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Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2005
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I have been a fan of Matchbox Twenty for a while now, and when I heard they were making a concert video I was excited. However, concert videos can go either way (good or bad) so I was also ready for the worst.

Thankfully though, my doubts were ruled out as minute by minute of the film rolled on. The visuals are spectacular, with editing that fits the paces of the song really well. Personally, I didn't see a problem with the sound, but maybe the volume was up a bit too much.

The video was successful in placing me front and center (and closer) to a great Matchbox Twenty concert. I almost got to go to the concert on the film (Atlanta), so having missed it I am extremely glad that the director did such a fine a job of catching the feel of one of their live concerts.

I'd already decided this worthy of a five-star rating, but on top of the show itself I also enjoyed the documentary, or behind the scenes of the show (which is where most of the explicitness is.) This is located on Disc 2.

In summary, if you're a fan then it's a must like it was for me; however, it is still one of the best representations that people will get of Matchbox Twenty so I'd say it's just a good buy for the music lover/concert watcher in general.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2004
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I saw MB20 on their fall tour last year, so as soon as this DVD came out I ordered it and waited to pounce on it as soon as it arrived. For a way to relive my concert experience, I was extremely happy with it -- since I didn't have a seat very close to the stage I didn't get to see any close ups of the band. This DVD fills in those gaps for me perfectly, but also pans out to let you appreciate the awesome light show and background images that just add to the whole scope of their production. My only complaint with the camera angles was that during "Downfall" they couldn't seem to decide whether to let us see the words on the screen or not (I remember from my concert that they had a series of questions culminating in "are you more than you think you are?") -- it's great when the camera's on Rob and the band, but when the camera shows the background it's too fuzzy to read and the flow is broken up, which only leaves me wondering why they didn't just keep it on the band the whole time. The sound is a little weird in places -- when Rob talks between songs it's very hard to understand him, but not impossible. Don't let these tiny problems dissuade you, though, it's still an awesome band and a great concert!
The second disc is fun, the documentary is close up and candid, very funny at times and gives you a great glimpse into the "traveling circus". I am amazed at the sheer scope of each concert and tour, but the best part remains the guys at the center of it all. And make sure you stick around through all the credits so you don't miss out on the extra footage at the end. The whole thing seems just like it's described in the booklet:
"...What I [Gillian Grisman, Director] discovered about Matchbox Twenty, was that not only are they extraordinarily talented musicians, but they are some of the most hilarious, sincere, caring and down-to-earth guys I've ever met. All I really had to do was roll tape."
The lyrics section is handy: the words scroll up the screen and are easy to read -- since the "More Than You Think You Are" CD didn't list the lyrics there were some songs I went to right away to confirm or correct how I was hearing them! On the other hand, the photo gallery is in black and white and doesn't compare to what you see anyway in the documentary.
Now, I personally would have liked them to also include some music videos from their three albums as a bonus, since I'm rather fond of music videos and have a hard time getting ahold of MB20 ones. (You /can/ find some on their official website /if/ your connection can handle video streaming.) But all in all, I think any time you buy something from MB20 you're getting a quality product and a great show, and this no exception.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2004
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I was fortunate to have actually attended this show in Atlanta. It was fantastic then and I think the DVD does a wonderful job capturing the excitement of the concert. Matchbox Twenty is without a doubt one of the most underrated bands today. I love all kinds of music and appreicate the critical acclaim given to Coldplay, The White Stripes, Fountains of Wayne, The Strokes, etc, but as a live band I'll put MB20 up against any of these bands any day. You really can't understand the emotion that Rob sings with until you see him live. He is simply awesome! And the musicianship of this band is awesome. Once again, Kyle Cook is an extremely talented young guitarist. You can tell that he has improved greatly over the years. I think he was only 19 when MB20's first album was recorded. MB20 has now been around for 8 years but these guys are still young. I expect some more great music from them in the years to come. The SHOW documentary depicts what great people these guys are!!
Again, I think the concert DVD is great. And props to Paul Doucette for participating in the lighting design. As the offical reviewer stated, the light show is out-of-this world.
Sound problems? Rob's vocals are a little low on a few of the songs but I can still hear him and I can certainly hear him when he talks. Buy the DVD and judge for yourself. If you are a fan of good songwriting, good singing, good musicianship, this is the DVD for you. Don't be mislead by the "mainstream" tag that MB20 has been labeled with. They have the right stuff even for the indie-minded enthusiast.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD has not been released yet, but I was at the Atlanta concert where it was recorded, and it was one of the most incredible concerts of my life. There was not a time when we sat down. A must have for any M20 fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2004
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When I first heard that this DVD was coming out, I wanted to add it to my collection. I consider myself a little more than a casual Matchbox Twenty fan, but I've never seen a live concert in person, and this DVD almost compensates. The sound is incredible, I rarely enjoy "live" concert sounds, but they really did a fantastic job at making the sound crisp and clear, no matter what sound system you have, it is great! The video "picture" is great too!
The second disc is kind of neat, you have all the lyrics from the concert displayed in a nifty manner. You can change the camera angles from 6 different views on, "Bright Lights" and "soul", which is kind of neat, you can focus on each member of the band, and watch them in action, instead of watching "just" Rob Thomas, not that, that is bad ::winks:: Oh and the Photo Gallery, which was nothing to write home about, they could of done without that section.
The Documentary was alright, I would of liked them to focus more on each member of the band, and maybe do a biographical kind of thing..they mostly showed and explained how they get ready for a venue, how they prepare, and they showed their tour busses. All in all, I think the DVD is worth your while. It's almost like a "Greatest Hits" package with a ZING! Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2004
Format: DVD
I was completely blown away by the amazing performance and quality of this DVD!
I noticed that there were several responses criticizing the sound so i contacted the production company and they said that a lot of DVD players respond differently to different authoring techniques. BUT if you play it in 5:1 mode adjust the center channel to a louder setting to increase the vocals and decrease the back channel volume to enhance focus of the sound from all the front channels. (if your system doesn't provide seperate volume controls for each channel then you can use the "SRS" in the stero mix).
OR if you just play it in stero/SRS just adjust your DVD menu to the stereo setting, then set your sound system to either DTS 5:1, or Dolby 5:1 or SRS setting ...you will find that you get a full 5:1 Multi Channel Playback. (well you get a true 5:1, not synthesized in anyway)
or just set your sound system to standard stereo as well
it's all worth a try because the DVD is SO worth it! If you consider yourself a true and loyal Matchbox Twenty fan (or even if you've never heard of them - which isn't possible!) then you owe it to yourself to own this one!
They play all their hits, you feel like you're front row, and the documentary which is on the DVD really captures their humor and sincere personalites.
Overall: A+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2004
Format: DVD
Picked the DVD up today, release day, and this is the music DVD all Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty fans should have!!! Slightly better than the VH1 DVD, though not as personal ... however, this concert will have your soul imprinted with every word of every song. It is a definitive sing-along DVD, with every song going through the threads of your soul as you join the rowdy crowd in Atlanta. Atlanta knows how to rock out their GA based band!! However, true fans in nearby SC should take appreciation for Rob Thomas and his time in SC and now presence in the South Carolina Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... the world is now your stage!
The only wish, and deviation from the technical credits, is that this concert is not in DTS. Only DTS concerts have made my Top 5 DVD list --- this DVD being only Dolby Digital 5.1 falls short of making it into my Top 5, cheese and crackers, dang ... if only DTS was blasting my speakers tonight I'd have a different ending to this song. Don't take this critical comment wrong, I'd buy this DVD again before midnight on the release day still knowing DTS was not available!!! But, I'm hoping some other music fans will tell me DTS is out there for this concert!!! Why, why, why ... do I feel stupid? It's a Mad Season.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Oh my GOD, This DVD is AMAZING!!!!!! It is by far the most beautifully shot concert DVD I have ever seen!!! I felt like I was there in the front row!!! The sound was incredible... The best of the over 100 concerts DVD's I own. If everybody knew how to use their 5.1 circle surround systems correctly, nobody would be complaining about no DTS track. Read your owners manuals people!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2004
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I received this DVD in the mail yesterday and it was waiting for me when I came home from work. Even though I had seen the premiere the night before at Regal Cinemas I sat down and watched the entire thing again. I can't get over how great this band is and how they just rocked the house. I'm surprised the neighbors didn't complain because my TV was so loud.
Rob, Kyle, Adam, Brian, Paul , and Matt absolutely rock and am so glad that they made this concert into a DVD. The documentary was an added plus. It's great to see the guys just being goofy. There should be no doubt in your mind in regards to buying this. JUST DO IT. You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2004
Format: DVD
I was hesitant about this after reading some of the negative reviews about the sound quality. Maybe it's a system setup issue, but we had no trouble at all with the surround sound, and the lyrics were very clear. Great show, great band.
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