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This DVD 2-pack with CD features the metal monsters Spock's Beard, live, during the "Day For Night" European Tour. Also included is a look inside the recording process of Spock's Beard's classic "V" CD, including the band recording at Kevin Gilbert's stu

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Metal Blade
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Zino on November 22, 2002
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Let me start by saying that this is possibly the worst-looking DVD, video-wise, I've ever seen. The encoding on the first DVD, the live in Holland disc, is simply god-awful. The blacks are full of blocking, and the video on the bonus features is so blocky it looks like they're meant to be viewed in a small window on a PC but were blown up to full-screen size. The video on the second disc, "The Making of V," is far less blocky but still rather grainy. It definitely looks like a VHS master.
However, having said all that, the poor video quality cannot diminish the fabulous content of these two discs. The sound is great, the playing is phenomenal, and (of course) the music is magnificent. The camera work on the concert disc is quite professional, and it's much more enjoyable to watch than the NEARfest/Whiskey or the Live in Leche videos. The inclusion of the second half of the concert also makes it superior to the "Don't Try This at Home" CD.
"The Making of V" is simply captivating. The personalities of the band members are revealed, and it is just fascinating to see what goes into the production of a progressive rock CD of "V"'s caliber. Great studio footage, great behind-the-scenes stuff, and an interesting look at the processes and technology Neal and his cohorts use. It's a far cry from the garage-band mentality you see on MTV!
There is also a bittersweet feel to watching these DVDs. Seeing how passionate and inspired and just plain fun Neal Morse was as a member of Spock's Beard, I can't help but think that something special was lost when he recently decided to quit the band.
Overall, the lousy video is distracting, but once you're captivated by the music and the players (and you will be) you, like me, probably won't mind the poor authoring that much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Bachand on December 25, 2002
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It's simply tragic that this DVD concert will be the best document of a live performance from one of the greatest bands of the past 10 years, a group that redefined progressive rock music, that crafted epic songs with musical and lyrical excellent, and that to this day remains completely unrecognized by the popular music industry. This is a good DVD, but it isn't what Spock's Beard deserves. The concert is a transfer from a videotape master, providing a highly watchable but far from perfect picture, and the stereo sound is clear but would sound much better in Surround Sound. The second disc, "The Making of V" is an absolutely fascinating document of the band's creative process and the inclusion of the video for "All On a Sunday" is a great bonus. Still, the production is extremely amateur and might put off casual viewers. Fans, myself included, should be grateful that we have DVD at all, and I'm sure Spock's Beard did the best they could within the confines of their budget. I recommend it as an excellent buy for fans and for those who appreciate innovative music, it's greatest flaw being not what it is but what it could have been.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Martinez, Jr. on April 14, 2003
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Being a fan of old school symphonic prog, there are not too many post 70's prog rock I care to listen to, becuase it seemed that most current prog bands thought that the music was essentially songs that contained syncopated beats and stacatto structure and melodies. Then I came upon this group. I found this effort to be very impressive and refreshing in that there is that touch of symphonic flavoring (mellotron and classical phrasing) along with neo prog instrumentation. Imagine Flower Kings fusing with Gentle Giant and you have a musical idea of what this excellent band of musicians can do. Definitely first class!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Koehl on November 14, 2002
Format: DVD
I've been complaining for years now that the cd of "Don't Try This At Home Either" went out of print about a day after it was released. You see, the Spock's Beard concert on this DVD set was originally released in the form of 2 cds (kinda like what Genesis did with "The Way We Walk Live"). One disc, entitled "Don't Try This at Home" contained material from Kindness of Strangers and Day for Night. The other one "Don't Try This at Home Either" contained Ryo's keyboard solo, and material from "The Light" and "Beware of Darkness."
Now, two studio albums later, the whole thing is finally available on DVD. The concert is stunning. Morse is not only an absolute ham of a showman, but his voice is just perfect. He and drummer NDV have instantly addicted vocal timbres. Kinda like Hayward/Lodge, Anderson/Squire, or DeYoung/Shaw. They're also just plain entertaining with their onstage personalities. It's just great. And where else in today's music scene can you find a lead singer who alternates between keyboards, guitars, and drums, along with a drummer who occasionally plays guitar and takes on lead vocals, a keyboardist who mainly sticks to mellotrons and hammond organs, a guitar player who never uses a pick, and a bassist who gives flashbacks of Chris Squire? This band in concert is amazing. The setlist is Day for Night, Mouth of Madness, Skin, Gibberish, Go the Way You Go, June, Healing Colours of Sound, Ryo's Solo, The Doorway, (encores) The Light, Squonk, and Waste Away. There are bonuses on this disc as well. My fave is the "Legend . . .
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