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Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux [Blu-ray] (2009)

Al Di Meola , Stanley Clarke  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Lenny White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024EWOYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Return To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. This concert was filmed at Montreux in July 2008 with the bonus tracks being filmed in Clearwater, Florida later the same month.

TRACK LISTING
Main Show - Montreux 2008
1) Introduction 2) Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 3) Vulcan Worlds 4) Sorceress 5) Song To The Pharaoh Kings 6) Al's Solo 7) No Mystery 8) Chick's Solo 9) Romantic Warrior 10) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 11) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 12) Romantic Warrior (conclusion)

Bonus Tracks - Clearwater 2008
1) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 2) Al's Solo 3) Friendship (Chick's Solo) 4) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 5) Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant


Customer Reviews

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Return is Forever awesome! May 13, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The Show: I don't know how to describe these guys. Their musicianship is just beyond excellent. If you're a fan of Return to Forever or just any one individual, you must have this show. Their performance blows me away. I saw their concert in St. Louis (USA) and I'm so happy to have one of their shows on Blu-Ray. The Montreux portion is not the entire show, but close to it. The disc contains the first electric set (minus the "Opening Prayer" tune, the only new RTF song of the tour written by Chick Corea) and most of the second acoustic set (minus the two encores). It's running time is 1 hour, 49 minutes and 16 seconds.

Video Quality: Phenomenal! It's just ridiculously sharp and clear. In some ways, watching this on Blu-Ray is better than actually being there. The Blu-Ray has a 1080i MPEG-4 AVC @ 26 Mbps encoding on a 50GB dual layer disc.

Audio Quality: Again, Phenomenal! The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24bit/48kHz) track is just so crisp, clear and enveloping. The Linear PCM 2.0 track (24bit/48kHz) is also phenomenal when I want to enjoy straight stereo. The Dolby 5.1 track (16bit/48kHz/640kbps)....I don't plan on listening to that one.

Extras: So this made me mad. The 5 bonus tracks that we get from the July 31, 2008 Clearwater, Florida show are nice to have, but the entire time they placed different angles of video in a box pattern on the screen with some unnecessary visual effects in between. It doesn't even fill in the entire screen either. It's very annoying in my opinion. Nothing like the experience you get from the Montreux portion of the disc. The video and audio attributes are identical to the Montreux set. It's running time is 41 minutes and 36 seconds.

Final Thoughts: This is a must-have Blu-Ray. Unreal quality all around. I gave 4 stars, but I would have easily given 5 if not for the bonus tracks being like they are.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return To Forever shines brightly on "RTF Returns" ! October 24, 2009
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For lovers of RTF and jazz/rock fusion this is the real deal !
For reference, my playback system is comprised of a 61" HD monitor, KEF 5.1 playback system with a Marantz SR6003 receiver, and blu-ray player.
This Blu-Ray disc shines when played back using the lossless uncompressed DTS HD Master audio option.
The bass is tight and deep and the instrument placement in the mix is "spot on" to the show I saw them do in NY last year.
The camera work is excellent and affords the viewer a great view of each player with great close-up view during their solo segments.
Also of note, the bonus tracks filmed on the US leg of this tour offer an interesting drum solo from Lenny White and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant" which is not included on the main program, is a a high speed musical gem.
Highly recommended for lovers of this musical genre !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio, video, and performance are all top-notch! November 27, 2009
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Just as the title of this review says, this is an excellent Blu-ray disc.
The video quality is so lifelike, it's almost like being there. For some reason, my BD player allows me to choose the HD-Audio option even though I can only connect audio to my receiver via digital optical cable, but the sound is incredible nonetheless (I can only get true HD audio via HDMI from my Panasonic BD35 player)! It is easily the best looking and sounding Blu-ray disc that I own (I have about 20 movies and 6 live concerts on Blu-ray).
Finally, as other reviewers have already stated, the performance on this disc is incredible. I never got to see them live, so I don't know if this was commonplace for them, but they deliver a knockout performance here.

If, like me, you're a long time fan of RTF, but never got to see them live (or even if you did), this BD is a must have!
By the way, as someone else already pointed out, the bonus tracks are indeed inferior in quality and production, but as they are "bonus" tracks, I chose not to reduce the star rating for it in my review.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get it.. September 17, 2009
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Run,do not walk to get this excellent concert.Like some of the other reviews said- killer video, killer sound and killer performances.Plenty of bottom end on Stan's electric bass and Lenny's bass drum to remove dental work (with a good sub of course)which is what I always missed on those first few early recordings.The acoustic set is to die for with all of Al's different guitars recorded and translated to just sparkle. This is also the most gorgeous upright bass sound I have ever heard recorded to date...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing January 12, 2010
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The first thing that people said when they entered the room and this was playing: "It's sounds live". It does, yet never in a harsh way. Kudos to the engineers!

Many reviewers here describe the incredible talent and delivery of these 4 amazing musicians. Each one is a musical powerhouse in his own right. Together, they create a magical and very special performance. The precision and speed are amazing - yet it still has soul and beauty, especially the more accoustic pieces. The sense of humor embedded in the music is a joy as well. Lots of unexpected twists and breathtaking virtuosity. Suffice it to say that in terms of the material, the musicians, and the delivery, this DVD rocks!

The video quality puts you in the concert - stunning. I like that the editors did not try to fabricate excitement (as they do in too many rock concerts) with a million edits. They focus on where the main action is coming from and don't dart from one scene to another. This allows you to really follow the music like you would at the concert and relax into what the musicians are trying to impart. Picture is incredibly crisp for a concert especially - that's seems hard to accomplish in low light based on other concert DVD's I have.

Sound: The DTS HD takes advantage of a great recording. I have other Blurays that don't have great sound - so it seems that even if the media's great, it will still suffer if the original recording is not great. Here, the original recording must have been handled well; sound is live, dynamic, clear, crisp, yet nice and full and rich. I found that the bass was more clear when I turned the sub down a bit - for some reason, the sub level on DTS master audio seems higher than on SD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
10 points thank you!!!!1
Published 22 days ago by MICTCHELL GONZALEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert!
If you like Return Forever, you will love this concert; fabulous!
Published 2 months ago by Marc Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great video, sound was very dynamic if you are listening through a surround sound receiver. A must for any RTF fan
Published 6 months ago by Roy T Rolph
3.0 out of 5 stars not all that Jazz
Good quality of Picture and sound. Some how the melody and harmony was not visible like in other Jazz concerts.
Published 10 months ago by Sanjeev ghai
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great players enjoying their reunion, but lacking some of the fire of their younger days. A must for any RTF fan.
Published 10 months ago by M. Kellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW!
These are musicians musicians, I was awed during the entire DVD. Each musician, Stanley, AL, Lenny. and Chic are just fabulous. This is what every musician aspires to be.
Published 12 months ago by Ejazz1
5.0 out of 5 stars like being there
I was never able to see them live they came to my area. This disc makes me feel like I now have.
Published 15 months ago by Sreve Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Forever: Returns with a vengece / Radical Return
The minute it you see the old gang sounding like: They haven't stopped playing together. You know you are in for a show. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rhoda Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars a great lineup
if you are looking for a master class of fusion musicians,look no further than this dvd.the melodies are luscious point, counter-point journeys into the realm of pure affectionate... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars RTF Montreaux
Great concert sound, I listen to the music itself on my sound system thru-out the house. I'm sorry I missed this tour when it came thru Dallas.
Published 16 months ago by Bruno914
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