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Video Games Live: Level 2 [Blu-Ray + DVD Combo]
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Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. It's the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert and the technology and interactivity of a video game all completely synchronized to amazing cutting edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience.
Top Customer Reviews
Interviews between songs should have been dropped, or there should have been the option to watch the entire concert from start to finish without interruptions. Yea, even a minute or so of the intermission.
The Advent Rising transfer is horrible. No other game looks that bad, and the camera recording the screen looks fine, but direct transfer footage is just awful.
Lastly, it's in 1080i, not p. Not a huge deal, but something to note.
All that said, I'd still pick up the package, particularly for the price it's being offered at. The music is wonderfully performed, and if you're a fan of video games (which, if you're looking at this, you probably are), it's worth a purchase.
The music that is here is excellent and well worth the purchase. As for the missing Final Fantasy songs I blame Squaresoft because it turns out that they weren't allowed to include such music on this DVD. However there was a sticker on the front of the DVD (on the outside of the cellophane) which claimed that there was music from Final Fantasy on it. Obviously they had planned on including such music and probably had to pull it some time in the production process. The sticker must have been an oversight.
If you aren't specifically looking for Final Fantasy music then go ahead and purchase this, it's great music and a lot of fun.
However if you were unable to make the concerts, Shout Factory was kind enough to grace us with this BD/DVD combo for your home viewing experience.
I am one for the full home theater immersion of a live concert with no interruptions (except to what is actually happening at the concert) but I am not too fond with the side commentary before each presentation. They should of had an option to watch the concert without commentary. Not experience ruining for most but that is just me, it feels a bit disjointed.
Despite what the box labels (1080p) this concert is encoded in 1080i. Surprisingly though, this is a very clean transfer that would rank next to other great Live Concerts such as Rush, NIN, Incubus, Within Temptation, etc. Though sometimes it does look a bit soft in some shots, that is to be expected in a low lighted environment. But definitely for the most part it is an eye pleasing and crisp picture.
If you are expecting an aural experience as with most great live concert BDs, VG LIVE somewhat fails in this department. For the most part it trumps the clarity and projection found in standard DTS counterpart.Read more ›
The nice thing about the show is that it casts a broad net for their audience. You don't even have to play video games or know video games to appreciate and love the show. For game veterans it's a celebration of the games they love. For the casual or non-players, it's a fun experience to learn and in a way experience the wealth of music, visuals and pop culture that these games bring. Either way, the energy from the show is like nothing else. Video Games Live has been touring the world since 2005 and this is their first dvd release. It's about time.
If you enjoy this dvd, I would also look into their cd compilations as well.
I can only hope that not much was edited out of the final product. This show was so engaging that it was sick! While I used to work in the performance industry, the person I brought with me to the VGL show had never seen or heard a live orchestra before. He was blown away by not only the audible aspects but the visuals as well. The local Philharmonic and Choir were absolutely flawless and actually entertaining to watch. ..especially in the final piece of the show then a rather senior cellist stands up, lets his hair down, and begins to head bang alongside Tommy (the creator of VGL) while still playing perfectly.
The energy of the performance enchanted people of all ages and backgrounds in the audience. Diehard gamers like myself salivated over hearing familiar musical scores brought to life in front of us, while non-gamer parents stared listlessly at the operatic performances of some of the vocalists is such pieces as Advent Rising and the Intro to Civilization.
Overall, purchasing this DVD/BRD is wise. Not only is it a great addition to any media library, it also shows your support for video games as "Art." I've got mine on pre-order and I can't wait to relive the experience again. Thanks Tommy, Jack, and everyone else...come back to New Orleans soon!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This recording was a little Better than the concert I recently attended. A minor difference in the program and I would go once more given the opportunity.Published 13 months ago by Larry C Strong
Unfortunately the region code made some issues playing with Playstation console. So I had to play it on DVD drive on my PC which has no region locks. Love it otherwisePublished 14 months ago by Jani Pitkänen
product bought by mistake. Amazon's store is very easy to buy unintentionally, there are no confirmations like, sure you want to buy this product?Published 17 months ago by Celio
I wish I could get it on CD so I could play it for my class without tying up the computer with the visual part of it.Published 22 months ago by raygor-yanez
but, as others have said, the interviews should have been saved for special features or end credits. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CapnCaveman
If you are into video games or symphonies you will enjoy watching this video. If you get a chance to see it in person do it.Published 22 months ago by Chris Schweiger
I watched this with the understanding that they would play final fantasy music, as that is what I had read as a track listing for this. Hour plus lost, get the credits right. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lagertha88
The DVD seemed a bit short and there was a few songs that I was surprised weren't on there (For example: One-Winged Angel or any FF music) but overall it's pretty great. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dean Marconi