blu-ray's sound is a mixed bag. The DTS HD Master track and the Dolby 5.1 Surround are loud and clear, but the drumming occasionally gets lost in the mix.Read more ›
In terms of set list, the band performs the entire of their classic 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime and then its heavier 2006 sequel, back to back and in their original running-orders. There is also a two-song encore of `Walk In The Shadows' and `Jet City Woman,' from Rage For Order and Empire respectively, resulting in a total of 44 songs, lasting two hours and twenty nine minutes.
The performance as you may imagine is big and theatric, with lots of additional personnel on stage acting around the band. There are set pieces, props, costume changes for singer Geoff Tate and guest vocalist Pamela Moore, video screens and elaborate lighting, all helping to drive the narrative of the story that is told in the two concept albums.
The camera work, picture quality, direction and editing of the actual live performance is absolutely top-notch and when the screen is showing the band actually playing live this is a truly fine looking concert recording.
There is a lot of additional film footage and text that comes up on the screen augmenting the concert footage however, and because the theatrical performance was played out in front of aforementioned video screens much of the content from them is often shown superimposed over the live performance, or sometimes shown instead of the concert footage all together. For most people this will help you get into it even more but if you usually don't like it when concert DVDs do this sort of thing then you may really hate this particular release, as the phenomenon is much, much more prominent here than usual.Read more ›
But this aint it. There are times when Geoff Tate's acting goes into Shatner territory, complete with the big gut and the over-wrenching facial expressions. I don't think, after De Garmo left, there was anyone left in the band to say no to him. He's become Queensryche's own version of George Lucas. This comes off as a real ego trip for Tate, like it's the Tate-and-Moore Theater Hour (Pamela Moore, Sister Mary), and the rest of the band is part of the production crew. They try to explain Sister Mary's exact method of death, and it came off totally absurd. It was Queensryche's "Greedo shot first" moment. Thanks. The mystery surrounding her death was much better. They added songs, changed others so radically it was difficult to tell what they were doing. Tate WHISTLES during "Waiting for 22 . . . " All in all the additions muddy up the story, making an otherwise taut and engaging story, with a few mysteries left unanswered, to a performance of self-indulgence.
This is just part I. Mindcrime part II, written without De Garmo, in my opinion is a disaster in comparison with it's predecessor. It is like Paul McCartney trying to write another Sgt. Pepper by himself. It is confused, wandering, and not nearly as well written, lyrically.
The DVD of LIVE: crime is still the best recorded performance of Operation:Mindcrime, IMO.
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This is just an ok show. I don't like the sound quality. On concerts, the audio is the most important thing, but this release just doesn't have the crispness, depth and heaviness... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kramer Drummer
Operation mindcrime is a classic album. I own the CD of mindcrime I & II as well as Queensryche - Operation Livecrime (1991) on DVD. I just purchased at the Moore. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tapps
Operation Mind crime is in my top 5 or so of music CD's. This is the only Blu-Ray recording of this.
It is not perfect, but neither are you or I. Read more
The live album didn't impress me as much, but the Blu-Ray was impressive, and helped really pull the story together for these two albums played in their entirety. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by The Silent Man
seeing them perform this album live defintly gives you more insight on the story rather than just hearing it, the sound quality and picture are superb. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by rick trautman