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DiMeola, Al - Morocco Fantasia

4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Al Di Meola's fantastic appearance in 2009 at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco represented a summit of different cultures and religions with special guests from Morocco. On his third trip to Morocco, the public gave this exceptional guitarist a rousing reception and showed its openness towards Western music. Bonus features include: Rehearsal, soundcheck footage, Al Di Meola performing while visiting a bazaar

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Product Details

  • Actors: DiMeola, Al
  • Directors: Al DiMeola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS), English (Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: inakustik
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VQRSPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Y. Park on January 24, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed this concert! What an exciting music treat! Al Di Meola, whose music has never seriously exposed to my ears before, is such an outstanding guitarist without a doubt and leads me to a whole new world of music. Other musicians playing accordion, bongo, violin, bass and percussion are also exceptional. They altogether create fantastic sound and ensemble.

The technical aspect of this blu-ray is very disappointing, however. While the DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0 audio is excellent, the vision looks like SD at best. I couldn't believe my eyes at first and thought I was watching a DVD not blu-ray. It's definitely the worst-looking blu-ray I've seen. It might be due to either its transfer error or original recording source issue. I strongly believe the concert was originally recorded in 1.33:1 with SD cameras even though it was shot in 2009. In addition, from time to time, video clips (post production) are inserted during each performance, which enhances the mood at times but mostly rather distracting. Camera work is not accurate and precise. Extras are great with additional performances, rehearsals, etc.

All in all, I love this "unforgettable" concert and can forgive all the technical issues. I just want more of Al Di Meola! I do hope more concerts from him and his band come out on blu-ray... with a true hi-def quality.
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I respect this guy as a musician beyond most guitarists alive today. I've seen him live several times and he always puts forth an incredible performance. And the music / musicianship here is outstanding. Sound quality is good bordering on real good. DTS- Master 5.1 and stereo. Though if you're not into the last decades worth or so of the DiMeola sound...think accordion...you will not like this. Stay away if you're looking for the jazz or rock side of Al. That being said if you like his style of the last several albums you will like this.

But I have to echo what others here have said. The video side of things here is poor quality. VHS tapes look as good. Don't know what they were thinking when they put this to blu ray. Also it's VERY basic editing and menus. And the endless artsy fartsy Moroccan mosaic theme that he seems to be trying to get across inturupts the concert with regularity gets old real quick.

Honestly if I didn't respect him as one of the greatest guitarists of all time I'd give this whole thing one star.

If you're a hard core fan it's worth having. But even as much as I like and respect him. I doubt I'll ever watch this again any time soon.
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I wish I would have read the reviews first, I never would have bought this poorly edited assuat on my senses. There was not 10 seconds of one thing in the whole DVD I wanted to see one of my favorite musicians actually play! Also I do not like accordion music in any shape or form and the accordionist in this performance tries to steal the show. But the worst part was the constant poorly chosen scenes of BF Morocco. And during some of his fastest runs they started showing images flashing at an incredible rate, I had to turn my head for fear of getting a headache. The sound quality was good but the video was like an old VHS tape. Shame on you for putting out such garbage for an excellent guitarist, but Al has to share the blame unfortunately as well....
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I would give 4-5 stars just because it is Al, but I hate all of the thrown in video footage that was added to the concert. I would've preferred to have behind the scene footage that showcased some of the the country's scenery rather than adding it to the concert footage. I've never liked when concert videos try to get "artsy" rather than giving what most fans want - the best video and audio quality that can be produced. Fortunately, I was able to watch this for free with Prime, but I would purchase some of his other performances before thinking about getting a hard copy of this. Overall, the songs are great and I wouldn't skip watching this just because of the minor complaints. As I stated before, it is Al, and because of that, it is worth watching this master of his craft at work.
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Music 5 stars. Incredibly annoying video distractions 1 star. The director needs to sit through hours of his/her visual impressions with eyelids held open a la Kubrick's Clockwork Orange. Perhaps it will cure him/her of inflicting this video masturbation on others again. When I'm watching outstanding musicians creating complex and satisfying aural canvases, I'd like to be able to enjoy what they are doing with their instruments without an assault on my retinas.
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I have watched Mr. DiMeola play in concert 5 times over the years. He has never disappointed me and this video is no different. To see him in concert, though, is a real treat. Absolutely amazing musician and surrounds himself with others just as good.
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The extra video sets this apart from a typical concert video. I liked that because it breaks things up. It reinforces the cultural aspect of his playing which is, as always, brilliant.
I recommend it highly.
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By Edwin on January 27, 2012
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The dvd was shipped quickly,and service as always was first class.The dvd of Al's work?.....I have been playing guitar for over 50 years,and I think of Al as one of the worlds greatest guitarists,no question about it.But this is the first time that Ive seen a travel log of Morocco along side of Al DiMeola'performance.I think his playing is just as good,if not better, as ever,but I would have liked to see more of it.Im all for seeing the extras,such as rehearsals,and seeing Al in action,as well a tour of Morocco.Thats fine.But cutting in clips and pictures of Morocco during the show,takes away from this man,and the people he plays with.Having watched and learned from all his excellent concert dvds in the past,a travel log of pictures during the concert,well,it doesnt do justice to the musicians on this dvd.I know I will buy future dvds from this guy,cause I never stop learning when I watch his stuff.So please,Al,stick to the concert,not the background videos.There are not many guitarists that can play on your level!For real!
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