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Following the considerable success of IQ's 2004 Dark Matter studio CD, this new double DVD release will be a welcome addition for all IQ collectors since it features two complete concerts from the 2005 "Dark Mattour" tour, the first with ex-Robert Plant drum virtuoso Andy Edwards. The two concerts are however very different in atmosphere: Disc 1 features the band's highly acclaimed headline concert at NEARFest 2005 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from the rarified atmosphere of the Zoellner Arts Centre Theatre, whilst Disc 2 features the performance from the rough-and-ready outdoor stage at the Burg Herzburg hippy festival in Germany. Both discs are packed with extras including additional footage from the soundcheck at NEARfest and the preceding concert in Montreal, plus "Stage and Screen" tour diary.

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Product Details

  • Actors: IQ
  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3DV6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Youri on February 6, 2008
Format: DVD
So here is what you get for your money:

Disk One (DVD9) - about 130 min. of the concert
NEARfest, Bethlehem, PA, USA: July 9th, 2005

1. Sacred Sound
2. It All Stops Here
3. Leap Of Faith
4. Born Brilliant
5. The Seventh House
6. Drum Solo
7. No Love Lost
8. Widow's Peak
9. The Narrow Margin (middle section)
10. Guiding Light
11. Harvest Of Souls
Encores (placed into the bonus features section of DVD)
12. Awake And Nervous
13. The Last Human Gateway (middle section)
14. The Wake

The audio (DD2.0 and DD5.1) is very good, while video quality is only average (and it is not a surprise since almost all concert (98 percent of it, to be exact) is placed on one layer of DVD9).

Disc Two (DVD9) - about 100 min. of the show
Burg Herzberg Festival, Germany: July 16th, 2005

1. Sacred Sound
2. It All Stops Here
3. Born Brilliant
4. The Seventh House
5. Drum Solo
6. No Love Lost
7. Leap Of Faith
8. The Wake
9. Harvest Of Souls
10. Awake And Nervous

The audio is good (also DD2.0 and DD5.1, but not as good as on DVD1), while video quality is better.
The rest of bonus features is of any interest for die-hard fans only, and I would rather omit them at all to free additional DVD space to have better quality of the main feature.

Both shows are very good, the first one being longer and featuring such favourites as Widow's Peak, while on the second the band seems more loose and enjoining the performance.

The only real draw-back is considerably high price for the set, but in the long run I think it is worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Learn on January 21, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really enjoy listening to to live music, and it is often playing in the background when I am home doing other things. The experience can be improved considerably when I have the time to dedicate all my attention to a well-produced concert on DVD. Fundamentally, this is the advantage to owning DVD's over CD's.

I say the experience CAN BE IMPROVED when watching a WELL-PRODUCED concert. Sadly, IQ's Stage is not one of these. The music is skillfully performed, the set list is more than adequate and the sound production is top notch. If I was listening to a CD, I could hardly expect more.

The expectation of a heightened visual experience left me quite disappointed. The live production was much too sparse for a cinematic progressive band like IQ. The lighting looked like it was done on a tight budget. The video screens behind the performers were a complete waste of resources and added nothing to the show, and the performers themselves were much less than dynamic. The camera work looked like it was done by a TV news crew, with repeated quick pans across the stage that should have been edited out. Often it appeared the cameramen were too fatigued to hold the weight of the camera for a steady shot. In post-production the shots were quickly spliced together, creating a documentary-like effect, rather than the drama that could have been created by fading from one shot to another. The only evidence that the show was actually performed live came when someone from the audience would walk in the line of sight of a camera (this happened several times), as though the cameramen were seated among the crowd.

The combination of these things left me bored and frustrated, and soon I was reading the notes on the packaging rather than watching the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NEOPROG RAN on November 26, 2007
Format: DVD
I know some would argue that Forever Live is a better live document of the band. I love Forever Live as well. Heck, I watched it about a 1000 times. But, this DVD is slightly better. Let me tell you why. Can you say The Seventh House, Guiding Light, Sacred Sound and Harvest of Souls?? Absolute incredible performance that will leave your jaw on the floor. If you don't have this, something is wrong with you. Yes, I am saddened that Orford will no longer be with the band but I understand they will carry on with a new keyboardist. This could be good- having someone new might bring more energy into this already outstanding band. This DVD is a treasure.
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