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4.0 out of 5 stars The Blu-Ray's technical quality, October 27, 2011
This review is from: Rush: Time Machine 2011 - Live in Cleveland [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I saw the Blu-Ray of this show last night. This was projected using a Panasonic theater-grade projector (the logo came up before the showtime) and the Blu Ray was the consumer version that will be released in December (I know this because the menu came up before the showtime). This review will be based on what I saw, and since I have no control over how that theater calibrated their projector, I cannot say with certainty if any of the flaws were due to the Blu Ray itself, or the projector/sound system. But here goes.

Sound-wise, things don't start out that impressively, but get progressively better as the show progressed. At first the sound was a bit flat in terms of dynamics and a bit soft. The bass lacked punch, and I didn't feel like I was at the show, but watching a show. The sound was clean, I could hear no feedback or hiss, and I could hear the spaces between the sounds. Eventually the sound mixers at the concert must have made some corrections because the sound improved from "okay" to "very good", at least for a live concert. There wasn't any obnoxious use of sound imaging, just some ambient crowd noise, nothing flying from one speaker to the next. Instrumentally, Geddy's bass and Alex's guitars sounded the best--dynamic, never shrill or piercing. Solos aside, Neil's drums were just a tad undermixed--perhaps this was intentional as his drumming style can be so dominant. Overall, the sound level definitely got louder and louder as the concert progressed--several people remarked on it after the show.

Picture wise this was excellent, but with a definite bias towards blue overall. Flesh tones looked as natural as they can under the "limelight". I saw no evidence of edge enhancement or processing, this was probably just directly loaded from the HD cameras without much interference. Some of the longest shots (and the occasional "blimp" shot) were of slightly lesser picture quality, but this could have more to do with the slow build-up of smoke in the venue. The opening and end credits were of low quality and jagged edges were visible. The non-concert film clips were pretty much perfect, with some minor smearing during intentionally hokey special effects segments involving the time machine tranformations.

Overall, this was an exciting, involving show that had the theater crowd cheering along with the projected crowd. The sound started out iffy but steadily improved to very good. The picture is likely the best we have seen in a Rush concert so far.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2011 3:04:47 AM PDT
Rock Yours says:
thanks for that detail description of the technical aspect of the blu-ray. Now that i know what are the imperfection, i can only be surprise.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 2:09:47 PM PDT
I thought the HD transfer was nothing speical, no where near as good as snakes and arrows blu ray, too much grain and upscaled shots for my liking, many shots had a soft hazy look as well but that may have had somethign to do with the annnoying tint used.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 8:03:04 AM PST
M. Kelley says:
I picked up the Blu-Ray from best Buy since it became available a month before the full release at all retailers. I also watched the concert on a front projector (Mitsubishi) using my Yamaha receiver and full HD surround sound mode. I found the majority of the mix to be excellent compared to prior Rush releases on Blu-Ray with one notable exception....the guitar solos. I found that with how I have my speakers levels set, anytime a guitar solo starts, the guitar volume increases significnatly out of my center channel and makes it sound.......unnatural...
Other than that, I find the mix to be very pleasant sounding. The band played tremendously and with a lot of energy. My only gripe on the actual performance is on Geddy's vocals. I can't really fault him since I'm sure it is hard for him to sing night after night and hit all of the higher notes at his age. But I found a lot of the vocals to sound flat. It's not anything new as I've been a fan of Rush for 20 years and have experienced Geddy's voice changes as he gets older. The setlist was definitley aggressive so I compliment him for even trying to sing some of the songs!

Watching this Blu-Ray have reinvigorated my love of this band. I've been on a different music course the last 2 years or so with bands like Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and even Dream Theater. But after watching this, I cannot wait until their new studio album comes out...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 7:01:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011 7:01:52 PM PST
Sporn Sober says:
Word on the street is that Geddy was fighting a pretty good cold that night.
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