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Queensryche: The Art of Live (2004)

Geoff Tate , Michael Wilton  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GOHJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Hot off the release of their "Tribe" album, the masters of progressive metal hit the road for one of the year's biggest tours. This concert video features such Queensryche faves as "Best I Can," "Empire," "NM1956," "Silent Lucidity," and others, plus encore duets with tourmates Dream Theater and exclusive backstage and "on the road" footage. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital DTS.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not what Queensryche sounds like live August 18, 2005
By Jim
Format:DVD
I just cannot rate this DVD highly. Art of Live is not an adequate depiction of Queensryche performing live, and on top of that, the DVD is marred with several other annoying flaws.

First of all, the band performs well here. It's too bad it was poorly recorded and mixed. The band is muddy here, and it just doesn't sound right. Just listen to the drums to see what I mean.

There's a good mix of songs on here; I find Tribe to be an excellent album. I just find it poorly represented here. This is just not what Queensryche sounds like live. I've seen them live, just this year even, and they sound much better then what is to be found here.

There's also the annoying issue of this whole thing is in black and white. It was clearly done to cover-up the poor lighting on the film. This is probably a result of using camcorders. This DVD is also not a full set. The songs just fade in and out from one another. A lot of great songs played on the Tribe tour aren't found here.

That said, there are a few good things here, like "Desert Dance", and "Breaking the Silence". There are also some neat extra bonuses here, but nothing earth-shattering.

Unless you can find this used, I don't recommended you purchase this. Go see Queensryche live for yourself, it's much better then what you'll find here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap follow up to Live Evolution, but good songs... April 20, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Art of Live was recorded by the band's crew on their 2003 tour in support of the album TRIBE (Sanctuary Records, 2003). It was originally shot in color, but according to vocalist Geoff Tate, the stage lights overpowered the equipment, resulting in moments where the color is blurred out. The band then elected to go with the old-style golden "black and white" scheme, for an "artsy" feel to the release.
Positives:
1. The DVD features totally different songs than 2001's Live Evolution DVD release. It highlights the recent TRIBE album, and includes some interesting renditions of old songs, including an acoustic set.
2. This DVD has two selections performed by Queensryche AND Dream Theater (Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who), with all 10 band members on stage.
Negatives
1. Obviously, the lack of color, in an age where DVD has so much capacity, is a major let down.
2. Advertised as a 5.1 mix, the band announced due to mastering "problems" they either had to delay the release, or eliminate the 5.1 audio. The elected for the latter.
3. The DVD is NOT, I repeat NOT widescreen.
4. Lack of easter eggs and hidden bonus features. The interviews are nice, but there could have been much more done.
Overall, the DVD is unique in some aspects (the tracks with Dream Theater, the acoustic set), but after the STELLAR quality of 2001's Live Evolution DVD release (Producer Mike Drumm did an excellent job), the quality of this "home made" release is rather dissapointing.
It's worth a look if you are a prog rock/metal fan, but if you can live without the two tracks with Dream Theater, you can live without this DVD. But quite simply, Art of Live is primarily for diehards, and unfortunately, Queensr˙che didn't invest the time and money into this release to make it stand out for them, either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Saw the concert... this doesn't remind me of it. February 2, 2005
Format:DVD
I went to one of the concerts on this tour, and it was incredible. I was blown away by the power and intensity that Queensryche produced that night.

The DVD, quite simply, doesn't convey the true power of the concert. For example, during the concert, there was a screen at the back of the stage with videos that helped explain the song or had other cool effects (for one song, everything was silent while we watched a bomb's-eye view of a city - the city just kept getting larger and larger, then suddenly we were hit with a wall of sound as the band started playing when the bomb "impacted" - the effect was great, but the DVD doesn't capture this at all). The video is just the band playing, and as others have mentioned it's "fade in - play the song - fade to black" - all of the continuity of the concert was lost.

I have no problem with them doing it on a low budget, and I'm kind of glad that they showed it could be done that way. But they could've gotten the whole concert (and I don't necessarily mean all the songs, although that would've been nice, too - I mean, everything else that was going on onstage). And I really think it should've been in color. Reserve the black-and-white for artsy videos; I was looking for a memoir of the concert.

The Operation: Livecrime DVD made me feel like I missed an excellent concert. This DVD made me feel like I missed a mediocre concert - but the concert was GREAT; it's the DVD that's mediocre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH, MUCH BETTER. July 13, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's amazing. Queensryche is such a great band, and perhaps because of the limited budget this DVD kinda sucks. Tate's vocals are way too processed, it seems they turned on the 70's 'Dolby noise reduction' button and every single word he sings sounds squashed (too much compression maybe) and without dinamics. The drums sound amazing thouugh and I believe Rockenfield's Paiste Cymbals raise the bar even more with that wonderful crisp ride cymbal sound. The Guitars sound good too and bass is ok.
The show itself (in black and white - lame!) is good, I enjoyed it, but if only production would have been more careful this DVD would be a hit. Come on guys, enough with the slow-mo cameras and the matte finish! This is 2004. Oh well, I will probably sellthis DVD on eBay in a couple of weeks. The Dream Theater appearence at the end is awesome though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time
I like this DVD. Like the title suggests, the production is artsy. I like how the concert is made to look a bit dated, tinting the picture. Read more
Published 6 months ago by scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Production is terrible...
I purchased this dvd as my first Queensryche concert dvd and was very disappointed. The production of this video is absolutely bottom of the barrel. Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by Jonathan R. Lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars non il migliore, ma che concerto!
I difetti di questo dvd, Non mi piace la scelta di registrare tutto in bianco e nero, Geoff non è in piena forma a volte, ma è un gran concerto, ed è una... Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by Tremoglie Giuliano
3.0 out of 5 stars Good setlist, OK performance, bad production
Good setlist: Includes some of the best tracks from Tribe (

Great Divide, Rhythm of Hope), a great accoustic set including a beautiful rendition of Roads to Madness and... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by L. Madapaty
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor production
I saw Queensryche during this concert tour and they actually blew away Dream Theater as far as stage presence. But here, it's done in black and white and it's just okay. Read more
Published on December 8, 2005 by Glenn O. Kirms
4.0 out of 5 stars queensryche: the art of live
I MUST SAY, THAT AFTER ALL THESE YRS, GEOFF TATE STILL HAS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE VOICES IN ROCK, PROG ROCK, HOWEVER ONE WISHES TO DEFINE THIS BAND THAT JUST CONTINUES ON, THANK... Read more
Published on June 22, 2005 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EAR CANDY
LOOK I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. 90% OF ANY DVD CONCERT EXPERIENCE IS THE SOUND. YES THIS VIDEO LACKS HIGH DEF COLOR, BUT THE SOUND IS FANTASTIC, IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT SET-UP. Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by ROCKMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars grow up, change and EVOLVE
I thought I'd post a review after seeing all of the banality that's been written about this dvd by bozos still living in the age of operation mindcrime (1988). Read more
Published on August 16, 2004 by 67stations
1.0 out of 5 stars Again another sellout bad dvd
Well here we are again watching a dvd wich should be a great sounding one as well as looking but the picture looks like crap and the sound not in dolby digital like it should be... Read more
Published on July 10, 2004 by rattman
3.0 out of 5 stars Low budget...
Direct Tv is showing this concert in the month of June, although it is not the full show(Direct tv is notorius for this practice)just the concert itself. Read more
Published on June 7, 2004 by RKL
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