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Queensryche - Operation Livecrime
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2001
This is a brilliant piece of work from one of the most alternative and outstanding hard rock bands - Queensryche. The album "Operation Mindcrime" (which was released in 1988), was a classic concept album and phenomenal not merely for the band itself but also in rock history. "Video Mindcrime" (which was released in 1989) was an excellent piece of storytelling putting the songs and music into visual image. "Operation Livecrime" was a further step ahead to put the story into live performance.
I bought the box set way back in 1991 which made up of a Vhs cassette, a booklet about the story behind the album and a CD. The moment I saw the DVD on display inside a shop last week, I just did not hesitate to buy it. And now, here we are, "Operation Livecrime" in DVD eventually.
The performance itself was immaculate. Every single member of the band did their respective part perfectly. They played every single song in the album. The partnership of Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton in guitar playing was second to none and irreplaceable but also one which supposedly every fan of the band would sadly miss. By no means I am playing down the role of Kelly Gray (who replaced Chris), himself being an outstanding guitarist on his own merits, however there is unfortunately something missing in the standard of performance (particularly live performance) of the band following the departure of Chris who had made such a huge contribution to the development of the band.There is no question about that.
There is however one aspect which I sadly noticed from the song "Suite Sister Mary". It seems that the vocal portion of Pamela Moore was recorded beforehand, that is she did not seem to have sung her lines live. I hope I am wrong.
In all, this DVD is definitely a must for every die hard Queensryche fan and serious fan of rock music. Just go ahead and buy it. Believe me, it is worth every single cent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2005
Ok. So if you're reading the reviews for Operation Livecrime, you're probably a fan. As a fan, this is a must have DVD. Plus, there are many reviews of the band and their songs. I won't repeat their wonderful comments.

This DVD has a fairly-good 5.1 audio track; if you don't have a Dolby Digital 5.1 setup...you should just buy the CD. I bought the DVD because I've got a really good 5.1 setup with a good-sized sub. The 5.1 mix is very basic: Tate's vocals are out of the center speaker while the rest of the musicians are from the front (left/right). The rear surround channels are almost invisible. If you increase the volume of the surrounds, you'll hear faint crowd noise. Obviously, having been recorded in the early 90s, they probably weren't anticipating a DVD 5.1 mix. Although, I have heard many pre-DVD concerts successfully transferred into 5.1 with excellent instrument separation and crowd placement. They could've done a much better job at re-mixing the soundtrack for 5.1. I have both the DVD and the CD...if you don't have a good 5.1 setup at home...avoid this DVD - just buy the CD.

Ok...the editing is mind-numbing. I hate short cut segments. There's not a single shot that's longer than 5 seconds; that's really annoying. However, I can overlook the poor editing for a glimpse into a concert that I regrettably missed. Operation Mindcrime is a very energetic, physically and mentally exhausting CD; I can understand why sometimes it's necessary to have fast cut scenes to emphasize the energy of the moment. Probably doesn't need to be that fast cut through the whole film...but I'll forgive it. For Queensryche fans everywhere, this is a must-have for the collection. I hope when high definition DVDs finally make it to market, they'll redo both the audio and video. Until then, this is a great substitute. Beats the hell out of VHS and stereo!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2006
I'm a big believer that most concert DVDs are wastes of money. Honestly, how many times will anyone watch the same concert, with the same songs, and the same stage show, etc.?

Every rule has its exceptions. For me, `Operation : Livecrime' is that exception.

The extras are nice additions, but this DVD is all about the performance - THE performance. Queensryche were hitting on all cylinders at the time of this recording, and it showed. The album being presented here in its entirety is nothing less than an underappreciated masterpiece, and the stage show underlying this performance, with it's animated characterizations of the album's key players, as well as an on-stage appearance by Pamela Moore (performing as 'Mary') accentuates an amazing story.

If you were fortunate enough to have caught this tour, as I was, this will bring back some incredible memories for you. If you weren't, and are discovering Mindcrime for the first time, then this will only enhance your experience.

I reviewed Operation : Mindcrime for Amazon, and stated that the album belongs in every music lover's collection. While I don't believe that true of this DVD, it is a definite must-have for anyone who loves the Mindcrime album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2005
I've had a special place in my heart (soundz a little soft for a metal fan, but hey!) for Queensryche that goes back all the way to when my best friend in high school bought their self-released EP out of the back of a Circus magazine and we first listened to Geoff Tate wail like a banshee. Those were the days. I think the height of their career came at Mindcrime and entered mainstream at Empire. None of their albums have been as good since those days, but I still get them as they come out. This DVD captures the Ryche at the top of their game. Still young and fresh and Tate is in full wailing form. This is the stuff of legends. The complete Operation: Mindcrime album performed live and it's f*cking flawless! I've watched it three times already and still can't get enough. The extras aren't the bomb, the interviews with Tate are insightful and watchable. The easter eggs are: The Lady Wore Black - Live and Roads To Madness- Live, but it's just the audio and you can get those gems off of the LIVEcrime CD, so don't bother. All in all, this is Queensryche at its best. Brings back some great memories! Rock on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2002
I am admittedly an Operation Mindcrime freak - the album and it's incredible story and musicianship consumed me and a group of my friends many years ago in high school. I got to see Queensryche perform on this tour and it is still one of my favorite concerts to this day. This DVD captures the the excitement, intensity, and most of all the atmosphere of Mindcrime. Add flawless performances by the band, an incredible mix and sound production (I listened with headphones in Dolby stereo, although Dolby 5.1 is an option in the menu if you're NOT watching at midnight with your wife sleeping in the next room!), and fantastic video production and you've got a video version that not only does justice to the original album, but surpasses it in the 'chills up my back' factor. If you ever debated whether Mary was murdered or killed herself, then you need to buy this DVD now, because you're a freak too, and you will LOVE this concert. If you're not a freak, buy it anyway and you will be!!! Special features could have been better, but the interview with Geoff Tate is awesome (but too short), and occasionally whoever edited the concert video clips together goofed up on synching the video to the audio - a minor gripe that probably wouldn't bother anyone else at all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2001
This DVD is an absolute must for all Queensryche fans. I went to this show is Kansas City back in 1991 a couple of days after this show was recorded up in LaCross, Wisconsin. I was completely amazed at Geoff Tate and the Bands Theatrics. I have been a die hard Ryche fan since 1985 when I saw them open for Kiss. The DVD is amazing and the sound quality is awsome. The album (Operation Mindcrime) is by far my favorite, and the concert is beyond words.
Buy it........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
One of the few prog metal released that deserve a five stars rating in my opinion. But this album is probably the best live album I have heard(and seen on DvD). It was after the release of the Empire album, that Queensryche decided to promote the band's previous album and well appreciated masterpiece, Operation : Mindcrime with a sequence of live performances of the whole album on stage. In this album, Queensryche prove that actors or special setting are not required to set up a theatrical, dramatical background for the album's scenario. Just a not so used video-wall, and an amazing performance by the band's lead singer Geoff Tate. The songs are reproducted amazingly, as in most Queensryche concerts up to that date, and Tate's vocals are not only reaching up to the album levels, but also moving further, as his voice combined with his movement on stage and the general aspect of acting, promotes the results to the greatest. Starting of with a sample of I Remember Now, the band enter to the second track Anarchy X, and then Tate comes on stage for Revolution Calling. Notice the change of lyrics to be fitting to present circumstances, as critisism goes on. Operation Mindcrime, Speak and Spreading the Disease in a frenzy atmosphere with no mistakes at all, and then a rather theatrical version of the Mission with Tate singing on his knees. The highlight of the concert is definitely Suite Sister Mary, with Pamela Moore on stage. This one gave me the thrills, really, I almost cried with seeing this one. Then, the needle lies and the frenzy goes on. The album live reproduction proceeds until the end with breathtaking carry outs of I don't believe in love and Eyes of a Stranger. Then the album ends, leaves you there, wanting for more, and really not aware of what has happened. In the DvD version of the album, there are some information that explain part of Operation: Mindcrime's story, for those willing to find out more about the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2002
This is an incredible DVD and one that every Queensryche fan must have.
Those of you familiar with Queensryche know that they are one of the greatest bands to come out of the 90's. Their alternative rock style combined with Geoff Tates amazing vocals is simply superb.
This dvd is from their Operation Mindcrime album, one of the greatest concept albums of all times. In the class of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" this album tells a story throughout.
The DVD brings this to life with excellent 5.1 surround and spectacular digital sounds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2001
I would just like to inform all you Europeans out there that this is not a region 1 disc and can be played on region 2 DVD players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2007
I first purchased Operation Mindcrime (the album) in 1988 when I was 12 years old. I got the VHS version of Operation Livecrime on its release. I have watched it over 100 times since then. I find myself at work, now 31 years old, still listening to the Operation Livecrime CD. The first couple of times I watched it, as a 12 year old, I thought some of the dramatics were unwarranted, but I enjoyed the VHS nonetheless.

Since then I have grown to love this VHS and CD unconditionally. Some of the other reviewers haven't enjoyed some of the dramatics, but I'm to the point where I feel the dramatics are part of this Album's charm.

Practically perfect technically and masters of songwriting, I think I will be watching this concert and listening to the CD well into my 60s.
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